Maasai warriors to perform in Barnstaple this week
THE elegance of a Barnstaple church might seem a million miles away from a mud hut in Africa; but a group of Kenyan performers will prove the old Shakespearian adage that all the world s a stage when they perform in the town on Thursday night. A troupe of
THE elegance of a Barnstaple church might seem a million miles away from a mud hut in Africa; but a group of Kenyan performers will prove the old Shakespearian adage that all the world's a stage when they perform in the town on Thursday night.
A troupe of Maasai warriors will be visiting at St Peter's Church as part of a three-month 109-date tour of Devon and Cornwall to raise money for their village.
The troupe's vocal and movement-based performances have earned them rave reviews on previous tours to the UK, and they can even count the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal among their growing fan base. Last month, they performed to a packed audience at St Mary's Church in Bideford, and to schoolchildren at Newport School in Barnstaple.
"They have never been to school or had musical training but have become an outstanding success on their tours around Britain," said trip organiser John Curtin, who first saw the troupe performing in their village of Kesamis.
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"When I first met them in 2004, they had bloodshot eyes because their homes had no ventilation but since they started touring in 2004, they have raised enough money to move 160 of their fellow villagers out of cow dung huts and into a corrugated iron homes with windows and floors.
"They had to walk miles for water but have now managed to buy their village a couple of pick-up trucks to collect water.
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"Last month's concert at St Mary's in Bideford was astonishing; the church was packed - their performance is a joy to watch and people just love them."
Thursday night's concert at St Peter's Church starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the door or in advance from the tourist information centre.
The troupe is also performing at St Mary's Primary School in Bideford tomorrow and will be back in the region to entertain children at Ilfracombe Junior School on November 20.