Live and Local - Surprising Shows In Surprising Places

Contact us

For more information about Live & Local, how it works and how it could help you bring shows to your community please contact us on:

Telephone: 01926 402173

Post: Live & Local, Pageant House, 2 Jury Street, Warwick CV34 4EW.

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We look forward to hearing from you!

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Live & Local Team

John Laidlaw MBE

Executive Director


John has been the Executive Director of Live & Local since its inception in 1994. John’s background is in small-scale touring, rural and community touring schemes and the technical management and design of permanent and temporary venues. John previously worked at Warwick Arts Centre in their technical department, at Tic Toc Theatre Company as production manager as well as designing and managing venues for their Edinburgh Fringe operations. John was the Chair of the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) from 2007 to 2017 and remains on their Board. He was awarded an MBE in 2020 for services to the Arts.

Contact John for: programming and menu development, technical issues, cost of shows, licensing.


Chris Davis

Engagement Manager
Part-time (Mon-Thurs)

Chris oversees Big Picture Show, DART (Developing Artists in Rural Touring), business development, fundraising, work with Children & Young People, and also manages one off or infrequent projects.  

Contact Chris for: fundraising, business development opportunities, commissions, artist development opportunities, Big Picture Show, Friends Scheme, work with Children & Young People.


Kirsty Reilly (on Maternity Leave until April 2022)

Company Manager
Part-time (Usual working days: Mon, Wed, Thu)

Kirsty manages the Company administration of Live & Local. This includes administration for the Community Touring Schemes and business admin.

Laura McDaniel

Company Manager (Maternity Cover)

Part-time (Usual working days: Wed, Thu, Fri)

Contact Laura for: general administration and invoice enquiries, Returns and Report Forms.


Sera Millar

Company Administrator


Sera delivers daily business & operations for Live & Local, and is available as a first point of contact for all enquiries.


Emilie Jones

Programme Administrator

Part-time (Usual working days: Mon, Wed, Fri)

Emilie provides administrative support to Live & Local’s programme of events including the Community Touring Scheme, Film Schemes and time-limited projects. Emilie is also the Live & Local Access advocate.

Contact Emilie for: Returns and Report Forms, Big Picture Show, Moving Pictures, general administration, accessibility queries/requests, Friends Scheme and complimentary tickets for Live & Local shows.


Connie Ward-Allen
Marketing & Publicity Assistant


Connie provides support to the engagement team in maintaining mailing lists, sourcing and writing copy for marketing materials, producing and distributing print, creating email and social media campaigns, and maintaining relationships with local and national press.

Contact Connie for: general marketing and press enquiries, print enquiries, social media, e-mail newsletters, and promoter support.


Steve Wilson

Artist Engagement Officer (all regions)

Part-time (Usual working days: Mon, Tue, Wed)

Steve is responsible for supporting and developing artists who are both in the scheme or are interested in being part of it.

Contact Steve if you are an artist/arts organisation and need advice or support regarding what we do or how you can be part of our work.


Sophie Kirk

Community Engagement Officer: Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland.
Part-time (Usual working days Tues, Wed, Thu)

07483 156 822

Sophie is responsible for recruiting and supporting promoters and liaising with local authorities in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

Contact Sophie for: promoter recruitment and support, and liaison with local authority officers in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.


Michele Clerc

Community Engagement Officer: Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Blaby (Leicestershire), Charnwood (Leicestershire) and Melton (Leicestershire).

Part-time (Usual working days: Tues, Wed, Thu)

07971 354 610

Michele is responsible for recruiting and supporting promoters in the Live & Local networks, and supports some promoters in Leicestershire (Centre Stage). She liaises with local authorities and is the point of contact for promoters in Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Blaby, Charnwood and Melton.

Contact Michele for: promoter recruitment and support and liaison with local authority officers in Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Blaby, Charnwood and Melton.


Selena Hackett

Event Support Officer
Part-time (Usual working days: Mon, Tues)

Selena is responsible for ensuring succesful delivery of cinema screenings and providing technical support for the Community Touring Schemes.

Contact Selena for: technical issues and queries, freelance technician queries and other technical and venue support.