Live and Local - Surprising Shows In Surprising Places

Get Involved as a Performer


Live & Local is happy to receive unsolicited information, but we recommend that you do your research first. So before contacting us or sending information, we request that you have read the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) publication Eyes Wide Open (especially if you have not been involved in community/rural touring before). You may also like to consider Associate Membership of the NRTF for additional resources, training and networking opportunities. Please read our own information for artists in 'About Live & Local' below.

  • Eyes Wide Open: NRTF Guide to Rural Touring.
  • About Live & Local: Information for artists and companies who are considering putting themselves forward for work on the Live & Local community performance scheme.
  • Publicity/Print: Guidelines for what print we prefer from Companies.

Expression of Interest

If you wish to be considered for inclusion in our next 'Menu' of available shows please complete and submit a Company & Artist Expression of Interest Form. This is all we need in the first instance. Please read all the notes on our Form Guidance page before submitting this form.

Please note: Because of the amount of unsolicited information we receive about shows, we will only follow up information about shows we are considering for our Menu.

When does Live & Local make decisions?

Live & Local publishes one Menu per year in mid February containing performances for the following October to the following June. Live & Local is happy to receive information from companies and artists at any time, however please note that we start to shortlist for the Menu in December each year and complete the process by mid January.

How do Companies get bookings?

Live & Local recommends companies and artists through an annual Menu published in February each year. This contains performances of all shapes and sizes, art forms and for all types of audiences. Our local promoters choose up to three shows from this menu for the following year.

You have to be in our Menu to get bookings however this does not always guarantee performances as thereafter you have to be chosen by the local Promoters. We will either (1) reserve specific dates with you, which would be confirmed or otherwise by mid-May. Or (2) we would offer you as generally available and get in touch to books dates by mid-May. Or (3) very occasionally we will commit and contract specific dates at the time of publishing the Menu.


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How do we select the performers for inclusion in the Live & Local Menu?

Live & Local selects performances through recommendation and research, using information gathered from other touring schemes, our promoters, mainstream venues, showcases, other companies and by investigating unsolicited information sent to us.

If you are touring in the Midlands, please let us know. Where possible, we or our reviewers try to see shows we are considering for the Menu.

You should have the capacity to engage positively with Live & Local Promoters and their target audiences, and be able to resolve the technical, marketing and administrative challenges inherent in non-mainstream venues, and have high production values that are not compromised by performing in Live & Local venues.

Not having done this type of work before does not discount you, nor if you are a regular touring scheme performer looking to try something new. We want to hear from companies and artists new to this type of work and about new, different or challenging shows for our audiences, although its always best to talk to us early in the creative process and do your reseach (see above).

One of the main reasons we don’t select companies is to avoid duplication in the Menu, and we always welcome applications for the following year.

What about the venues?

Typical village hall

The majority of our venues are voluntary-run organisations serving a distinct local and small rural (some urban) catchment area. They organise a maximum of three Live & Local events per year and have few resources apart from time, enthusiasm and an unequipped, non-theatre venue with 150 seats or less.

Their stages are rarely suitable for drama therefore we are often dealing with flat floor spaces and need to know how you would overcome the inherent sightline problems.