Scheme Profile

Applause Rural Touring


Applause Rural Touring works with communities across Kent and Sussex to provide professional, challenging, affordable and inspiring performances that can be enjoyed in a variety of local venues and spaces.

The network programmes quality work from a diverse range of international, national and local companies, including theatre, music, dance and outdoor, street-style theatre.  

Applause currently works with more than 100 indoor and outdoor promoting groups,  providing performances at village halls, community centres, village fetes, pubs and festivals across two counties.

Applause runs three schemes of work:

Applause Indoors - programming two seasons of small scale indoor shows in the Spring and Autumn

Applause Outdoors - touring 6-8 outdoor shows (offering commission and development funds to create new work)

Inn Crowd - a joint project with Creative Arts East supporting rural pubs throughout the South East to host spoken word inspired performances and events.

Full list of whats on available here

"Applause shows play a vital part in bringing together the village in social community events and enabled people to see professional theatre of a very high standard. Through rural touring children as young as five have been introduced to live theatre - something many of them would not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy - and those aged up to about 85 have still been able to enjoy an interest that might otherwise be impossible." Applause promoter

Recent Activity

Title Date  

Applause Rural Touring - Open Call to artists to support the creation and touring of outdoor work

20th August 2019

For more than 10 years Applause has commissioned new outdoor live art to tour to rural fetes and festivals across the South East. In 2019 we toured seven shows to more than 70…

Recommendations and advice - Website/CRM Database rebuild/design

31st May 2019

At Applause we're looking to redevelop our CRM database and redesign our website and we'd like to hear from any other touring organisations that may have recently gone…

Annual Review - artists

23rd May 2019

Hello, other than contractual /freelance staff - ther eis nowhere to enter artists worked with. I am assuming they do not fit into this either and so would I be…

South Downs National Park Authority/Inn Crowd – Writer/performer in residence.

7th November 2018

South Downs National Park Authority/Inn Crowd – Writer/performer in residence. Applause Rural Touring (ART) and South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) are pleased to announce a new partnership…

Inn Crowd Spring 2019 National Menu

31st October 2018

We are excited to share with you the new Inn Crowd menu for Spring 2019. The menu features popular artists such as Luke Wright and Jonny Fluffypunk, and we have also…

Call Out to Artists for Applause Rural Touring Outdoors Commissions

23rd August 2018

Applause Rural Touring Outdoors Season 2019 Applications are now open for Applause Rural Touring Outdoors scheme in 2019. In summer 2019, Applause Rural Touring will be programming outdoor performances into existing, locally organised…

NPO schemes

15th May 2018

Hello All, for those who have been collecting data for the ACE annual review for years... would you be kind enought ot send me a copy of your Diversity monitoring…

Inn Crowd offer to schemes in England

13th April 2018

We are delighted to offer an opportunity for schemes to book Inn Crowd performances at a subsidized rate. For more information see the attached files. 

New commission opportunties from Applause Rural Touring - Dealine 1 October

26th September 2017

In summer 2018, Applause Rural Touring will be programming outdoor performances into existing, locally organised village fetes, community events and Festivals in Kent and Sussex. These events take place almost exclusively…

Call Out To Live Literature and Spoken Word Artists and Companies

7th August 2017

INN CROWD is seeking artists and companies to perform and tour live literature work across its rural pub network in South East and East of England. INN CROWD is a…

Have you seen Team Viking?

12th April 2017

Has anybody seen James Rowland perform Team Viking? It was at Edinburgh last year. If so, what did you think? Would you recommend the show? Ann Emmett, Applause Rural Touring

NPO question

6th January 2017

Wondering if all schemes are listing postcodes in the touring schedule part? I have done in the past for ST and GFTA but am always tempted to just put local…

‘OPEN GROUND’  Applause Outdoors 2017 commission/award brief for artists

30th August 2016

‘Open Ground’ - Applause Outdoors 2017 Invitation to Companies / Artists to apply for an ‘Open Ground’ commission or Development Award In summer 2017, Applause Rural Touring will be…

Two exciting jobs opportunities at Applause Rural Touring

30th August 2016

Applause has TWO exciting job opportunities for professionals to join the team at a time of ambitious growth for the organisation. Touring Officer (permanent) £18,500 - £20,000 per annum depending…

H&S policy

12th April 2016

Hi All, The first scheme to send me their H&S policy recieves a big cheer in our office Thanks if you dont mind sharing. Dawn

Is anyone currently applying to LEADER?

6th April 2016

Applause Outdoors 2014 Invitation to Companies / Artists

8th October 2013

In summer 2014, Applause Rural Touring will be programming outdoor performances into existing, locally-organised village fetes, community festivals and similar events in Sussex and Kent.  These events take place almost…

Devoted and Disgruntled Roadshow

14th August 2012

Attahced is an invitation to the Devoted and Disgruntled Roadshow coming to Creek Creative, Faversham, Kent on Wednesday 19th September 10am - 6pm. It's free and everybody interested in…