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The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 9HX
TEL: 01249 701628 / 01249 712618
NATIONAL RURAL TOURING FORUM (NRTF)
The organisation that represents a number of mainly rural touring schemes and rural arts development agencies across England and Wales.

Pound Arts is a member of the NRTF
WILTSHIRE VILLAGE HALLS' ASSOCIATION
Wiltshire's Voluntary association of village halls
FAMILY THEATRE: JOHN HINTON - 'ENSONGLOPEDIA OF ANIMALS'
Sat, 27 Apr 2019
CHOLDERTON VILLAGE HALL

Sun, 28 Apr 2019
KINGTON LANGLEY VILLAGE HALL
From the multi-award-winning creator of musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie join Ensonglopedia for Ensonglopedia of Animals. Twenty-six animal songs, one for each letter of the alphabet. Learn fascinating facts about extraordinary echinoderms, distressed damselflies, crazy corals, batty beetles and amazing archispirostreptuses. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme!
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THEATRE: SCRATCHWORKS THEATRE COMPANY: 'THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY'
Thu, 4 Apr 2019
MINETY VILLAGE HALL

Fri, 5 Apr 2019
CASTLE COMBE VILLAGE HALL

Sat, 27 Apr 2019
BOWERCHALKE VILLAGE HALL
August 1963: the heist of the century is under way. In this version of events, an award-winning family-friendly show, experience a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning to uncover the truth about the ones that got away.
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THEATRE: FARNHAM MALTINGS - 'BRILLIANCE'
1948 and 1963, winter. Everyone is gathering in the village hall.
Long after its arrival in the city, the slow process of rural electrification is starting to illuminate every corner and crevice of village life. As the dark evenings hold us in, 240 volts of alternating current and the humble electric light bulb allows us to gather and sing long into the night.
Brilliance is a 90-minute celebration of our ability to connect and find the light in a bright new world and is a show that is bound to light a spark from the inside out.
THEATRE: EARNEST BY TWO GENTS
EARNEST by Oscar Wilde – A light, fluffy jibe at cucumber sandwiches, or a profound plea for substance, commitment & compassion?
With only two actors on a bare stage, in its signature urgent poetical style, Two Gents Productions examine the play from the contemporary perspective of the migrant & the outsider. Told with wit & deft humour, this show unfurls a riot of love, confusion & high jinks to interrogate the absolute importance of being EARNEST.
THEATRE: IMPROMPTU SHAKESPEARE
FRI 5 APR 2019, SAT 6 APR 2019
Impromptu Shakespeare have their tongues firmly in their cheeks and their feet planted in the works of the Bard. Join us, as the cast buckle on the Bard’s breeches to bring you the plays he never wrote.
 
Audience members will be given balls upon which are written words from Shakespeare’s plays. After a brief intro, the audience are invited to throw their ball ‘into the Bards breeches’. After pulling out 3-5 words, the show is launched- a loose improvised narrative, keeping within Shakespeare's world!
MUSIC: RACHEL NEWTON
FRI 10 MAY 2019, SAT 11 MAY 2019, SUN 12 MAY 2019
Singer, Harpist and winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Musician of the Year, Rachel Newton is a brilliant musician and captivating performer. She specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Gaelic as well as writing and arranging her own music. An engaging performer, she draws audiences in with her tales from the tradition and dazzling instrumental skills. Her stage presence is warm and accessible – inviting listeners in.
MUSIC: LEWIS CLARK - 'VAUDEVILLE'
SAT 1 JUN 2019
Vaudeville explores the musical concept of a renegade Harlequin in a show that melds the kitsch vaudeville styles of by-gone days, with wider stylistic innovations. This show ties in with the 250th anniversary of circus in the UK and will be supplemented with original songs from Lewis Clark’s previous album.
 
Imagine a situation where you as a listener actually become a member of the action. Well in this show you are taken by the spirit of Harlequin to explore the realms of delight and wonder of the circus that crosses all realms of kitsch and by-gone music styles. From up beat swing styles to music box, kletzmer and dark cabaret, the show takes you through the eye of the needle, through the light, the night and the half-light. It’s a show that will entertain and perhaps even question the listener’s notions of performance and reality.
MUSIC: HIGGS BISON
SAT 27 APR 2019
Led by a big voice and wonderful songs, this trio lead you through a journey of original song - about hurricanes, slippery politicians, a despairing Messiah and... Brexit. If you want comparisons, it’s a bit of a mash-up of Cave, Lehrer, Hannon, Bart and the like - but very much in its own style.

Higgs Bigson will leave audiences moved, entertained and thinking and they are not to be missed!
MUSIC: WILL FINN AND ROSIE CALVERT - 'BENEATH THIS PLACE'
THU 4 APR 2019
Will Finn and Rosie Calvert are a dynamic up-and-coming duo from the heart of Newcastle. Playing traditional music with a contemporary flare, their shows are a veritable smorgasbord of folk fusion, utilising piano, steel pan, ukulele, and close knit harmony singing to tremendous effect.

‘Beneath This Place’ is the incredible debut album from North-East based duo Will Finn and
Rosie Calvert. This tour brings the album to life with incredible harmony singing and superb musicianship, with plenty of witty banter to boot!
 
MUSIC: PAGODA DUO - 'PAGODA PROJECT'
SAT 27 APR 2019
An evening of captivating and original music from Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Karen Wimhurst (Clarinets).  A playful blend of folk and improvisation which can wander from klezma to classical and back via a quick tango!   5 star reviews in fRoots and featured on Songlines Top of the World CD 2016.  
 
This is an enthralling, intimate evening of virtuosic musicianship coupled with a relaxed and laugh out loud rapport with the audience led by Paul Hutchinson's inimitable sense of humour.  This unusual combination of accordion, clarinet and bass clarinet is full of instrumental colour,  passion and surprises, both moving and entertaining.  As one reviewer wrote 'I came away educated, entertained, amused and uplifted.  Congratulations!'
 
CIRCUS, DANCE AND STORYTELLING: D'CLICK 'ISLA'
THU 4 APR 2019
Isla is based on the dreams and hallucinations of three shipwrecked characters who find themselves alone and who need each other to remake their story. These characters will create unbelievable situations and they will choose the most bizarre strategies to overcome the limits of their island.
 
A story that will make us reflect upon the suitability of taking refuge in the sea or foundering on an island.  Based on a work of movement and body, the most typical tools of the circus form part of the show as a scenic language.
CIRCUS, DANCE AND STORYTELLING: CORALI - 'TECHNICOLOUR EVERYDAY'
FRI 5 APR 2019
Corali is a leader in dance-performance created by artists with a learning disability. Their practice is made through a process of artistic collaboration and they explore the relationship between performers with and without a learning disability, between dance and other art forms, and between professional and participatory artwork.
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