Rural Touring Awards Shortlist Announced

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 for the award, please find the full list of nominees below.  More information on the shortlisted candidates can be downloaded to the right. 

The shortlist will now go before an independent judging panel comprising Guardian journalist Lyn Gardner, writer and researcher Francois Matarasso, Ed Collier of independent producing studio China Plate and Beccy Speight, Chief Executive of The Woodland Trust.

Judges will be looking for brilliant stories, examples of good, enthusiastic and dedicated practice and forward-looking work.

Full list of Nominees:

Rural Touring Newcomer
Lila Dance, South East
Tony Leonard, Landlord of Roebuck Inn in Laughton and The Snowdrop Inn in Lewes, Sussex
Hannah Prior, Arts Alive Board member and co-director of I-gnition, Shropshire

Best Promoter
Sue Cottam - Bradworthy Village Hall, Devon
Des George - Neuadd Dyfi, Wales
Rebecca Smith - Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon

Most innovative and/or inspirational show
The Deluge – Lila Dance, South East,
Paradise Lost (Lies unopen beside me) – Lost Dog, South East
Labels – Worklight Theatre, South West

Most Supportive Touring Scheme
Arts Alive – Shropshire and Herefordshire
Carn to Cove - Cornwall
Highlights Rural Touring Scheme – Cumbria, County Durham, Northumberland

Most Welcoming Village Hall
Felton Village Hall – Northumberland
Melbourne Assembly Rooms – Derbyshire
Quatt Village Hall – Shropshire

NRTF Special Award
Duncan MacInnes, Artistic Director – SEALL, Isle of Skye
Ian Scott, Director – Artreach, Dorset
Christine Smith, Promoter – Night Out Wales

The winners in each category will be announced at the NRTF conference on 28th June.