Rural Arts has recommenced touring live performances to village venues for the first time in over 16 months.
Over the Autumn/Winter season, ON Tour – the rural touring scheme for North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley – bounces back with 5 different productions making their way to 31 venues across 3,500 square miles.
“Since March 2020, we’ve constantly adapted how we work – introducing new digital programmes, creating postal packs to reach thousands of residents, and of course, live-streaming productions,” says Director and CEO Max May “However, we’re finally back in village halls and community venues across the region, and couldn’t be happier.”
Highlights from the season include two productions that feature live cooking.
Stand-up comedian George Egg brings a ‘Movable Feast’ with him on the road, demonstrating how to cook with an engine, procure items from the train buffet trolley, and turn unexpected roadworks into a picnic! Infamous for cooking gourmet food in unconventional ways, audiences can even sample the plates after.
Balbir Singh Dance Company also offer up a feast for the senses, with ‘Love and Spice’. This blend of music, Kathak dance and live cooking tells the story of an elderly couple reminiscing about their life, after losing their sense of smell and taste. A homemade curry is cooked live on stage, a portion of which is included in the ticket price.
Another dance performance is perfect for families. Sonia Sabri Dance Company reveals a playful and colourful world of dance, hip hop and storytelling in ‘Same Same… But Different’. Inspired by the Anglo-Asian phrase of the same name, the production celebrates individuality and diversity, whilst exploring the bonds that connects us all.
Of course, no Winter season is complete without panto, which this year comes in the form of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ by TaleGate Theatre. Packed with songs, silliness, audience participation and fairytale magic, this festive treat is coming to a whopping 23 venues across the county – the perfect end to the winter season.
To see the full season of performances and book online, visit https://www.ruralarts.org/whats-on/across-the-region/