Welcome to RAW in Compton Bassett

Rural Arts Wilshire

Rural Arts Wiltshire (Pound Arts)

Rural Arts Wiltshire Pound Arts is a registered charity (charity number 1102787), limited by guarantee. We run The Pound arts centre, based in Corsham, two annual festivals and the Rural Arts touring programme, which comprises the rural touring schemes for Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire.

Our mission:

‘Connecting people through creativity’.

Our Vision:

‘For the communities in our region to be engaged with breathtaking artistic experiences regardless of their background or circumstances. To be a creative catalyst and a place of refuge, discovery and nourishment for the public and artists alike. To maintain and grow a sustainable flagship arts provision across the region that acts as a model for excellent work that engages the soul, stimulates the mind and entertains the spirit of our communities.

Our Values:

  • Artistic Excellence championed across a broad range of art forms.
  • Creativity through developing and supporting artists
  • Social Responsibility by fostering respect for diversity and community cohesion
  • Inclusion by stripping down barriers to engagement

You can contact us by telephone, (01249) 701 628, or by email, box.office@poundarts.org.uk.

The Next RAW Production

Suthering at Compton Bassett Village Hall

Box Office

Adult: £10
Concession: £8
Child: £6

Evocative and distinctive, folk duo Suthering (Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall) transport audiences with their exquisite vocal harmonies and their message of hope during hard times.

Soaring above the cascading piano and delicate, fingerstyle guitar, it’s the duo’s beautifully matched voices and their fresh approach to folk which make their traditional and self-penned songs stand out.

Known for their chemistry and humour on stage, they effortlessly intertwine their important messages about the state of our climate, social conscience, and the importance of community and connecting with nature. They champion female characters, creating new narratives for women and unearthing the female heroines of folk.

Described as playing “Hard-hitting, beautiful songs” (Folk Wales Magazine) and heralded for their distinguished sound by RnR Magazine, “Suthering’s strength lies in their uniqueness. They really don’t sound like anyone else on the current folk scene”. Suthering have toured extensively with their debut album If We Turn Away (Feb 2022 – co-produced with Lukas Drinkwater) and are currently working on a second studio album, produced and recorded by Sean Lakeman, which will be released in late 2024.

Tickets available from Marion on 01249 760273

22nd October 7:30pm

Another Review from Dionysus

Jack & The Beanstalk

jack and the bean stalkCHADS had a very successful run of the Pantomime “Jack and the Beanstalk” on November 29th and 30th with almost capacity audiences for all performances. The stand-in Pantomime Cow - Snowflake the Horse-and the Jackdaw made this an unusual take on the traditional panto, but was enjoyed by all - oh yes it was!!! Watch out in the Villages for news of CHADS next production scheduled for mid 2014. Fran Creasey

The Pantomime, written and directed by Hugh Pilcher-Clayton, deserved Rave Reviews. An immediate atmosphere was created with a beautifully decorated hall with spectacular jackdaws on the walls. A great cast and a very special choir of children who were Amelia Haley, Kitty Henly, Alice Priest, Amelia Reis, Isobel Reis, Talia Spencer and Lily Wiltshire. One of the songs they sang which was specially composed for the pantomime was written by Mary Pilcher-Clayton with a very catchy tune:

I’m not scared of the Giant
Giants don’t scare me
I’ll kick his shins
And I’ll jump up on his toes
I’ll climb up high

And I’ll biff him on the nose
He is bumpy, he is plumpy
And he is stumpy
And he is grumpy
But he wont scare me

It was really great to have a pantomime with lots of bean jokes, Flapjack and the scarf which must be a mile long by now. Our congratulations to you all in whatever way you were involved in making the three performances such a success.


Another Review from Dionysus

Ghost Writer

ghost writerWith a cast of just six it is always a challenge to fill a stage for two hours plus, for any amateur dramatic group. But what a treat was in store for all who entered the doors of The Benson Hall in Compton Bassett to see the latest production by Compton Hall Amateur Dramatic Society (CHADS) during the first weekend of December 2012.

With a stage built to represent your average single man’s bedsit, complete with unmade bed, dirty washing everywhere and a floor used more as a waste paper basket, the lead actor, Tony Horseman’s portrayal of Edward Pinfold in the David Tristram play “Ghost Writer”, was nothing short of superb! He was joined in the first half by the ghost of his wife Ruby, dead for the last year and eager to right the wrong done to her at the time of her death, played brilliantly by Deborah Locke. He was supported by the part of his gay landlord and good friend Alex who was played by Paul Thomas to an exemplary standard and the three of them hung the first half together into a thoroughly entertaining hour. They were joined on stage towards the end of the first half by Glenda, Edward’s new love interest, the fruits of Alex’s matchmaking, played by Mel Deugo. Her portrayal of Glenda, a shy, insecure and sensitive recent divorcee was as convincing as it was beguiling.

In the second half they were joined on stage by Hedley and Francis. Hedley, played by Clive Hegginbotham, a stalwart of CHADS, bringing his own mix of comedy and competence to the part as he always does. The part of Frances was played by Lindsey West and it is a mark of the quality of the acting when you find yourself disliking the character because of the bitchiness of her dialogue and the quality of her presentation.

This production was produced and directed by Christine Lawrence and her firm grip and understanding of both the play and the cast was shown by a thoroughly enjoyable performance. Thanks must also go to the team both backstage and front of house to make this a night to remember.