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May 2024

Exhibition: About a Lovely Tree
Monday 6 May 2024 - Sunday 26 May 2024 at 10:30 AM
Exhibition: About a Lovely Tree
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Exhibition About a Lovely Tree


The Escapees – plus book launch: The Midnight Mechanic by Andy Brown
Saturday 25 May 2024 at 7:30 PM
The Escapees – plus book launch: The Midnight Mechanic by Andy Brown
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An evening to launch the new novel by celebrated local author Andy Brown:
The Midnight Mechanic. Followed by a live set of original songs from THE ESCAPEES:
Marcus Vergette – Drums; David Briggs – Bass/Guitars; Marc Woodward – Mandolin; Andy Brown – Guitar/Vocals


Not Only But Also The Blues: Alex Voysey Trio / Martin McNeill Bottleneck Bluesman
Monday 27 May 2024 at 7:30 PM
Not Only But Also The Blues: Alex Voysey Trio / Martin McNeill Bottleneck Bluesman
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Not Only But Also The Blues is a monthly showcase of some of the best blues and blues-inspired talent in the South West. This month features slide guitar specialist Martin McNeill and the superb Alex Voysey Trio making a return visit after their wonderful performance here in 2023. As usual the evening ends with a blues jam session, open to anyone to come and play.


Bach and Friends – Rodolfo Richter and Pierre Joubert, violins with William Carter, Lute
Tuesday 28 May 2024 at 7:30 PM
Bach and Friends – Rodolfo Richter and Pierre Joubert, violins with William Carter, Lute
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We are delighted (and spectacularly lucky!) to welcome three of the world’s top early music specialists to Ashburton for their first performance together as a trio. The three musicians have been friends and colleagues since the 1990s and have played hundreds of concerts together around the world in various period chamber ensembles and orchestras, notably the Academy of Ancient Music.


Three's Up! Organ Trio
Wednesday 29 May 2024 at 7:30 PM
Three's Up! Organ Trio
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Three’s Up! Organ Trio is a high energy trombone-led organ trio playing a mixture of ferociously swinging standards and adventurous original music written by the members
Rory Ingham, trombone, Matt Carter, organ and Luke Tomlinson, drums.


Searching for Sugarman (12A)
Friday 31 May 2024 at 7:30 PM
Searching for Sugarman (12A)
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In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long-romoured to be dead until two fans seek him out….


Jun 2024

Dan Whitehouse and Gustaf Ljunggren A Night of Glass
Thursday 6 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Dan Whitehouse and Gustaf Ljunggren A Night of Glass
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Accompanying himself on piano and guitar, Dan dives into songs and stories from the glass making industry and about how the glass of the screens we use everyday has changed our lives. Glass – such an artificial subject matter – is breathed into life via Dan’s sonorous Bowie-esque tenor, each tune interspersed with narrative leavened by his Black Country delivery.


Captain of the Lost Waves
Friday 7 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Captain of the Lost Waves
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This looks like being a real one-of-a-kind, once seen, never forgotten performance.
Captain of the Lost Waves is “…visceral music for the mind and body.” Inspired by various performers including Kate Bush, Genesis, Tears For Fears, Talking Heads, Zombies and Brian Eno, the Captain has a sound that is truly unique. He’s a troubadour, a storyteller and so it’s said, a free thinking renegade who writes songs that are at once unusual and dreamy, sometimes powerful and rocking, at other times softer, intuitive and spirited, rife with invention.


Dave Storey Trio with James Allsopp and Conor Chaplin
Sunday 9 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Dave Storey Trio with James Allsopp and Conor Chaplin
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The Dave Storey Trio present material from their third album ‘CIRCEO’ featuring their signature quicksilver interplay honed over almost a decade of playing and touring together. The jazz tradition brought to life for the 21st century – communication with love, humour and fire.


JSA Theatre Co: His Father’s Son
Tuesday 11 June 2024 at 8:00 PM
JSA Theatre Co: His Father’s Son
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Book here now: £13 full price • £10 or £6 if you prefer – please pay what you can*
Please note start time of 8pm, with doors at 7.45pm

‘His Father’s Son’ centres around the story of Tyler (played by Jack Gregory), over 30 years of his life. The piece begins when Tyler is 15 years old, struggling with difficulties in his home life and fitting in at school. The relationship he has with his father (Josh Blitz) has a detrimental impact on his future, and we explore how without the right guidance and care, history can repeat itself.

JSA Theatre is a group of five second year students studying drama at Exeter University. They are passionate about creating work for communities that expresses prevalent topical issues that they believe needs to be addressed within our society. Their current piece of work (‘His Father’s Son’) discusses the impact of divorce, addresses abusive behaviour and societal pressures around being a man.

JSA Theatre is made up of Jack Gregory, Josh Blitz, Scarlett Gladstone, Ally Bradly and Alex Flood (Director).

After the performance, there will be a short Q&A open discussion led by the company about any of the themes in the play, devising techniques, or questions to JSA Theatre as a small developing company.

Total duration approx 1 hour
This is presented in collaboration with Villages in Action
The play is aimed at an adult audience; it’s suitable for children aged 14 or over, subject to parental discretion.
CONTENT WARNING: the play contains references to divorce and brief depictions of domestic abuse and physical violence. If you have any questions or would like more information, please email info@villagesinaction.co.uk or call 01626 912692.
Accessibility warning: The performance will happen in the Studio upstairs at the Arts Centre. There are 20 steps, and no lift.

 

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Wildlife Gardeners’ Question Time and Shared Supper (NB start time 7pm)
Wednesday 12 June 2024 at 7:00 PM
Wildlife Gardeners’ Question Time and Shared Supper (NB start time 7pm)
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How can we improve our gardens, fields and community spaces to help nature thrive? How can we make our community abundant for wildlife and people? Join our panel of amazing local experts for this special version of Gardeners’ Question Time and gather with other local wildlife lovers to ask questions, explore ideas, share food and celebrate nature. Followed by shared supper.


An evening with Martin Simpson
Thursday 13 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
An evening with Martin Simpson
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One of England’s most revered folk performers, widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin’s interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His remarkable solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. 


War Child Benefit: Occasional Liberation Music Orchestra & Viva Choir
Friday 14 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
War Child Benefit: Occasional Liberation Music Orchestra & Viva Choir
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Roz Walker’s Viva Choir has teamed up with the Occasional Liberation Music Orchestra (OLMO) which feature some excellent Devon-based musicians who’ve come together specially to support this extremely worthy cause. The orchestra includes: Sam Richards, piano; Andy Williamson, saxophones, bass clarinet; Ric White, saxophones, flutes; Stephen Sterling, guitar; Eliza Jacobs, electric cello; Ali Waterman, electric cello; Roger Hall, double bass, gongs; Marcus Vergette, double bass; Davide Berlanda, congas & percussion; Steve Day, drums. They’ll be performing poignant ballads, world music & peace songs plus wild forays into the jazz hinterland and beyond.


Lost Songs of Scilly: Piers Lewin & John Patrick Elliott
Saturday 15 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Lost Songs of Scilly: Piers Lewin & John Patrick Elliott
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Lost Songs of Scilly is a unique collaboration that seeks to capture the stories and essence of the Isles of Scilly in music. Foot-stomping reels blend into timeless songs and ambient immersive instrumentals — this is music infused with an unshakeable sense of place. Expect evocative island soundscapes, with samples of field recordings woven through songs of the sea, celebrating the resilience of a creative, independent island community and transporting audiences to this truly beautiful place.


The Nettle Dress (12A)
Sunday 16 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
The Nettle Dress (12A)
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Textile artist Allan Brown spends seven years making a dress by hand from foraged stinging nettles, all picked on the South Downs near Brighton. This is ‘hedgerow couture’, the greenest of slow fashion. It’s also his medicine, the way he survives the death of his wife that left him and his four children bereft.


The Tempest
Monday 17 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
The Tempest
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Presented by a collective of circus artists, musicians, and specialist performers, The Tempest promises a Summer’s night of murky magic and mystical mischief.


Tom Kitching and Marit Fält: Where There's Brass
Wednesday 19 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Tom Kitching and Marit Fält: Where There's Brass
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‘Where There’s Brass’, with a storytelling a music show.
Documenting six months living in the London waterways community, making the long journey from Manchester on a traditional narrowboat built in 1937, ‘Where There’s Brass’ tells the story of the contemporary London waterways; a floating slum at worst, a bohemian, alternative, vibrant community at best.
It is a love letter to the waterways, and a rallying cry for what they can be in the future.


Toby Hay & Aidan Thorne After a Pause
Friday 21 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Toby Hay & Aidan Thorne After a Pause
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In 2021, guitarist Toby Hay & bassist Aidan Thorne (Duski) headed to the studio to make an album of new music, the inspiration being the things they missed most due to the restrictions of the pandemic. They focussed on improvisation and the timbre of acoustic instruments in real spaces.
“Dreamy, elusive, and appears to have all the time in the world.” Songlines


Raíces: Rebeca Ortega Flamenco Dance Show from Spain (plus Flamenco Dance and Guitar workshops)
Saturday 22 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Raíces: Rebeca Ortega Flamenco Dance Show from Spain (plus Flamenco Dance and Guitar workshops)
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Join us for a night of passion, rhythm, and intensity – an unforgettable authentic flamenco performance by Seville’s elegant and accomplished dancer, Rebeca Ortega, UK’s leading flamenco guitarist Ramón Ruiz, accompanied by the deeply soulful voice of Natalia Marín also from Seville.

In the afternoon, there’s a rare chance to join workshops in flamenco dance and guitar with some of the masters of these arts.


Julian Costello Quartet
Sunday 23 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Julian Costello Quartet
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In And All the Birds Were Set Free the musicians are the birds. It starts with the bass harmonics, then a slow tenor sax melody with bass riffs and dark chords. There is a change of mood and tempo for a modal flying piano solo and then a conversation with the drums. The theme returns until coming to rest.


Orlando Dibelo & Ruth Rozelaar: Bandoneón: A musical journey through the heart of tango
Tuesday 25 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Orlando Dibelo & Ruth Rozelaar: Bandoneón: A musical journey through the heart of tango
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Orlando and Ruth are playing a series of Milongas in June, where dancers can request their favourite tunes. This will be a seated concert where they’ll be exploring the repertoire of more lyrical Tangos, of which there are so many beautiful ones.


Only Love Matters (12A)
Friday 28 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
Only Love Matters (12A)
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A young woman’s discovery of a life-changing book reveals the unique life story of its intersex author, helping her to come to terms with her own past, embrace her new romance and finally reunite with her intersex mother after years apart.


ACT with the Arts Climate Festival Choral Climax
Saturday 29 June 2024 at 7:30 PM
ACT with the Arts Climate Festival Choral Climax
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This is the choral climactiical finale of: ACT with the Arts Climate Festival at venues around Teignbiridge, 22nd – 29th June 2024
It features The South Devon Singers Community Choir, the Torbay Folk choir, Sing and Sign Jukebow choir and the Plymouth Climate Choir.

festival.actionclimateteignbridge.org


Jul 2024

Oppenheimer (15)
Friday 26 July 2024 at 7:00 PM
Oppenheimer (15)
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As America’s isolation from World War II ends, prominent American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer finds himself tasked with performing a miracle. Directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jnr


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