Do you want to liven up your community? Would you like to bring quality, affordable, live entertainment to the heart of your community? Is there a hall in your village but no village in your hall?
Live & Local has a network of volunteers across the Midlands who choose and promote professional performances in local venues for their own community.
Our professional office team support you, the local organisation (known as the Promoter) to choose your shows, co-ordinate the bookings, subsidise your performances and help you to attract audiences.
It is all made possible by financial support from Arts Council England and your County, District or Borough councils; but it happens because of the support and enthusiasm of local volunteers and their communities.
Could this be you?
All you need is an enthusiastic group of people and a venue. We’ll help you by:
ANY enthusiastic voluntary group can become part of the Live & Local network. We also occasionally work with professional organisations such as schools, libraries and professionally managed community centres. You don’t need to have a ‘theatre’ or any previous experience in promoting professional arts events. Shows are available for big and small spaces, including village halls, churches, schools and community centres. You don’t need a stage or any special equipment.
It’s FREE to join the Live & Local network! Each show costs you from £250 (inc VAT). The fee usually takes the form of this minimum guarantee plus a percentage of the remainder of the box office receipts, after you have covered this minimum guarantee. The performances are subsidised and the fees are set so you can cover your costs and usually make a small surplus for your funds. We do not ask for any money up front and you can request more than one show per year.
Live & Local provides an annual Menu (usually in February/March) which contains information about a wide range of carefully researched high quality shows that will appeal to a broad range of interests and ages – including drama, storytelling, music of all sorts, dance, comedy and puppetry. The performers are all professional artists (individuals, theatre companies and musical groups) from across the UK.