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Arts Alive takes professional events to unusual stages

  • Date: 31 January 2012
  • Area: Midlands
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Sakhioba trio. Credit: Joel Chester Fildes

Arts Alive is the rural touring scheme that serves rural Herefordshire and Shropshire with professional events hosted by local volunteers taking place in informal settings.

These include village halls, school halls, studio spaces and community venues such as churches. Arts Alive shows create a special experience for both artists and audiences.

Sian Kerry director of Arts Alive said: 'We work hard to find the right space and community for every show that will create the best event. Church acoustics are great for choirs, small halls for intimate shows. It's a bit like running an arts centre with a hundred different spaces.

'Our programme is eclectic and diverse, we aim to please most of the people most of the time, and add shows that will challenge and excite as well as entertain. Think of it like adding spices to cooking!'

This winter the Arts Alive programme features a large selection of companies and shows. They range from Hansel and Gretel by Northumberland Theatre Company, Hot Swinging Musical Mayhem by The Hot Potato Syncopators, Instant Wit comedy show, Postcards from Blackpool by About Face Theatre Company and Rapunzel by the Clydebuilt Theatre Company.

All information on shows and venues is on Arts Alive's website www.artsalive.co.uk, where tickets can be purchased online.

Arts Alive is currently an Arts Council Regular Funded Organisation and from next April has been invited to join the National portfolio of organisations.