November Club win Touring Scheme Collaboration of the Year

November Club and Highlights Rural Touring have been acknowledged at the National Rural Touring Forum.

The Rural Touring Awards celebrate rural touring in the UK and are presented by the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF). Over 350 individuals nominated artists, venues, promoters, schemes, and staff for awards, which were presented at a ceremony at Worcester University on 27th June.

The evening was presented by poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan (BBC Radio 3’s The Verb) and is the second year the NRTF have ran the awards.

Rural AwardNovember Club and Highlights Rural Touring were nominated for Touring Scheme Collaboration of the Year, which rewards outstanding examples of partnership working, whether in commissioning artists, seeking sponsors or audience development.

On winning the award November Club’s Artistic Director said: “We are thrilled to be recognised Nationally for the work we undertook last year in collaboration with Highlights Rural Touring, bringing medium scale musical theatre to small villages across Northumberland. Beyond the End of the Roadwas very much the villages show as it was ours; we took the communities on a journey from the initial story gathering to participating in the final performance. The show resonated deeply with the communities we toured to and became a real celebration of the County and rural life. We are delighted to be touring again this year.”

In 2017 November Club worked in collaboration with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme to bring their multi-award winning show Beyond the End of the Road to rural locations across Northumberland. The new musical was a real celebration of the county and brought a professional cast of 10 actors and musicians to seven Northumberland Village Halls.

Beyond the End of the Road is written by Laura Lindow, with music and lyrics composed by Katie Doherty, directed by November Club’s Cinzia Hardy and designed by Imogen Cloët. The result is an exciting and inclusive musical, exploring rural life in an engaging and innovative way.

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July, the show will return to Hexham and Northern Mart where it all began. The Bellingham Ring will be transformed into the village of P L A C E, with a professional storytelling rabble weaving a tale about their loves, their losses and their deepest secrets.

Tickets for Beyond the End of the Road at Hexham and Northern Marts are available to buy online or direct from Hexham and Northern Marts Café and mart office.

£15 adult / £13 concession.

Beyond the End of the Road is inspired by the people and communities across the county, and will be touring County Durham and Teesdale with Northern Heartlands from 14 July – 27 July also. For information visit Northern Heartlands website.