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
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.