Hi-Vis: NRTF Conference

02/07/2019 - 04/07/2019 • Pontio Centre, Bangor, Wales
The conference will be a mix of conference sessions and showcasing with the theme of the value of Rural Touring. This is a conference for Schemes, Promoters and Artists of the Rural Touring sector. #HiVisRuralTouring More information and costs coming soon. In the meantime SAVE THE DATE!

Speakers

Artists

Supporters

Schedule

  • 02 July
  • 03 July
  • 04 July

Alex Coulter

Director
Art & Health South West
Alex has been Director of Art & Health South West since 2010. Before that she managed the Arts in Hospital project at Dorset County Hospital for 13 years and worked as a free lance arts and health consultant in the acute and primary care sectors. And before that she was an artist! As part of her role with AHSW she represents the region on the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and provides the scretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. She studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute, Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art and for an MSc in Management Development at Bristol University. She lives in Oxford with her husband, the writer Gijs van Hensbergen, and has three children.

04 July

CM

Cerin Mills

Scheme Manager
Arts Alive
Cerin has worked extensively with arts and older people and leads on Creative Conversations - an Arts Alive older people's project in Shropshire. The arts are great for staying well - not just getting better!

04 July

Dawn Badland

Director
Applause Rural Touring

03 July

Holly Lombardo

Director
Mrs
She talks!

02 July

03 July

04 July

04 July

JV

Jo Verrent

03 July

Kate Fox

Poet

03 July

Laura Dyer

Deputy Chief Executive, Places & Engagement
Arts Council England
Laura leads the delivery of the Arts Council’s second strategic goal: that everyone has the opportunity to experience and to be inspired by the arts, museums and libraries. She also leads on the growing agenda around local government, devolution and place-making, as well as overall leadership of all five of the Arts Council’s area teams.

Before joining the Arts Council, Laura was Chief Executive of East Midlands Arts Board. Until 2010, when she became Executive Director Midlands and South West, she held the post of Executive Director, East Midlands. During her time in the East Midlands Laura led a capital development programme, which transformed the region's cultural landscape, with a total investment of over £130 million creating six new arts and cultural facilities.

After postgraduate studies at Essex University Laura started her career in the arts in a number of theatre and community arts companies before moving into large outdoor events programming at the Garden Festival Wales. She went on to work for local authorities in Norfolk and London.

Laura joined the Arts Council in 2003.

02 July

NJ

Natalie Jode

Director
Creative Arts East

03 July

PW

Paul Whitaker

Writer/Director
Gods & Kings

04 July

Stephanie Jessop

Communications / Marketing Manager
NRTF / RTDI
Stephie Jessop is the Communications Manager for the NRTF and the RTDI Marketing Manager. She is also a creative producer with Spot On Lancashire. Stephie specialises in engaging communities and audiences in creative ways, both on and off line.

03 July

Sue Robinson

Scheme Manager
Spot On Lancashire
Sue Robinson FRSA is the co-director and owner of Culturapedia, an independent arts project management company based in Blackburn, Lancashire. Sue has developed Spot On Lancashire since 1998 from its humble roots running 15 shows a year to now working with 30 village halls and 30 libraries.Sue now focuses more on development projects, fundraising and research than day to day programming which is delegated to her Company Manager, Lyndsey Wilson. Last year she took a sabbatical to complete a Masters in Art Culture and Society at Erasmus University, Rotterdam and thoroughly enjoyed a year out in another country getting to grips with academia after a long break and occasionally learning Dutch.Sue's background and practise in rooted in the community arts movement; her first "proper" job being an arts worker at High Peak Community Arts in North Derbyshire. Sue has also worked in local government, the Arts Council (when it was a regional board) and as a freelance project manager. Sue is a keen singer in two a cappella choirs, loves hill walking and wants to get to the top of Ben Nevis this year.

03 July

Terry Adams

Relationship Manager - Diversity SE
Arts Council England

03 July

Tom Speight

Chair
National Rural Touring Forum
Chair of NRTF but also a Promoter, having put on over 30 shows in the past ten years in his village in Cumbria.
He was on the board of Highlights, the rural touring scheme in the North of England for 6 years before joining the NRTF board in 2016.
He's also put on an annual 4 day music festival called Music on the Marr since 2010.
He works for the BBC and plays ukulele.

02 July

03 July

03 July

04 July

Victoria Hume

Director
Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance
Victoria Hume is Director of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance. She has a background as a composer, researcher and project manager specialising in culture, health and wellbeing, and was an arts manager for the NHS for 15 years. From 2010-2013 she was chair of London Arts in Health Forum and was the founding chair for the National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing in 2012. She is also a Research Associate in the medical humanities at WiSER (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg), helping to support the Medical & Health Humanities Africa Network, and establishing a new module in hospital-based performance for the university's division of music. In 2017 she received a distinction for a Masters in Music and Health Communication focused on hospital-induced delirium. She continues to write and release music through Lost Map Records, based on the Isle of Eigg.

ALAW

It's time for a good old knees up with the fabulous Welsh band Alaw!

ALAW is three leading musicians who bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion – the traditional music of Wales. Whether unearthing rare gems or reimagining a well-loved melody they treat their music with a deftness and sensitivity that is thoroughly absorbing. Combined with powerful songwriting and original tunes, this makes for a musical experience that will stay with the listener long after the concert has ended.

Oli, Jamie and Dylan have a long history of working together, sharing projects such as The Devil’s Violin, Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra. Oli and Jamie are well known throughout the folk world as the frontline of Jamie Smith’s Mabon. From stirring song to driving jigs – they communicate their music with relaxed humour and genuine affection that is truly infectious.

http://www.alaw-band.com/


03 July

Candoco

Candoco

CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY IS THE COMPANY OF DISABLED AND NON-DISABLED DANCERS, FOUNDED IN 1991.

Candoco produces excellent and profound experiences for audiences and participants that excite, challenge and broaden perceptions of art and ability, and place people and collaboration at the heart of our work.

04 July

Christina Murdoch

Christina is a professional actor, writer, and opera singer based in London. She has over twenty years of experience as a performer and has lived and performed in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vienna, Austria. She is a member of Equity UK and is an Equity Membership Candidate in the US.

Christina is a member of the Royal Court Theatre's Writers Group. She received her Master of Acting from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Redlands in California. She is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy.

Christina is an advocate for people with disabilities and those that care for them.

https://www.christinamurdock.com/dgaplay

03 July

Eric Maclennan

Born in Scotland.

Eric MacLennan has been making innovative performance work for nearly thirty years.

During this time he has worked as an actor and director with many world-class companies including DV8 Physical Theatre; David Glass Ensemble; V-TOL; Citizens Theatre Glasgow; Red Shift; Manchester Royal Exchange; Bristol Old Vic; Theatre of Comedy Company; Royal National Theatre Studio; Boilerhouse; Volcano; Lumiere & Son; Shunt; Station House Opera; National Theatre of Scotland; Young Vic and the Almeida.

Over the last ten years, he has been creating his distinctive work whose practice occupies a unique space somewhere between theatre, movement and the visual arts.

This current focus defies a pigeon-hole definition but may be described as performance art.

The work is bold, cutting-edge with a clear focus on its audience, challenging, provocative but always entertaining.

Inspired by philosophy and comedy in equal measure his work questions our unconscious habits, challenges conventions and isn’t afraid to say the unsayable!

https://www.ericmaclennan.com/about

02 July

Four in Four

Tamsin Griffiths and Paul Whittaker are cross-disciplinary artists with a Mental Health (MH) diagnosis, based in Cardiff. We create participatory, interactive projects that blur the boundaries of art forms and challenge perceptions about MH, through form and content.  Working in collaboration, we merge our expertise from the worlds of visual arts, theatre, sound, the written word, film, dance and physical performance.

We have collaborated and shared practice on many projects, using our multiple skills to best convey a story. We also utilise our skills and creativity to create training materials and deliver public messages for clients including Public Health Wales.

As artists who work in Public Health, we know how important it is to gather the experiences and thoughts of those with lived experience to underpin the creative output. To this end, our practice follows that of the iterative design process. Our quality was recognised by ACW who deemed our theatre production, Gods & Kings, as Best Practice in their arts and Health in Wales: A Mapping study of current activity - Volume 1: Analysis, findings and proposals January 2018.

We sit on numerous advisory panels and are working with Public Health Wales and 1000 Lives to consult on the improvement of Mental Health services across Wales.

As Service Users, we believe in equality for all, justice, empathy, compassion, positivity, collaboration and robust discourse. We have worked with MH Service Users, Adult & Child Disability Groups, Asylum Seekers & Refugees, Street Based Drug Users, Dementia and Vulnerable Children. We have a duty of care for every member of society regardless of gender, sexuality, income, race, religion or age.

As established multi-disciplined artists and service users we can contribute passion, skill, commitment, personal experience, professionalism, conceptual thinking, problem solving, our reputations, contacts and a fresh approach.

Our clients include Public Health Wales, NHS, Llandough Hospital, Hafan y Coed , Mind Cymru, The National Centre for Mental Health, Welsh Government, ACW,  Sherman Cymru, Rubicon Dance, the Schools Service and Universities.
https://www.4in4.co.uk/

Gods & Kings
A man leaves a consultation room facing a choice. It should be a pretty straightforward choice. Take the pill and live. Don’t take the pill and die. But the decision proves to be more difficult; does he risk losing his life or risk no longer being the person he has been all of his life?

Challenging perceptions of what it is to live with mental illness, Gods & Kings is a bracingly honest and often hugely funny real-life story.

Gods and Kings has already enjoyed a successful run at Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre. Audiences hailed the performance as a thought-provoking, humorous, powerful, emotional and riveting portrayal of mental illness.

04 July

HF

Helen Frost

Frost Creative

http://frost-creative.co.uk


I am a graphic recorder – drawing large scale graphics to synthesise and share the key ideas live at conferences, workshops and other events.


My work focuses on the use of drawing as a tool to analyse, communicate and transform across a wide range of sectors and topics. I’ve been working as a graphic recorder for more than 5 years and have experience of recording a wide range of conferences, workshops, seminars, staff/management away days and exhibitions.


Drawing offers immense potential for meaningful connections so it is brilliant to be able to instigate such connections by drawing insights from presenters and participants at the leading edge of their respective fields.
Collaboration is crucial to my work as its content depends entirely on the participation and contribution of others (that’s you). I also collaborate within the wider community to share and develop drawing as a tool.


I am based in Cardiff and work throughout the UK and Europe.

02 July

JF

Jo Fong

04 July

Maria Ferguson

Alright! I’m Maria Ferguson, and I’m a poet and theatre-maker from Romford in Essex. My début one-woman show ‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance’ won the Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show in 2017, and I’m currently performing my new show ‘Essex Girl’ around the UK.

https://mariaferg.com/

02 July

Mr & Mrs Clark

http://www.mrandmrsclark.co.uk/

We live and work in South Wales, where we have been making performance, live art and dance theatre since 2002. Often our work has a playful and interactive element inspired by happenings and live art events that bring art forms and people together. We have a DIY approach to exploring and developing ideas.

03 July

Nearly There Yet

Nearly There Yet strive to make high quality, extremely physical shows, which tell stories to reflect the world we live in.

Since being established in 2015, Nearly There Yet, led by artistic director Kaveh Rahnama, have produced Home Sweet Home (ARC/ Stratford Circus co-comission 2019), the Albany/ARC co-commission Pinocchio (2017/18) , The Party (Jacksons Lane commission and subsequent UK tour including runs at Polka, Jacksons Lane, and Watermans, and performances at Londons Royal Festival Hall and the Gala Performance at Take Off 2017), The Flying Bazazi Brothers (Applause outdoors commission 2017), Memory Man (Applause Outdoors commission 2018) and Lab Rat (Little Angel 2015).

We have successfully supported 4 under represented artists through Nearly There Yet’s Dare to Devise Scheme, providing mentoring, cash support, and negotiating development space as well as brokering new partnerships to help develop the artists practise.

Nearly There Yet are a supported company of Jacksons Lane and are currently directing and co-producing Sorry we missed you with The National Centre for Circus Arts. Their work has toured the UK extensively - both indoors and outdoors.

www.nearlythereyet.com
e-mail producer@nearlythereyet.com or kaveh@nearlythereyet.com for more info or to book the show for Spring/ Autumn 2020.

02 July

Quick Duck


What happens when Will Jackson accidentally steals 300 second class stamps from the post office? Storytelling and lip-sync cabaret collide in this queer coming-of-age comedy about the complications of 21st-century communication. Originally developed by Birmingham REP and one of Lyn Gardner's 'Shows to watch' at VAULT Festival 2019.
Previous praise:
Birmingham Post
NorthWestEnd
Yours Sincerely EdFringe Square Festival Image.jpg


03 July

Taking Flight

“Dragons come when you least expect it. You turn round…and they’re there.”

Lots of people get them; bad dreams, swirly tummy, feeling prickly. And sometimes they make you feel alone. So, what can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do?

A delightful tale of one child’s journey to come to terms with their dragons told in Taking Flight’s unique style. With live, original music, this highly visual, sensitive production is a humorous and touching exploration of the dragons we all face.

An intergenerational show, featuring creative captioning, interwoven BSL and audio description, You’ve Got Dragons is a treat for the whole family. And remember… “No dragon is more powerful than YOU!”

02 July

Truckstop Honeymoon

Hollering with all their hearts over a five string banjo and a doghouse bass, Truckstop Honeymoon live the life they sing about. Touring across three continents with four kids and a truck load of songs, Katie and Mike West tell stories about the strangeness of everyday life. Their music combines elements of bluegrass, music hall jazz, and straight up rock’n’roll. They have released nine albums and a full length documentary film, produced over two hundred albums for other artist, and received awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

02 July

Two Gents

http://www.twogentsproductions.co.uk/

Shakespeare's classic comedy about mistaken identity, loss, journey, family, confusion and high jinks are brought to life in our classic Two Gents bare-boned, interactive theatre style. Our aim, as ever, is to celebrate the playful fun that can be had with Shakespeare's early comedy but also to tease out the more serious undertones that relate to our contemporary experience of migration and displacement.
Our aim is to cast a company of not two but three actors in this production and not only gents, either.

03 July

VW

Vicky Wilson

Assistant Producer and Marketing Manager
Scottish Dance Theatre

04 July

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champion & Support Rural touring & Rural Arts They champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. ACE support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.
Between 2018 and 2022, ACE will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

Arts Council Wales

Arts Council Wales are supporters of Rural Touing Arts and the Hi-Vis Conference. ACW believe the arts are central to the life and well-being of the nation. They turn this mission into actions by funding and developing the arts in Wales. Read more about what we do here.
Arts Council of Wales is an independent charity, established by Royal Charter in 1994. Its members are appointed by the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure.
Our principal sponsor is the Welsh Government. ACW also distribute funding from the National Lotteryand raise additional money where they can from a variety of public and private sector sources.
Working together with the Welsh Government, ACW are able to show how the arts are helping to meet the Government’s policy ambitions.
Their staff members are based in Colwyn Bay, Carmarthen and Cardiff Bay.

Registration Opens & Check in

11:30 AM 02:00 PM

Come and check in to the conference, get your accommodation keys and meet up with friends and colleges old and new

Welcome & Keynote

02:00 PM 02:30 PM Cinema

Keynote and welcome from Laura Dyer, Deputy Chief Executive, Arts Council England
Welcome from NRTF Chair, Tom Speight and NRTF Director, Holly Lombardo

Speakers

Session: Listen up and Shout Out

02:30 PM 03:15 PM Cinema

Coventry University present their findings of the
NRTF three-year Social Impact Study into rural touring.

This session will be recorded by Graphic Recorder Helen Frost.

Speakers

Concerta Breakout

03:15 PM 04:15 PM PL2

CONCERTA workshops - Break out sessions for reps from each scheme to get practical advice on how to use the research findings for their organisation. Includes a chance for tea and coffee!

Tea Break

03:15 PM 03:45 PM Foyer

Cuppa and a catch up for those not in the CONCERTA break out.

Showcase: Taking Flight 'You've Got Dragons'

03:50 PM 04:15 PM

“Dragons come when you least expect it. You turn round…and they’re there.”

Lots of people get them; bad dreams, swirly tummy, feeling prickly. And sometimes they make you feel alone. So, what can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do?

A delightful tale of one child’s journey to come to terms with their dragons told in Taking Flight’s unique style. With live, original music, this highly visual, sensitive production is a humorous and touching exploration of the dragons we all face.

An intergenerational show, featuring creative captioning, interwoven BSL and audio description, You’ve Got Dragons is a treat for the whole family. And remember… “No dragon is more powerful than YOU!”

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Showcase: Nearly There Yet 'Home Sweet Home'

04:20 PM 04:45 PM Cinema



Home Sweet Home is a show which everyone can relate to. If you’ve been in a room full of people and felt like you didn’t belong there, or if you’ve had someone say something to you that made you feel really small but you didn’t say anything, then this is the show for you. It’s also really entertaining. People have laughed a lot while watching it. A few people cried too.

It starts in a front room but then lots of stories get told – stories about where names come from, about Freddie Mercury, about flooded houses, stories about circus, and stories about holding a tiny child in your arms.You get taken away from that front room and then right back again.

Described as “wonderful and truly moving” and “a heartfelt exploration into belonging” by audiences, Home Sweet Home is funny, engaging, and accessible. It is entirely self-contained and the get in takes approximately two hours with full lights or 1 hour without.

The show is loud and quiet and funny and sad. It works in a variety of spaces and is a brilliant night out that will stick with you for ages.

Speakers

Break

04:45 PM 06:00 PM Your rooms or the bar

Take a break - Go from day to evening and check in if you haven't already had the chance to.

Showcase in the Caban: Sian Miriam

05:45 PM 07:15 PM

Sian Miriam is a Songster and Storyteller who will be performing 5 sets for 15 people at a time. This session will be running on a first come first serve basis and runs alongside the other Outdoor Showcase.

Set times are as follows:
  • 5.45 - 6.00
  • 6.05 - 6.20
  • 6.25-6.40
  • 6.45- 7.15

Outdoors Showcase: Eric Maclennan 'The Open Air Drawing Room'

05:45 PM 07:15 PM


Eric MacLennan, Applause Outdoors

The Open Air Drawing-Room ... begins with an antiquated artists drawing group, setting up for some landscape painting. Arrival and unpacking of folding stools, easels, flasks, other knick-knacks and sandwiches etc. But this is no ordinary show - for the audience will be drawn into the group!

Inspired by JMW Turner. A story that delightfully mixes historical biography with the fast contemporary world we now occupy. An invitation to slow-down. Paint a stone - for Turner - for The Turner Contemporary! Selected from...31 stones - a “mini-museum” - each one from the coast of the British Isles and named after the atmospheric areas of the shipping forecast. These stones were old when Turner was young. They will still be here when we are gone. We consider Time. We consider Art.

Each artist (audience member) also makes a Cyanotype portrait which will be exhibited as a mirror image to the final painting - A Sea of Faces - embracing Turner’s pioneering interest in photography and his desire to find new ways to embrace art.

This project invites the public to engage in setting the world record for a painting that has been created by the largest number of artists!
Co-commissioned with Applause Rural Touring and Turner Contemporary, Margate who will host the Turner prize in October 2019.

This show will be performed twice during the evening and runs alongside the showcase in the Caban. You will have the opportunity to see both artists.

Speakers

Walk to Bar Uno

07:15 PM 07:30 PM Go to

Walk to Bar Uno

BBQ Dinner

07:30 PM 09:00 PM Bar Uno

BBQ dinner with music by Truckstop Honeymoon

Truckstop Honeymoon - Music

07:30 PM 09:00 PM Bar Uno

Speakers

Showcase: Maria Ferguson 'Essex Girl'

09:00 PM 10:30 PM Bar Uno


Essex Girl courtesy of the Inn Crowd, Applause Rural Touring

“Essex Girl: a young working-class woman from the Essex area, typically considered as being unintelligent, materialistic, devoid of taste and sexually promiscuous.”Collins English Dictionary

Kirsty is a sixteen-year-old girl growing up in ’00s Brentwood. She likes WKD, Elton John, Pie & Mash and Charlie Red body spray. She’s on a quest to win Sexy Ricky’s heart and pass her GCSEs. She also has a secret to tell you. One she can’t tell anyone else.

Follow Kirsty’s story through the house parties and Irish pubs of Essex. From West Ham matches to choir practice, pre-drinks to registration, she will tell you what it’s really like to be an Essex Girl.

Speakers

Registration

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Welcome to day 2

09:30 AM 09:50 AM

Speakers

Wriggle, Jiggle and Giggle with Gail

09:30 AM 09:50 AM

Showcase: Mr & Mrs Clark 'Louder is not Always Clearer'

09:55 AM 10:20 AM Studio



Mr & Mrs Clarke - Louder Is Not Always Clearer (RTDI Menu 4 Show)

Meet Jonny. Jonny is a teacher, a workshop leader and an avid football fan. He’s an artist, a campaigner and he’s just become a father. He is also deaf. He loves to dance, but he can’t hear the music unless the bass is turned right up.

Jonny was born deaf and grew up in a hearing family, surrounded by hearing friends who did not use the word deaf. In fact, some of those people didn’t know Jonny was deaf until they saw this show.

The Show

Louder is Not Alway Clearer is about the importance of connecting with others and how hard it can be to do so. It’s the story of one man, who despite appearing to be sociable and confident is also vulnerable and at times isolated. It’s the very human story of trying to fit into a world when you don’t quite match the mould. In a hearing world, Jonny is different and Louder Is Not Always Clearer highlights those differences in a warm and humorous way.

Using projection and mime, dance and drawing along with Johnny’s natural charm and humour this show brings the audience together, gets them on their feet and has them singing and sign-ing along in no time.

Selling points for promoters:
  • This is a story hearing and none hearing audiences alike can relate to
  • The show is accessible for deaf and hard of hearing audiences
  • It’s a true story told in a warm and humorous way
  • Jonny is a natural performer and will charm your audiences

Speakers

Showcase: Quick Duck 'Yours Sincerely'

10:25 AM 10:50 AM


What happens when Will Jackson accidentally steals 300 second class stamps from the post office? Storytelling and lip-sync cabaret collide in this queer coming-of-age comedy about the complications of 21st-century communication. Originally developed by Birmingham REP and one of Lyn Gardner's 'Shows to watch' at VAULT Festival 2019.
Previous praise:
Birmingham Post
NorthWestEnd
Yours Sincerely EdFringe Square Festival Image.jpg


Speakers

Coffee break

10:55 AM 11:20 PM

Coffee Break and Hot Topic Table. Discuss burning issues on the Hot Topic Table

Big Conversations: Diversity in a Rural Context

11:25 AM 12:25 PM

Panellists give snapshots of their work and driving passions followed by a Big Conversation driven by your questions.

What are the challenges and opportunities around diversity for our predominantly monocultural rural areas? In a world increasingly divided along partisan lines, what role can Rural Touring play in bringing communities together and embracing difference?

More panellists coming soon.

Speakers

Lunch

12:30 PM 01:30 PM PL2

Showcase: Two Gents 'Comedy of Errors'

01:35 PM 02:05 PM Studio



Shakespeare's classic comedy about mistaken identity, loss, journey, family, confusion and high jinks are brought to life in our classic Two Gents bare-boned, interactive theatre style. Our aim, as ever, is to celebrate the playful fun that can be had with Shakespeare's early comedy but also to tease out the more serious undertones that relate to our contemporary experience of migration and displacement.
Our aim is to cast a company of not two but three actors in this production and not only gents, either.

Speakers

Showcase: Christina Murdoch 'Dangerous Giant Animals

02:10 PM 02:40 PM Studio





A kick. A scream. A tantrum. In this family, what’s allowed?

DANGEROUS GIANT ANIMALS is a darkly comedic show about finding your voice amid your sister's screams. Funny and daring this new one-woman play explores how surreal challenging and remarkable disability in a family can be. Featuring divas and dinosaurs this is a middle child story about growing up too soon alongside a sister who never will.


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Big Conversations: Promoters, Partnerships and Audience Development

02:45 PM 03:45 PM Cinema

A session specifically for Promoters and Scheme Managers to discuss the opportunities for expanding audiences and working with partners to develop great ideas.

Three projects which have set out to reach a wider audience will give a short presentation to kick start the conversation:
  • Sue Robinson. Director of Culturapedia and Spot On Lancashire will talk about their partnership with Libraries.
  • Dawn Badland. Director Applause Rural Touring will talk about their Pub programme, the Inn Crowd
  • Natalie Jode. Director of Creative Arts East will talk about working with Young Promoters.

The session will be facilitated by Tom Speight, Chair of the NRTF and a Promoter in his own village in Cumbria.Tom also works for the BBC

Speakers

Tea break

03:45 PM 04:15 PM

Using Social Media beyond 'Buy Tickets'

04:15 PM 05:15 PM PL2

Using Social Media beyond 'Buy Tickets'

A bite-sized look at using video creatively to engage audiences with your work, venue and shows. Followed by a make your own '30 Second Video' challenge.

Delivered by Stephie Jessop NRTF Communications Manager / RTDI Marketing Manager / Spot On Lancashire Creative Producer

Speakers

Break - Day to Evening!

05:15 PM 06:15 PM

Get those tux's and ball gowns on ready for your 3 course sit down dinner and Award Ceremony 

Drinks on the Terrace

06:15 PM 07:00 PM

Dinner

07:00 PM 08:30 PM The Great Hall

Get your glad rags and diamante on and step on the red carpet - Three-course dinner and prizes in the great hall!

National Rural Touring Awards

08:30 PM 09:30 PM The Great Hall

NRTF Awards Ceremony, hosted by Kate Fox

It's time to celebrate the very best Rural Touring has to offer with the annual Rural Touring Awards.

Speakers

Twmpath (Ceilidh)

09:30 PM 10:30 PM

It's time for a good old knees up with the fabulous Welsh band Alaw!

ALAW is three leading musicians who bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion – the traditional music of Wales. Whether unearthing rare gems or reimagining a well-loved melody they treat their music with a deftness and sensitivity that is thoroughly absorbing. Combined with powerful songwriting and original tunes, this makes for a musical experience that will stay with the listener long after the concert has ended.

Oli, Jamie and Dylan have a long history of working together, sharing projects such as The Devil’s Violin, Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra. Oli and Jamie are well known throughout the folk world as the frontline of Jamie Smith’s Mabon. From stirring song to driving jigs – they communicate their music with relaxed humour and genuine affection that is truly infectious.

Speakers

CHECK OUT ROOMS

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

You must check out our rooms before breakfast today

Registration

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Foyer

AGM

09:30 AM 10:00 AM Cinema

Please do come along.

Welcome. Round Up.

10:00 AM 10:15 AM Cinema

Plus - Wriggle, Jiggle and Giggle with Gail

Speakers

Showcase: Four in Four 'Gods & Kings'

10:20 AM 10:40 AM Cinema


Gods and Kings - Challenging perceptions of what it is to live with mental illness, Gods & Kings is a bracingly honest and often hugely funny real-life story. Performed by Writer and Director, Paul Whittaker.

Speakers

Big Conversations: Arts and Health in a Rural Context

10:40 AM 11:40 AM Cinema

Panellists give snapshots of their work and driving passions followed by a Big Conversation driven by your questions.

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Coffee break

11:40 AM 12:10 PM Foyer

RTDI Presentations

12:10 PM 12:35 PM

A chance to hear from the new RTDI Commissions.

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Showcase: Candoco Dance

12:40 PM 01:10 PM PL2

Candoco showcase their duet.

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Conference Wrap Up

01:10 PM 01:15 PM

Speakers

Lunch & Farewell

01:15 PM 02:00 PM

RTDI Dance Ambassadors Meeting for Promoters and Scheme Managers

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

A great opportunity for Dance Ambassadors, Promoters and scheme managers to be together as a group for the first time and start talking about the great things that have happened and lessons learnt so far and what the future might look like for rural dance promoting. Chaired by Ed Collier ( China Plate ) and Eddie Nixon (The Place) with contributions from Holly and Claire from NRTF.