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  1. Villages in Action Spring 2019 season launch

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    Little Soldier - Journey to the Impossible 3 credit Matt-Austin web

    As a fresh new year begins, we are super excited to present the Villages in Action Spring 2019 programme. This season you’ll find theatre, circus, storytelling, laughter, puppetry, and music from across the world in Devon’s wonderful and varied village halls, churches and community spaces.

    Our Spring brochure is here and ready to post out – please click here to sign up to our mailing list if you’d like to receive future copies of our brochure in the post.

    You can find our full event listings on our event pages, or read on for a few of our season highlights…

    RSVP Bhangra Band
    RSVP Bhangra Band

    RSVP is a Bhangra band that blends traditional Punjabi celebratory folk music with Western musical influences to create a sound that is unusual when heard by mainstream listeners, but none of that matters, because their ability to perform to a crowd is perfect. Their stage personalities are lovable, the Asian drumbeats are infectious, and the Western slant gives the crowd something unique to enjoy.

    With musicians drawn from one family, wholly rooted in an authentic living tradition, yet unafraid to innovate, this is the ultimate celebratory Indian music. RSVP will be bringing their Big Bhangra Beats and engaging, interactive vibe so be prepared to learn some Bhangra grooves and moves and get ready to party.

    Saturday 26th January 2019 @ 7.30pm
    Oakford Village Hall
    Tickets: £17.50 per person, including a tasty curry selection supper from 7pm. There will also be a pay bar. Bollywood Costumes encouraged!
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    The Devil's Violin - Stolen
    The Devil’s Violin – Stolen

    The Devil’s Violin return with an enchanting blend of words and music. Brimming with dreamlike images that will haunt you long after the performance ends, The Devil’s Violin will take you on an epic journey to the end of the world – and into the next one!

    The essence of all cinema, theatre and literature is a gripping tale well told. By weaving traditional stories into an epic narrative The Devil’s Violin return us to that essence. This is a tale of lost loves, bravery, and above all else, hope.

    Friday 1st February 2019 @ 7.30pm
    Mary Tavy Coronation Hall
    Tickets: Adult £9
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    Friday 8th February @ 7.30pm
    Talaton Parish Hall
    Tickets: £10
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    Scratchworks Womans photo credit Matt Austin
    Scratchworks Theatre – Womans

    46 BC, Ancient Rome. Our hero, Leta has been declared a traitor. Her punishment is worse than death, ‘Damnatio Memoriae’ – to be erased from history. Whilst noble Gladiators and infamous Emperors around her are becoming legends, her name will be forgotten forever.

    Join Leta’s journey to reclaim her place in the history books, from crashing the Colosseum to bargaining with Brutus, she will go to the ends of the empire to make her mark. A feast for the eyes and the ears with physical comedy, clowning and original music, Womans is a raucous tale of the first female resistance.

    Sunday 10th February 2019 @ 3pm
    South Zeal Victory Hall
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    29th March @ 7.30pm
    Crediton Arts Centre
    Tickets: Adult £9, Child £7, Benefits £7, Family £25
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    D Click - Isla
    D Click – Isla

    Isla is based on the dreams and hallucinations of three shipwrecked characters who find themselves alone and dependant on one another to survive and remake their stories.

    D Click use circus, acrobatics and Chinese pole to explore the limits of the island, telling stories that remind us of the subtle barrier that exists between physical theatre and dance, circus and risk, and magic and dreams.

    Friday 5th April 2019 @ 7.30pm
    The Beehive, Honiton
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    Saturday 6th April 2019 @ 7.30pm
    Scoriton Village Hall
    Tickets: Adult £9, Child £7, Family £25
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    Ryan Cook

    Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook has forged a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the wool country. With nuances of pop and western swing, Ryan’s songbook reminiscences of the early hillbilly and folk pioneers but stays very much in the current landscape. On stage Ryan has toured as a solo performer opening for Country purists like Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, & Travis Tritt. His acoustic live show combines thumb-picking guitar styles, original folk & country ballads and vintage music from the 1940’s and 1950’s.

    ‘Owing a debt to country greats like Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash, Ryan Cook would be a superstar if there was any justice in the world.’ – Ken Kelley, The Noreaster Online

    Friday 5th April @ 7.30pm
    Buckland in the Moor Community Hall
    Tickets: Adult £8, Child £6, Family £22
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    Saturday 6th April @ 7.30pm
    Clayhidon Parish Hall
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    Little Soldier - Journey to the Impossible 3 credit Matt-Austin web
    Little Soldier – Journey to the Impossible

    Did you ever own a Walkman or play Donkey Kong? Little Soldier made this show for you. Journey to the Impossible is for people, like you, who recognise the sound of a modem, who were scared watching the Goonies and who couldn’t tell you the mobile numbers of their nearest and dearest but would still be able to call their best school-friend’s home number. Ah! And for your children, of course.

    Incorporating live music, light-hearted audience interaction and physical comedy, Little Soldier use a recipe of Dip Dabs, walkie talkies and an unashamed dose of Steven Spielberg movies to create a retro-futuristic adventure for all the family.

    Saturday 18th May 2019 @ 7.30pm
    Lustleigh Village Hall
    Tickets: Adults £10, Child £5
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    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.

    This concert of solo violin music is especially designed for Church spaces. Spoken introductions give context and background to why and how the music was written, reflecting the emotional and spiritual strength of this music.

    Thursday 23rd May 2019@ 7.30pm
    St Michael’s Church, Shute
    Tickets: Adult £10, Child £6, Benefits £7, Family £25
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    Saturday 25th May 2019 @ 7.30pm
    Awliscombe Parish Church
    Tickets: Adult £9, Child £7, Family £25
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    Sunday 26th May @ 7.30pm
    Clayhidon Parish Church
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    Sunday 2nd June @ 7.30pm
    Clearbrook Village Hall
    Tickets: Adult £9, Child £7, Benefits £7, Family £25
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  2. Villages in Action Autumn 2018 Season Launch

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    Autumn 2018 web banner with text grey

    We are so excited to present the Villages in Action 2018 programme! Thanks to our family of inspiring volunteers and funding from Arts Council England, we’re delighted to present a season of extraordinary world class performances live in villages across Devon.

    This Autumn you’ll find theatre, dance, circus, poetry, laughter, puppetry, and music from across the world in village halls, churches and community spaces. Expect cups of tea, homemade cakes and a warm welcome wherever you go.

    You can find our full programme of events on our Events page, or take a look below at some highlights coming up in the next few weeks…


    Pangottic - Long Shot 72dpi

    PanGottic – Long Shot

    When failure is NOT an option, what could possibly go wrong?

    This is a catapult-tastic evening of clowning, contraptions, comedy and courage, as one man’s belief in the near impossible is put to the test. Part non-verbal circus performance, part behind the scenes ‘making of’, Long Shot will have you on the edge of your seat. Or hiding behind it. Either way, it’s going to be a blast.

    PanGottic is an international award winning company who perform on the street, in theatres and wherever there is an audience. Their work mixes circus, physical theatre and clowning to make shows that are accessible for all.

    1st September @ 7:30pm
    South Brent Village Hall
    Tickets from 01364 72617
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    Son Yambu - Cuban Son

    Son Yambu

    Son Yambu play authentic ‘Son Cubano’ or Cuban son – the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms and is the root of all salsa music.  Formed in 2011, Son Yambu feature a new generation of (mainly) Cuban musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map in 1997.

    The UK’s very own Buena Vista band… absolutely tremendous… if you don’t start to move to this there is no hope for you!  Extraordinary music.’ Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

    7th September @ 7:30pm
    Buckland in the Moor Community Hall
    Tickets from 01364 653525
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    Physical Postcards

     Physical Postcards

    A Physical Postcard is a short danced message; funny, sad, moving or hilarious.

    This chatty and playful dance performance brings messages to life in unexpected ways.  With dance choreography and quick thinking, in-the-moment improvisation, dancers respond to written messages and offer an original and engaging way to experience dance.

    22nd September @ 7.30pm
    Lustleigh Village Hall
    Tickets from 01647 277498/310


    North South Theatre - Pals 72dpi

    North South Theatre – PALS

    Inspired by real war diaries, PALS is an amusing and touching piece of theatre set during the first years of the Great War. This poignant story follows Stan, George and Joe as enthusiastic pals who volunteer to join Kitchener’s new army. Their experience of life on the Western front is a stark contrast to what was promised by the officers signing them up: Embarrassing medicals, French girls, lice, rats and shrapnel wait for them but their strong friendship and sense of humour will enable these pals to stick together through it all. George and Stan’s story and will make you laugh and cry as you share their dugout with them.

    North South Theatre is a Cornwall based company who have worked with cube, Story Republic, Restormel Arts, Golden Tree and can be seen most recently in TV productions Poldark and Jamaica Inn.

    5th October @ 7:30pm
    Talaton Parish Hall
    Tickets from 01209 312500
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    Booking information
    Tickets are sold locally by volunteer promoters in each venue and by telephone, and some are sold online through the Villages in Action box office – see each listing for ticket information. Events do sell out, so advance booking is recommended!

    Support us
    Rural touring is made possible by the many wonderful volunteer promoters, supporters and audience members – we couldn’t do it without you! You can support Villages in Action by buying tickets for events and inviting your friends, family and neighbours, or by making a Gift Aid donation when you book online.

    We look forward to seeing you at a Villages in Action show soon! We’d love to see your snaps and hear about your experiences so please do share them with us over on Facebook and Twitter.

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