Rural Touring Dance Initiative Dates Autumn 2018

This Autumn seven dance companies will tour rurally with the support of the Rural Touring Dance Initiative.

To find out more information and individual ticket prices and box office numbers please visit the Scheme websites directly. Wherever possible links direct to event pages are listed.

Point of Echoes – bgroup  10- 29 Sep
Leviathan - James Wilton Dance 16 Sep – 10 Nov
Juliet and Romeo – Lost Dog 18 Oct – 17 Nov
I-Infinite – Tom Dale Company 4 -20 Nov
Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer – Shane Shambhu 9-22 Nov
The Hotel Experience – Lila Dance 26 Nov – 1 Dec
Hansel and Gretel – Uchenna Dance 3- 8 Dec


The first shows in September will see bgoup’s Point of Echoes return to rural touring. Point of Echoes, a haunting tale of love, death and monsters set on a remote lighthouse, was the first show to be commissioned especially for rural touring by the RTDI in its first phase.

Date Venue Scheme Link for more information
Tuesday 11th September ( 2.30pm )  Bexhill College, Bexhill - On Sea, TN40 2JG Applause Private performance
Tuesday 18th September Wroot Village Hall, Doncaster, DN9 2BT Artery/Live Lincs ( East Riding and Lincs ) Link to website
Friday 28th September Lazonby Village Hall, CA10 1AQ Highlights ( Rescheduled ) Link to website




Making its rural touring debut from September is James Wilton Dance’s Leviathan, a fast-paced and athletic reimagining of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick performed by a cast of 6 to a powerful electro-rock soundtrack.

Date Venue Scheme More Information

Sunday  16th September

Village Centre, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY ( Hurst Festival ) Applause ( sussex) Coming soon

Friday 19th October

Battle Memorial Hall, Battle TN33 OAQ ( Battle Festival ) Applause ( sussex ) Website
Friday 26th October Lydbrook Memorial Hall, Forest of Dean, GL 9PS Air in G - (Gloucestershire) Scheme Brochure
Friday 9th November Assembly Rooms, Barton DN18 5QP Artery ( East Riding ) Website
Saturday 10th November Appleby Market Hall, Appleby CA16 6XB Highlights  (Cumbria ) Website




Rural touring favourites Lost Dog won a Rural Touring Award for their previous show Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me…)  which toured village halls around the country in 2016-17. Their new show Juliet and Romeo, touring from October, offers an alternative take on Shakespeare’s tragic lovers that sees them grow up and live into middle age in a show that blends dance, theatre and comedy.

Date Venue Scheme More Information
Thursday 18th October Newton-le Willows Village Hall, BL8 1SP On Tour - Rural Arts North Yorkshire Website
Friday 19th October Brigham Memorial Hall, CA13 0TG Arts Out West -( Cumbria ) Website
Saturday 20th October Amble Parish Hall,  NE65 0DX Highlights (Cumbria) Website
Friday 26th October Parracombe Village Hall, EX31 4RJ Beaford Arts (Devon) Scheme website 
Saturday 27th October Tolmen Centre, Famouth, TR11 5AA Carn to Cove ( Cornwall ) Website
Saturday 3rd November The Williams Hall, Stoke St Gregory Village Hall, TA3 6EH Take Art (Somerset) Website
Sunday 4th November Collingbourne Ducis Village Hall, Marlbourgh, SN8 3UH Wiltshire Rural Touring Coming soon
Friday 16th November Terry O'Toole Theatre, North Hykeham, Lincolnshire LN6 9AX Live and Local Website
Saturday 17th November Glebe Field Centre (Derbyshire) DE4 5EU Live and Local






Tom Dale Company’s I INFINITE, which will tour in November, is part dance, part video installation and meditates on the digital world’s quest to recreate life.

Date Venue Scheme More Information
Sunday 4th Nov, 7pm  Mounts Bay Academy, Heamoor, Penzance TR18 3JT Carn to Cove ( Cornwall ) Website
Sunday 4th Nov, 8.30pm Mounts Bay Academy, Heamoor, Penzance TR18 3JT Carn to Cove (Cornwall) Website




Also in November, Complicité Associate Artist Shane Shambhu offers a humorous and honest personal tale of growing up in East London, learning and performing Indian Dance in Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer.

Date Venue Scheme More Information
Friday 9th November
SpArC Theatre, Bishops Castle, Shropshire SY9 5AY Arts Alive Website
Thursday 15th November Charmouth Primary School Hall, Bridprt DT6 6LR Artsreach Scheme Website
Thursday 22nd November The The Old Court House, Warwick CV34 4EW Live and Local Coming soon
Friday 23rd November The Peel Centre, Dronfield S18 1PY Live and Local Coming soon




Lila Dance proved popular with rural touring audiences when they toured the immersive The Deluge last year. They return to village halls from November with The Hotel Experience, in which a man checks into a hotel the night before his wedding to discover that all is not as it seems.

Date Venue Scheme More Information
Friday 30th November Liskerrett Centre,Liskeard PL14 4AP Carn to Cove Website
Saturday 1st December Holesworthy memorial Hall, EX22 6DJ Beaford Arts Coming soon




And just in time for the Christmas season, Uchenna Dance will tour its first work for families, Hansel and Gretel offering a new take on the classic fairytale. The company is known for blending dance styles from vogueing, house and waacking to contemporary and African dance, often along with text, to create shows that are entertaining and informative.

Date Venue Scheme More Information
Saturday 8th December, 2.30pm Abbey Hall Creative Arts East Scheme Website