Arts that matter in places that matter

Audiences brave the February floods: eight ViA shows (and counting) sold out in a two week period

It’s getting silly now: eight (known) events sold out in the last fortnight with some promoters running waiting lists with thirty odd people on them. Jane at South Brent said she fielded a ticket enquiry from someone as far as Dorset. Word of our engaging, well-run shows is crossing county boundaries! Everyone in the office feels rightly proud of our promoters and artists to have got so many people out in inclement weather. No one could dispute that the ViA programme engages rural people. They’ll even brave floods to get to a show:

‘”Freya” Angel Heart Puppet Theatre in went really well in Yeoford yesterday. We had a local group of Viking re-enactors turn up, dressed in full Viking kit! They did a wonderful job of welcoming people at the door. And one family arrived by fire engine, after their car got stuck in 4′ of water and they had to be rescued by scrambling out onto the roof!’ – Yeoford promoter

On the downside, however, this increased demand does mean that audiences need to plan ahead a bit. Lynnette in Chudleigh has already sold most of her tickets for Black Voices, even though their gig is well over a month away (12th March). So get your diary, pick up the phone, and book now for everything that appeals in March and April. It may be a squash and a squeeze in your local village hall but you’ll have a fantastic night.

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