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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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Flats & Sharps

Flats and Sharps are a four-piece Bluegrass outfit originally from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited performances, their shows are a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass with powerful and well-crafted original songs. Their music blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, and their incredible stage presence and energy will have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time!

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Event Listings

Friday 21st February 2020
at Buckland in the Moor Community Hall

Neil Maya Quartet – 1959: The Golden Year of Jazz

1959 is often considered an extremely influential year in the development of modern jazz with a number of new sub-genres within jazz coming to the fore in this year. 1959 spawned some of jazz’s finest albums of all times, including Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and Dave Brubeck’s Time Out. Neil has been developing the concept of creating a performance focusing on the music of this seminal year for two years, following the band’s very successful Brubeck Project.

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Event Listings

Friday 28th February 2020
at Shute, St Michael's Church

Friday 6th March 2020
at Mary Tavy Coronation Hall

Friday 27th March 2020
at Talaton Parish Hall

Ashton Lane

Ashton Lane is the modern country duo Esther and Tim O’Connor, both prolific songwriters with a passion for the country music tradition of story-telling and a talent for writing soaring melodic hooks.

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Saturday 29th February 2020
at Newton St Cyres Parish Hall

Little Trebiggan – Diggory Piper, The Worst Pirate Ever!

A humble Launceston lad, all he wanted was to play his lute but the lure of adventures on the high seas was too exciting to ignore. Join Diggory Piper as he takes to the seas in his ship, The Sweepstake. Will he be victorious in assisting Queen Elizabeth I in her quest to vanquish the Spanish Armada or will his chronic sea sickness win over? Little Trebiggan combines Cornish language, an environmental message and new music written by Jack Rosewarne Hebb with their unique style of storytelling to bring you this heart-warming true story of an Elizabethan Robin Hood.

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Sunday 1st March 2020
at South Zeal Victory Hall

Scratchworks Theatre- The Great Train Robbery

In the early hours of Thursday 8 August 1963, the heist of the century is under way. Signals are scrambled, phone lines cut and millions of pounds of cash stolen. Five days later the first clues are found, the gang is busted and the rest is history. But what about the ones that got away? Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning, Scratchworks will unfold the untold tale of the four feisty forgotten females from the Great Train Robbery, as they leave behind their kitchen-sink lives and embark on a madcap adventure of mischief and mayhem.

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Friday 6th March 2020
at Crediton Arts Centre

Rag Mama Rag

Rag Mama Rag (Ashley & Deborah Dow) are a country blues duo whose repertoire of 1920s and 30s American music is wonderfully varied. Originally from the UK and now based in France, Rag Mama Rag have built a reputation as one of Europe's finest Country Blues acts and regularly perform at major festivals in France, Belgium and Germany. The show is a feast for the eyes as well as ears; the stage will be full of great instruments including a variety of impressive guitars, ukulele, harmonica and washboard. When Ashley and Deborah pick up those instruments - boy, what a sound!

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Saturday 7th March 2020
at Membury Village Hall

‘Owdyado Theatre – Twisted Tales Vol 2

Back by popular demand, Twisted Tales 2 is a brand new show by ‘Owdyado Theatre Company. Following on from the huge success of Twisted Tales, this is a new trilogy of darkly comic tales of the unexpected. Expect three surprising stories of the macabre and mysterious from three distinct voices: get ready for an anarchic night of hilariously dark theatre!

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Sunday 8th March 2020
at Brentor Village Hall

Friday 20th March 2020
at Combeinteignhead Village Hall

Wassail Theatre – Horses! Horses!

Johnny’s putting on a Big Fun fundraiser tonight at the Nags Head, though he’s not in the mood for fun… HORSES! HORSES! is the darkly comical tale of a stolen horse, wild west-country soul and the mess we make of relationships. Landlord Johnny is desperately trying to save his pub, while his wife Susie is hiding out on Ted’s farm. A show performed in the midst of the local boozer with pub games, pints, crisps, heartbreak and laughter, country music, lots of karaoke and a few surprises.

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Thursday 12th March 2020
at Stockland, The King's Arms

Friday 13th March 2020
at Scoriton, The Tradesman's Arms

Jane Mason – Night Flying

Drawing on ideas related to deep time, the night sky and landscapes of being, Night Flying is a duet with long-time collaborator David Williams. Together they explore a constellation of associations related to memory, change and wonder.

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Friday 13th March 2020
at Ashburton Arts Centre

Balagan Café Band

An eclectic new project, Balagan Café Band combines the worlds of jazz, world music and classical, featuring the intimate chamber instrumentation of violin, guitar, cello and accordion and an elegant yet fiery fusion of improvisation and written music. Ranging from Parisian and American Jazz, the Chalabi music of Algeria, Tango from Argentina, Balkan folk melodies through to folk music of Western Europe, Balagan fuses these threads into a coherent sound that is both energising and evocative and features some of the UK’s most versatile and capable musicians.

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Saturday 14th March 2020
at Chudleigh Community School Hall

Mr & Mrs Clark: Louder Is Not Always Clearer

Jonny is a teacher, a workshop leader and an avid football fan. He’s an artist, a campaigner, he’s just become a father, and he is deaf. He loves to dance, but he can’t hear the music unless the bass is turned right up. Jonny was born deaf and grew up with a hearing family and friends who did not use the word deaf. This one-man show is an honest portrayal of a man perceived to be full of confidence and who is outwardly social, but is inwardly vulnerable and at times isolated. In a hearing world, Jonny is different and Louder Is Not Always Clearer highlights those differences in a warm and humorous way.

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Thursday 19th March 2020
at The Beehive, Honiton

David Mynne – The Canterbury Tales

This is Chaucer... but not as you've ever seen it. From the company that brought you A Christmas Carol, Dracula and The Odyssey comes a one-man performance of The Canterbury Tales. Revered as one of the most important works in English literature, The Canterbury Tales paints an ironic and critical portrait of English society in the middle-ages. All of life is here in these few bawdy, funny, serious and sometimes shocking, short stories. Experience a journey down the foul and fetid footpaths of fourteenth-century England, told with the usual irreverence, wit and silliness!

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Event Listings

Saturday 4th April 2020
at Fursdon Coach Hall

Sunday 5th April 2020
at Awliscombe Parish Hall

Friday 17th April 2020
at Black Dog Village Hall

Sunday 19th April 2020
at Clearbrook Village Hall

Friday 24th April 2020
at Clayhidon Parish Hall

Zulu Tradition

Zulu Tradition is rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage through song, dance, and drums. Imagine a youthful, mixed gender Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high-energy dance!

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Saturday 18th April 2020
at Lympstone Village Hall

Sunday 19th April 2020
at Cheriton Fitzpaine Parish Hall

Not Now Collective – Pepper & Honey

There are two types of people: the ones who move away, and the ones who stay and wait… Pepper and Honey is a new play about two women questioning the meaning of home. The play is timed to perfection in order to deliver a perfect Croatian pepper biscuit, baked in front of, and with the […]

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Thursday 23rd April 2020
at Cadeleigh Parish Hall

Friday 24th April 2020
at Milton Combe Village Hall

Living Spit – Virgin on the Ridiculous

Howard Coggins and Stuart Mcloughlin can no longer rely on apparent physical resemblances to Tudor monarchs. They’ve done Henry VIII, and the truth is neither of them looks like anyone else. But they won’t be deterred. They’re just going to have to dig a little deeper. Act a little better. Live a little dangerous-er, as they attempt to tell the story of the greatest Monarch that ever lived - Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen.

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Event Listings

Tuesday 12th May 2020
at Black Dog Village Hall

Wednesday 13th May 2020
at Staverton Parish Hall

Thomas Bowes

Thomas Bowes is one of the UK’s most versatile and accomplished violinists, as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and artistic director. In 2013 Tom undertook an extensive Bach Pilgrimage, giving fifty concerts of the unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas of JS Bach in churches across mainland Britain and raising over £20,000 for various charities. His Bach Pilgrimage is now a growing feature of every season and events take him all over the world.

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Event Listings

Thursday 14th May 2020
at Cadbury, St Michael's Church

Friday 15th May 2020
at Buckland in the Moor Community Hall

Saturday 16th May 2020
at Whimple, St Mary's Church

Wednesday 20th May 2020
at Bigbury, St Lawrence's Church

Thursday 21st May 2020
at Sheldon, St James the Greater Church

Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, entertaining audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Combining breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, they deliver songs and stories inspired by the landscape and history of the British Isles. An evening with the duo isn't just a concert with superb music - it's also a night of folklore and storytelling at its very best.

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Friday 15th May 2020
at Shute, St Michael's Church

Liz Jones & Broken Windows

Describing themselves as 'Latin-inflected blues-rock', Broken Windows are a live-spirited band based in Edinburgh. With influences of blues, classic rock and modern folk in untypical songs, they have a reputation for powerful live performances.

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Friday 15th May 2020
at Clayhidon Parish Hall

Pentabus Theatre – One Side Lies The Sea

Dom Coyote and Jen Bell have been on a journey around rural coastal areas of the UK. They have met some astonishing people and they are here to sing their stories. Stories of hope and loss, of seas and tides, of quotas and freedom. From Newlyn to Maryport, Silloth to Hornsea, One Side Lies The Sea is a musical journey through the brilliant communities that inhabit our coastline.

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Event Listings

Saturday 30th May 2020
at Lustleigh Village Hall

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