The culmination of the first stage of the Developing Artists in Rural Touring project took place in a lively, interactive “DART-Day” on the 20th November. Five artist groups gathered at the vibrant Number 8 Community Arts Centre, Pershore, to perform extracts from their work and attend advice sessions with Sarah Benn, Live & Local’s Marketing Officer, on marketing and with Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer for Worcestershire, on opportunities for creating and performing work in Worcestershire. A panel including representatives from local authorities, rural touring programmers, experienced touring performers and producers were on hand to feed back on the work that was shown, and after a very thorough and collaborative day the companies felt they had enjoyed and benefitted from the experience. Thanks to all who made the day such a success, particularly our panel members and participating artists, Jestaminute Community Theatre, Mumbo-Jumbo, Parlor Dance, Remi Harris Gypsy Jazz with Deborah Rose and Tin Box Theatre.
The panel will be meeting again soon to discuss future DART activity.