Scheme Profile

Highlights Productions Ltd


Highlights was established in 1997 to encourage and enable the promotion of a wide range of national, international and diverse companies to isolated communities at affordable prices. In partnership with a network of around 90 volunteer groups, we organise over 160 high quality professional events per year in village halls, schools and community centres. The programme includes theatre, dance, music and childrens shows.

Highlights  was originally set up to work with isolated rural communities in the North Pennines. The area has suffered from long term economic decline (it was once the biggest lead mining area in Europe), resulting in pockets of high unemployment, isolated communities, poor transport links and declining local services.

We have since expanded and now work in Cumbria (districts of South Lakes, Eden and rural Carlisle) , County Durham (former districts of Teesdale and Weardale) and the whole of Northumberland.

We also work in partnership with Arts Out West, the rural touring scheme based in West Cumbria to deliver a collaborative programme of events throughout the County of Cumbria.

Recent Activity

Title Date  

Non-scary Data Sharing agreement

1st October 2018

has anyone got a nice friendly Data Sharing agreement - for inclusion in to Company contracts - they are willing to share please?   thank you  Rosie 

Commissioning Brief for short animation film for Rural Touring schemes

28th April 2017

Invitation to tender for creation of short animation film for two Rural Touring schemes. What we do Highlights and Arts Alive are two rural touring schemes working across Shropshire and…

Job Opportunity at Highlights -  Fundraising Campaign worker

19th April 2017

HIghlights Rural Touring Scheme  (Cumbria, County Durham, Northumberland) is seeking a Fundraising Campaign worker   Deadline 17 May.  Please see attached spec

Equipment Hire Agreement

31st January 2017

Hello Does anyone hire out sound / lighting / stage equipment to touring companies? If so does anyone have a hire agreement we could see and adapt for ourselves? Helen Swaby -…

Freelance Fundraiser

1st August 2016

We are looking for a Freelance Fundraiser, based in Cumbria, Co Durham or Northumberland to join our team.  If you know of someone, please pass on the attached Project…

Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour talent scouting at New Designers, London 2015

22nd September 2015

New Designers at the Business Design Centre, London is my exhibition of choice to source both ideas and artists for future exhibitions for Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour that travels to…

“Depth of experience” - audience evaluation questions

6th January 2015

Has anyone managed to crack the audience "depth of experience" nut?   We're struggling to find a couple of concise questions to add to our audience evaluation forms which…

Practicalities for rural touring - with special reference for dance companies

29th July 2014

As a result of the very useful discussion session on contemporary dance on the village hall circuit at the New Directions showcase in York in July , I promised to share…

Does your scheme sell tickets on line?

11th September 2012

Highlights is embarking on a pilot e-ticketing project.  In the first instance, we'd like to know if any other schemes sell tickets on line, and if so, which…