Spot On is Lancashire’s rural touring network. Run by a professional team, the network consists of teams of volunteers (280 at last count) who promote and host high quality professional arts events in their local village halls, churches and schools (approx 45 venues).
Volunteers are often professionals, such as teachers or lecturers, as well as retired farmers, or parents who seek to bring quality performances into their community. They share the same passion of wanting to give everyone the chance for a good night out on their doorstep as well as getting involved; and like a theatre, an audience can choose to see dance, music, theatre, storytelling and children’s shows. We promote about 60 shows a year in villages across Lancashire, from Arkholme to Aughton and from the coast to the moors.
Spot On is managed by Culturapedia as a service to Lancashire County Council and is supported by a consortium of local government arts officers. Spot On receives funding in partnership with Cheshire Rural Touring Arts (The Cheshire Lancashire Touring Partnership) from Arts Council England North West .
Spot On is one of 27 similar projects across the UK. Each one is slightly different in style, but they all work by allowing communities to select and host live theatre (and music, dance, puppetry, literature, comedy and film!). However, the model of rural touring is distinctive and brings its own rewards and challenges.
Spot On is a member of a national organisation, the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF), which advocates for and supports rural touring. The NRTF is funded by the Arts Council.