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.


  • Storybox



    I am a storyteller and illustrator living in south east Cornwall and have just come across this opportunity to be involved in the Inn Crowd programme. I am very disappointed to see that I have just missed the deadline for applications as I am currently working on a performance storytelling piece about Medusa, based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which I think would suit what you are doing very well. 

    I have already written and performed the story at this years Barnstaple Fringe Theatre Fest and am currently applying for Arts Council funding to develop the piece for touring to clubs, pubs, small scale theatre’s schools and village halls. 

    This story is an extension of my the work I did for my MA and addresses misogyny and gender politics around storytelling and, in particular, the Greek Myths,

    For a review of Medusa from the Barnstable Theatre Fringe Festival

    I am hoping that it is not completely too late and that there is some way that I could still be involved. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes

    Gary Cordingley

    Storyteller and Illustrator

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