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A Rural Review 2016: Week 23!

It’s been a while hasn’t it? Hello one and all and welcome back to A Rural Review. For those of you that don’t know (or who can’t remember considering how rubbish we have been with blogging lately…) A Rural Review recaps all the exciting things that have been happening at Rural Arts recently and then looks to more exciting events that are in calendar for you to get involved with in the future. The silver lining of our sub-par posting record of late is how many exciting things we could tell you about – it’s been all go here at Rural Arts so far this Autumn – and that trend looks set to continue until the end of the year. Without further ado – let’s kick off with…

What’s been happening
Look at all of this exciting activity!
Lights, Camera, Action! Fun Palace Day

On Saturday the 1st October, Rural Arts opened up it’s doors for a day of free family fun, and what a day it was! Anyone who came down for ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ had the chance to get involved in a whole host of light based activities, which included: making and trying out their own projectors in our dark room, seeing, and having a go, at some live vjaying, tryiing out being a film star on our green screen, and making thaumatropes. This day was part of the international ‘Fun Palace’ weekend – with Lights, Camera, Action being just one of over 280 free events all over the world taking place for communities. It was a great day and we need to say a big thank you to all those who attended – but a particularly big thank you to those who helped run activities, Joe Jordan and the Dorman Museum, and to Fun Palaces themselves, for running such an amazing weekend – we will see you next year!

We weren’t joking when we said it was busy…
Sean McLoughlin
Last Friday night, the inimitable comedic talents of Sean McLoughlin came to Thirsk, and more specifically, our Courthouse – and boy are we glad he did! Performing to a packed out, sold out venue, Sean had everyone in stitches with his amazing storytelling – the audience interaction, in particular, was a highlight for us! We would reccomend everyone to see Sean and his amazing show, Kamikaze,  and you can click HERE to find out when and where these shows will be taking place.
My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding
This week is the week that our ON Tour season really got into full swing with the touring of Kali Theatre’s amazing show, My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding to four venues all across North Yorkshire. This hilarious, uplifting show has the audience as guests at Claire and Arjun’s Wedding. He is from the city, she is from the country – and what could possibly go wrong…? Forget Wills and Kate, if you want a wedding where you will laugh, cry and maybe even get some real cake – this is the show for you. If you are reading this blog on the day it is released (and let’s be fair you should be, it is essential reading..)  you can still buy tickets! Thursdays show at Weaverthorpe was a big success and you really don’t want to miss this – to get yourself an invite to the hottest wedding in town, click HERE.
The Happy Couple.
What’s coming up
Paradise Lost
‘Holy’ smokes this is going to be good!
From one ON Tour show to another… Next week we have are thrilled to have Lost Dog bringing their laugh-out-loud one dance show Paradise Lost to North Yorkshire. In this show, the performer tries to re-enact the whole of Milton’s epic poem about the beginning of the world with what can only be described as mixed results…After a sold out run in Edinburgh and a host of amazing reviews which called the show “triumphant gallop through the story of creation” (**** The Guardian) and a “An enchanting and very funny show” (***** The Independent). We can’t wait to see this show again and tickets are selling fast so make sure you grab them HERE while you can. It’s only 7 days away – and if God can create the entire world in that time, you can organise a brilliant evening out to see a great performer can’t you?! (No pressure…)
Quilt as you Go
Sew why don’t you get involved!?
On Tuesday the 18th October, Dionne Swift  her amazing course Quilt as you Go. Quilting can be a daunting prospect but this workshops rids all the worry! It is perfect for new sewers wanting to expand their craft skills and learn more about their sewing machines. Dionne is an amazing tutor and this promises to be a fun, relaxed insight into the world of quilting (is there ‘a world of quilting?’ I hope so. Imagine how comfortable it would be..) We can even provide you a sewing machine if you need it! To find out more about the course, including what you would need to bring, please click HERE
Halloween Half Term Workshops
Yes it seriously is time for us to tell you about Halloween – god we will all be in tinsel before you know it won’t we? These half term workshops always go down a (trick or) treat when we run them, so of course they are back for another year! All through the October half term week, we have two workshops a day for all the young zombies, witches and dracula’s to sink their teeth into. So whether it is making gruesome goblins, scary spider cakes or spooky C.D animals – there is something for everyone! Just a word of warning, these workshops usually sell out faster than Pumpkins in late October, so get them while you can! (You can do that HERE)
Pretty spooky no?
And that brings us to the end of this post, We promise it will not be so long until our next post (We mean it this time. Honest.) Thank you very much for reading, we hope you enjoyed it, and we will see you soon for another Rural Review!