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Spot On - Lancashire Touring Network

About

Spot On works with volunteers in isolated communities promoting professional theatre, dance, music and children's shows for everyone to enjoy.

All of our events are made possible by the 298 volunteers across the county who deliver arts services in their communities. Our promoters work so hard because they love live arts events, and in turn they provide work for professional companies and support their local economy. This great art is possible thanks to government investment by the Arts Council, with additional financial support from Lancashire County Council and eight Local Authorities.

Recent Activity

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Hashtags for New Directions 2018

18th June 2018

Hello everyone, New Directions isn't far away, and it is great to see so many of you getting excited about it over on twitter and social media! Last year…

Culture Cares Conference 2018

13th June 2018

"How arts and culture are making a positive impact and creating pathways in the lives of young people in and leaving care." Derby Theatre Productions, Workshops and Learning Tuesday 30 October 2018 …

Excellent Examples of Artist Tour/Marketing Packs

22nd May 2018

Hi everyone, Following on from Holly's question the other week about how artists can best approach rural touring schemes, I want to create a guidance pack for companies who…

Spam Message

12th April 2018

Dear NRTF Member, It has come to our attention that one of our Rural Touring Scheme Members has received a spam email from a company claiming to be involved with…

Is anyone attending emanate - Oxfordshire Theatre Makers (OTM) live showcase?

26th March 2018

Is anyone attending emanate at The Old Fire Station, Oxford on Thursday 29 March? I received an invitation and some of the showcasing artists sound really interesting but it's a…

University Partnerships - Who has experience?

23rd February 2018

Hello all, I've recently received the opportunity to meet with our local university to talk about Spot On and what we do. I want to use the chance to…

Village Halls Week and Social Media

11th January 2018

Hi all, ACRE Village Halls Week takes place this month from the 22nd of January and the NRTF have been working with ACRE on a number of things to celebrate…

Season Highlights - 2018

30th November 2017

Dear Rural Touring Schemes, We hope your Spring 2018 programming is going smoothly and that you have plenty of fantastic shows to look forward to. We are putting together a national…

NRTF Seeks New Full Time Director

16th November 2017

After 20 years of successful development and delivery, NRTF is about to re-organise itself.  Having secured the next 4 years of Arts Council England funding as a National Portfolio Organisation this…

Fantastic For Families Awards Applications Now Open

14th November 2017

Hello all, The Family Arts Campaign have opened applications for their 'Fantastic For Families Awards.' There are five categories for awards and whether you're a venue, cultural organisation or…

Spot On Lancashire Supporter Card Draft - Spare a moment to give us your thoughts

7th November 2017

The Spot On team have been having a really long think about how we engage our audiences and encourage some more support for our scheme. We've decided to trial…

Drawing Stories - Adventures on Lancashire’s Mobile Libraries

5th September 2017

For those of you who don't know already, Spot On Rural Touring and Cheshire Rural Touring Arts were fortunate enough to secure a strategic touring bid for libraries. Over…

Jack’s leaving the NRTF :(

22nd June 2017

Hello all. You may have picked up on it already but I'll be leaving my role with the NRTF today, and also my position with Spot On Lancashire and…

Being Bold: NRTF Conference 2017 UPDATES

16th June 2017

Hello all! Just a few updates regarding the upcoming NRTF Conference at Lakeside Arts in Nottingham on 28/29 June. Firstly, if you haven't booked your place yet then hurry! The…

Shortlist announced for TicketSource Rural Touring Awards

2nd June 2017

The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) has announced the shortlist for the first ever awards celebrating rural touring in the UK. Over 700 individuals nominated productions, venues, promoters, schemes, and staff…

NRTF Conference 2017 - BOOKINGS OPEN

5th May 2017

BEING BOLD - NRTF CONFERENCE 2017 Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 June 2017 Nottingham Lakeside Arts We are delighted to announce that ONLINE BOOKING IS NOW OPEN! Go to https://www.ticketsource.co.uk…

Rural Touring Awards - Deadline 5 May

19th April 2017

Just a reminder to make sure you submit your nominations for the first ever rural touring awards by midnight on Friday 5 May. You can do so via this survey monkey…

The Red Chair Podcast

6th April 2017

About The Red Chair   The Red Chair is based on acclaimed Dundee-born Sarah Cameron’s original book; a surreal story of a dysfunctional family whose father literally eats…

Request for rural touring images

30th March 2017

Hello folks! Recently it's become clear that we could really do with an updated set of general rural touring images for the NRTF to support press releases, news stories…

Audiences for rural touring growing

15th March 2017

Poll of National Rural Touring Forum members finds attendance up 26% over past decade Audience numbers for professional shows in rural communities in England, Wales and Scotland are increasing according to…

Rural Touring Top Tips

3rd March 2017

The NRTF are starting to gather and share little nuggets of what we might call "best practice" around the rural touring networks. There are lots of us doing similar things,…

Help! A company has had to cancel- 3 dates in Lancashire available

30th January 2017

hi there,  We have three dates in Lancashire, 27th, 28th and 29th April 2017 to fill. A company has had to cancel due to funding let-downs, and before we give…

REMINDER: Spring 2017 Highlights

26th January 2017

Hi Schemes, Following on from my email to you all last week, this is just a reminder to please send me your spring 2017 season highlights by this coming Monday (30 Jan).…

Family Arts Conference 2017

7th December 2016

We’d like to let you know about the Family Arts Campaign’s national Conference taking place on Weds 15 March 2017 at St George’s…

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui- is it time to try to tour this?

21st November 2016

hi, this is a request, a challenge, and a discussion. We at Spot On were discussing recent news events, particularily those in the USA and around Brexit- and tried to…

The power of creativity (ACE Blog)

7th November 2016

From the Arts Council's blog... "Our 70th birthday campaign has been inspiring everyone to get creative. Gary Cicinskas, from Creative People and Places project Appetite, blogs about how they'…

What’s new with Strategic Touring? (ACE blog)

7th November 2016

From the Arts Council's blog... "We’ve improved our Strategic Touring guidance to make the process simpler for applicants. Michelle Dickson, our Director of Touring, explains how research…

A picture of theatre in England today (ACE blog)

7th November 2016

From the Arts Council's blog... "Today we published a new report on the current state of theatre in England. It gives a full picture of theatre production, presentation and…

Arts Development UK National Seminar

5th October 2016

ADUK National Seminar 2016: ARTS & RESILIENCE: Changes in Culture On Friday 2nd December, practitioners in Arts & Resilience are gathering at The Phoenix Cinema & Arts Centre, Leicester for…

Young Promoters National Conference

31st August 2016

Creative Arts East is delighted to invite you to the Young Promoters National Conference, ‘ENCOURAGE, CREATE, PROMOTE’ on 18th October, at The Mix, Stowmarket.  ENCOURAGE, CREATE, PROMOTE;…

Call out from Get Creative Family Arts Festival

31st August 2016

The Get Creative Family Arts Festival is taking place throughout the month of October this year, with thousands of events being promoted across the UK. The Festival is a major…

Rural Touring Dance Initiative Call Out - Final Push!

26th August 2016

Hello folks, As I'm sure you know the deadline for appliactions for the Rural Touring Dance Initiative menu is fast approaching on Wednesday 31 August. If you could all spread…

Rural Touring Stories

18th August 2016

Hello all! I'm looking to get a few more rural touring stories to include as latest news items for the website. If you would like to contribute or know…

New Directions Images

29th July 2016

Hello folks! I was just wondering if anyone had any good quality images from New Directions in Falmouth? We didn't have an official photographer this year so we were…

Request for autumn season highlights

21st July 2016

Good afternoon schemes!  It's that time of year again where we ask for your upcoming season highlights! We'll be sending round a direct email reminder too, but…

Call for more rural touring stories!

30th June 2016

As you may or may not have noticed there is a lovely new rural touring story up on the website from Chrissy, the promoter for Calstock Hall in Cornwall (you…

NRTF Conference Travel Arrangements - Who else is flying?

27th June 2016

Hello all, Jack Bond and I will be travelling from Manchester to Newquay on Tuesday 5th July, so we were wondering if anyone else is flying in and arriving at…

NRTF is now on Facebook!

16th June 2016

Hello all! As you may be aware from last week’s discussion updates I’m the new Online Community Coordinator for the NRTF, taking over from the wonderful…

Is anyone printing A4 posters anymore?

10th March 2016

Firstly apologies for the incredibly boring sounding title to this post but it needed to ask a direct question. I wanted to ask if anyone else is experiencing what I…

Open Submissions for the Developed With The Lowry programme. Deadline 9th March

24th February 2015

The Lowry Studio, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts and Spot On, Lancashire’s Rural Touring Network are looking for expressions of interest from theatre companies / solo theatre-makers based in the…

It’ll never work…  restricted capacity shows…

8th August 2014

I was asked at the York conference to talk for 2 minutes on restricted capacity shows- and why they work for Spot On. We embarked on these smaller shows for the…

Spot On and Cheshire Rural Touring want your thoughts on e-ticketing

30th May 2014

As part of a website upgrade to both Spot On Lancashire and Cheshire Rural Touring I'm gathering information and examples of e-ticketing for rural touring venues. We hope to…

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