Arts that matter in places that matter

Full steam ahead for UNEARTH

Our Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project, UNEARTH has enabled villagers in Whimple, Starcross, Rattery and Cheriton Fitzpaine sharpen their local history skills with the help of the South West Film and Television Archive and Devon Heritage Centre. Four professional artists have been commissioned by Villages in Action to collaborate on a multi-media performance inspired by each village’s research. The artists […]

Villages in Action announcement

Those promoters who were at The May 2016 Menu Launch will be aware that Villages in Action has been coping with an 80% reduction in its funding in the last five years. Catherine Devenish, The Chair of the Board of Trustees, has regretfully announced that the scheme will be taking a pause in its activities […]

A standing ovation for ViA’s Spring 2017 so far…

We have just had so much fun at our events this season and we’re not even half way through. Our first show of the season, Neil Maya Quartet in Mary Tavy, brought a full house and a standing ovation at the end of their set.  Moscow Drugs Club, a sultry swing ensemble of “Reds singing the […]

UNEARTH is the perfect name for our Heritage Lottery Fund project

As many of you will know, ViA was funded earlier this autumn to start an ambitious two year heritage project, culminating in performances celebrating the local history of 4 wonderful communities in the first year (Starcross, Rattery, Whimple and Colyton). ViA’s Creative Communities officer, Kate Green, has been thoroughly enjoying herself supporting local history enthusiasts to […]

Spring 2017 programme is revealed!

If you’ve already had your fill of lack lustre performances by amateur Santas, and hanker for some real performing talent, fear not! The ViA spring is just around the corner. All our events January through April are now on our “What’s On” page, and you can download a PDF of the programme (to ping over […]

Number-crunching our Autumn season, before ViA Spring gets underway…

  A autumn of diverse professional entertainment on your village doorstep comes to a close with Angel Heart puppet theatre in Lympstone on 4th December. Our audiences have ranged from 7 week old babies to music lovers pushing into their tenth decade. Funding cuts last spring forced us to reduce how much we subsidise the […]

A licence to dig up buried treasure!

As hinted at in our last newsletter, we have some great news in times of funding scarcity. We are delighted to announce that we have just been awarded a two year grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our project – ‘UNEARTH – Discovering the Hidden Histories of Devon’s Rural Communities’ The project will involve […]

Theatre on your doorstep!

In the current arts climate it is increasingly difficult to stage professional theatre in village halls. So we are super proud to be offering two fantastic theatre pieces, with high production values, this autumn. Have a sneaky peak here at My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding (Black Dog 22nd October 01363 866434 and South Brent 23rd October […]

Autumn 2016 is launched!

Look out for the Villages in Action autumn programme in your village (with the delightful Kali Theatre on the cover). All events are listed in the What’s On section but you can also feast your eyes on the programme here. VIA Autumn 2016 proof3 You can choose from acrobatic contemporary dance by Panta Rei, fantastical kids’ puppet […]

Villages in Action to stage thirty-eight shows this autumn…

The jigsaw is almost complete. Through a flurry of emails between the office and villages in the scheme, our programme for the autumn has slotted together. We can announce we have tentatively contracted ten performing artists/companies to put on a total of thirty-eight shows in thirty-seven villages. Those figures add up to plenty of world-class entertainment […]

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