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Celebrating International Volunteer Day

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International Volunteer DayA Massive Thank-you to all our wonderful volunteers at Rural Arts; past and present!


Wednesday 5th December is International Volunteer Day where businesses and charities celebrate all of their hardworking volunteers worldwide!

At Rural Arts we have an array of volunteers that help us keep everything running smoothly, so we thought we'd take the time to introduce you to them all and learn a little more about what it's like to volunteer at Rural Arts!

Helen and Martyn Shakespeare

Helen and Martyn have been volunteering for us for over 4 years now. Martyn began as a Trustee for Rural Arts but wanted to have a more hand on approach so decided to dedicate some time to volunteering. Helen wanted to have the opportunity to support a local venture and find out more of what Rural Arts is all about.

Helen told us that volunteering has improved her self-confidence and she's really enjoyed having the opportunity to help out in workshops and run her own worksho…

My CREATE Tour with Tees Valley and Fuel Theatre

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My CREATETour
Tees Valley and Fuel Theatre

For the last few weeks, from Tuesday 30th October to Friday 16th November,  Rural Arts has been running it's CREATE Tour project in Tees Valley. For the project we worked with eight young people from Tuned In! in Redcar to create a curtain-raiser piece that went on to tour alongside the show "Summit" from Fuel Theatre.
During the first week of the project Fuel Theatre's facilitator, Toni Dee, helped the group create their show piece; "Imagine" with script writing workshops, drama warm-ups and show rehearsals. 
She also visited two other venues during the week, to deliver taster workshop sessions for other young people living in the Tees Valley, including with Hope 4 East Cleveland as pictured below.

During the workshop week with the young people from Tuned IN!, we also took the opportunity to take part in Fuel Theatre's #whatchange campaign, getting the young people to tell us what change they would like to see…

My CREATE Tour with Young Promoter Ella

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My CREATE Tourwith Young Promoter Ella  Our #CREATETour Young Promoter Ella, recently joined Anja, Clara and Eva to help us with our Three Little Pigtails show during a very busy week at Rural Arts! 


Ella wrote up a review all about the show and her experience of helping out on the day!
Three Little Pig Tails by Garlic Theatre A review by Ella. Three little Pig Tails is an entertaining show set in France that was brought to Rural Arts, Thirsk by Garlic Theatre and performed by Iklooshar Malara.
This performance was enjoyed by the audience and the children loved being involved. It was a spin on the classic fairy tale which used puppetry for the pigs.
It was set in France. Iklooshar played the waiter and had to prepar