The Book of Genesis

The Book of Genesis

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 8:52pm

Be prepared for a totally immersive experience when we take you back to the 1970s and 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 3-hour show.

The performance features two exceptional drummers who recreate the double drumming experience from Seconds Out and later Genesis shows.

An absolute must for lovers of early Genesis music!

Enjoy a brief sample of what you can expect from the show:

The cast includes:

Nigel Betteridge (as Peter Gabriel/Phil Collins) has many years of experience singing the early Genesis songs. This coupled with the theatrical costumes and masks that Gabriel used (including “The Flower”, “Bat Wings”, “Magog”, “Crested Britannia” and more) makes for a truly dramatic performance;

Howard Boder (as Tony Banks) our classically trained keyboards maestro, has gone to a lot of trouble to re-create the early ‘Genesis/Banks’ keyboard sounds. Generous to a fault, Howard tells you how to get these vintage sounds on YouTube (now with over 99,000 hits);

Bob Arnold (as Steve Hackett) with his Les Paul Gold Top as his main instrument is a hard-core devotee of Steve Hackett’s work (including both electric and acoustic repertoires) – marvelling at his jaw-dropping rendition of the Firth of Fifth solo is one of many highlights!

Kirk Watson (as Mike Rutherford) not only has a multi-instrumentalist role (‘Rickenbacker’ double neck-bass/12-string, bass guitar, bass pedals, 12 string acoustic guitar), but sings backing vocals too – his contribution is, quite simply, awesome!

Russ Wilson (as Phil Collins) is our phenomenal drummer. A professional drummer performing with (amongst others) the Ultimate Elton and The Rocket Band, Curfew, and Fragile. He provides the band with a powerhouse of percussion!

Phildas Bhakta ‘The Orange Turbaned Drummer’ (also as Phil Collins and features in our double drumming sequeces) is our highly accomplished Swiss percussionist. Inspired by Phil Collins, from when she first started playing drums, she is a stickler for reproducing his work accurately, and her fans love it!

2018 has been a successful year seeing the band touring both in the UK (including Charterhouse School – where Genesis formed) and in Europe (Park Villa Theatre, Alphen aan den Rijn, Rotterdam, The Netherlands).

Read the 2017 review extract from Background Magazine: “….The fantastic progressive rock music in combination with the costumes and other props are a real feast for your eyes and ears … A band which covers it all the way are The Book of Genesis.“ – by Henri Strik,

For a deeper insight into the band and where we are performing, please visit

See you soon!

All tickets £20


Barnfield Theatre, Exeter

Event Date

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 7:30pm