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What is CREATETour?

CREATETour creates opportunities for young people in the North Yorkshire districts of Richmondshire, Ryedale and Tees Valley.

Each year CREATETour delivers three projects with three companies; RJC Dance, Fuel Theatre and Tamasha Theatre, giving young people the opportunity to create a curtain-raiser piece within the CREATETour project. The young people create their piece in workshops run throughout a week in the school holidays. The piece then goes on to tour before the professional show by RJC, Tamasha or Fuel, giving the young people the opportunity to perform over 4 dates at both theatres and village halls within their district.

Our CREATETour Film

Through the help of our funders for the CREATE Tour project, we were able to use some of the money to create a promotional film to show the impact that CREATETour has had across the three districts so far:

Take a look at our Rural Arts You-Tube channel to see our past videos, including the CREATETour project in Richmond in October 2017



In February and March 2019, Leeds based company, RJC Dance, toured to Ryedale with their show 'Still Blazin'', for which they worked with the young people from Kirkham Henry Dance Studios to create a carnival style curtain raiser piece, that the young people got the chance to tour to The Milton Rooms performance.


Tuesday 5th March -  Norton College (for students only)

Ticketed events:

Wednesday 6th March - Wintringham Community Hall

Thursday 7th March -  Helmsley Arts Centre 

Friday 8th March - The Milton Rooms, Malton



More about the piece:

Still Blazin’ is a high energy show delivering a feast of dance styles to amaze and delight all generations. RJC Dance originates from a Black British perspective. Reggae, Jazz and Contemporary dance styles influence the company’s choreographic approach, which fuses social dance forms with contemporary dance techniques.

The organisation’s work possesses an emotional depth and authenticity that has a broad appeal both culturally and socially. RJC Dance is gifted in engaging young people from all backgrounds and the organisation has a strong desire to offer young people an authentic experience that focuses on how dance can unlock their potential, creativity and style.

“Energising and fun…Accessible to all”

“Great variety, energy and so good to see how dance exercise and contemporary can be combined”

RJC Dance have just been named winners of Cultural Project of the Year 2018, find out more about the company here



Past CREATETour projects:

The Create Tour project started in 2013 and has been successful in working with a range of young people from across North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley area as well as professional dance, theatre and music companies. We have had a great response to the CREATETour project from participants, venues and companies alike! Below is just a taster of some of the great things our young people had to say!

"Thank you Rural Arts and Phoenix you have changed my life…

It was amazing to have had this opportunity…

I don’t think you can understand how much this has meant to me.

Meeting new people and learning different styles of dance.

You have helped me so much."

Since April 2017 CREATETour has been working in Richmond, Redcar and Ryedale with more shows coming up in 2019 up to February 2020! Here's a quick round-up of all the CREATETour projects we've completed so far, since April 2017.

April 2017 -

Tamasha toured their show 'Made in India'  to venues in Redcar and East ClevelandTuned In! in Redcar, Yarm Fellowship Hall and Loftus Town Hall. The young people from Freeborough Academy got the chance to tour their curtain raiser piece before Tamasha's performance.

October 2017 - 

Fuel Theatre toured their show "Portrait" to venues in Richmondshire; Leyburn Arts, Georgian Theatre Royal, Newton-Le-Willows Village Hall and The NASH, in Hawes. The young people from Richmond school got the chance to perform their curtain-raiser piece "100 Reasons to be Angry" before Rachel Ofari's performance of Portrait.

February 2018 - 

RJC Dance toured their show "Still Blazin'" to venues in Hambleton and East Cleveland; Thirsk Town Hall, Tuned In! in Redcar and Loftus Town Hall. The young people from Redcar got the chance to attend dance workshops delivered by RJC Dance. The CREATE Tour participants worked with RJC Dance in carnival style dance workshops for which they were filmed. The film was showcased at Thirsk Town Hall before the first performance of "Still Blazin'"  

April 2018 -

Tamasha and Paines Plough theatre companies toured their show 'I Wanna Be Yours'  to venues in Ryedale; Stillington Village Hall, The Milton Rooms and Gilling East Village Hall. The young people from Norton College got the chance to tour their curtain raiser piece before the show "I Wanna Be Yours."

November 2018 -

Fuel Theatre toured their show "Summit" to venues in Tees Valley; Stokesley Town Hall, Saltburn Arts and Tuned In! in Redcar. The young people from Tuned In! in Redcar got the chance to perform their curtain-raiser piece "Imagine" before Fuel Theatre's performance.




For updates on CREATETour projects in Ryedale, Richmondshire and the Tees Valley, why not give us a follow on Instagram? We also regularly update our Rural Arts Twitter, Facebook and Blog with updates on the CREATETour project.



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Make sure you keep an eye on the Rural Arts blog to see everything the CREATE Tour team

and our ON Tour promoters get up to!


For even more information on CREATE Tour read:

 Jasmine’s blog about her experience of #CREATEtour. | The Gazette and Heralds article about the young company | Phoenix Dance Theatre company member Phil Sanger's blog.



The project is fully funded by Arts Council England, Esme Fairbairn, Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire Youth Service