Arts that matter in places that matter

Our Spring 2020 performance programme has sprung!

We are very excited to present our spring 2020 programme of theatre, dance, music, and more in villages across Devon.

As our spring season begins, we are delighted to present a new programme of theatre, music, dance and family shows from across the world in Devon’s wonderful and varied village halls, churches, pubs and community spaces.

All of our shows can be found on our events page, but here are a few season highlights…


Our season starts with award-winning folk duo Ninebarrow, who combining breath-taking vocal harmonies and melodies to 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.

Don’t miss them on:
Saturday 11th January at Mary Tavy Coronation Hall
Friday 15th May at St Michael’s Church in Shute.

Flats and Sharps

The season continues with Flats and Sharps, 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!

You can catch them on Friday 21st February at Buckland in the Moor Community Hall.

The Neil Maya Quartet – 1959: The Golden Year of Jazz

More great music comes from The Neil Maya Quartet, who present 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. This special year 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. These performances are ones not to miss!

See The Neil Maya Quartet on:
Friday 28th Februay at St Michaels Church in Shute
Friday 6th March at Mary Tavy Coronation Hall
Friday 27th March at Talaton Parish Hall

Scratchworks Theatre – The Great Train Robbery

In the early hours of Thursday 8 August 1963, the heist of the century is underway. 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 Theatre 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.

Don’t miss them on Friday 6th March at Crediton Arts Centre.

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.

Thursday 12th March at The King’s Arms in Stockland
Friday 13th March at The Tradesman’s Arms in Scoriton.
Both performances are free for a donation!

Jane Mason – Night Flying

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

See Night Flying on Friday 13th March at Ashburton Arts Centre.

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.

The show is accessible to D/deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences through the use of spoken English, British Sign Language and creative captions.

See Louder Is Not Always Clearer on Thursday 19th March 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!

See The Canterbury Tales on:
Saturday 4th April at Fursdon Coach Hall
Sunday 5th April at Awliscombe Parish Hall
Friday 17th April at Black Dog Village Hall
Sunday 19th April at Clearbrook Village Hall
Friday 24th April at Clayhidon 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 help of, a live audience.

The baking process is intertwined with a story of what it is like to settle in a different country, leaving and returning and making and breaking family traditions.

See Pepper & Honey on:
Thursday 23rd April at Cadeleigh Parish Hall
Friday 24th April 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.

See Virgin on the Ridiculous on:
Tuesday 12th May at Black Dog Village Hall
Wednesday 13th May at Staverton Parish Hall

Thomas Bowes – Bach Pilgrimage

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.

See Thomas Bowes on:
Thursday 14th May at Cadbury, St Michael’s Church
Friday 15th May at Buckland in the Moor Community Hall
Saturday 16th May at Whimple, St Mary’s Church
Wednesday 20th May at Bigbury, St Lawrence’s Church
Thursday 21st May at Sheldon, St James the Greater Church

For more events on the Villages in Action spring season, and to book tickets, visit our events page.

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