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  1. Villages in Action nominated for the National Rural Touring Awards

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    Villages in Action is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the National Rural Touring Awards 2019. Together with Cornwall rural touring scheme Carn to Cove, we are shortlisted in the category of ‘Touring Scheme Collaboration of the Year’ for our work together securing the future of Villages in Action after we faced closure in late 2017. Thanks to the support of Carn to Cove, and funding from Arts Council England, East Devon District Council, Teignbridge District Council and Devon County Council, VIA is now going strong with an exciting future ahead of us!

    Last year's NRTF Rural Touring Awards in Worcester

    Last year’s NRTF Rural Touring Awards in Worcester

    Organised by the National Rural Touring Forum, the Rural Touring Awards celebrate the breadth, passion and professionalism in the rural touring sector. Held once a year at the NRTF annual conference, the Awards were designed as an opportunity to draw attention to the quality of performance and performing companies, as well as to collaborations and the network of individuals who go above and beyond for their local community.

    Claire Marshall, Deputy Director of Carn to Cove said, “We are really excited to be part of the rural touring awards, as they are becoming an established part of the NRTF year. We are really honoured to be shortlisted, as we know how much great work goes on in our sector and we are very much looking forward to meeting up with colleagues and friends at the Award Ceremony”.

    Winners will be announced at the Hi-VIS: NRTF Conference 2019, being held in Bangor, Wales 2 – 4 July 2019. Hosting the awards is Kate Fox, stand up poet, who will be joined by the nominees and many from the rural touring sector, including schemes, programmers, directors and performers.

    The Awards are judged by three industry professionals: Jude Henderson, Director of Federation of Scottish Theatres; Ian McMillan, poet, journalist, playwright, and broadcaster; and Kate Green, Deputy Editor of Country Life Magazine.

    On behalf of all of us at Villages in Action we’d like to thank everyone who nominated us, and extend congratulations to our fellow nominees! Please visit the NRTF website for a full list of nominees and award categories.

  2. Summer 2018 round up – end of season shows, new staff, and a big thank you!

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    Villages in Action summer round up

    We’re coming to the end of our Villages in Action spring season, but since the menu parties we’ve been busy behind the scenes!

    As you may know, Carn to Cove (the Cornwall rural touring scheme) secured Arts Council funding to continue the ViA network for the next two years, and that includes developing new funding streams as well as maintaining the current output of two season each year and all that is involved with that. We’ve successfully recruited for two new posts and we’re delighted to introduce you to Imogen Weatherly, who is working with us in Cornwall to help with the administration of the ViA programme and develop the marketing and social media campaigns for your events, and to Clare Parker who is based in Newton Abbot and whose main focus is on fundraising and advocacy for the project.

    Both have recently started their roles and Clare is busy getting stuck into the last two events of the spring season, the outdoor performances of The Cherry Orchard by Miracle Theatre, which will be held in two brand new venues this weekend – more of that later – and Imogen is helping with the bookings for the autumn season.

    We will be taking Clare and Imogen to the National Rural Touring Forum’s  New Directions Showcase event in Worcester next week, where we’ll be seeing lots of great new work, which will no doubt appear in future menus, so watch this space. We’re really pleased to be taking several promoters with us this year – so hope to have a great couple of days. And also we’re excited that Crystal Zillwood – the dance artist from Devon who performed in Talaton and Awliscombe earlier this year – has been nominated in the NRTF awards, so we’ll be rooting for her next Wednesday as they announce the winners.

    We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the Villages in Action promoters for their great work this spring. We’ve had some fantastic events from international dance to locally based theatre and music and we’ve had some really lovely feedback from promoters and audiences. But it’s not quite over yet, and if you’re anywhere near Honiton or Exmouth this weekend, make sure to get tickets to see Miracle Theatre’s outdoor production of The Cherry Orchard – where you’ll be able to meet Clare (Smeatharpe) and Imogen (Exmouth) while you’re there.

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    We also wanted to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to Becky Smith for all she did over the last several years at ViA and for the amazing help and support she gave to us when we started working with you all last year. We literally would not have been able to run this spring season without her help, and we’re so pleased that she’s going to carry on promoting events in Cheriton Fitzpaine, so we can continue working with her, although in a different capacity.

    That’s about it for now – look out for updates on our autumn season coming soon, and have a lovely summer!

    – Claire, Tim, Imogen and Clare
    The Villages in Action team


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