Villages get taste of arts and theatre

VILLAGES around Thame are set to benefit from a new scheme which will bring the arts to their doorsteps.

Residents from areas like Chearsley, Cuddington, Oakley and Weedon will be able to enjoy a host of top performances by professional artists as part of the programme.

Highlights include an Oxfordshire Theatre Company production of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story The Jungle Book, Victorian magic duo Morgan and West, and Eyes Front – an exciting combination of live performance and film about the effect of music in wartime.

The Theatre in the Village tour, now in its 13th year, plays to hundreds of Buckinghamshire residents in various village halls and other community venues every year. Each show is handpicked, promoted and staged by local people wanting to bring something special to their village.

The season opens with an exciting new adaptation of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest at The Bernard Hall, Cuddington, on September 24. It continues through autumn, culminating in a performance of Dracula at Bledlow Ridge on December 2.

Theatre in the Villages is subsidised by Aylesbury Vale, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils.

Councillor David Thompson, cabinet member for leisure at Aylesbury Vale District Council, said: “Theatre in the Villages is an excellent scheme designed to bring professional live art and culture to even the most rural of communities.

“At the heart of the scheme is the chance to enjoy high quality, affordable and memorable entertainment as well as providing the opportunity to bring members of the community together. People coming along to one of the many performances can always be sure of a warm welcome and a great time.”

For details of the full tour including prices and booking details visit www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/theatreinthevillages or call: 01296 585210.