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  1. Villages in Action Autumn 2018 Season Launch

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    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


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    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.

    Click to see more Autumn 2018 events

  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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