Applause launch Autumn 2022/Spring 2023 menu

Applause are excited to launch their newly chosen indoor shows for Autumn 2022/Spring 2023.

The line-up for Autumn 2022 – Spring 2023 touring is filled with theatre, family shows, puppetry, dance, music and more! With some returning favourite companies as well as some exciting new artists.

Click here for more information, and to see the current offering of shows from Summer 2022 – Spring 2023.

Carn to Cove new leadership for rural touring

Following the recent departure of Tim Smithies from the leadership of Cornwall’s rural touring scheme, Creative Kernow have promoted Claire Marshall to take on the Director’s role. Claire has worked closely with Tim since 2006 and has been deputising for him since 2019.

Since its formation 20 years ago, Carn to Cove has grown from 6 villages to encompassing with C Fylm more than 100 active communities and 350 volunteers putting on events all over Cornwall.  Since 2013, Carn to Cove has been joined by C Fylm, the network of community film clubs that run throughout Cornwall, and Claire will work closely with Imogen Weatherly, to develop an amazing programme of live events and screenings.

Creative Kernow Chief Executive Fiona Wotton paid tribute to Tim Smithies and Claire Marshall’s work developing and with leading the scheme, “Together Tim and Claire have achieved fantastic reach into communities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly bringing high quality cultural experiences of regional, national and international significance.”

Claire spoke of her delight in being able to continue to deliver the amazing work of the rural touring scheme in Cornwall, and grow the schemes national and international credentials: “It’s such a privilege to work with all the performing artists, all the volunteers and promoters scattered all over Cornwall who love making things happen in their communities, and the audiences who support the event”.

Highlights Rural Touring Vacancy – General Manager

Highlights Rural Touring are looking for a General Manager to manage our day-to-day operations, our finances and our company administration. The General Manager will be a key member of our small team of 4 – working alongside Director, Kate Lynch, and our Communications Officer and Creative Engagement Officer. Our office is in Penrith, Cumbria but a mix of office and remote working is possible.

The post is 4 days a week, including some evening/weekend work.  There is flexibility in how these hours can be worked. Salary: £25,731 FTE.

Experience and/or an interest in the voluntary arts sector is helpful but we are also interested in hearing from people from other industry backgrounds.

The recruitment pack is here: General Manager Recruitment pack 2022

Application form is here: Highlights Application Form

Application guidance is here: Highlights Application Form Guidance Notes

For an informal chat about the role please get in touch with Kate Lynch, Director at / 017683 53954.

How to apply: Please return the application form to and complete the online equal opportunities form by midday on Thursday 14 April.

Interviews will be held week commencing 25 April 2022. Interview questions will be provided in advance.

Springing to life: The Library Presents returns with new arts events 


The Library Presents is making its return to Cambridgeshire libraries and outdoor locations this Spring in an exciting burst of live arts-based events. This year’s Spring Season will officially launch on 23 April, providing audiences with an eclectic selection of workshops, musical events, live theatre and more.  

Back for a ninth consecutive season, The Library Presents’ new Spring programme will build on last year’s success, showcasing a wide array of local and national artists and even some international artists, as well as returning with favourites enjoyed by adult and family audiences in past seasons. Cambridgeshire residents can expect to see over 30 events scheduled in the programme with tickets ranging from £3 to £20 including a family saver and free companion tickets for disabled audience members. 

For those who enjoy music, Shake, Rattle & Roll will get all ages up and moving, focusing on bringing young families together through the love of song and dance. Audiences will hear anything from Bowie to Baroque and Chopin to Chas’n’Dave. On a national tour from Ghana, one of the leading traditional African musical groups, the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers, will bring infectiously funky grooves to local communities, coupled with incredible dance moves in an amazing opportunity to experience traditional Ghana in rural England.

Folk singer Daria Kulesh is described as “one of the finest voices and one of the most intriguing and interesting songwriters on the present folk scene”. Kulesh’s soaring, evocative vocals and vibrant and colourful stories and songs take you on a journey, both historic and personal, through the past in tribute to and celebration of her grandmother and her family and their long-lost homeland of Ingushetia.

Theatre lovers will get the chance to share an adventure with Miss Sherlock Holmes and her companion, Doctor Jane Watson, as part of Lantern Light Theatre Company’s series of short 19th century Sherlock Holmes plays, while those after a magical twist will be treated to a hilarious evening of mind-bending tricks and jokes courtesy of delightful duo, Kane & Abel. Parents with younger children can enjoy the delights of Garlic Theatre’s wonderfully funny and warm-hearted re-imagined celebration of the classic Goldilocks and the three bears, with the help of puppets. 

This programme of events has been developed after Cambridgeshire residents were invited to select from an online menu list of their favourite performances and workshops to see in their local library this Spring.

Certain events run by The Library Presents will include enhanced accessibility so even more audience members are able to enjoy them. These include relaxed performances (autism and neurodiverse friendly), a performance with a BSL interpreter and staff who speak BSL to welcome audiences, and include seating, building access, and toilets to accommodate audience members using mobility aids. 

Service animals will be welcome at all events and audience members can also get in touch to make specific access requests.

Speaking on the upcoming season, Councillor Tom Sanderson, Chair of the County Council’s Communities, Social Mobility and Inclusion Committee commented: “I can’t wait for the upcoming season to launch this Spring. I’ve witnessed first-hand how important these events are to our community, so it’s a real privilege to be able to return these for another two Seasons. Arts Council England has agreed funding for the coming year, so we are able to bring a wonderful selection of arts back into our town centres as the days start to grow longer.” 

The Library Presents is run by Cambridgeshire County Council and works in conjunction with Babylon ARTS, based in Ely. Tickets to the upcoming season can be purchased at:

For more information, please visit: or stay up to date on Facebook and Instagram at: @TheLibraryPresents. 

Cambridgeshire venues holding events for the season include: 

  • Alconbury Weald Cricket Pavillion
  • Arbury Court Library
  • Arbury, Church of the Good Shepherd Community Hall
  • Barnwell – Christ the Redeemer Church
  • Cambourne Library
  • Cambridge Central Library
  • Chatteris Library
  • Cherry Hinton Library
  • Clay Farm Centre
  • Ely Library
  • Histon and Impington Recreation Ground
  • Histon Library
  • Littleport, Yeomans Field
  • March Library
  • Northstowe Community Wing
  • Papworth Village Hall
  • Ramsey Library
  • Sawston – Marven Centre
  • Sawston Library
  • Soham Library
  • St Ives Library
  • St Neots Library
  • Whittlesey Library
  • Wisbech Library

H.A.N.D.S Company/Artist Call Out – Rural Touring North of England

Are you a company that has an existing performance piece that you are interested in adapting for a range of venues and space options but need advice?

Do you work across the North of England or are you interested in rural touring to venues across Cumbria, Lancashire, East and North Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, County Durham and Cheshire?

Have you considered rural touring as an option?

The Northern Consortium of Rural Touring Schemes is opening a call out for four professional companies from any performing arts context to be part of our project H.A.N.D.S Programme supported by the rural touring schemes ArtERY Live, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts, Highlights Rural Touring, Live Lincs, Rural Arts and Spot On and funded through Arts Council England in 2022.

H.A.N.D.S (Helping, artists, needs, develop, sustainably) is an 18-month mentoring programme working with 8 diverse-led emerging small-scale touring companies. The activity builds on a Pitching & Mentoring initiative across 6 rural touring schemes that ended in 2020.

The programme aims to support companies to:

  • Build a sustainable and resilient touring model
  • Develop new work for community venues and libraries
  • Develop innovative and flexible approaches to presenting work
  • Enhance artistic practice and produce high quality and adventurous work
  • Support artists to adapt work for live and online settings

This is achieved through:

  • Allocation of a specific RTS mentor for each company
  • Workshops and 1-2-1 sessions with industry mentors and experienced rural touring artists/companies
  • Commissioning online resources
  • Training in pitching and mentoring, marketing, bid writing and audience engagement
  • Training in covid 19 compliance (if necessary/relevant)
  • Artist residencies in rural venues
  • Provide experience of showcasing work to RT promoters – NRTF conference (Buxton 13-15 Jun 22)

How to apply

If you are keen to take part in H.A.N.D.S in the period March – November 2022 then please apply to be considered. Funds are available to support the above listed aspects and include costs covered for mentoring meetings, online pitching workshops, mentoring on any aspect of rural touring or adaption of your work (dramaturg, scenery adapter, marketing support, small scale touring planning and funding etc) your time and a place at the NRTF Conference in June.

Previous H.A.N.D.S programme companies have gone on to book dates/tours with rural touring schemes and small venues including through the Northern Consortium of Rural Touring Schemes in the North of England. The skills and mentoring offered allows for relationship building with promoters, scheme managers, programmers and bookers across the North of England and across the UK.

Open Call – submission deadline Tuesday 15 March 10pm.

Selection Process Companies are considered by a panel of Rural Touring Scheme Managers and the H.A.N.D.S coordinator and will be confirmed by not later than 31 March 2022.

To apply please email the coordinator at for full application details.

Watch ‘Tea with William Barnes’ at Home

Celebrate the works of William Barnes with the Ridgeway Singers and Band

Dialect poet William Barnes relished the country-dances, folksongs and carols of Dorset, and often wrote about community celebrations, where music was a key part of the proceedings. Now a popular annual fixture in the Artsreach calendar, The Ridgeway Singers and Band will celebrate the rich dialect of Dorset through music, song and poetry as they invite you to ‘Tea with William Barnes’.

Led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, The Ridgeway Singers and Band will be joined by guests from The William Barnes Society to celebrate the sounds and stories of old Dorset, performing traditional songs collected across the county, playing dance tunes from the repertoire of Blackmore Vale fiddler Benjamin Rose, and reciting some of the poems that keep alive the rich dialect of Dorset. 

Taking place at 3pm on Sunday 6 March, tickets for the 2022 Barnes celebration at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton have already sold out. However, Artsreach is delighted to be working with local film making company, Pageant Productions, to live stream the event, enabling those who are unable to attend in person to tune in and watch from home. To find out more about this celebration and to register for an e-ticket, visit 
Sun 6 March, 3pm. Streamed online – book via

Slanjayvah Danza are seeking an experienced Touring Technician for their rural UK tour of 6 Feet, 3 Shoes.

  • ROLE: Technical (Touring)
  • JOB TYPE: Freelance ITC/Equity Contract
  • DATES: 1 st May – 23 May 2022 + appropriate prep work. (4 week contract) Role to resume for September/October/ November 2022.
  • LOCATION: Rehearsals will take place in Perthshire before touring commences in North England and across Scotland /England in the Autumn.
  • FEE: £ 750.00 per week + holiday pay + travel, subsistence & meal allowance paid in line with ITC / Equity rates

About the show

6 Feet, 3 Shoes is a small-scale show with dance, live music, song and text. We will be touring a multitude of village halls and small venues in rural areas. Some venues will have technical equipment; however, some have none. For this reason, we tour with our own technical set up including lights, sou nd system, stands, cables, compu ter e tc. The show has an existing technical specifica tion and appropriate equipment has already been sourced.


The role involves:

  • Working closely with the producers / Artistic Director / touring team of experienced performers to remount, rehearse and present the show
  • Driving a transit sized van with all show materials between all venues and to collect/return equipment
  • Producing risk assessments and ensuring safety in venues.
  • Undertaking administrative duties in relation to the role pre, during and post tour as required.
  • Managing and undertaking the get in, fit up and strikes of equipment, props (assisted by other team members)
  • Reviewing, familiarising with and adapting as required the existing light and sound designs to ensure the show is presented to the highest possible standards
  • Running the technical aspects of the show
  • Working with mac pro and associated programmes such as q – lab, Nomad
  • Joining meetings with the producer and Artistic Director
  • Communicating with our equipment hire companies


Essential Criteria

  • Exclusive full – time availability be tween 1 st – 23 rd May, then again for the autumn dates.
  • Previous professional experience as a Touring Technician (light and live sound)
  • Knowledge and experience of small – scale touring / previous e xperience of rural touring
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Full driving license and a be confident driving a van .
  • Confidence in being fully responsible for all technical equipment set up and strike.
  • Previous knowledge, experience and confidence working with q – lab and nomad programmes
  • Ability to think creatively to solve problems.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight schedules.


To apply, please send an email of interest outlining your relevant experience and accompanied by a CV to .

Deadline 18 March 2022 .

Successful candidate notified by: 30th March 2022 .

If you would like to submit an application in a different format, please contact us by email initially and we can discuss this with you.

Spot On Lancashire & Culturapedia: Seeking Creative Partners

Introduction and one-to-one conversations with artists

Culturapedia work with artists and the people of Lancashire to bring fantastic opportunities for cultural engagement to the county. Would you like to be one of those artists in the next couple of years?

Culturapedia has emerged from the Covid 19 pandemic stronger and more ambitious than ever to make a positive change to the lives of people in Lancashire. We can only do this if we work with the best performers, writers and artists available – no matter where you may be in the country.

We are running a ‘getting to know you’ session. Like everyone, we have missed those usual networking opportunities to meet new people, share ideas, and see new work over the last two years. This is a chance to start conversations as we head into a new phase. We want to expand our address book and meet new creatives. We also want to find out what our old friends are up to.   

We invite you to an online presentation about our projects and plans on Thursday 3 February at 2pm or 7pm. This will be followed by a chance of a 20 minute one-to-one with one of our team on Monday 7th February. We’re dying to meet you. 

Our project and plans currently include:

  • The return of Spot On library and rural touring bringing superb professional performing arts direct to communities across Lancashire
  • Performances suitable for Burnley Front Room – part of our partnership with Burnley Mechanics
  • A season of small scale outdoor performances across Lancashire in the Summer 
  • Makers and artists to feature in our award-winning At Home Newspaper
  • Opportunities leading up to and including the first-ever Burnley Words Festival in March 2023
  • A new outdoor theatre commission for Spot On and Burnley Words Festival
  • A third and fourth digital art commission, curated by young librarians, to add to our small but growing digital gallery
  • More low-cost-capture digital shorts – ten-minute audiovisual adventures

The presentations will be live on Zoom. We will record and caption one of the presentations. Please let us know if you have any access needs that we can address.

You can book to attend one of the presentations and a 20 minute one-to-one with a member of the team here.

You will not receive an automatic confirmation. We will email a link to the presentation and your one-to-one by Tuesday, 1st February.

Please note that attending a session does not guarantee any work or employment with Culturapedia and its associated projects. 

Applause Call Out for Artists – Autumn 22 – Spring 23 Season

Applause has opened for applications their Autumn 22 – Spring 23 season touring programme.

Their Autumn – Spring season mainly programmes to village halls and community centres across Kent and Sussex. They work with brilliant performing companies and a network of local volunteer promoters to offer the very best of touring theatre, music, storytelling, puppetry and children’s shows, giving audiences direct access to live performance on their rural doorstep.

Want to take part?

If you are a company / artist with a ready-made show that is technically adaptable and ideally self-contained. If you’re able to be flexible and work in a wide variety of spaces then take a look at the requirements in the link below and then submit your application.

For 2022 they are also looking for seasonal outdoor shows that can bring some festive flair to local events.

Applause programme a range of exciting and inspiring shows including adaptations of classic drama, delightful puppetry for families, humorous storytelling, new writing, imaginative adaptations of much loved children’s books, contemporary dance and a range of music for all tastes from classical, folk and jazz to Latin rumbas, Cajun and country. The emphasis is on quality, because the promoters and venues work hard to make these performances happen, so they deserve it.

If you’re interested in rural touring and can meet the requirements Applause would love to hear from you.

Click here to view further information

Deadline – end of day Friday 11th March