Your guide to What's On this weekend

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 2:41pm

Your guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this weekend (22-24 February):



Friday & Saturday, Silverton Community Hall 

A timeless tale of love set in exotic ancient China is coming to Silverton as Aladdin swops the 55B bus to ride in on his magic carpet!The village will be transformed into enchanting old Peking fit for a beautiful princess, a dastardly uncle, a clever genie and love-struck Aladdin in this family-favourite pantomime.  Staged by the Silverton Luvvies, this modern take on a time-less classic promises laughs, love, intrigue and, er, two idiotic policemen! Performances at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.Tickets: £7 adults, £3 children from Silverton Spar or Carrie Martin on 01392 860670

In The Willows

Friday & Saturday, Exeter Northcott

With epic show tunes and killer beats, this classic story is brought popping and locking into the twenty first century in an extraordinary new hip-hop musical. Featuring fast bikes, fierce moves and fabulous vocals. 

Exciting Science

Saturday, Exmouth Pavilion

This band new, exciting and educational show puts the “Exciting” back into “Science”. With fun and fact filled experiments, watch in amazement as the team recreate a volcanic eruption; turn a vacuum cleaner into a missile launcher or take aim at you with their smoke blaster! So stand clear and prepare for action, as this show is full of Wiz, bang, pop …. And splurt Exciting Science – Prepare to be amazed! 11am-1.30pm.

Digging the Dirt

Saturday, Cygnet Theatre, Exeter
A couple from a time past try to dig a brighter future whilst a couple from time present face the repercussions of whistle-blowing.  The impulse to make the world a better place comes up against the challenges inherent in working together.  How far do you compromise to protect your principles?  Performance will be followed by after show discussion Tickets: Pay-what-you-will (after the performance).


Waterloo - The Best of ABBA

Friday, Exmouth Pavilion

Waterloo - The Best of ABBA looks back at the sensational rise to stardom of the Swedish pop group ABBA and recreates it so impeccably that fans, old and new can still experience the thrill of a live ABBA show. 

The Book of Genesis

Saturday, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter

Be prepared for a totally immersive experience as you're taken back to the 1970s to celebrate the songs of the influential progressive rock band Genesis. The show accurately recreates the music and songs from 1970–1977 complete with period musical instruments, reproduction Gabriel masks and costumes, animated slide show, and atmospheric synchronised lighting in a packed show.

Drift Chamber with Solarference 

Saturday, 7.30pm, St Stephen’s Church, High Street, Exeter 

Enjoy two atmospheric concerts in the 1,000-year-old St Stephen’s Church on Exeter’s High Street. Drift Chamber is a collaboration between composer/arranger Joe Duddell and producer/sound designer Lex Shellard combining ambient classical and electronic soundscapes. ‘Pulse Nocturnes’ is their debut release following live appearances at Festival No.6 and for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction at Exeter Phoenix.

Katy v Taylor

Saturday, Exmouth Pavilion 

Take two pop icons, Katy Perry & Taylor Swift, one stage and get ready for the pop bout of the year with Katy vs Taylor – The Secret Showdown! Katy vs Taylor sees pop princesses Katy Perry and Taylor Swift go head to head taking all the family on a round by round trip tribute of their biggest hits in this incredible main event! 

Ellie Williams

Sunday, Exeter Phoenix 

Ellie Williams returns to the Phoenix, 10 years after her debut with her first studio album Unseen. Ellie was the first solo artist in the UK to make an album purely funded by fans on the platform Sellaband. Having supported artists such as Suzanne Vega, Seth Lakeman, The South and Midge Ure, her haunting track Lay was featured on BBC Radio 2 by Joan Armatrading, who later invited her to perform on her Starlight tour. 


Antiques & Collectors Fair

Saturday, Exeter Livestock Centre, Matford Park Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter

Up to 200 stands both inside and outside with a wide range of antiques, furniture, vintage clothing and textiles, jewellery, collectables and much more. Not only can you find items to suit every style and pocket. Open 10am–4pm  £4 (last admission 3.30pm), children free.

Exeter 2025: Minecraft Challenge Day

Sunday, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter

Join Exeter City Futures at RAMM, to engage in a carousel of activities, from experiencing a virtual reality walk around Exeter in the year 2025, to undertaking a Minecraft challenge workshop. Interact with RAMM's Historic Exeter Minecraft project, or get a souvenir picture from the future with a time-travelling green screen experience. Drop in -  10.30am to 4.30pm.

Flower Trail

Until Sunday, Killerton Estate, Broadclyst, Exeter 

Winter is coming to an end and the flowers are starting to bloom. How many will you spot at Killerton?  11am-4pm.

On Paper

From Saturday, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton

On Paper, from the Arts Council Collection, showcases the work of acclaimed 20th-century and contemporary artists who work with paper. Looking beyond the mark-making of drawing to consider the material itself, the exhibition explores how artists have used paper as the focus of their work in creative and unusual ways. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm, the exhibition runs until 18 May.

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