Boost! Touring Lab

Applause are pleased to launch Boost! , a free, two-day residential training and development Lab.

The purpose of this Lab is to upskill and prepare artists and choreographers/devisers working in contemporary dance, krump, hip hop, kathak, bharatanatyam – or contemporary circus who are interested in extending their work to outdoors or developing their understanding of the outdoor touring sector. This Lab forms part of Applause’s ongoing commitment to support global majority led performance and broaden the range of work currently on offer for small-scale touring environments.

The two and a half day Lab will include a varied programme of workshops, seminars and creative tasks in order to expand participants’ development and thinking in different contexts. It will feature contributions from sector organisations as well as practical performance workshops from theatre, dance and circus companies successfully making work for these contexts.

Priority will be given to artists from minority ethnic and migrant backgrounds who are working in the Creative Estuary region of North Kent and South Essex. However, Applause would also like to hear from underrepresented artists who may be working outside the CE region but are based in the Southeast.

Boost! is an Applause and Creative Estuary Co-commission in collaboration with 101 Creation Space and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.

Applause is an ACE funded National Portfolio Organisation based in Kent that has developed a highly successful outdoor touring scheme for rural locations and semi-urban communities. Each year they support artists to create and tour small scale shows across their network of volunteer hosts and festival promoters in Kent, East and West Sussex, Essex and the wider region.

Details of Lab: Mon 12 – Wed 14 September

The Lab will be fully catered with two nights’ accommodation at a local hotel in Hornchurch. We have ten places available in single occupancy rooms. We would also welcome applications from local artists who are able to attend without an accommodation requirement.

Click this link for more information and to apply.

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”.

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:  https://www.library.live/the-library-presents-events

For more information, please visit: https://www.library.live/the-library-presents 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 handscallout@gmail.com 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 www.artsreach.co.uk 
Sun 6 March, 3pm. Streamed online – book via artsreach.co.uk

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

A Very Artsreach Christmas!

Festive online performances to enjoy at home this winter

Dorset’s touring arts charity, Artsreach, is excited to release details of its special Christmas gift to audiences across the County this winter; a series of performances available to enjoy online in the comfort of your own home; from Christmas classics and a seasonal celebration with a Dorset twist, to an interactive online murder mystery!

Celebrate the festive season with a mesmerising performance of Charles Dickens’ timeless, transformative story A Christmas Carol’, devised, adapted and performed especially for film by veteran Cornish actor and founder member of Kneehigh, David Mynne. Expect Dickens’ original words with added silliness. Silliness? Bah humbug! ‘A Christmas Carol’ is available to enjoy online anytime until midnight on Sunday 2 January. E-tickets are free but donations to Artsreach are welcomed.

Enjoy ‘A Dorset Christmas with The Ridgeway Singers and Band’ and hear the story of how our ancestors celebrated Christmas in this film which features music, song, story and dance. In December 2020 Artsreach was delighted to support The Ridgeway Singers and Band, led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, to capture an alternative festive offering that’s truly inspired by Dorset! With tunes and songs from the Puddletown and Hinton St Mary manuscripts and new carols in the West Gallery tradition, interspersed with readings, archive photographs and other images from across Dorset, plus a special performance of ‘While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night’, expect a heart-warming seasonal celebration of all things Dorset! Captured and edited by Pageant Productions, ‘A Dorset Christmas’ is available to watch anytime until midnight on Sunday 2 January. Again, e-tickets are free but donations to Artsreach are welcomed.

Finally, Sharp Teeth Theatre return after their runaway global hits, Sherlock In Homes I: Murder at The Circus and Sherlock In Homes II: Murder On Ice, with a brand new and better-than-ever online interactive murder mystery – Murder at the Games! On your marks, get set, go… to 1960 to solve a crime that will make your heart race. Could it be the chill of the cold war or the heat of the Italian sun? Zoom into Rome’s Olympic village to find out. You’ll interrogate the suspects and attempt to unmask a murder with your fellow audience members as you pit your wits against some of the UK’s most talented performers and improvisers. Only you can solve this case! Take part in this online murder mystery on Thursday 6 January at 2:30pm or 8pm. Advanced booking is required and e-tickets are £10 per device (not per person).

Artsreach Co-Director Kerry Bartlett said “Whilst we await the start of our brand new spring programme of live performances in rural communities, we are delighted to be able to spread some Christmas cheer to our audiences at home through this digital programme!”

E-tickets for all events are available from the Artsreach website, and whilst the events are free to view, donations to Artsreach are welcomed. For further information and to register, visit www.artsreach.co.uk

Live & Local: Developing Artists in Rural Touring day for Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Artists

  • Are you or do you consider yourself to be a professional arts organisation or performer?
  • Do you ideally live or work in either Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire or have strong links to either or both counties?
  • Have you considered rural touring?

Live and Local, through its Developing Artists in Rural Touring (DART) programme, is looking to find and support artists interested in rural touring.

We are running a whole day for performing artists and arts organisation to find out about opportunities to tour performances in rural locations with Live & Local. At the event you will get to meet our friendly and helpful staff, meet performers and promoters as well as having an opportunity to tell us about yourselves. We are prioritising those artists who work or are based in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. You could be a musician, dancer, spoken word artist or theatre maker.

Details of the Day

  • Tuesday 8th February 2022
  • Venue – Newark Civil War Centre
  • Time 10.00 to 4pm for a 10.30 start.

We will fund each company (up to 12) £200 to come along and we’ll treat you to lunch and tea and coffee too.

How can I be part of this?

Apply by completing the application form by Friday 14th Jan at 5pm. You will need to be available on the 8th February to apply.

For more information and to download the application form please go to the link Jobs at Live & Local (liveandlocal.org.uk)

What is the selection process?

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Links to one of both counties
  • Artistic quality
  • Interest in rural touring

Please also feel free to email Steve Wilson, Artist Engagement Officer,  Steve@liveandlocal.org.uk if you have any questions.

What happens after the programme?

We will be looking to support those organisations/individuals further through mentoring support with the aim for you to be able to have a show ready for rural touring.

About Live & Local

Live & Local is an arts organisation with more than 20 years’ experience of touring professional performing arts into rural communities. From its base in Warwick, it has grown to serve 8 counties, being: Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Lincolnshire. We currently programme about 500 shows a year in 300 rural locations. Take a look around the website to find out more.

New Applause Summer Menu 2022

Applause has commissioned fifteen performing companies to tour fetes, festivals and outdoor events across Kent, Sussex and the wider region for summer 2022. With new commissions, as well as a selection of some of the best ready-made outdoor touring shows, the new offerings include puppetry, dance, circus, interactive poetry, music and walkabout shows. These shows are engaging and highly entertaining for all ages – perfect for getting the community creative outdoors. 

Click here to view the menu for summer 2022.