NORTH Yorkshire charity Rural Arts is hosting a showcase of new performances they have commissioned at their arts centre in Thirsk.

The work-in-progress showings are the outcome of a competitive application process last year.

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Four companies were chosen from over 60 submissions, and each has received £2,500 alongside support and free rehearsal space to develop their ideas.

The performers are developing new shows specifically for rural touring – to be hosted in community venues such as village halls - and focus on supporting under-represented artists.

Max May, director of Rural Arts, said: “We’re so thrilled to be supporting such an exciting range of artists, and be bringing innovative and ambitious performance to audiences right at the heart of rural North Yorkshire.

"If your New Year’s resolution was to try something new, or to support culture in your local community, come and check us out.

"As a ‘pay what you can’ experience, there’s literally nothing to lose”.

Performances take place on January 22, 7.30pm at The Courthouse in Thirsk, visit for more details.


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