Call out for Actor for new Rural touring show – Autumn 2020

Call out for Actor for new Rural touring show – Autumn 2020

Arts Alive are looking for a mature performer with a playing age of 45+ who has experience in creating devised theatre work. The performer will work with our Director and Designer to shape the show.

The Performer will ideally have a good quality singing voice and play at least one musical instrument. They will have strong physical theatre skills and will be a confident and engaging storyteller. Some puppetry experience would also be beneficial.

Audition Date; 20 January 2020, 11.30 – 4pm, The Hive , 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury  SY1 1TE

Devising Dates; 14-16 Sept 2020 – in Shrewsbury

Rehearsal week; 5- 9 Oct 2020 – in Shrewsbury

Tour Dates; 12- 16 Oct, 19- 23 Oct 2020. Across venues in Shropshire. Technician for the show will be driving a van to get to the rural venues.

(Possibility of a third week of touring , awaiting funding decision.)

Actor will need to hold a current DBS check.


Arts Alive is the rural touring scheme for Shropshire and Herefordshire  and in partnership with MediaActive Projects , a creative media and moving image organisation was awarded Celebrating Age funding through Arts Council England. Following two years of artist led work with older people 55+, the creative material developed by participants will contribute to the shaping of the touring performance piece.

The performer will be accompanied by a technician on tour.

Fee; £3,600 -18 days work at £200 daily.

The successful actor will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation during the performance, devising, and rehearsal process.

Arts Alive is interested in performers that reflect the diversity of our nation and has an inclusive approach to opportunities for all.

To apply; please send a CV (in any format) plus either a link to an online showreel or a 1 minute performance clip captured on your phones showcasing storytelling skills to

Villages in Action, Job Opportunity: Part-time Project Co-ordinator, funding and advocacy

The Villages in Action rural touring scheme, run by Carn to Cove, is looking to recruit a:

Part-time Project Co-ordinator, funding and advocacy

Closing date: Friday 6th December

0.4fte, fixed term contract until August 2021. This may be extended if further funding is raised

Responsible to: Carn to Cove Project Director

Start date     Week beginning 6th January 2020           

Office base:   Exeter Northcott Theatre (the postholder will have flexibility on days and some travel by car and unsocial hours will be required)

The employer for this post is Creative Kernow, Cornwall’s leading creative sector support organisation.

Creative Kernow runs a number of projects in Cornwall, with the key ones being Krowji, the creative workspace cluster in Redruth; the Carn to Cove rural touring scheme; the Cornwall 365 listings and cultural tourism project; the European funded Cultivator skills and business programme; Screen Cornwall and the FEAST community arts programme.

This post supports the Carn to Cove team to programme two seasons per year of live performances throughout southern Devon as part of the Locomotor project, delivered in partnership with Villages in Action.

Villages in Action has been promoting the arts in rural south Devon  for over 25 years and offers a ‘menu’ of high quality arts performances to a network of volunteer promoters who pick from the choice of events for their village halls and community centres. See for further information on the rural touring scheme, which covers the local authority areas of Mid, East, South and West Devon, Teignbridge and South Hams.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Further development and widening of audiences in existing partner villages, and supporting new membership
  • Developing relationships with established and emerging artists who are active in the rural touring sector
  • Developing relationships with key arts organisations
  • Developing relationships with non-arts organisations to widen the role of the arts in rural communities and market and coastal towns in southern Devon (e.g. heritage, environmental, wellbeing agencies)
  • Supporting and developing  relationships with current funders
  • Identifying opportunities for additional funding streams, including Trusts & Foundations, commissioning opportunities
  • Supporting the development of other options as part of the wider Locomotor project (including digital innovations, Hub and Spoke model, Made in Devon)
  • Working with the Project Director and ViA Trustees to ensure long term sustainability of the Villages in Action scheme.

The post holder will need to work in Devon with scattered, mainly rural, communities and stakeholders, so needs to be able to travel independently.

Additional tasks

  • Work with line manager to identify and attend training, networking and events appropriate for the development of the role and the organisation.
  • Assist in the evaluation of the programme

This is not an exhaustive list of duties and you may be required to carry out other tasks in accordance with the needs of the organisation. You will need to be flexible and adaptable in respect of your role.

Person Specification

Please note that only candidates who can demonstrate that they can meet all the essential criteria will be shortlisted

Skills and Experience


  • Successful fundraising experience
  • Excellent communication skills with a range of different audiences
  • High level of computer literacy, particularly in use of Word and Excel
  • Ability to use social media platforms effectively for marketing
  • Experience of administering Arts Council England funded projects
  • Attention to detail and the ability to produce accurate and well-presented written documents
  • Ability to organise information efficiently using both paper systems and information technology
  • Experience of dealing effectively with customer enquiries


  • Experience of using Access database software
  • Ability to initiate and set up office systems
  • Familiarity with basic business bookkeeping systems and simple management accounts

Personal Attributes


  • Flexible, adaptable, able to work on own initiative, with a positive can-do attitude
  • An interest in creativity and an appetite to learn more
  • An ability to work to tight deadlines as part of a small team
  • Good interpersonal, communication and customer service skills, including an effective telephone manner
  • Very well organised with excellent time management skills; reliable and with the ability to self-motivate
  • Sensitivity and discretion in the workplace
  • Full valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for business use
  • Own IT equipment

Key conditions of work

Contract             Permanent contract, but please note that the funding for this project is expected to run until the end of August 2021

Pay        In the range £23,500 to £25,000 fte, dependent on skills and experience

Pensions            Creative Kernow will automatically enrol you into The People’s Pension if you are aged at least 22 but you are under State Pension age and you are earning more than £10,000 a year (£833 per month).

If you don’t meet these criteria on appointment but you do meet them at a later date, we will automatically enrol you into the scheme then.

If you are eligible to join, Creative Kernow will contribute 3% of your salary.  More details about the scheme are available on request.

Holidays             4 weeks a year rising to 5 weeks over 5 years plus bank holidays

Hours   15 hours per week (0.4 x 37.5 hours fte). There is scope for flexible working in consultation with your line manager. From time to time staff will be required to work unsociable hours. A TOIL system operates rather than payment of overtime.

Probationary period                     There will be a standard six month probationary period

Equality and Diversity

Creative Kernow is committed to equality of opportunity in employment practices and the provision of services and expects that its policy will be supported by everyone in the organisation. We are committed to making every effort to find and grow diverse talent for our workforce. 

Artsreach Marketing Officer

ARTSREACH MARKETING OFFICER Artsreach is a charity that arranges tours of theatre, dance and music to rural communities across Dorset and is part of Arts Council England’s national portfolio.

We are looking for a flexible, creative individual with drive and passion to assist with the promotion and enhancement of the Artsreach brand through maximising the benefits of social media and responding to the needs of our audiences, promoters and investors. It is a role with much room for creative expression in an environment of great changes in the charity sector in general.

You will be working within a small, experienced and highly – motivated team to provide a professional service, working with a network of volunteers, and accessible to the public. Your key role within the team will be to develop and grow the Artsreach brand, devise, implement and report on the agreed strategic marketing plan, drive the charity’s social media networks, lead on database management, lead on preparation and distribution of publicity material, and attend Artsreach events as required.

This is a permanent contract and would ideally suit a recent marketing graduate wanting to gain experience in the not – for – profit sector.

The position is subject to a 6 month probationary period, based on 37.5 hours per week and the starting salary is £ 19,554 How to Apply: Please download/complete the Artsreach Job Application Form found on our website: – vacancy This should be returned, with an accompanying letter of application, either by email to or by post to Artsreach, The Little Keep, Barrack Rd, Dorchester DT1 1SQ

Closing date for app lications: 12pm on 6th December

Spot On Lancashire: Second Outdoor Commission

Spot On have secured funding from Arts Council England to commission an outdoor arts performance in 2020. This is the second commission in what we hope will be a long series of commissions over the next few years.

The plan is for the finished piece to premiere at Thompson Park, Burnley in summer 2020 with additional performances in other locations in Lancashire between July and September.

Does this sound like something you might be interested in? Take a look at the full brief and make an application.

Please feel free to share this opportunity with your networks, by directing them to this link:

Deadline: 5pm, Monday 2nd December 2019

Download the brief: Spot On Lancashire:  Burnley Outdoor Commission 2020 Information

Download the application form: Spot On Burnley Commission Application Form

For an informal conversation about this opportunity email Stephie Jessop:

Flicks in the Sticks employ five young people to engage new audiences


Thanks to funding from the BFI (British Film Institute), rural cinema Flicks in the Sticks has been able to employ five young people as Cultural Coordinators in a bid to reach and engage new audiences through film events specifically for young adults.

Based in and around market towns in Shropshire and Herefordshire; Whitchurch, Shrewsbury, Hereford, Leominster and also Welshpool, the Coordinators aim to work closely with groups of local young people to organise film screenings for those aged 16-30.

The funding has given jobs to young people who are passionate about film and are keen to organise events with, and support attendance by, other young people with similar interests. It is important to Flicks in the Sticks that we expand our audiences to include more people under 35.

We hope to learn from the new audiences how we can make Flicks more accessible to under-represented groups and offer a much more social event, moving away from the trend of watching films on a phone or tablet. With the introduction of streaming sites like Netflix, iPlayer and YouTube and the costs of travelling and going to mainstream cinema, rural young adults are increasingly engaging with film at home.

Director of Arts Alive, Ian Kerry says;

“We are really excited to have received this support from the BFI, and we are now in a position to employ some young people to deliver this great project. If you are between 16 and 30 and want to screen films in a venue of your choice now is your chance to get in touch!”

Tune in to BBC Radio Shropshire to hear Cultural Coordinators Polly and Jo on The Seven O’Clock Show: Thursday 14th November, 7pm

Flicks in the Sticks, the flagship project of rural touring scheme Arts Alive, delivers over 1000 high quality film events to village hall and community venues across Shropshire, Herefordshire and beyond. In 2018 alone, 48,000 people attended a Flicks screening. This year Flicks in the Sticks celebrates 20 years of bringing a wide range of cultural film to local audiences.

If you are interested in putting on a film screening for people between the ages of 18-30, please contact

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival (DGAF) is recruiting a new Project & Communications Manager

Job Advert

Following a successful 40th Anniversary programme Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival (DGAF) is recruiting a new Project & Communications Manager

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival is the largest rural Performing Arts Festival in Scotland. It has been running a highly successful Festival each May since 1979. In addition to the Festival, it now works with a network of local promoters, venues and community groups to provide high quality performances all year round, under the banner Dumfries & Galloway Arts Live. 

Job Title: Project & Communications Manager
Hours of work: Full-time (35 hours per week). 18 Month Fixed Term Contract in the first instance.
Location: Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Office, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
Responsible to: General Manager.         
Responsible for: Freelance Staff
Salary: £27,500

We are seeking to recruit a pro-active individual for our new Project & Communications Manager role, they will work closely with the General Manger to deliver high profile, quality local and national press and media campaigns for its Festival and year-round touring programme Arts Live.

The Successful candidate is required to have the following key skills:
• Develop and implement the communications strategies for all DGAF platforms
• Audience development and databases
• Monitoring and assessment of projects
• Experience in preparing brochure and marketing collateral 
• Full driving licence and access to a car
• Press and marketing experience both on and off-line
• Excellent administrative, organisational and interpersonal skills
• A good knowledge of the contemporary performing arts scene
• Excellent communications and digital media skills
• Working with online media channels and website maintenance and development
Desired Skills
• Knowledge of the region

If you wish to be considered for the post and would like an information and application pack, please email

Closing date for applications is: 5pm on Thursday 31st October 

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 13th November in Dumfries, 2pm onwards.

Rural Touring Dance Initiative Autumn 2019 Dates

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.

Nikki and JD – Knot

24 Sep The Guildhall, St Ives TR26 2DS | Carn to Cove (Cornwall)
27 Sep West Buckland School Theatre EX32 0SX |
29 Sep, 7:30pm. Gillingham School Hall, SP8 4QR.
2 Oct Steiner Academy, Much Dewhurst, HR2 8DL | Arts Alive, Shrop. Herefordshire
4 Oct University of Worcester WR2 6AJ | Live and Local
5 Oct Dance Blast Abergavenny NP7 5UD | Night Out, Wales

7th Oct Allendale Village Hall, Leadgate, Allendale, N’land NE47 9PR

11 Oct Goxhill Memorial Hall DN19 7JJ| Artery/Live Lincs, East Riding/Lincolnshire
12 Oct Appleby Hub CA16 6QR | Highlights, Cumbria and Northumberland

Mr and Mrs Clarke – Louder is not always clearer

14 Nov TBC | Air in G – Strike A Light

Alleyne Dance – A Night’s Game

21 – 22 Oct Gloucester University | Air in G – Strike A Light

Thu 7 Nov 7pm Assembly Rooms Barton Upon Humber DN18 5QP

9 Nov Newlyn Village Hall TR18 5AR | Carn to Cove, Cornwall
14 Nov Drimpton Village Hall DT8 3RT| Artsreach, Dorset

Patfield and Triguero – Gibbon   

21 Nov Portsoy  Church Hall AB45 2QB| NEAT
22 Nov Lindow Hall  Bowness-on-Solway CA7 5AF | Arts Out West, West Cumbria 
23 Nov St. Thomas Church Hall, Stanhope DL13 2UE | Highlights, Cumbria and Northumberland

James Wilton – Leviathan

26 Oct Lyceum Studio, Crewe CW1 2DA | Cheshire
23 Nov Bolton Abbey Village Hall BD23 6EX | Rural Arts North Yorkshire
26 Nov The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham SN13 9HX | Wiltshire
28 Nov Wem Town Hall SY4 5DG| Arts Alive, Shrop. Herefordshire
30 Nov West Buckland School Theatre EX32 0SX |

Lost Dog – Juliet and Romeo

17 & 18 Aug Jevington Barn BN26 5QB | Applause, Kent/Sussex
18 Oct Grand Pier, Weston Super Mare BS23 1AL | Theatre Orchard, Somerset
19 Oct Brimpsfield Village Hall GL4 8LD | Air in G
24 Oct Thimble Mill Library, Smethick B67 5RJ | Black Country Touring
26 Oct Colston Bassett Events (Nottinghamshire) | Live and Local
27 Oct Dronfield Heritage Trust S18 1PX| Live and Local

Altered Skin – Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

19 October Weaver Hall, Northwich CW9 8AB | Cheshire Rural Touring Arts
1 Nov Calstock Arts PL18 9QX | Carn to Cove
9 Nov Tarvin Community Centre CH3 8LY | Cheshire Rural Touring Arts
10 Nov Goostrey Village Hall CW4 8PE | Cheshire Rural Touring Arts
15 Nov Roadwater Village Hall, TA23 0RE | Take Art (Somerset)

New art partnership between Attingham Park and Pentabus calls for artists for the LEGACY project

The LEGACY project, a partnership between the National Trust’s Attingham Park and Pentabus Theatre is calling for artists to join the project and work with young people and local communities from autumn 2019, to create a site specific artwork which will be displayed at Attingham Park.

LEGACY is a Trust New Art collaboration between Attingham Park and Pentabus and will explore the gift of Attingham Park to the National Trust by Thomas, Lord Berwick in 1947. The project is delivered by the National Trust and Pentabus, and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, part of Trust New Art, National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts.

Sophie Motley, Pentabus’ Artistic Director said “We are delighted to be partnering with Trust New Art and Attingham Park on this project. This collaboration is at once local and national, born of a rural space, deep in the heart of South Shropshire yet accessible to all. The opportunity to collaborate with Attingham will enable new community, artist and volunteer partnerships, and most importantly, an excellent artistic output.”
Often described as the single most generous gift to the National Trust, Lord Berwick left the mansion and grounds “for public benefit” under the care of the Trust. Together Attingham and Pentabus are exploring what this means today.

The partnership will be commissioning artists to work with young people and local communities to share and create their own experiences of Attingham Park. These will then form the basis of a site specific art installation, which will be shared with the public at Attingham Park from autumn 2020. A visual artist / designer and a socially engaged artist are sought to explore what legacy really means for a number of different communities through their relationship to Attingham.

Claire Tafft, Attingham’s Visitor Experience Manager, said “We’re excited to be working collaboratively to explore what Attingham means to people who already know it well, but also for those who don’t. Our staff and volunteers are looking forward to opening up more opportunities to continue the legacy of the 8th Lord Berwick by involving local communities in this new creative project.”

Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, is one of the greatest estates in Shropshire. An impressive late-18th century mansion and collection, landscaped Repton parkland with views across the ancient Shropshire countryside, a deer park, a productive organic walled garden and orchard and tenanted farmland of some 4000 acres. The parkland at Attingham is one of the richest and most important nature conservation sites for veteran trees and invertebrates in England and for this reason is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England. Attingham has experienced the highs of huge wealth as well as the lows of benign neglect. Formerly owned by five generations of the Berwick family, it was gifted to the National Trust in 1947 and now welcomes over half a million visitors each year.

As a national rural theatre company, Pentabus have been a key figure in rural touring theatre and on the national theatre scene for the past 45 years. They are now pioneering a new strand of work called Theatre in Surprising Places – engaging with communities with little or no access to the arts – which sees them work with communities of place or interest to create new theatre projects which tell their stories. This is done through regular and deep engagement between artists and communities, a shared interest or theme, and working towards a final product over a period of time. They have to date made work with farmers and lifeboat men, with net makers and bus drivers, and with residents of our local communities.

For more information on LEGACY and to download the artist briefs visit or email

For information about Trust New Art visit

Inn Crowd Call Out 2019


Calling Live Literature Performers: We want your show!

‘The Inn Crowd is a brilliant project. It supports and enables performers to make work, helps us reach new audiences, and promotes live literature across the UK. Get involved!’ Sophia Walker

INN CROWD is a programme of high quality live literature performances touring to rural pubs across the UK from 2019-2022. It helps reinforce pubs as central to rural community life by bringing exceptional cultural experiences to new audiences.

INN CROWD offers funding, bookings, development support, and publicity to support brilliant live literature artists.

Shows, sets or performances may include elements of theatre, poetry, spoken word, storytelling, literary adaptation, comedy, live art and audience participation … but the starting point for performances must be written or composed text.

We are looking for:

Reshape: shows, sets or performances that have been fully or partially developed and can be reshaped to suit performance in pub and other community settings.

Co-Production: ideas for new shows, sets or performances that can be developed with time and assistance from the Inn Crowd consortium.

Ready-to-Go: show, sets, or performances already developed and with a performance record, suitable for rural touring pub setting. You can contact us at anytime with a Ready-to-Go proposal.

Download and read the full information pack and then complete the online application form here:

Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 23rd September 2019.

Applicants should expect to be invited to an informal sharing and discussion about the show in London on Thursday 10th October 2019. We cover travel costs for this. Please ensure you are available for this.

To learn more about INN CROWD visit

‘Inn Crowd is supporting the art of storytelling…the performers benefit, the community benefits and the pub benefits – I like being part of that triangle.’ John Osbourne

INN CROWD is a collaboration between Applause Rural Touring,Creative Arts East, and National Centre for Writing.

Job Opportunity: Inn Crowd Pubs+ Project Manager

Job Description
Job Title: Inn Crowd Pubs+ Project Manager
Company Address: The Yard, 2a Speldhurst Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN40DP

Reports to: Director of Project Lead – Applause Rural Touring and Inn Crowd Pubs+ Steering Group

Applause Rural Touring, in partnership with the rural touring agency for the East of England, Creative Arts East and National Centre for Writing, have received substantial support from Arts Council England to develop Inn Crowd Pubs+ – a project that brings high quality live literature events to rural pubs across England.


Inn Crowd Pubs+ builds on Inn Crowd, a unique and innovate audience and performance development project supported by ACE strategic touring awards from 2016 and ending in September 2019. The project established a network of largely rural promoting pubs across the South and Southeast of England and latterly piloted working with additional rural touring schemes nationally to develop the reach of Inn Crowd. National Centre for Writing led the artistic programme, developing through commission and reshape opportunities, exciting spoken word, poetry and storytelling performances that would be appropriate, flexible and interesting for rural pub venues to host. National charity, Pub is the Hub, has acted as a strategic partner in the project and supporting the development of promoting pubs as well as contributing to associated research and evaluation.

Village pubs can play a central role in rural community life and Inn Crowd has offered landlords a new way to attract customers and create a unique performing environment for some of the UK’s most talented up-and-coming spoken word artists.

Inn Crowd Pubs+ is a strategic progression of Inn Crowd and from Sept 2019 – Aug 2022. Inn Crowd Pubs+ will increase the production and touring infrastructure of live literature related work to alternative and emerging touring venues across the country engaging with a range of new partnerships including 5 further rural touring partners. Artistic impact will include 28 new reshape and commissions for live literature artists and companies reaching over 30,000 audience members regionally and additional audiences through digital distribution. Over 300 live touring dates will take place and touring venue types will be further extended to a range of other new spaces such as restaurants, social clubs, cafes and bottle shops. Audience reach will be enhanced with broadcast events though established regional screening models and new partnerships.

Role specification

We are recruiting a Project Manager who will deliver Inn Crowd activity developing the project with the guidance as set out in the planning to date. The Project Manager will be responsible for all aspects of the project although there will be elements that they will not directly deliver.

Main areas of activity:

Act as central point of project communications and management, providing central coordination for the national touring including: booking the programme of work with wider touring partners and liaising with the primary partners as set out in the project plan
Develop, maintain and report against area-wide project delivery plan
Champion, advocate for and create connections for the project at national level
Lead on digital planning and implementation
Effectively managing the project budget
Offer operational support across the wider touring partnership
Provide marketing and comms support across the project activity
Plan, host and disseminate notes/actions from partnership meetings
Manage any administrative duties associated with the role
Candidate Specification

Essential Experience

Excellent written communication skills including report writing and stakeholder updates
Strong computer literacy and confidence in using the Microsoft Office suite
Knowledge of and interest in the arts
Experience of managing similar projects of comparable scale and ambition
Desirable Experience

Financial management experience including managing a budget
An understanding of the needs of rural communities and businesses
Experience of representing an organisation publicly through the media and events
Experience of working successfully and harmoniously in a small team
Essential Skills and Abilities

Self-reliant with the ability to work on own initiative, prioritise and organise workload, and meet deadlines
Excellent team working and collaborative skills with the ability to relate to and work with a range of people to achieve success
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal with a wide range of people
Ability to problem solve, apply creative solutions, be resourceful and ‘make things happen’
A strong commitment to inclusion and diversity
An ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends when required
Terms and Conditions
Full Time £25k

This is a summary of the terms and conditions.
Salary: £25,000
Pension: The company operates an auto-enrolment pension scheme in line with current government legislation.
Contract: Fixed term for 3 years.
Hours: 35 hours per week. No overtime is payable, but time off in lieu for excess working hours may be agreed with the line manager. There will be regular evening and weekend hours, with occasional overnight stays away.

Holiday Entitlement: 23 days per annum, pro rata (excluding statutory holidays), increasing by 1 day per annum (pro rata) to a maximum of 25 after 12 months service on 1 September.
Place of work: Location is flexible but with the requirement to work form Applause’s office at agreed times

There will be a six month probationary period. Any offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of:
• References
• Evidence of the right to work in the UK as defined by the Home Office

Making an application
Please submit a CV and accompanying letter of application by email to
Closing Date – 9am Tuesday 10 th September 2019