Scheme Profile

Rural Arts ON Tour


Rural Arts' ON Tour is the Northern Touring Scheme which covers North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley, we are based in a beautiful Old Courthouse in Thirsk.

We offer a programme of events to our village hall promoters twice a year , one for Autumn and one for Spring. Past performances have included Phoenix Dance Theatre, Snake Davis, Gervase Phinn, Tutti Frutti, Red Ladder, Simon Armatage, and a whole host of other children's theatre, dance, music, theatre and comedy.
We have a total of 320 villages across the region registered with ON Tour and are always keen to find new villages who'd like to give it a go!

This year we have also launched #CREATETour a scheme for 11 - 18 year olds. Three professional performance companies work with a group of young people in three different rural areas of our region, to create a short curtain-raiser performance that then tours with the professional company as part of the ON Tour scheme.

2014 saw the launch of our Young Promoters Scheme in association with Contact Manchester, and NRTF.

Contact Chloe Hampson:

You've just missed the launch of our Young Promoters Scheme, which saw young people in Redcar and Weaverthorpe hosting Sophie Willan's The Novice Detective, but you can read about it on our blog here

Coming up Tutti Frutti are coming to Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall with not one but TWO performances of award winning Monday's Child, a great way to get out of the house during the easter holidays: 

A bit further down the line CREATE Tour 2014 launches in Norton, Malton with Phoenix Dance Theatre. The company are touring REfined, a chance to get up close and personal with one of the UK's leading dance companies.

We are a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, Thanks to our other funders Arts Council Strategic Touring, Ryedale District Council, Craven District Council, and North Yorkshire Youth Service.

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