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A Rural Review: Week 5!

September is drawing to a close, which means darker nights, chillier days and the realisation that, to quote a popular TV series, “Winter is coming…”. But this has been a brilliant month here at Rural Arts and although the days may be getting colder, the future at Rural Arts is looking bright! With that in mind, let’s recap what has happened this week and what we have for you in the month of October.

Whats been happening
ON Tour Season
As we are sure you know, this month signalled the start of our ON Tour season – which means a whole host of village halls from the North Yorkshire region opened their doors to some high class, professional performances courtesy of Rural Arts. So far we have had 686 people book onto ON Tour performances both in September and for upcoming performances, which is an amazing start for ON Tour Autumn 2015. To put that into perspective, 686 people coming to our shows is:
  • 140 more than the amount of people who have been fatally attacked by sharks since 1580
  • The entirety of the full time residents of Vatican City coming to an ON Tour performance. (Plus 114 non full time residents – so if the Pope does ever want to visit he can bring some of his support staff – and if he is reading this he is welcome at any time!)
  • 3x more than the amount of athletes who competed in the first Olympic Games of the modern era

Although these facts are a little silly we genuinely are thrilled not just with the amount of people who have attended our performances but the feedback we have received from everyone who attended.  Getting feedback from happy audience members is one of our favourite things, and we want to thank every single person who has come to an ON Tour show! But we must not sit on our laurels, it is full steam ahead and ‘pedal to the metal’ for the rest of season, which segways nicely too…

To say this performance, written by Maxine Peake and first seen at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in June 2014, has been a success would be an understatement! People have come in their droves to see these three performances at Northallerton, Settle and Sharow- including two members of the Rural Arts staff last night and more at the weekend!
With an amazing show last night and two sell out performances tonight and tomorrow, West Yorkshire Playhouse’s first foray into rural touring has been an unbridled success  and we cannot think of a better performance subject matter than Beryl Burton, a wonderful sportsperson who deserves all the recognition she gets. Heres to you Beryl!
Courthouse brochures
Our brand new Courthouse brochure has arrived – detailing all the fabulous things you get involved with up until Christmas here at the Courthouse, including performances, workshops and exhibitions. Keep you eyes peeled for these which will be dotted around Thirsk and make sure you pick up a copy so you do not miss out on anything – it is the best way to keep up to date with all things Courthouse (this blog is a close second!)
Here is our new Courthouse brochure sandwiched between the ON Tour brochures – and don’t they both look lovely! Talking of sandwiches…
The Cafe – Something for the kids…
Yes, we know that last segway was a little ‘cheesy’ but we could’t help ourselves! Charlotte has been busy this week rustling up some new items for our ‘Courthouse Cafe’ menu – take a look at the brand new mouth-watering ‘Mac n Cheese’ – made especially for the little ones!


To keep up to date with all things Cafe related – you should like our brand new Facebook page dedicated solely to our award winning ‘Courthouse Cafe’, and there might even be a free Cream Tea in it for you if you do! Click HERE to do just that!
Whats coming up
#CREATEtour Taster Day – Sunday 4th October

You really don’t want to miss out on this! If you are aged between 11-18 and live in the Redcar and East Cleveland area then come to our taster day on the 4th October. It is a free one hour workshop working with amazing jazz singer Lindsay Hannon and her band at Tuned In, Redcar. This is free and travel can be provided if you want to come along and have some fun. Also, if you enjoy the session, this taster day could lead you onto doing our full #CREATEtour – where you will spend 4 days working with Lindsay and her band creating your own short performance which you can then tour to 4 different venues, all free of charge with travel provided! To book e-mail or call 01845 526536.  More information can be found HERE

(P.S If you like the sound of Lindsay but are a little too old to do the #CREATEtour, never fear -you can still watch Lindsay and her band perform as part of ON Tour – book tickets HERE)
WI Exhibition
This is the week of our WI Exhibition and we are super excited! Come down to the gallery from the 26th to the 3rd October (excluding the 30th) to see crafts and archive footage from your local WI. The Women’s Institute is an integral part of British modern history and if their centenary is not worth celebrating, then we think very little is- we hope to see you there!
Carve and Decorate a Ceramic Pumpkin
On Monday the 12th October, come and join artist Fiona Mazza to make and decorate your own Ceramic Pumpkin – fire it in the kiln and leave with your own special pumpkin to light up with LED lights for Halloween. This is the first time we have ran this workshop and is already proving to be a popular choice – book to avoid disappointment by calling 01845 526 536.
As you can see- it is all go here, but we can’t wait to tell you all about it in next weeks ‘Rural Review’. See you there!