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Villages in Action is one of Devon’s performing arts scheme for rural communities. We fill our wonderfully varied community halls with poetry, laughter, music, drama, stories and dancing. Local people choose the live shows they want to see and hear in their halls. This means we have loads of variety for everyone across Devon – take a look at the events below!

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Physical Postcards

This chatty and playful dance performance brings messages to life in unexpected ways. With dance choreography and quick thinking, in-the-moment improvisation, dancers respond to written messages and offer an original and engaging way to experience dance.

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Saturday 22nd September 2018
at Lustleigh Village Hall

North South Theatre – PALS

Inspired by real war diaries, PALS is an amusing and touching piece of theatre set during the first years of the Great War.

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Friday 5th October 2018
at Talaton Parish Hall

Drakes Drummers – Shakespeare’s Avengers Assembleth: All’s War That Ends War

Join Drake’s Drummers as they take you to a world where all of Shakespeare’s creations live, laugh and love together. Full of tragedy, history and lashings of comedy!

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Saturday 6th October 2018
at Cruwys Morchard Parish Hall

The Drystones

The Drystones are a duo whose arrival on the UK folk scene is making waves. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, a ‘brave experimental bent’, and an unexpectedly large sound when playing live, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as ‘indecently talented'.

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Saturday 6th October 2018
at Kenn Centre

ALAW

Described by Songlines magazine as a “Welsh supergroup”, Alaw is three leading musicians who bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion – the traditional music of Wales. Whether unearthing rare gems or reimagining a well-loved melody, they treat their music with a deftness and sensitivity that is thoroughly absorbing. Combined with powerful song writing and original tunes, this makes for a musical experience that will stay with the listener long after the concert has ended.

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Friday 12th October 2018
at Sheldon Village Hall

Alison Neil – Larks and Magic

Once read, her children’s stories are never forgotten. E. Nesbit herself was unforgettable too. Come and meet her in this fast-moving and entertaining account of her life, larks, and enduring magic.

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Friday 12th October 2018
at Yarcombe Jubilee Hall

Vamos Theatre – Finding Joy

Joy is 83 today: she's funny, loves to dance, and is losing her memory. Her grandson Danny is rebellious, fearless, bright and always getting in to trouble. When, out of the blue, Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and a mutual affection. But is that enough to take on the challenges ahead?

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Saturday 13th October 2018
at The Beehive, Honiton

Cosgrave & Banks

Mike Cosgrave and Steve Banks have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo. Both are gifted multi-instrumentalists and writers. Their programme is a smorgasbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe, and includes songs that capture episodes in the amazing history of South Devon.

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Saturday 20th October 2018
at Holcombe Burnell Church, Longdown

Paddleboat Theatre – Rustle

PaddleBoat Theatre Company invites you to help set up camp so that you can hear the greatest campfire story ever told: where sleeping bags evolve into monsters, rucksacks become friends and torches highlight the forest's closest secrets.

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Friday 26th October 2018
at Bigbury Memorial Hall

Sunday 18th November 2018
at South Zeal Victory Hall

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre – Dinosaur Detectives

Dinosaur Detectives is more than just a performance, it is a whole Fossil Finding Experience! The Dinosaur Detectives follow a fascinating journey of discovery, fun and conflict surrounding the first fossil finds of Mary Anning, William Buckland and Gideon Mantell, the discoverers of the first dinosaur bones.

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Saturday 27th October 2018
at Clearbrook Village Hall

Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duos, who impress audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.

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Saturday 27th October 2018
at Denbury Village Hall

RSVP Bhangra Band

RSVP is a Bhangra band that blends traditional Punjabi celebratory folk music with Western musical influences to create a sound that is unusual when heard by mainstream listeners, but none of that matters, because their ability to perform to a crowd is perfect. Their stage personalities are lovable, the Asian drumbeats are infectious, and the Western slant gives the crowd something unique to enjoy.

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Saturday 3rd November 2018
at Oakford Village Hall

Saturday 10th November 2018
at Rattery Village Hall

Haldon Quartet

The Haldon Quartet consists of four leading professional string players rooted in the West Country, who are united in their desire to play the classics of the string quartet repertoire and, where appropriate, newer works to audiences in the area and further afield. Their diverse backgrounds and musical interests nourish their collective approach and they […]

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Friday 9th November 2018
at Sheldon Village Hall

Saturday 17th November 2018
at Peter Tavy Village Hall

Kit Holmes with Allan Greenwood

A fun entertaining evening to get your music taste buds tingling! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with the guitar hero, John Etheridge

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Thursday 15th November 2018
at Mary Tavy Coronation Hall

Friday 16th November 2018
at Scoriton Village Hall

The Churchfitters – Folk Unlimited

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a motor bike petrol tank. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms and traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax!

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Thursday 15th November 2018
at Nicholls Hall, Lydford

Sunday 18th November 2018
at Bigbury Memorial Hall

Charlie Bicknell – Shameless Angel

Brazenly witty, contentious and often achingly funny, with songs from the likes of Tim Minchin, Fascinating Aida, Amanda Palmer, as well as her own wicked and inimitable songs, Shameless Angel is set to be another sell-out success.

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Friday 16th November 2018
at Clayhidon Village Hall

Saturday 24th November 2018
at Awliscombe Parish Hall

Friday 30th November 2018
at Staverton Parish Hall

Pentabus Theatre Company – Crossings

We enter the village hall in September 1919. This is Margaret’s domain and the last place she expected to come face to face with her brother’s lover, Michael - one of the few to return from the front line. Through a chance meeting their two lives collide, resulting in unlikely pairing that will change the course of the future.

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Thursday 22nd November 2018
at Lustleigh Village Hall

Living Spit – Giants of Science

With jarring jokes, pitiful puppetry, and the silliest of scientific songs, you can expect this raucous romp through the hilarious history of scientific stupidity to be… well, if nothing else, thoroughly entertaining.

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Friday 23rd November 2018
at Sticklepath Village Hall

Near Ta Theatre – Christmas. Time.

Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What's stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing. So they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody!

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Saturday 15th December 2018
at The Beehive, Honiton

Figure of Speech Multimedia – Theseus and the Minotaur

Based on the Greek myth, Theseus and the Minotaur is a tale of courage and redemption. Original music, video projections and puppetry all build this traditional Greek myth into visual feast for all!

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Sunday 16th December 2018
at Stockland Village Hall

Angel Heart Theatre – The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Jacob is a young boy who loves to be playful. When he is given the responsibility of being the village shepherd his wild imagination leads him astray… A delightful re-imagining of one of Aesop’s most-loved Fables. There will be refreshments and a chance to meet the puppets after show. 3pm Rattery Village Hall Tickets from […]

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Saturday 5th January 2019
at Rattery Village Hall

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