2020: What’s happened at the Arts Centre?

Jan 2020

Wassail
Friday 17 January 2020 at 5:30 PM

Gather in the forecourt, sing, bang things, then head off to cast out evil spirits from fruit trees around the town!


National Iyengar Yoga Day
Saturday 18 January 2020 at 10:30 AM
Gavin Tilstone

With Gavin Tilstone, giving a free class and demo in the morning, and a workshop for more experienced yogis in the afternoon. Also a free lunch!


Fireworks (Theatre)
Saturday 18 January 2020 at 7:30 PM
Fireworks

Fireworks is an experimental piece of new writing exploring the dichotomy of whether the connections we make in life form through fate, or are random events in a chaotic universe. Paralleling two narratives in two timelines, this is a story about love, faith and the science behind CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.


Theros Beyond Death
Sunday 19 January 2020 at 2:00 PM

Theros Beyond Death-tournament with prizes. £26.50 on the door for the Pre-Release pack & tournament.
Or, £2 for a table to play other games (Dungeons & Dragons, Dice Masters, Star Wars Destiny and so on.)

The best fantasy strategic card game for all ages over 11.
Everyone welcome. Or just come along and watch, play casual games of Magic. Help will be on hand for beginners!


Adrian Cox Quartet: Now Is Spring tour
Friday 24 January 2020 at 7:30 PM
Adrian Cox Quartet Ashburton Arts Centre

It’s become a tradition already at the Arts Centre to start off each year with a visit from Adrian Cox. This is his third January gig here, with the same stupendous band. This is jazz and showmanship of the highest calibre – you are GUARANTEED to leave with a smile on your face and the tunes running around your head for days.


Burns Night Ceilidh with ReJig
Saturday 25 January 2020 at 7:30 PM
ReJig Burns Night Ashburton Arts Centre

Dance to the fabulous Re-Jig (freestyle and called) eat haggis, drink whisky, listen to a wee bit of Robbie Burns – what’s not to like!? And the booking link is now FIXED (apologies).


Dartmouth Orchestra: Winter Concert
Sunday 26 January 2020 at 3:00 PM
Dartmouth Orchestra Ashburton Arts

Prokofiev’s sparkling sleigh ride music ‘Troika’, Haydn’s bold trumpet concerto with Tony Hindley, the brass section playing The Nutcracker dances, ‘Walking in the Air’ from “The Snowman” sung by Olly Simmonds and Mendelssohn’s dreamy Scottish Symphony. Admission £12, Children Free.


Roofer (Swiss jazz quintet)
Sunday 26 January 2020 at 7:30 PM
Roofer Swiss Jazz

Five top jazz musicians from Switzrland, on tour in the UK, including Ashburton Arts Centre alongside venues like the Vortex in London. They’re unusual, quirky, original – and very entertaining. Impossible to predict, but it looks like it’ll be fun!


Talk & film: Chris Chapman on Hope Bourne
Thursday 30 January 2020 at 7:30 PM
Chris Chapman talk on Hope Bourne

A talk by Chris Chapman, Exmoor Hill Farmer


Film: Leave No Trace (12A)
Friday 31 January 2020 at 7:30 PM
leave no trace

A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to the authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.


Feb 2020

Magical Deceptions with Brian Rappert
Sunday 2 February 2020 at 6:30 PM
Magic through the silks

Join Brian in a latest interactive performance of trickery. We will use the play of secrecy, disclosure and deception in magic to discuss the role of secrecy, disclosure and deception in art, science, war, and daily life.


Bhangra Folk Dance at Ashburton
Saturday 8 February 2020 at 2:00 PM
avtar bhangra folk dance

Have you ever wanted to try dances of India? Now is your chance, join us for Bhangra folk dance session. Dancing for health and well being and FUN!


Julian Costello Quartet
Saturday 8 February 2020 at 7:30 PM
Julian Costello Quartet 8 Feb Ashburton Arts Centre

Julian Costello – saxes
Maciek Pysz – guitars
Yuri Goloubev – double bass
Adam Teixeira – drums


Magical Deceptions with Brian Rappert (sold out – try 23 Feb or 8 Mar)
Sunday 9 February 2020 at 6:30 PM
Magic through the silks

Join Brian in a latest interactive performance of trickery. We will use the play of secrecy, disclosure and deception in magic to discuss the role of secrecy, disclosure and deception in art, science, war, and daily life.


Brownman Akoustic Quartet
Saturday 15 February 2020 at 7:30 PM
Brownman Akoustic Quartet

The Brownman Akoustic Quartet


Martin Shaw & Liam Ó Maonlaí: workshop
Sunday 16 February 2020 at 10:00 AM
Liam O'Maonlai and Martin Shaw

Before the evening’s performance from this giant of Irish music Liam O’Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers) and much celebrated storyteller Martin Shaw, join them for a workshop during the day.


Liam Ó'Maonlaí and Martin Shaw: A night of song and story
Sunday 16 February 2020 at 7:30 PM
Liam O'Maonlai and Martin Shaw

Join us for a night of enchantment, humour and sheer waywardness with giant of Irish music 
Liam O’Maonlai 
(Hothouse Flowers) 
and much celebrated storyteller Martin Shaw
 on a journey into the power of language, tradition, innovation 
and wonder. Something for the lover in all of us!


Staircase Opera: The Consul
Tuesday 18 February 2020 at 7:30 PM
the consul

Ever been frustrated by bureaucracy? Ever been daunted by official forms? Ever needed a document in a hurry? Ever had your life depend on it?


Pugs of the Frozen North
Friday 21 February 2020 at 6:00 PM
pugs of the frozen north

A fabulous family theatre show for half term. Award-winning company The Foundry Group presents Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre’s Pugs of the Frozen North, in this new adaptation.
Two shows: 3pm and 6pm.


Mardi Gras Parade with Grimspound Border Morris: FREE
Saturday 22 February 2020 at 6:30 PM
Grimspound Border Morris

Turn up between 6 – 6.30pm and gather in the forecourt – or the bar! Weather-permitting, there’ll be a short parade around the centre of town, leaving from the forecourt of the arts centre at 6.30pm – bring puppets, lanterns, lights, musical instruments… We’ll be joined by Grimspound Border Morris – who’ll do a performance in the Arts Centre Forecourt at 7pm. After this, move inside for live music from Frisco Fiasco.


Mardi Gras: Frisco Fiasco and Mama Tokus
Saturday 22 February 2020 at 7:30 PM
Mardi Gras Frisco Fiasco Mama Tokus

We’re celebrating Mardi Gras in the great town of Ashburton. There will be a New Orleans-style parade at 6.30pm, then some West Country bonkersness with the Grimspound Border Morris crew dancing outside the Arts Centre at 7pm. Followed by Frisco Fiasco and the one and only Mama Tokus from 7.30pm inside.


Film: Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)
Friday 28 February 2020 at 7:30 PM
bohemian rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.


Weird Dog #4
Saturday 29 February 2020 - Sunday 1 March 2020 at 8:00 PM
WeirdDog 3

WeirdDog returns to Ashburton Arts Centre on Saturday 29th February.
Bringing you the best Progressive, Tech House and Techno of 2019 for this leap year special. Live visuals from Cad with Matt and Andy providing the rest.


Mar 2020

Lisa Schneidau: The Tangle of the Commons
Sunday 1 March 2020 at 4:00 PM

The Tangle of the Commons tells the story of the British landscape and our relationship with the wild things around us, seen and unseen. Who really owns this place – and what happens if humans push things too far?


Ben Cox Quintet: Hourglass – The music of James Taylor
Sunday 1 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
Ben Cox Hourglass James Taylor

Straight off the back of two successful albums, Ben Cox, whose debut album ‘This Waiting Game’ was listed in the Telegraph’s Top Jazz Albums 2015, brings together a new band to celebrate the music of Grammy award winning American singer songwriter James Taylor.


Alice Night and Me in Art/Martine
Thursday 5 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
Alice Night and Me in Art/Martine

An evening of two beautiful souls sharing their experience of the world through song, voice and guitar.


Crystal Jacqueline Acoustic Band
Friday 6 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
Crystal Jacqueline Acoustic Band

Playing songs from her four studio albums as well as re-imaginings of songs by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Emmylou Harris. Performed by a four-piece acoustic set up including double bass and oboe.


Phil Beer
Saturday 7 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
Phil Beer So Much to Choose From 2020 Tour

Phil Beer (of Show of Hands) is appearing at Ashburton Arts Centre as part of his So Much to Choose From 2020 Tour. This is looking popular already so book quickly!


International Women's Day: Listening Room – Occupy The Airwaves
Sunday 8 March 2020 at 10:00 AM
occupy the airwaves

Public Access to Occupy the Airwaves – an all day broadcast by women from Dreadnought South West, via Phonic FM, Exeter. The Lounge at the Arts Centre will be set up as a room to listen to this broadcast for anyone who wants to drop in.


Torbay Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky #5, Sam Richards – informal
Sunday 8 March 2020 at 3:30 PM
torbay symphony orchestra

The Torbay Symphony Orchestra is back at Ashburton Arts Centre for a rehearsal. Watch as they perform Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and a brand new commission from Totnes composer Sam Richards called Planetarium.


Magical Deceptions with Brian Rappert
Sunday 8 March 2020 at 6:30 PM
Magic through the silks

Join Brian in a latest interactive performance of trickery. We will use the play of secrecy, disclosure and deception in magic to discuss the role of secrecy, disclosure and deception in art, science, war, and daily life. Max 12 in audience. This is an intimate affair.


Night Flying - Jane Mason
Friday 13 March 2020 at 7:30 PM

Drawing on ideas related to deep time, the night sky and landscapes of being, Night Flying is a duet with long-time collaborator David Williams. Together they explore a constellation of associations related to memory, change and wonder.


Steve Turner: cancelled
Saturday 14 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
Steve Turner Late Cut front cover photo

With regret, because of the health risk posed by the current corona virus pandemic, this gig has been postponed. The new date will be later this year sometime.


Gaz Hughes Sextet: Art Blakey tribute
Sunday 15 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
Gaz Hughes Art Blakey

The Gaz Hughes Sextet plays Art Blakey


Film: The Lavender Hill Mob (U) CANCELLED
Wednesday 18 March 2020 at 2:00 PM
lavender hill mob

After two decades of service to his employers, gold bullion carrier Henry Holland (Alec Guinness) decides to run off with more than a million pounds worth of the stuff.


Sam Walker : Cancelled
Wednesday 18 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
sam walker

Sam Walker travels the world performing solo in a multi-instrumental set up. His live shows are gaining a reputation for boundless energy, dynamic shifts and much multi-instrumentalism.


Alliance Française: Evening of Poetry & Irish Music : Cancelled
Friday 20 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
alliance francaise

French writer Mélisande Fitzsimons will be reading a mix of English and French poems interspersed with music by Irish musician Mark Fitzsimons.


Gabriel Moreno & the Quivering Poets CANCELLED
Saturday 21 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
Gabriel Moreno & the Quivering Poets

Gabriel Moreno is a singer songwriter and poet, originally from Gibraltar, now based in London. He is considered an heir of the western troubadour tradition under the influence of songwriter greats such as Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave.


Film: Woman at War (12A) CANCELLED
Friday 27 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
woman at war

Halla is a 50 year old independent woman. But, behind the scene of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist.


Ashburton Singers CANCELLED
Saturday 28 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
Ashburton Singers

Spring Songs, Love Songs and Lullabies featuring music by Elgar, Rutter, Whitacre and Termis.


Stillhouse Junkies CANCELLED
Sunday 29 March 2020 at 7:30 PM
stillhouse junkies

This talented American trio combines a wide range of influences including bluegrass, Western Swing, blues and more, to create an attractive groove-filled blend of American roots music.


The Ciderhouse Rebellion now ONLINE
Tuesday 31 March 2020 at 7:00 PM
ciderhouse rebellion

Violinist Adam Summerhayes and master accordionist Murray Grainger present their debut album UNTOLD. Live performances will be a mix of pure, magical, improvisation alongside the duo’s take on traditional folk tunes (particularly from the North-East) and their own original material.


Apr 2020

Monthly Life Drawing on Zoom
Saturday 4 April 2020 at 11:00 AM
life drawing

As usual on the first Saturday of the month, we’re hosting a Life Drawing session – but this time using Zoom, which the Arts Centre has already been using successfully for the last couple of weeks.


Auction for the Arts
Saturday 4 April 2020 at 12:00 PM
Auction for the Arts logo

Join us at the Arts Centre , where we will have a bar and live music, to hear the winning bids in the Auction for the Arts be announced.


Jenny Quick: Beethoven by Bike - The inner and the outer journey
Sunday 5 April 2020 at 4:00 PM
jenny quick

Beethoven’s epic penultimate piano sonata, Opus 110. Preceded by a talk about Jenny’s year-long bike journey, the people she met in her travels who heard this sonata, anecdotes and adventures.


Magic in an Age of Pretence
Sunday 5 April 2020 at 8:00 PM
magic in an age of pretence Brian Rappert

Join magician and academic Brian Rappert for online magic – some of which you will do yourself!


The Askew Sisters
Thursday 9 April 2020 at 7:30 PM
askew sisters

Folk music from the Askew Sisters. ‘Gifted multi-instrumentalists, singers and writers’ 
(Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2) singing ‘beautiful, uncanny and subtly political songs’ 
(The Guardian).


Magic in an Age of Pretence [on Zoom]
Sunday 12 April 2020 at 8:00 PM
magic in an age of pretence Brian Rappert

These are challenging times. How we communicate, how we look at one another, and how we make perceive our everyday surrounding are shifting from day to day. Join with Prof Brian Rappert in using magic as a method for reflecting our altered experiences. In this highly interactive, on-line event, some of the magic will take place in your very hands! And who doesn’t need a bit more magic in their lives these days… (this is an online magic show – so the audience can be anywhere in the world!)


Magic in an Age of Pretence [on Zoom]
Sunday 19 April 2020 at 8:00 PM
magic in an age of pretence Brian Rappert

These are challenging times. How we communicate, how we look at one another, and how we make perceive our everyday surrounding are shifting from day to day. Join with Prof Brian Rappert in using magic as a method for reflecting our altered experiences. In this highly interactive, on-line event, some of the magic will take place in your very hands! And who doesn’t need a bit more magic in their lives these days… (this is an online magic show – so the audience can be anywhere in the world!)


Magic in an Age of Pretence [on Zoom]
Sunday 26 April 2020 at 8:00 PM
magic in an age of pretence Brian Rappert

These are challenging times. How we communicate, how we look at one another, and how we make perceive our everyday surrounding are shifting from day to day. Join with Prof Brian Rappert in using magic as a method for reflecting our altered experiences. In this highly interactive, on-line event, some of the magic will take place in your very hands! And who doesn’t need a bit more magic in their lives these days… (this is an online magic show – so the audience can be anywhere in the world!)