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Autumn 2008

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Thursday 30 October 7.30pm Woolacombe Friday 31 October 7.30pm Winkleigh


Four Dancers, three choreographers, two intervals and one great evening – Upclose comprises three 20 minute dance pieces from three of the UK’s top choreographers. With the audience on all four sides of the performance this is a unique opportunity to see dancers of international quality in close and exciting proximity. Not only that, but one of the three pieces will also be made at the Beaford Arts Centre. Choreographer Tom Sapsford – winner of a Time Out award for outstanding achievement in dance – and the dancers will be in residence at Beaford in the last week of September. Drawing inspiration from James Ravilious’ Beaford Archive, Tom and the company will bring the best of contemporary dance to bear on a new and exciting work reflecting the full force of the elements. There’ll be opportunities for schools and communities to come and see the dancers in open rehearsals. If you’d like to come along, please contact Jane Woodman on 01805 603201. The other dance pieces will be made by Fleur Darkin – choreographer in residence at the Glastonbury Festival, working with acts from the Scissor Sisters to Sister Sledge – and Mark Bruce, whose last work “Sea of Bones” used a soundtrack ranging from Nick Cave and PJ Harvey to Scarlatti.

We work with promoters across the region to bring the right events to the right places; their help and support is what makes these opportunities available to our communities. You’ll find details of what’s on this autumn in the following pages.

beafordeducation Our base at Greenwarren House in the village of Beaford, deep in the heart of rural north Devon, has been a centre of creative development for decades. Each year, thousands of children and young people from across Devon and beyond visit us to take part in our courses, and to broaden and deepen their own creativity. Details of our residential courses can be found on our website, or by calling Centre Manager Annette Gilbert on 01805 603710.


beafordarchive For over 40 years, we have worked with artists to engage with north Devon’s land and its people. Begun in 1971 by Roger Deakins (now a BAFTA award-winning cinematographer), the Beaford Archive was built from 1972-1989 by artist and photographer James Ravilious into a collection of over 80,000 images – a combination of artistry and social documentary which the Royal Photographic Society calls “… a unique body of work, unparalleled at least in this country for its scale and quality”. We are uniquely fortunate to have this at the heart of our ongoing development.

Dance South West - Upclose Dance has never been more popular in Britain - and Beaford Arts is proud to be playing a key part in a new high quality dance piece being made specifically for rural venues.

If your only experience of dance so far has been Saturday Evening TV, come and see the real thing with some of Britain’s best dancers in the flesh and Upclose.

Woolacombe Village Hall - Thursday 30 October- 7:30pm, BAR Winkleigh Village Hall - Friday 31 October- 7:30pm, BAR Tickets £7/£3/£16 family Check our website from 29 September for Tom’s rehearsal diary Sponsored by Lord Basil’s Reformers

October Event

From Hartland to West Anstey, from Woolacombe to Winkleigh – across 800 square miles of rural north Devon bounded by the Atlantic and the moors, Beaford Arts promotes professional performing arts in non-traditional venues. Moving, enthralling, laugh-out-loud funny – live events are a unique experience every time.

Saturday 20 September 8pm Westacott Barton

Robin and Bina Williamson

Reg Meuross with Phil Beer “One of Britain’s finest singer songwriters” Time Out

Very special one-off duo gig featuring Reg with the brilliant fiddler and multi instrumentalist Phil Beer.


Formerly half of the Panic Brothers and now a mainstay of Hank Wangford’s Lost Cowboys, Reg Meuross played some barnstorming North Devon dates last year with Hank and now returns with a one-off new partner. Phil Beer – one half of Show of Hands – is an internationally renowned musician in his own right, appearing in places as diverse as the Royal Albert Hall and the Rolling Stones’ “Steel Wheels” album. With a huge local following, Phil’s last gigs for us were a sell-out. A very special musical experience is guaranteed!

A seasonal celebration of the turning year, embracing traditions and folk music from many roots. Robin Williamson, founder of the Incredible String Band, is now a published author on the celtic tradition. In performance, he and his partner Bina Williamson combine evocative East-West vocal harmonies in a style which one critic dubbed “Indo-Celtic-Delta”. Real, simple, true music full of soul - described by The Guardian as “a highlight of the festival” when the duo performed in 2005’s Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall. This popular venue, only 15 minutes from Barnstaple, offers a pre-show barbeque in its extensive gardens from 7pm (£8 - please pre-book). Wet weather alternative available!

Thursday 9 October 7pm Meal 8.30pm Performance South Molton

Piaf - Encore! Piaffinitée Piaffinitée breathe new life into the chansons of Edith Piaf, especially her earlier recordings with a small band and accordion – they recreate a feeling of real intimacy and a true French flavour. Piaf travelled on an emotional roundabout for much of her life. Singer Djamila, from the South of France, brings out Piaf’s passionate style in her committed and heartfelt performances. Not just the well-known hits, such as Milord, La Vie en Rose and No Regrets, but also many almost forgotten gems get the Piaffinitée treatment sensitively arranged for vocal and accordion duo. To complete the cabaret-style experience, The George Hotel will be offering a bistro supper to enjoy before the performance, with dessert served in the interval.

Friday 3 October 7.30pm Welcombe Saturday 4 October 8pm Taddiport

The Groanbox Boys “Dynamic performances and a joyous, foot-tapping folk heart ... highly recommended to those who love colourful and characterful roots music” Maverick magazine, May 2008 American roots trio The Groanbox Boys continue the traditions established by the great folk musicians of the USA – and they do precisely what their predecessors did: play folk music in their own way, putting their hearts and souls into it. The Groanbox sound is a unique blend of roots music performed on accordion, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica, and a range of one-off percussion ranging from a yew-tree log to a six-foot pole with 420 bottle caps and a black boot on the end … After an extensive tour down the east coast of the USA, they’re back with us following last year’s hugely popular shows.

Winkleigh Village Hall – Tuesday 2nd September – 7.30pm, BAR

Westcott Barton – Saturday 20th September – 8pm, BAR (£8 for pre-show barbeque)

George Hotel, South Molton – Thursday 9th October – 7pm meal, 8.30pm performance

Welcombe Village Hall – Friday 3rd October – 7.30pm Tickets £6.50 01288 331796 BAR

Tickets £10 01837 83209

Tickets £7 01805 603201

Tickets £7.50/£17.50 including meal 01769 572514

Taddiport Village Hall – Saturday 4th October – 8pm, BAR Tickets £6.50 01805 622594


Tuesday 2 September 7.30pm Winkleigh

Saturday 4 October 8pm Kentisbury Friday 17 October 8pm West Down

The Atlantics With vocals, guitar, slap bass, tenor sax, drums and piano the Atlantics create a big authentic 1950s sound and a great atmosphere – great party music that keeps you dancing all night long. They play classic 1950s rock n roll including tracks by Bill Haley & His Comets, Little Richard, Smiley Lewis, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner and Chuck Berry. And at Kentisbury – brush up on your steps beforehand! A special jive workshop at 6.30pm to get you ready for some real good rockin’ tonight .

Saturday 4 October 5pm Workshop 7pm Show Witheridge Friday 29 November 5pm Workshop 7pm Show West Anstey

The Tin Forest Puppetcraft

Friday 10 October 7.30pm Berrynarbor Saturday 11 October 7.30pm Pilton

Funeral Games Unpacked Theatre

Puppet theatre and workshop for everyone aged 3 and up

A comedy of tea stains, stiffs, and brotherly love from a top Edinburgh Fringe theatre company

An old man lives in a dreary junkyard, full of other people’s broken and unwanted junk. He dreams that one day his world will be full of life, colour and sound. His wish is about to come true…

It’s time to bury the dead and dig up the living. Keith, the estranged son, has returned, bringing a whole lot of trouble with him for his longsuffering brother Henry. Meanwhile Dad, the head of funeral directors Hall and Son, looks set to need his own services very soon …

An uplifting, funny and touching show, full of visual invention, puppetry and musical fun. With mechanical birds, a wind-up circus and exotic animals the show has a magical soundscape of live music and sound effects. A workshop runs before the show for anyone aged 7 years and up. You will make animated sculptures from discarded materials to take home, and join the in-show junkyard orchestra!

To Henry, it seems a little white lie might be enough to get rid of his short-tempered, live-wire brother. Unfortunately, nothing goes quite how he planned as the interloper decides he wants to join the family business and disaster ensues.

Saturday 18 October 7pm West Anstey

Below Cscape Dance Company Based on a story by Cornish writer Anna Maria Murphy, Below delves into the depths of the Cornish mining industry, telling tales of life above and below the mine... Using Cscape’s own unique style of story telling - blending dance, physical theatre, music and film - Below is a powerhouse performance of raw energy and sheer physicality. A moving and fascinating show reaching back to an era of buckets and Bal Maidens, heavy loads and heavy bones, deep fathoms and faith, and the promise of loss and new life.

“Unpacked are surging ahead of the pack, guns blazing... work of this calibre from a company so fresh and new is a rare beast“ - Total Theatre

Tickets £4/£14 families/£1 child workshop 01884 860557 or 01884 860270

Manor Hall, Berrynarbor – Friday 10th October – 7.30pm BAR

Light refreshments available between workshop and show

Tickets £7.50/£4 01271 883897

West Anstey Village Hall – Friday 29th November – 5pm workshop, 7pm show

Pilton Hall, Barnstaple – Saturday 11th October – 7.30pm

West Anstey Village Hall – Saturday 18th October – 7pm BAR

Tickets £6/£3/£16 families/£2.50 workshop 01398 341615 Light refreshments available

Tickets £7/£4 01271 378168

Tickets £9/£7/£30 family (inc. light supper) 01398 341615



Witheridge Village Hall – Saturday 4th October – 5pm workshop, 7pm show Kentisbury Village Hall – Saturday 4th October – 8pm, BYOB Tickets £7 performance/£3 jive workshop 01271 882487 West Down Village Hall – Friday 17th October – 8pm, BAR Tickets £8.50 (inc. light supper) 01271 866396

Horses Brawl A cutting-edge take on early and traditional music Horses Brawl’s music is rooted in renaissance, medieval, baroque and European folk traditions. They re-work and re-compose fragments of ancient melodies to create new music which is both “chillingly beautiful” (Properganda) and “virtuosic and experimental” (BBC Radio 2). The two performers use their instruments in new ways to create contemporary compositions on guitar, bowed guitar, double-barrelled recorders, crumhorn and fiddle. Often cinematic and dramatic, the music can be both darkly emotional and strangely uplifting.


One of the only early music groups who perform in both concert and gig settings – from Queen Elizabeth Hall to the Norwich Pop Underground Convention.

Hartland Church, Stoke – Sunday 19th October – 7.30pm Tickets £7/£6/kids free 01237 441426

Sunday 26 October 8pm South Molton

The Silent Pianist Speaks Neil Brand

Friday 31 October 7.30pm Braunton, Sunday 2 November 7pm Chumleigh Saturday 1 November (Workshop incl concert) 9.30am-7.30pm Beaford

Astaria String Quartet

Fresh from co-starring with Paul Merton in “Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns”, Neil Brand presents his own critically-acclaimed show.

Enthusiastic and exciting, the Astaria brings youthful vigour to challenging and dramatic repertoire from the core of the string quartet repertoire.

Using film clips ranging from the earliest and earthiest comedies to the glories of Hollywood glamour, Neil offers improvised accompaniment and laconic commentary on everything from deep focus to his own live cinema disasters. The result is a hilarious, sharp and ultimately moving show about cinema and music.

Braunton: Astor Piazzolla: Tango Ballet W. A. Mozart: String Quartet in D KV 575 P. I. Tchaikovsky: String Quartet in D Major Op.11

Neil has been accompanying silent films for over 25 years performing regularly at the NFT on London’s South Bank and at film festivals throughout the world. “The sheer finesse of each successive slapstick selection works its magic on the audience and the laughter flows more and more freely” Daily Telegraph George Hotel, South Molton – Sunday 26th October – 8pm BAR Tickets £7.50/pre-booked bar meals available 01769 572514

Chulmleigh: Joseph Haydn: Op.77 No.1 Giacomo Puccini: 'Crisantemi' L. Van Beethoven: String Quartet Op.59 No.3 'Rasumovsky' St Brannocks Church, Braunton – Friday 31st October – 7.30pm Tickets £7.50/£6.50 – accompanied children free 01271 814082 or from Braunton TIC St Mary Magdalene Church, Chulmleigh – Sunday 2nd November – 7pm Tickets £7.50/£6.50 – accompanied children free 01769 580232 Gifted and Talented Student Workshop Full day workshop for students with stringed instrument grade 6 or above Beaford Arts – Saturday 1st November – 9.30am-7.30pm (Inc. concert at 7pm) Fee £60 01805 603201

Tuesday 4 November 7.30pm Winkleigh Wednesday 5 November 7.30pm Swimbridge

The Cheeky Chappie - Max Miller Dave Sealey “’ERE! You’ll get me a bad name …” Dave Sealey reveals the career, critics, contemporaries and saucy, seaside postcard world of Max Miller. A lifelong music hall performer himself, Dave’s enthralling one man show portrays how that street urchin from Brighton became Britain’s highest paid comedy star with songs and laughs aplenty - as well as a little of the quiet unassuming man Max was beneath the make up and gaudy suits.

Winkleigh Village Hall – Tuesday 4th November – 7.30pm, BAR Tickets £7 01837 83209 Swimbridge Village Hall – Wednesday 5th November – 7.30pm BAR Tickets £7 01271 830311


Saturday 19 October 7.30pm Hartland

Friday 21 November 7.30pm Hartland Saturday 22 November 7.30pm Ashreigney

Friday 28 November 8.30pm South Molton

Saturday 29 November 7.30pm Parracombe Friday 5 December 7.30pm Buckland Brewer

Saturday 6 December 5.30pm Woolacombe Saturday 20 December 2.30pm Merton

Poor Jack

Winner of the British Magical Champion of Comedy award Ian’s lightning wit combines with amazing displays of magic and mind reading –leaving you shaking with laughter and stunned by his feats. Ian has been a full time professional entertainer since giving up his career as an accountant fifteen years ago.


A member of The Inner Magic Circle, Ian works all over the world. As well as making several television appearances, he has recently written and presented two programmes on BBC Radio 4 about mind readers and magicians’ assistants.

Milton Jones The best one-line merchant in British comedy Although he looks permanently dazed and confused, Milton Jones has one of the keenest minds in the business. A previous winner of Time Out’s “Best Comedy Performance”, with a TV career spanning more than a decade and a veteran of five series on Radio 4, Jones’ twisted logic steers the audience in wholly the wrong direction before swinging in with an unexpected, devastatingly funny, punchline. Sometimes surreal, sometimes sharply observational, he ruthlessly cuts to the chase with gags delivered with perfect timing - jokes everyone tries to remember for the pub later, if only there weren’t so many of them. With support from BBC New Comedy Award runner-up and regular Private Eye contributor James Sherwood.

Hartland Hall – Friday 21st November – 7.30pm Tickets £6.50 01237 441786 Ashreigney Village Hall – Saturday 22nd November – 7.30pm Tickets £6.50 01769 520224

George Hotel, South Molton – Friday 28th November – 8.30pm, BAR Tickets £9 01769 572514

Tom & Barbara Brown “This Farming Life” & “A Westcountry Night Out”

Two of the leading exponents of the West Country’s musical traditions, Tom and Barbara draw from a deep-rooted knowledge of the land and its people. “This Farming Life” (Parracombe) uses the unique resources of the South West Film and Television Archive to celebrate rural life in its many aspects. Including film footage of the region dating back to the 1920s, the show combines silent and sound film, songs and spoken word. “A Westcountry Night Out” (Buckland Brewer) brings together some of the most beautiful, intriguing and amusing songs from the South Western counties of England, covering themes just as diverse as the landscapes and peoples who inhabit them. A celebration of the West Country in all its many facets. Parracombe Village Hall – Saturday 29th November – 7.30pm, BYOB and Food Tickets £6 01598 763325 or from Parracombe Village Stores Buckland Brewer Village Hall – Friday 5th December – 7.30pm BAR Tickets £8 incl. supper 01237 451522

Multi Story Theatre Family theatre for everyone aged 5 and up Jack and his mother live together in their cottage but it’s time for him to leave. He has ideas buzzing in his head about a castle of grey and a lady dressed in green. Jack finds a monstrous Giant and a little hairy man who set him to work at some seemingly impossible tasks. But a mysterious voice helps him through and finally Jack restores the castle to its former golden glory and finds the lady! A vibrant family production featuring music and Multi Story’s hallmark physicality.

Woolacombe Village Hall – Saturday 6th December – 5.30pm Tickets £5 adults/£3 children/£15 family 01271 870510 Clinton Hall, Merton – Saturday 20th December – 2.30pm Childrens Party – Bring and share tea Tickets £3/£10 family 01805 603587


Ian Keable

After the sell-out success of the second edition “An English Eye – the photographs of James Ravilious”, James’ final work has now been brought back into print.

Cleveland Watkiss

“Down The Deep Lanes” takes the reader on a journey into the heart of a countryside not usually acknowledged by guidebooks. What is described, illustrated, and celebrated here is the stuff of everyday existence in the rural South West – the lane, field and farmstead, the orchard and the vegetable garden, cob and corrugated iron, and the all pervading weather.

“Best male jazz singer in Britain” Evening Standard “One of the world’s most outstanding male jazz singers” The Guardian Since co-founding the hugely influential Jazz Warriors with Courtney Pine in 1985, Cleveland has been a leading player in the UK jazz and new music scene for over twenty years. His partners have ranged from The Who to Mercury Prize winner Talvin Singh via Goldie, Bjork, and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His new project “Vocal Suite” uses his voice in a brand new way. Blending harmonies, percussion and basslines – all made by his voice alone - Cleveland employs electronics and looping to make a performance especially for the acoustics of the venue he’s playing.


Cleveland will be exploring the unique sound qualities of our centuriesold stone churches in a live performance previously seen only in concert halls and jazz clubs. Soulful, jazzy, and spiritual – these one-off performances promise to be the highlight of the season. “Fingers dancing over the keys of an imaginary saxophone or pumping the valves of an invisible trumpet, Cleveland Watkiss’ instrument is his voice. Vocal improvisation is the game”…Arena “confidently delicate, with carefully sculpted melodies, intriguing textures and real drive.” BBC “An original work from a unique British talent” Blues & Soul

St Augustine’s Church, Heanton Punchardon – Sunday 7th December 7.30pm Tickets £8/£4 under 16s – 01805 603201 St Mary Magdalene Church, Chulmleigh – Tuesday 9th December, 7.30pm Tickets £8/£4 under 16s – 01805 603201 All dates TBC – please check

Co-author Peter Beacham, recently awarded the OBE, is Heritage Protection Director at English Heritage. According to Peter, “working with James on this book was literally eyeopening. He taught me how to look at everyday life in Devon in a way that made me delight in it ever more deeply.”


“… this marvellous collection of black and white photography springs from deep affection and real, muddy-booted intimacy with Devon” Devon Life The second edition is available as a paperback at £19.95, or as a limited edition presentation-quality hardback at £39.95. Copies are available from local bookshops, direct from Beaford Arts (01805 603 201), or online at


Sunday 7 December 7.30 Heanton Punchardon Tuesday 9 December 7.30 Chulmleigh

Date 2 Sep 20 Sep 3 Oct 4 Oct 4 Oct 4 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11 Oct 17 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 26 Oct 30 Oct 31 Oct 31 Oct 1 Nov

Time 7.30pm 8pm 7.30pm 5pm w/shop 7pm show 8pm 8pm 8.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 7pm 7.30pm 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 9.30am-7.30pm

2 Nov 4 Nov 5 Nov 21 Nov 22 Nov 28 Nov

7pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8.30pm

Event Reg Meuross and Phil Beer Robin and Bina Williamson The Groanbox Boys Puppetcraft - Tin Forest The Atlantics The Groanbox Boys Piaffinitee Unpacked Theatre - Funeral Games Unpacked Theatre - Funeral Games The Atlantics Cscape Dance Company - Below Horses Brawl Neil Brand Dance South West Up Close tour Astaria String Quartet Dance South West Up Close tour Astaria String Quartet - Gifted and Talented Student Workshop Astaria String Quartet Dave Sealey - Max Miller Dave Sealey - Max Miller Ian Keable Ian Keable Milton Jones

Venue Winkleigh Village Hall Westcott Barton Welcombe Village Hall Witheridge Village Hall Kentisbury Village Hall Taddiport Village Hall The George, South Molton Manor Hall, Berrynarbor Pliton Hall, Barnstaple West Down Parish Hall West Anstey Village Hall Hartland Church The George, South Molton Woolacombe Village Hall St Brannock's Church, Braunton Winkleigh Village Hall Beaford Centre

Price £10.00 £7.00 £6.50 £4/14/£1 child w/shop £7 £6.50 £7.50/ £17.50 inc. dinner £7.50/4 £7/4 £8.50 £9/7/30 £7/6/kids free £7.50 £7/£3/£16 £7.50/6.50/kids free £7/£3/£16 £60

Booking 01837 83209 01805 603201 01288 331796 01884 860557 / 01884 860270 01271 882487 01805 622594 01769 572514 01271 883897 01271 378168 01271 866396 01398 341615 01237 441426 01769 572514 01805 603201 01271 814082 01805 603201 01805 603201

St Mary Magdelene Church, Chulmleigh Winkleigh Village Hall Swimbridge Village Hall Hartland Hall Ashreigney Village Hall The George, South Molton

£7.50/6.50/kids free £7.00 £7.00 £6.50 £6.50 £9

01769 580232 01837 83209 01271 830311 01237 441786 01769 520224 01769 572514

Time 5pm Wshop, 7pm Show 7.30pm

5 Dec


6 Dec 7 Dec 8 Dec

5.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Event Puppetcraft - Tin Forest Tom and Barbara Brown This Farming Life Tom and Barbara Brown Westcountry Night Out Multi Story Theatre - Poor Jack Cleveland Watkiss Cleveland Watkiss

20 Dec


Multi Story Theatre - Poor Jack

Venue West Anstey Village Hall Parracombe Village Hall Buckland Brewer Village Hall Woolacombe Village Hall St Augustine’s Church, Heanton St Mary Magdelene Church, Chulmleigh Clinton Hall, Merton

Price Booking £6/3/16/£2.50 for w/shop 01398 341615 £6.00 01598 763325 or Parracombe Village Stores £8.00 01237 451522 £5/3/15 £8/£4 under 16s £8/£4 under 16s

01271 870510 01805 603201 01805 603201

£3/£10 fam

01805 603587


Beaford Arts – new website We are pleased to launch the new version of the Beaford Arts website for the start of the autumn programme. Log onto and take a look around. On-line ticket purchasing We are now able to offer online ticket purchasing for all of our events, and an online shop for Beaford Archive, including James Ravilious books and prints. You will notice an ‘add to basket’ facility on each event allowing you to purchase your tickets there and then and guarantee a place. They will be posted first class straight to your doorstep. We have added lots of useful information about all aspects of Beaford Arts, and think you will find the new site informative and easy to use. If you haven’t already done so, sign up on-line to receive our e-newsletter which will keep you up to date with the latest information and events. Beaford Arts reserves the right to change the programme – details are correct at the time of print

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