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November 2019

 February 2019
The Devil’s Violin



Spellbinding storytellers perform their kaleidoscopic fairytale.

A young prince falls endlessly down through the darkness………….. In a field of poppies, a beautiful old woman is trapped in a cottage nestled in a huge claw…………….. Saddled horses stand frozen in a dripping grey landscape, their missing riders lost to The Land of No Return.

Daniel Morden’s mesmeric tale of adversity and hope are accompanied by the strings of

Oliver Wilson-Dickson (Violin) and Sarah Moody (Cello).

‘A scintillating combination of music, sound and story’  –  The Times

This is an evening not to miss! Tickets, limited to just 45 for this event are on sale fromwww.villagesinaction.co.ukand telephone 0333 666 3366 from Saturday 5th January 2019.

 November 2018

 Isca String Quartet

 October 2018

April 2018 

 March 2018

January 2018 

December 2017 

November 2017

Photos of the last event in the season just gone - The Youth Bands evening with 'Tunisian Bear' (the two girls and single guitarist) and 'Mr First Name' (with Wilf McNeilage, the two guitarists and drummer). The event was a resounding success, attended by over 60 people and raised £300 for Care International.

Mambo Jambo 

March 2017

Semi - Toned a Smash Hit 4th March 2017

Comment from Tom Samson---

Semi-Toned played on the 4th March 2017 to a packed hall and concluded their second set to a 100% standing ovation that required an encore to quieten the audience down!

It must rank as one of the most powerful performances we have ever witnessed. Audience feed back has been simply astounding – People are saying  just how wonderful the night was. One email that came in to me today simply read:- What a coup! Having gone with an open mind, as we hadn't watched 'The Choir', we were completely blown away by the energy and exuberance of this group. It was one of the best nights we can remember in the Hall. Oh, to be 20 again!! Many thanks for spotting their talents and organising such a great evening.

Many thanks and huge praise , too, to the wonderfully supportive Tale Valley Choir

Incredible Performance by the Moscow Drug Company on 14th October 2016

Villages in Action (VIA) is a rural touring scheme based in Crediton, Devon. They help to bring top quality professional performances and workshops at affordable prices to communities through a network of local promoters.Created in 1992, VIA now covers five of the seven district council areas of Devon and has over 70 active communities, reaching about 8,500 people annually as audience members or workshop participants.
Talaton has had numerous excellent performances and hopes to have more but the finances are very tight. Success and a continuation of these great performances depends on having a full Hall!
Please support the events when they are advertised - it really is vital.

See below for  the 2016 Report on Villages in Action Performances in Talaton

Heads Will Roll - By Told By An Idiot
November 2016 

In Remembrance of a Lost Generation 

Nov 2016

Community Theatre 4All
Project Report for the production of

Performed between 10th and 12th March 2016 (with a Preview Performance given on Wednesday 9th March) in St Mary’s Church Wimple.

This community theatre venture brought together 30 residents of Talaton and Whimple on a regular weekly basis (between September 2015 and March 2016) for cast rehearsals in St Mary’s Church Whimple, in preparation for the four performances of ‘Godspell’ that were given between 9th and 12th March 2016. In addition to this, an infrastructure of support staff, in the form of technicians, back stage crew and front of house staff was developed to provide all the services that this major project required. The total size of the Community Theatre 4All group exceeded 50 people.

‘Godspell’ was performed to an audience drawn from the local communities and surrounding areas that was a little in excess of 400 people. Thus, in total, over 450 people were directly affected by the project. The very high quality acting and singing performances, combined with high production standards in the areas of music, costume, setting and lighting drew widespread critical acclaim within both Talaton and Whimple.

Just one example of the letters received is included in this report as follows:-

What a wonderful experience we enjoyed last night. The presentation of Godspell was amazing in every aspect, from the costumes and make up, the numerous props, the lighting effects, the staging, through to the front of house reception. Then, of course, there was, the highest standards of acting, singing and choroegraphed movement, all of which rose to the challenges posed by the variety of musical styles. All of these facets of the production were delivered powerfully, with enthusiasm and emotion. This, combined with a depth of understanding of each of the individual parts of the drama took the audience to the ultimately powerful and moving conclusion of the show.

Please pass on my gratitude and admiration to, not only the people who had the vision to embark on this journey into the unknown, but to everyone who made that vision possible.

I am very aware of the many facets that a production like this entails and it was a pleasure to been part of a new venture. Looking forward to the next time.

Because of the very high standard of the end product that was achieved, there is already a groundswell, within both Talaton and Whimple, to build upon this event. Preparations are already well advanced for a follow up Community Theatre 4All event in Autumn 2016. Clearly there has been a major drawing together of villagers from both communities and it is the future aim of Community Theatre 4All to continue to build upon this initial success.  The aim of the community theatre company will be to widen our membership base to include other villages within the immediate locality. This will be achieved by continually striving to produce varied styles of theatre and performance in a wide variety of local venues, to include churches, village halls and open air spaces.

The £800 awarded by the Parishes Together Fund, from the joint submission by Talaton and Whimple Parish Councils, did, in no small way, play a major part in raising the quality of the end product, the public performances. This funding was used to target two very specific areas of the production, the creation of staging and the enhancement of stage lighting by the creation of a temporary stage lighting bar and the purchase of freestanding stage lighting stands. Staging and Lighting enhanced the production in very specific ways. The design and creation of bespoke staging for a, ‘very awkward to use’, performance space enabled the church to become a more effective theatrical venue. The creation of the temporary lighting bar and the purchase of freestanding Stage Lighting Stands enabled the space to be effectively lit. The creation and purchase of these specific facilities will continue to benefit Community Theatre 4All in future projects, in a wide range of venues.

Lastly, may I say a heartfelt ‘Thank you’ for your very valuable support – a support that will, by the provision of the equipment that has been purchased, continue to be felt through many future projects.

Tom Samson
(Director Community Theatre 4All)

10th - 12th March 2016 

Villages in Action Report

This year Talaton Parish Hall has promoted two Villages in Action events, “The Artisans” in late November and “The Red Dirt Skinners” in early March. The two events were musical evenings but both very different styles and periods of music and thus very different experiences.

“The Artisans”, four young female musicians, playing recreated medieval instruments, took their audience on a four-centuary musical exploration through medieval Europe. The audience heard music that spanned English, French, Spanish and Italian traditions and ranged from ecclesiastical church music, to folk and dance tunes. For this event the hall was laid out very differently to the usual Villages in Action setting of long tables and chairs laid for an interval meal. On this occasion the audience was arched around the performers, who sat in the main body of the hall. An additional 10 seats were placed upon the stage, looking down into the performance space, creating a total seating capacity of 80. The stage lighting was redirected to light this ‘new’ performance area and thus, a close and intimate space was created. ‘Light Bights’ (canapes) were served to the audience during the interval. The evening drew wide critical acclaim from the members of the audience. The evening was fully sold out – the last tickets being sold on the day of the performance.

“The Red Dirt Skinners” was an evening in total contrast to that of “The Artisans”. This award-wining duo provided an unforgettable evening that blended the sounds of ‘Country’, ‘Blues’, ‘Americana’ and ‘Folk’ into a fusion of sound that was firmly anchored in Sarah Skinner’s mesmorising playing of the Soprano Saxophone. The seating plan for this evening was the usual long tables laid for an interval meal. The interval meal that was served was much appreciated by the audience. “The Red Dirt Skinners” sold out one week in advance!

Villages in Action events are now regularly selling out in Talaton.

Talaton Parish Hall, building upon the success of Villages in Action events, is now beginning to promote its own programme to complement that of ViA. This year we have also promoted a highly successful evening with the City Steam Jazz Band. Regretfully we have had to postpone “An Evening with David Follett” but this event is to be re-scheduled into the 2016/17 Season.  In the 2016/17 Season we will be promotoing much more of our own programming, alongside continuing to promote Villages in Action touring professional artists.

March 2016
The Red Dirt Skinners

On Friday 20th November 2015
‘The Artisans’

Ronnie Jones Jazz Quartet on Saturday 7th March 2015

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