Arts that matter in places that matter

Spring is just starting…

…but our season is three quarters of the way through *whistful sigh*.

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With only eleven shows left in what has been a storming spring season, we thought you might like a reminder of what’s coming up near you in Devon.

Mesmerising Zambian singer, Namvula, pulls up her tour van at the end of March. Lightening-fingered Celtic quintet, Dallahan, are gigging on 13th and 16th April. It’s a whistle stop tour for anarchic dance troupe Spiltmilk on 15th and 16th April, and 20th April kicks off four performances of “Great Scott!” by knockabout comedy theatre company, Gonzo Moose. See our full listings on the What’s On page.

In other news, our director, Roger, is finalising the menu for our autumn season. He has some really exciting new performers up his sleeve, particularly from the world of Spoken Word and Theatre.

We are also developing a new “Unearth” project. This scheme will spotlight the rich and varied heritage hidden in villages across Devon. Kate, our Creative Communities officer, is talking to communities who are keen to be participate and has met with a groundswell of enthusiasm. Villagers will be able to access old film, TV footage, maps and documents that bring their local history to life and, ultimately, artists will respond to this source material to create and perform new site-specific work.

Lastly, we’ve been glad to welcome Buddug James Jones Collective to Devon. They are the theatre makers we commissioned (with the Bike Shed) to create a new theatre piece around later life. They have zigzagged the county from Plymtree to Cheriton Fitzpaine to Highweek, working with our wonderful local promoters to interview rural elders. They report that their synapses are snapping with creative ideas.

Before we sign off, here is a word from Spiltmilk Dance’s Sarah, which reflects how much our village audiences are appreciated:

“We’ve stayed in some wonderful places with some wonderful people. Rural people are brilliant and will totally go out of their way for you. For performers like us, there’s nothing like the response you get from a village hall crowd.”

Happy Easter

The ViA Team

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