Applause Rural Touring is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation based in Tunbridge Wells, a rural touring scheme that supports communities throughout Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex to access professional theatre, music and other performing arts. Applause is committed to commissioning and supporting artists and companies to make, produce and tour exciting new work across our region.
Familiar local venues and outdoor events are filled with exciting theatre, poetry, music, dance and storytelling for everyone to enjoy.
Many rural communities are isolated and have difficulties getting access to high quality arts, with poor transport links and the cost in money and time of travelling to the nearest town. Working with a network of volunteers, Applause events provide direct access to inspiring arts performances, galvanising communities to come together, and last year over 30,000 people saw an Applause event in 92 different locations.
We have 3 main strands of work – Applause Indoors which tours professional arts to village halls and community centres, Applause Outdoors which commissions performing companies to create and tour work specially for outdoor events, fetes and festivals, and Inn Crowd which helps to reinforce pubs as a central community hub with specially created spoken word performances that are perfect for pubs.