As a theatre practitioner who lives relatively rurally, and who wants to continue living that way, I am finding it increasingly more apparent that it is hard to work and live in the same place as an artist. Don't get me wrong, I love applying to projects all over and working in different places, meeting new people and engaging in various projects across the country. However, I would also like to see more opportunities arise more locally. Access to the arts in rural places is a real issue - we should be able to live in rural places and still have choice, not in numbers but in activity.
I have recently teamed up with the Globe at Hay to start running theatre workshops for children, the aim is to run weekly sessions for two different age groups. I think outlets such as these are incredibly important, parents should be able to find activities for their children to do locally rather than seeking them out in the nearest city. This is an exciting new venture and I really hope we can drum up enough interest in the idea.
You can find information on the workshop here.