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Villages in Action Spring 2019 season launch

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 web
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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