Sidmouth science fest and comedy night in Ottery - 6 things to do this weekend

Iggy the dinosaur will be outside Kennaway House as part of Sidmouth Science Festival.

Iggy the dinosaur will be outside Kennaway House as part of Sidmouth Science Festival. - Credit: Archant

SADS’ A Chorus of Disapproval at the Manor Pavilion, tuck into a big brekkie in Sidbury, get creative in Sidford and Exeter Chamber Choir at the parish church

SADS presents A Chorus Of Disapproval. Ref shs 41-16TI 9937. Picture: Terry Ife

SADS presents A Chorus Of Disapproval. Ref shs 41-16TI 9937. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

• A comedy night is being held at Ottery St Mary Football Club on Saturday, October 15, from 7pm. A top line-up includes headliner Nick Page, MC Tom Glover, Luke Honnoraty and George Ridgen. Tickets are £8 in advance from the club or Frockalicious, or £10 on the door. Curry and chilli will be available to buy on the night.

• Sidmouth Amateur Dramatic Society (SADS) is performing A Chorus of Disapproval at the Manor Pavilion Theatre. Performances are tonight (Friday, October 14) at 7.30pm and tomorrow (Saturday, October 15 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

A strong local cast of 18, under the expert direction of Cherine Hill, features the wonderful singing and acting of Adam Owen-Jones, the comedy of Sandria Stewart and the pathos that Karen MacGarvey brings to her role as Hannah.

John Nelson is the lead as Dafydd ap Llewellyn, the director of the Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society.

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John Griswold is Mr Ames and the impressive list also inlcudes Leigh Steedman, Dave Ballinger and many more.

A Chorus of Disapproval is Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious and wellobserved take on the world of amateur operatics.

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Tickets from the theatre box office on 01395 514413.

• Sidmouth Science Festival continues over the weekend.

Super Science Saturday tomorrow will see the town is invaded by dinosaurs.

A first for the festival, visitors to Kennaway House will be able to take a tour of ‘Iggy’, a life-size iguanodon model. During the afternoon, Iggy will give a 35-minute performance at noon and 2.30pm.

Liz added: “This is a first for Sidmouth and we are very excited to be hosting this entertaining and informative project.

“It’s for the whole family and it’s all about the discovery of dinosaurs in the 19th century.”

Dinosaur bones will be on display in the Masonic Hall as GeoSpectacular turns back time with a collection of teeth, footprints, eggs and claws.

Also taking place tomorrow (Saturday) is a science treat for food enthusiasts. Food Science Live! will be creating dishes with a scientific twist at 8pm in the Cellar Bar at Kennaway House.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.

The festival will conclude on Sunday with a family fun day at the Norman Lockyer Observatory.

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• A creative afternoon takes place in Sidford Social Hall tomorrow (Saturday, October 15).

Anyone is welcome to attend the Sidford Women’s Institute event from 2pm to 4pm.

There will be opportunity to participate in an array of activities including knitting, cookery, rag rugging, water colour painting and embellished felt brooch-making.

The cost of sessions is £2.50.

• Exeter Chamber Choir will make a welcome return to sing at Sidmouth Parish Church tomorrow (Saturday, October 15). The concert will feature music from the choir’s repertoire, plus a Mendelssohn piano item. Tickets (£10, children free) from Paragon Books or on the door.

• Sidbury WI is staging an All Day Breakfast at the village Hall from 8.30am to 2pm. Proceeds will go to village charities.

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