Live & Local is committed to bringing you surprising shows in surprising places and believes that experiencing and sharing arts from other cultures is important; not only does it expand our horizons but it enriches our lives by offering opportunities for mutual learning and understanding.
A vital enabler of international work is Live & Local Friends, a scheme that allows our regular audiences to feed directly back into our programme by contributing support for companies coming in from overseas.
Live & Local’s current entourage of Friends have not only enjoyed 2 for 1 tickets and free offers to local venues such as Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre, they also know that they have made it possible for rural communities to welcome a culturally vibrant and diverse range of performers. These have included Italian Spaghetti Swing, an exhilarating show of Italian swing music and pasta cooked live on stage! The show was greeted warmly by Live & Local promoters at Fillongley Village Hall among others, who described it as a “fantastic show. EVERYBODY had a really good time and they were all up dancing round the tables. The Mayor and Mayoress as well…It was the best show we have had.”
To thank our Friends for their support, they receive behind-the-scenes updates of their international show’s development, often including interviews with performers, reviews, video clips and pictures from rehearsals. They also receive the opportunity to Go And See shows we’re considering for future programmes for FREE and can get a sneak preview of our upcoming work at Promoter Meetings: special evenings designed to bring community organisers together to discuss the upcoming season and to preview the talent that they may well get to stage in their own village hall. Following one such promoter meeting, one of our Friends stated that the high point of their night had been “getting the opportunity to engage with the practical exercise and discussion to help the villagers attract both more volunteers and promote their events better to attract larger audiences” while another found “the experience of attending a promoters’ meeting very interesting…The added bonus was to hear and see Steve Steinhaus perform in his inimitable style again!”
Joining Live & Local as a Friend is quick and easy. Membership starts at only £17.50 for an individual, with joint membership at £22.50 and £27.50 to join as a family. If you are interested in contributing towards future international programming, or giving membership as a gift, visit the Live & Local website.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our Friends for their continued support of the Live & Local scheme and for their contribution to our programme of international work.