Festival in full swing
THE tenth North Devon Festival is well and truly underway, with an array of quality shows, arts, music, events and activities throughout June. It really does offer something for everyone and this week is no exception, with sport and dance to jazz, high dr
THE tenth North Devon Festival is well and truly underway, with an array of quality shows, arts, music, events and activities throughout June.It really does offer something for everyone and this week is no exception, with sport and dance to jazz, high drama and the natural environment.Amazing all ages is the Barnstaple Colourscape Festival, specially commissioned by North Devon Theatres and taking up most of Castle Green between now and Sunday.The Touring Theatres and Fayres have become an integral part of the festival and will be appearing at communities across the region, sponsored again this year by the North Devon Gazette.The Canterbury Tales will be offering a vigorous retelling of the classic stories at Welcombe Village Hall on Friday and West Down Hall on Saturday, both at 7.30pm.The outdoor shows by Lord Basil's Reformers are presented by Beaford Arts. Audiences are invited to bring blankets and chairs to share Chaucer's take on life, warts 'n' all! More shows on Friday 13 at Croft gardens, Winkleigh and Loxhore playing fields on Sunday 15. Visit www.beaford-arts.co.uk for more information.On Saturday the Plough Arts Centre will be hosting the inspirational - and topical - tale of The Lady of Burma. A compelling solo performance offers the powerful story of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize winner and political prisoner. The show is at 8pm - ticket information (01805) 624624.On Friday at Torrington 1646 join Cygnet Theatre for an out-of-doors performance of The Two Noble Kinsmen, a tale of Ancient Greece filled with chivalry, treachery and passion.Join Bash Street Theatre on Tuesday of next week on the Landmark Green, outside the Ilfracombe theatre, for The Station from 6pm - an hour of great comedy in the best silent tradition. More passion in the West End musical spectacular Blood Brothers - at the Queen's Theatre until Saturday - about twin Liverpool boys reunited by a twist of fate.Other festival events this week include a cutting edge spectacle of dance and physical theatre with the Smash Boyz on Friday and Saturday at the Woodlands, Hollerday Hill, in Lynton. A free performance, but booking essential due to limited numbers.Experience true "horsepower" with a Carriage Driving Day at the National Trust's Arlington Court on Saturday. Spend a day with the head coachman and groom mastering the art of driving a real horse drawn vehicle. 10.30am-3.30pm. Booking essential (01271) 850296.Join the North Devon Community Gospel Choir on Saturday at Grosvenor Church in Barnstaple from 7.30pm, for a special event to raise money for local young people helping out to help at an orphanage in Tanzania. Booking (01271) 831448.The excellent Artavian Baroque Orchestra, singers and soloists will be performing at Marwood Church near Barnstaple on Saturday from 7.30pm. Booking (01271) 342528.Join hosts the Average Blues Band tomorrow (Thursday) plus a legion of musicians for the eagerly awaited free festival special of Cook Island Open Mike Night at Mullacott Cross, near Ilfracombe from 8pm.Sporting enthusiasts can enjoy the Ruby Run Half Marathon between Holsworthy and Hatherleigh on Sunday from 10.30am. Teams are welcome to "share the load" as are walkers. Information from (01409) 259001 or www.rubyrun.co.ukAnd don't miss the Shore Safari today (Wednesday), from 11am-1pm at Barricane Beach, Woolacombe. More information on (01271) 812789.Visit www.northdevonfestival.org. uk for more information about theses and many more festival events.