Arts Alive launches programme of online shows

Arts Alive have curated a programme of online performances for communities in Shropshire and Herefordshire. ArtsAlive@Home will feature a mixture of pre-recorded shows and live-streamed events, most of which are being held exclusively for Arts Alive. The rural touring scheme has had to cancel its normal programme of events, which includes Flicks in the Sticks, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisers have said they are committed to keep bringing arts events to local communities in rural areas. They are asking audiences to tune in on a specific date and time so that viewers can collectively enjoy a post-show chat with one of the performers via group video conferencing.

Cerin Mills, Live Events Programmer at Arts Alive, said, “We think our audience will really enjoy sharing the experience of an online show. They can watch the fabulous events from the comfort of their sofa, organise their own interval drinks, share their response with the other audience members, and speak to the performers after the show. Whilst there is no replacing the atmosphere of a live show, we believe this will be a really unique and enriching community experience, for people of all ages.”

The line up includes ‘The Fairy’s Kiss’ from the Scottish ballet, with a post-show chat with principal dancer, Beth Kingsley-Garner. The award-winning Puppet State Theatre will be sharing a recording of their show ‘The Man who Planted Trees’ which was recorded at The Edinburgh Fringe 2019. Songwriter and performer Louise Jordan will share extracts from ‘Florence’, a one-woman show which is about Florence Nightingale, with a live Q&A with Louise after the show.

Dave Gaydon, Head of Programming for The Cheltenham Jazz Festival has curated a one-hour online special featuring four of the performers who were due to feature at the festival, which was cancelled following the Covid-19 outbreak. Artists will each perform a live 15-minute set from their home. He adds, “We are thrilled to be involved in the ArtsAlive@Home programme. It is a desperate time for the events and festival world, not only for the cancelled events but also for the diminished availability of live cultural experiences for the public. It is a pleasure to provide a mini online festival for the Arts Alive community – they can expect some quality jazz delivered straight to their living room!”

Details of all the events are listed on the website (www.artsalive.co.uk) and details will be released on the ‘Arts Alive & Flicks in the Sticks’ Facebook page as well.

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Arts Alive is the rural touring scheme for Shropshire and Herefordshire, bringing a full range of professional performances – theatre, music, dance, comedy, and children’s shows – to village halls and other community venues throughout the two counties. www.artsalive.co.uk

Spot On Stories: Short Online Shows with Lancashire Libraries 

Spot On Lancashire, who bring professional performances to rural communities and library spaces all over the county, have launched a brand new digital project. 

In partnership with Lancashire Libraries, Spot On bring great art and stories to your couch, your kitchen, and your back garden – basically wherever you choose!

The first mini-show to be broadcast was for children and families. Theatre Fideri Fidera’s ‘Meet Ugg ‘n’ Ogg’ is an adaptation of their live show which was due to be hosted in Lancashire over Easter. Spot On worked alongside the theatre company to create an exclusive performance for Lancashire audiences which aired at 3pm on Tuesday 21st April via the Spot On Facebook page, website and YouTube channel and the programme of events continues to grow each week. 

Programme Manager, Lyndsey Wilson explains: “Spot On Stories are ten-minute micro shows made just for you by some of the fantastic artists that have, or should have, toured with Spot On. These are bite-sized moments, made for the people of Lancashire, so that for 10 minutes, wherever you are, you can lose yourself in a really good story.”

“Some will be for grown-ups, some will be for children. Some will be spoken, some will be sung. But all of them are made with love and a passion for telling you a story!”

They intend to present two shows per week until July. Tuesday afternoons will be stories for children and families, and Thursdays will be something a little more grown-up. Once the shows are uploaded, they’ll be available to watch on the Spot On website for 30 days so if you miss one or you want to watch on repeat you can. 

For more information including the programme of events and links to each show visit www.spotonlancashire.co.uk/spot-on-stories/

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Spot On Lancashire is a countywide service which enables people living in remote and rural communities to enjoy high quality live arts events on their doorstep. Spot On do this by working in partnership with over 200 volunteers and appear in over 50 different small places each year.

Spot On enables volunteers to choose and host professional performances and our support makes shows which could only otherwise be seen in urban arts centres, available to smaller communities.

Spot On is delivered by Blackburn-based Culturapedia, as part of the Cheshire Lancashire Touring Partnership with Lancashire County Council and Cheshire Rural Touring Arts.

Spot On is part of the national portfolio of the Arts Council England and is also invested in by Lancashire County Council and the districts of Fylde, Ribble Valley, Wyre and the Unitary Authority of Blackburn with Darwen.

Spot On can be contacted at:

c/o Culturapedia

The Barn, 61A Manor Road, Blackburn BB2 6LX

01254 660360

www.spotonlancashire.co.uk