Tunbridge Wells rural theatre group seeks trustees

Tunbridge Wells rural theatre group seeks trustees
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A TOURING theatre group which brings live shows to small and isolated venues in the countryside across Kent and Sussex is looking for trustees to help its expansion.

Applause Rural Touring, which is based in Southborough, provides challenging and inspiring performances that can be enjoyed in familiar places.

It offers affordable theatre, music and other performing arts in village halls, community spaces, pubs and outdoor fetes and festivals.

Applause also commissions new and exciting work and supports artists and companies to stage their productions.

Its ethos is to bring life-enhancing experiences to people who often have limited access to the arts because they live outside of major towns and cities where theatres and cultural institutions are concentrated.

The Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation has a non-executive board of six trustees and a small team of full and part-time employees.

Executive director Dawn Badlan said: “Working with artists, performing companies and a network of local promoters, our work reaches rural and isolated communities in Kent, bringing creativity and culture to local people in familiar community venues, outdoor events and pubs.

“With ever decreasing spend on public services, rural communities are at risk of further isolation, particularly for those with limited mobility.

“Applause works on a local level to ensure that small communities are not marginalised from a cultural offer and can experience high-quality, inspiring and enjoyable events that are affordable and easy to reach.”

The group is looking to recruit up to three new voluntary trustees to join the board and lead it through its next phase of growth and development.

It is particularly seeking people with experience in the areas of digital, business, health and wellbeing, rural issues and education.

Applause would also like to hear from anyone who is excited about its work and feel they have something to offer.

For further detailed information, including the time commitment and role expectations, visit applause.org.uk/about-us/

If you are interested in joining the board of trustees, email your CV and a covering letter to dawn@applause.org.uk

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