Villages in Action present their spring 2019 programme of world-class performance in villages across Devon

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Monday, January 28, 2019 - 1:42pm

Villages in Action are excited to present their spring 2019 programme of world-class performance in villages across Devon

As a fresh new year begins, Villages in Action are delighted to present a season of theatre, circus, storytelling, laughter, puppetry, film and music from across the world in Devon’s wonderful and varied village halls, churches and community spaces.

All of our shows can be found on the VIA website, but here are a few season highlights…

The Spring Season kicks off with RSVP Bhangra Band at Oakford Village Hall (26th January). With a big sound that will have everyone on their feet, this family of musicians will be showing us how to move and groove before the show - get ready to party!

The Devil’s Violin returns to Mary Tavy Coronation Hall (1st February) and Talaton Parish Hall (8th February) with an enchanting blend of storytelling and music that will captivate audiences. The Devil’s Violin will take you on an epic journey to the end of the world – and into the next one!

In theatre, Devon-based Scratchworks Theatre presents Womans (like Roman’s, but with a ‘W’): A feast for the eyes and the ears with physical comedy, clowning and original music, Womans tells the tale of the first female resistance at South Zeal Victory Hall (10th February) and Crediton Arts Centre (29th March).

Circus highlights include Spanish circus company D Click, who will be bringing their amazing Chinese pole, acrobatics and circus skills to tell the story of three shipwrecked characters at The Beehive, Honiton (5th April) and Scoriton Village Hall (6th April).

Also in April is Ryan Cook, a Canadian musician who 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. You can catch him at Buckland in the Moor Community Hall (5th April) and Clayhidon Parish Hall (6th April).

Did you ever own a Walkman or play Donkey Kong? Little Soldier made Journey to the Impossible for you. May sees our brochure cover stars incorporate live music, audience interaction and physical comedy, using 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. See it at Lustleigh Village Hall (18th May).

Also in May, virtuoso violinist Thomas Bowes continues his Bach Pilgrimage at St Michael’s Church, Shute (23rd May), Awliscombe Parish Church (25th May), Clayhidon Parish Church (26th May), and Clearbrook Village Hall (2nd June).  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.

The Spring Season continues with outstanding theatre, delightful children’s shows and music from across the world, all brought into the heart of Devon’s rural communities. All of the Villages in Action events and booking information can be found on the VIA website:

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