Audience delighted by The Claque in Payhembury

PUBLISHED: 14:53 02 November 2010

The Claque will perform in Payhembury.

The Claque will perform in Payhembury.


The Claque delight the audience with their Acapella style.

A ‘Claque’ is a group of people hired to applaud at a performance.

The Acapella group of that name needed no hired help to draw warm and appreciative responses from the audience at Tale Valley Community Theatre’s sell-out social evening, held in Payhembury Parish Hall on Saturday, October 23.

The Claque delighted those present by singing traditional English folk songs.

They had no musical accompaniment, no amplification, just four excellent singers combining in thrilling harmonies.

Their two sets were punctuated by a performance by a 20-strong group of the VoiceWorx Choir - a community choir of more than 100 members, which meets weekly in Kentisbeare.

The evening also involved the showing of a short animation film made by students at The King’s School. Ottery St Mary, under the direction of Daniel Loveday, writer of the musical Swan, which appeared at this year’s Edinburgh Festival and another short film Winner Takes All made by Tale Valley Community Theatre, under the direction of film maker Ben Vallack, of PhotoTropic.

The audience also heard TVCT’s plans for new productions in 2010 and 2011, including verbatim theatre and site-specific projects. Anyone interested in becoming involved in this increasingly successful theatre group can contact John Somers at or (01884) 277390.

John Summers

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