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  • New art partnership between Attingham Park and Pentabus calls for artists for the LEGACY project

    The LEGACY project, a partnership between the National Trust’s Attingham Park and Pentabus Theatre is calling for artists to join the project and work with young people and local communities from autumn 2019, to create a site specific artwork which will be displayed at Attingham Park.  

    LEGACY is a Trust New Art collaboration between Attingham Park and Pentabus and will explore the gift of Attingham Park to the National Trust by Thomas, Lord Berwick in 1947. The project is delivered by the National Trust and Pentabus, and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, part of Trust New Art, National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts.

    Sophie Motley, Pentabus’ Artistic Director said “We are delighted to be partnering with Trust New Art and Attingham Park on this project. This collaboration is at once local and national, born of a rural space, deep in the heart of South Shropshire yet accessible to all. The opportunity to collaborate with Attingham will enable new community, artist and volunteer partnerships, and most importantly, an excellent artistic output.”
    Often described as the single most generous gift to the National Trust, Lord Berwick left the mansion and grounds “for public benefit” under the care of the Trust. Together Attingham and Pentabus are exploring what this means today. 

    The partnership will be commissioning artists to work with young people and local communities to share and create their own experiences of Attingham Park. These will then form the basis of a site specific art installation, which will be shared with the public at Attingham Park from autumn 2020. A visual artist / designer and a socially engaged artist are sought to explore what legacy really means for a number of different communities through their relationship to Attingham.

    Claire Tafft, Attingham’s Visitor Experience Manager, said “We’re excited to be working collaboratively to explore what Attingham means to people who already know it well, but also for those who don’t. Our staff and volunteers are looking forward to opening up more opportunities to continue the legacy of the 8th Lord Berwick by involving local communities in this new creative project.”

    Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, is one of the greatest estates in Shropshire. An impressive late-18th century mansion and collection, landscaped Repton parkland with views across the ancient Shropshire countryside, a deer park, a productive organic walled garden and orchard and tenanted farmland of some 4000 acres.  The parkland at Attingham is one of the richest and most important nature conservation sites for veteran trees and invertebrates in England and for this reason is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England. Attingham has experienced the highs of huge wealth as well as the lows of benign neglect. Formerly owned by five generations of the Berwick family, it was gifted to the National Trust in 1947 and now welcomes over half a million visitors each year.

    As a national rural theatre company, Pentabus have been a key figure in rural touring theatre and on the national theatre scene for the past 45 years. They are now pioneering a new strand of work called Theatre in Surprising Places – engaging with communities with little or no access to the arts – which sees them work with communities of place or interest to create new theatre projects which tell their stories. This is done through regular and deep engagement between artists and communities, a shared interest or theme, and working towards a final product over a period of time. They have to date made work with farmers and lifeboat men, with net makers and bus drivers, and with residents of our local communities. 

    For more information on LEGACY and to download the artist briefs visit or email 

    For information about Trust New Art visit

  • Inn Crowd Call Out 2019


    Calling Live Literature Performers: We want your show!

    ‘The Inn Crowd is a brilliant project. It supports and enables performers to make work, helps us reach new audiences, and promotes live literature across the UK. Get involved!’ Sophia Walker

    INN CROWD is a programme of high quality live literature performances touring to rural pubs across the UK from 2019-2022. It helps reinforce pubs as central to rural community life by bringing exceptional cultural experiences to new audiences.

    INN CROWD offers funding, bookings, development support, and publicity to support brilliant live literature artists.

    Shows, sets or performances may include elements of theatre, poetry, spoken word, storytelling, literary adaptation, comedy, live art and audience participation … but the starting point for performances must be written or composed text.

    We are looking for:

    Reshape: shows, sets or performances that have been fully or partially developed and can be reshaped to suit performance in pub and other community settings.

    Co-Production: ideas for new shows, sets or performances that can be developed with time and assistance from the Inn Crowd consortium.

    Ready-to-Go: show, sets, or performances already developed and with a performance record, suitable for rural touring pub setting. You can contact us at anytime with a Ready-to-Go proposal.

    Download and read the full information pack and then complete the online application form here:

    Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 23rd September 2019.

    Applicants should expect to be invited to an informal sharing and discussion about the show in London on Thursday 10th October 2019. We cover travel costs for this. Please ensure you are available for this.

    To learn more about INN CROWD visit

    ‘Inn Crowd is supporting the art of storytelling...the performers benefit, the community benefits and the pub benefits – I like being part of that triangle.’ John Osbourne

    INN CROWD is a collaboration between Applause Rural Touring,Creative Arts East, and National Centre for Writing.

  • Job Opportunity: Inn Crowd Pubs+ Project Manager

    Job Description
    Job Title: Inn Crowd Pubs+ Project Manager
    Company Address: The Yard, 2a Speldhurst Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN40DP

    Reports to: Director of Project Lead - Applause Rural Touring and Inn Crowd Pubs+ Steering Group

    Applause Rural Touring, in partnership with the rural touring agency for the East of England, Creative Arts East and National Centre for Writing, have received substantial support from Arts Council England to develop Inn Crowd Pubs+ - a project that brings high quality live literature events to rural pubs across England.


    Inn Crowd Pubs+ builds on Inn Crowd, a unique and innovate audience and performance development project supported by ACE strategic touring awards from 2016 and ending in September 2019. The project established a network of largely rural promoting pubs across the South and Southeast of England and latterly piloted working with additional rural touring schemes nationally to develop the reach of Inn Crowd.  National Centre for Writing led the artistic programme, developing through commission and reshape opportunities, exciting spoken word, poetry and storytelling performances that would be appropriate, flexible and interesting for rural pub venues to host. National charity, Pub is the Hub, has acted as a strategic partner in the project and supporting the development of promoting pubs as well as contributing to associated research and evaluation.

    Village pubs can play a central role in rural community life and Inn Crowd has offered landlords a new way to attract customers and create a unique performing environment for some of the UK’s most talented up-and-coming spoken word artists.

    Inn Crowd Pubs+ is a strategic progression of Inn Crowd and from Sept 2019 - Aug 2022. Inn Crowd Pubs+ will increase the production and touring infrastructure of live literature related work to alternative and emerging touring venues across the country engaging with a range of new partnerships including 5 further rural touring partners. Artistic impact will include 28 new reshape and commissions for live literature artists and companies reaching over 30,000 audience members regionally and additional audiences through digital distribution. Over 300 live touring dates will take place and touring venue types will be further extended to a range of other new spaces such as restaurants, social clubs, cafes and bottle shops. Audience reach will be enhanced with broadcast events though established regional screening models and new partnerships.

    Role specification

    We are recruiting a Project Manager who will deliver Inn Crowd activity developing the project with the guidance as set out in the planning to date. The Project Manager will be responsible for all aspects of the project although there will be elements that they will not directly deliver.

    Main areas of activity:

    • Act as central point of project communications and management, providing central coordination for the national touring including: booking the programme of work with wider touring partners and liaising with the primary partners as set out in the project plan
    • Develop, maintain and report against area-wide project delivery plan
    • Champion, advocate for and create connections for the project at national level
    • Lead on digital planning and implementation
    • Effectively managing the project budget
    • Offer operational support across the wider touring partnership
    • Provide marketing and comms support across the project activity
    • Plan, host and disseminate notes/actions from partnership meetings
    • Manage any administrative duties associated with the role

    Candidate Specification

    Essential Experience

    • Excellent written communication skills including report writing and stakeholder updates
    • Strong computer literacy and confidence in using the Microsoft Office suite
    • Knowledge of and interest in the arts
    • Experience of managing similar projects of comparable scale and ambition

    Desirable Experience

    • Financial management experience including managing a budget
    • An understanding of the needs of rural communities and businesses
    • Experience of representing an organisation publicly through the media and events
    • Experience of working successfully and harmoniously in a small team

    Essential Skills and Abilities

    • Self-reliant with the ability to work on own initiative, prioritise and organise workload, and meet deadlines
    • Excellent team working and collaborative skills with the ability to relate to and work with a range of people to achieve success
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal with a wide range of people
    • Ability to problem solve, apply creative solutions, be resourceful and ‘make things happen’
    • A strong commitment to inclusion and diversity
    • An ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends when required

    Terms and Conditions
    Full Time £25k

    This is a summary of the terms and conditions.
    Salary: £25,000
    Pension: The company operates an auto-enrolment pension scheme in line with current government legislation.
    Contract: Fixed term for 3 years.
    Hours: 35 hours per week. No overtime is payable, but time off in lieu for excess working hours may be agreed with the line manager. There will be regular evening and weekend hours, with occasional overnight stays away.

    Holiday Entitlement: 23 days per annum, pro rata (excluding statutory holidays), increasing by 1 day per annum (pro rata) to a maximum of 25 after 12 months service on 1 September.
    Place of work: Location is flexible but with the requirement to work form Applause’s office at agreed times

    There will be a six month probationary period. Any offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of:
    • References
    • Evidence of the right to work in the UK as defined by the Home Office

    Making an application
    Please submit a CV and accompanying letter of application by email to
    Closing Date – 9am Tuesday 10 th September 2019

  • Big Picture Film Festival Launched at Warwick School


    Live & Local are launching a brand-new film festival this Autumn at Warwick School:
    Big Picture Festival. Taking place over the weekend of 23 - 24 November 2019 at the Bridge House Theatre, Warwick, this is the first event of its kind and scale to take place in the town and aims to offer a new cultural experience in the heart of Warwickshire.

    Live & Local is working in partnership with Warwick School and Warwick School Venues & Events to host the festival, and it will take place at the Bridge House Theatre. This venue - opened by Dame Judi Dench in 2000 - is located at the heart of the Warwick School campus and has grown into a leading local arts space. Audiences will enjoy a professional cinema experience with a large screen, Blu-ray picture and 5.1 surround sound.

    Big Picture Festival’s programme will have an accessible mix of mainstream, independent, British and international films. Family favourites are being shown alongside modern classics, and the weekend includes street food, wraparound activities and creative collaborations with Warwick School.
    There is currently no permanent cinema in Warwick town which makes access to film difficult, especially for younger people who don’t have their own transport. Big Picture Festival offers a diverse range of films from the likes of Taika Waititi, Josephine Decker, Francis Lee and many more; the event also includes packages of short films and Q&As with industry figures. In order to gain a similar experience currently audiences would have to travel to a major city like Birmingham.

    Volunteers are at the heart of all Live & Local activity and volunteering is proven to increase wellbeing. Therefore, the festival will offer volunteering roles to young people providing skills and experience, and in collaboration with Inspired Villages Austin Heath (a sponsor of the festival), the event will also offer volunteering opportunities to residents from their retirement community.

    Live & Local have been granted funding for the festival from the British Film Institute (BFI) through Film Hub Midlands and The Henry VIII Endowed Trust. The festival is generously sponsored by several local businesses including Dough & Brew, Inspired Villages Austin Heath, Moore & Tibbits Solicitors, Russell Lane and Happy Puccia. Such support is a wonderful investment in Warwick and its development as a cultural hub in the Midlands.

    Big Picture Festival takes its name from Live & Local’s rural community cinema scheme, Big Picture Show. Big Picture Show enables communities in Staffordshire and Warwickshire to programme films in local halls and community venues. The scheme provides state-of-the-art technical equipment, the rights to show the films and friendly professional support. These events offer a much-needed lifeline to isolated people in rural areas, enabling them to be part of the community on their doorstep – something many people, but especially retired and elderly members of these communities, find particularly valuable.

    Tickets are available at:

    A full programme will be released very soon at:
    Date: Sat 23 – Sun 24 November 2019
    Address: Bridge House Theatre, Myton Road, Warwick CV34 6PP
    Twitter: @BigPicShow1
    Facebook: ‘Big Picture Festival’ (event live at 9am 26/07/19)

    For more information:
    Contact: Jo Dorey at Live & Local on 01926 402 173 or email 
    Working hours: Mon – Fri, 9am - 5pm.