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powering live events across the County

Rural and community touring scheme, Northants Touring Arts provides access to high quality arts events throughout Northamptonshire. We support a network of voluntary promoters across the county to host professional performances and workshops bringing communities together where they live.

Alongside cultural benefits, the arts have a valuable role to play in enriching quality of life and developing community cohesion. Through Northants Touring Arts we enable communities to access a high quality  and affordable live arts programme on their doorstep. Performances includes theatre, music, dance, comedy, spoken word and events for families and children suitable for audiences aged 3 - 103yrs!

Our work is made possible through the funding we receive from Arts Council England and the county and district councils of Northamptonshire. This currently includes: Northamptonshire County Counci, Northamptonshire Community Foundation and South Northamptonshire Council.

Managed by the region's leading touring company New Perspectives, a company over 40 years’ experience of rural and community touring, we have extensive knowledge and understanding of presenting live events in a range of spaces. As a National Portfolio Organisation funded by Arts Council England we champion rural touring, have strong experience in partnership working and support emerging talent across the East Midlands region.  New Perspectives is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.

Latest News

September 23rd, 2014

Emerging Perspectives

New Perspectives has launched 2014-15 Emerging Perspectives (EP) Programme; a range of inspiring opportunities aimed at emerging artists from across the East Midlands. Bridging the gap between training and working in the industry, the programme support artists  by sharing practices, skills and expertise, business acumen, creating networks, stimulating creativity and offering relevant professional development at a vital point in their careers. The programme runs from New Perspectives' base in Nottingham.

Click on the links below to find out more:

Emerging Playwrights: An opportunity for new writers to develop a unique theatrical voice. We will select 4 emerging writers, who will be supported by a professional dramaturg  to each create a piece for the EP Company with a village connection. The EP Writers programme kicks off  with a master-class with the visionary writer David Rudkin in November. Application deadline: Thursday 16 October 2014.

Masterclasses: A series of inspiring masterclass sessions with major figures from the theatre industry.  At each session we aim to bring together East Midland's theatre-makers at varying career stages and in doing so create a stimulating learning environment.  The series begins with a rare master-class with writer David Rudkin,  followed by Coney's Tassos Stevens turning the focus to interactive theatre. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis,

Long Play Writing Competition: A full length play (LP) writing competition open to writers either from or based in the East Midlands. We are looking for writers with a distinctive voice, both original ideas and adaptations. Submission deadline: Friday 9 January 2015.

EP Company: An opportunity for aspiring actors, directors, designers (set, costume, lighting or sound) composers, stage managers or writers aged 18+, to take part in a company of emerging East Midlands theatre-makers. The company will rehearse new material written by the EP writers and tour for a week in July 2015. Application deadline: Friday 20 February 2015.

Applications for all these opportunities are now open. For more information or to download application forms visit the New Perspectives website.

Red Shoes and Huge Apologies: Two exciting events visit Northamptonshire this weekend!

March 17th, 2014

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What Became of the Red Shoes?

This coming Friday 21 March, Little Pixie Productions will play at Helmdon Primary School with their magical family show What Became of the Red Shoes?

Granny Flo’s attic is full of old junk…or is it? On a rainy day a curious child, Ruby, explores it - discovering forgotten treasures including an interesting pair of shoes. Her imagination is sparked and she embarks on a magical journey meeting a pirate, some animals and even has a trip into space!

This brilliantly imaginative one woman show uses original music, movement and dance.

The show played at Staverton Village Hall last weekend and was brilliantly received:

"The children were mesmirised - it met our expectations and Rebecca [performer and producer at Little Pixie Productions] is to complemented on her skills - all of them! The parents and grandparents were smiling too!" - Judith Hurst, Promoter at Staverton Village Hall

The show starts at 6pm and is suitable for children aged 3+ and their families. Tickets are available from Helmdon Primary School 01295 768126 or Julie Crouch 01295 760699

For a taster of the show why not watch their trailer.


Him With His Foot In His Mouth 2 Stephen Chance Please Credit Pamela Raith Photography

Him With His Foot in His Mouth

Also on Friday 21 March, New Perspective, who run Northants Touring Arts, will present their heart-warming one man show Him With His Foot in His Mouth by acclaimed American author Saul Bellow at Helmdon Reading Room at 7.30pm

Harry Shawmut is a man who often says things he shouldn't. He once made an unkind comment to a lady in passing and now, years later, he has decided to apologise. But saying sorry isn't always that straightforward. Harry uses us, the theatre audience, to help rehearse the most elaborate apology in history, taking us through the contours of his heart-warming and uniquely moving life story.

Him With His Foot in His Mouth will also play at two other Northamptonshire venues that same weekend:

Ecton Village Hall, Wellingborough on Saturday 22 March at 7.30pm - tickets are available from 01604 402582 or

Gretton Village Hall, Corby on Sunday 23 March at 7.30pm - tickets are available from Andy Butterworth on 01536 770302, Gretton Post Office or can be purchased on the door

Watch the company's teaser trailer for the show here

For more information about both events please visit our What's On Section

Season's Greetings from Northants Touring Arts

December 5th, 2013

We can't believe it's December already, but here at Northants Touring Arts the festive season is in full swing!

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish our promoters and audiences a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and to thank all our promoters for their hardwork over the last twelve months.

We've had ghostly goings on, fantastic fiddlers, wonderful wolves and outstanding opera, not to mention angels that have entertained, terrific trios and juicy jazz. It's all down to our passionate team of volunteer promoters, dedicating their time and energies to ensuring that professional theatre, music and family events come to the heart of village communities all over Northamptonshire.

THANK YOU! We hope you all have a wonderful festive season... see you next year!

We'd love to hear from YOU! Did you see a show supported by NTA in the last twelve months? What did you enjoy about the performance? What does high quality arts performances inyour villagesan communities mean to you? Email us at or give us a call on 0115 927 2334. Alternatively you could like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @northantsarts.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sally Anne Tye and Kayleigh Hunt

Northants Touring Arts Team

Seven Ages comes to Northamptonshire

December 12th, 2012

Kepow Theatre Company's production of Seven Ages will visit two venues in Northamptonshire in 2013.

Praised for it's wonderful combination of comedy, drama and pathos, Seven Ages  explores the idea that we go through seven stages in life; from infancy - through love and wisdom - to growing old disgracefully.

Formed in 1991, Kepow are now one of Europe's leading improvisation and mask-based theatre companies and one of Britain's funniest. Over the past 21 years Kepow have produced 25 shows and have toured the world, performing in Hawaii, New Zealand, America, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Norway, Bali and Holland. The company have also collectively, worked with some of Britain's leading theatres and theatre companies including the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Kevin Tomlinson in Seven Ages

Praised by audiences and critics alike, this groundbreaking comedy theatre production recently celebrated it's 400th performance at Riverhouse Arts Centre in Surrey earlier this month.

The whole thing works like a dream  - What’s On Stage

Impossible not to fall for likeable Kevin Tomlinson's Shakespeare-inspired Seven Ages - packed houses and audience adored! - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

The show will visit:

Staverton Village Hall on 26 January 2013 - For tickets call 07900 896268

Blakesley and Woodend Village Hall on 7 February 2013 - For tickets call 01327 860461

For more information about Kepow Theatre Company visit

WATCH the Seven Ages trailer here
Ghostly Goings-On as A Christmas Carol Comes to Northamptonshire

November 20th, 2012

Dickens' classic tale A Christmas Carol will continue to play in village halls across Northamptonshire in the lead up to Christmas.

To mark the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth, New Perspectives Theatre Company presents this heart-warming, spine-tingling Christmas story as a one-man version, featuring drama, storytelling, an original musical underscore and an array of Victorian-style theatre effects.

A Christmas Carol

i“This is one of the greatest-loved stories of all time, written by one of our greatest-loved writers. It was always our idea that one actor would create the world of A Christmas Carol - Dickens did it to great effect - so we’ve decided to go down the road of an old Victorian style piece of theatre using effects that were available in that period”  - Matt Cullum, Director.

The show has already been performed at three venues in Northamptonshire and has received praise from audience from audiences, promoters and critics alike:

"A thoroughly engaging production that packs small but plays big. A one-man show of the highest quality." - Neil Bonner, The Stage

Read the full review here

A Christmas Carol

The show will play at:

Gayton Village Hall on 2 December - For tickets call 01604 859444

Ecton Village Hall on 12 December - For tickets call 01604 402582

More information about New Perspectives Theatre Company and A Christmas Carol can be found here.

Watch the behind the scenes trailer here




The Incredible Dr Guttman comes to Northamptonshire

November 14th, 2012

We're delighted that The Incredible Dr Guttman will be coming to Old Village Hall on Saturday 24 November as part of Northants Touring Arts.

The production is a world premiere and tells the remarkable story of Dr Guttman, a doctor at Stoke Mandeville Hosptial, who staged the first ever games for ex-service men and women on the same day as the 1948 London Olympics.

The Incredible Dr Guttman

The brainchild of Producer Karen Simpson, the show has been praised by audience and critics alike. Karen began working on the project three years ago when living and working in Oxford:

‘When I first started to tell people about my idea for a new play based on Ludwig Guttmann, everyone I met outside of Stoke Mandeville said “ who?”  Even though he lived in Oxford for most of his life it was really hard to get anyone to take the idea seriously but maybe I’m a little bit like Guttmann.  I don’t like to give up on a good idea!’ 

Earlier this year, Karen who is an experienced theatre director and producer was successful in attracting funds from the National Lottery to develop the play with TV and theatre-writer Nicholas McInerny.  Since then they have been working with staff from Stoke Mandeville, ex-patients and people who knew the man to try and capture what made him so special.

Read a review of the show HERE

Take a look at the full selection of production photographs HERE

The Incredible Dr Guttman plays at Old Village Hall, Northamptonshire on Saturday 24 November at 7.30pm. For tickets call 07867 778073.


Northants Touring Arts Review of 2011/ 12

April 30th, 2012

It’s been a wonderful year for Northants Touring, with an exciting range of events and performances taking place across the county throughout 2011.

'We are pleased with the programme delivered - It has been varied both in terms of art forms, styles and geography, 7 regionally based companies and artists performing as part of the scheme. Overall we have maintained very similar audience totals for the year with a total of 4198 people attending the 71 performances that took place.

Despite the tightening funding environment, NTA sourced more work with a wider range of costs to allow us to programme flexibly and as we continue into 2012 - 13 season we will endeavour to offer a wide range of events to encourage promoters to choose a variety of work to attract different audiences.'

Chris Kirkwood, Northants Touring Arts

To read the Northants Touring Arts 2011 – 12 report please click on the link below



Become a Northants Touring Arts promoter

March 14th, 2012

Here at Northants Touring Arts we strive to bring professional performances to rural places, however we couldn't do this without our network of dedicated promoters who voluntarily promote an exciting range of events in communities across Northamptonshire.

Promoting, in the sense we are using here, means all the activities involved in putting on a professional performance in your local hall and encouraging your community to come along and enjoy themselves and we ensure that promoters are offered a wide variety of events and are given the support and tools they need to promote these events successfully.

Here's what a couple of our promoters had to say: 

“Old Village Hall Charity has been booking theatrical events through NTA for some years and has built up a regular and enthusiastic audience of 50-80. The plays are always very well recieved and, through NTA, we are assured of quality in performance and a wide choice of thought-provoking and entertaining subjects to suit a variety of tastes and age groups. It is a joy and privilege for our small local community to widen their horizons and come together to share the experience of live theatre locally - and for most people, at a venue within walking distance and within their pockets."   - Katie Lindenbaum, Old Village Hall

“Byfield is over 20 miles from the nearest regular live theatre - in Northampton - and as such having the opportunity to present good quality professional arts events in the village hall is a godsend to many parishioners, especially those who would not or could not travel to Northampton. Staging these events also brings a necessary income to the village hall and keeps the hall in use... The wide range of events offered by NTA allows small communities to experience live theatre that they may never think of attending from Shakespeare to Blues to Comedy.”   - Angela Weller, Byfield Village Hall

If you'd like to find out more about becoming a promoter in you community then please don't hestitate to contact the Northants Touring Arts team on 0115 927 2334 or email

Alternatively you can click here to read more promoter testimonials and find out about starting out as a Northants Touring Arts promoter.

Welcome to Our Brand New Site

December 13th, 2011

We are delighted to welcome you to the launch of Northants Touring Arts' brand new website

Having led the way for rural touring websites throughout the UK, the website has received a brand new look, which will coincide with exciting changes that we will be making to the scheme in the coming months.

The scheme will allow more flexibilty for promoters to book events in their communities and give performers more of an opportunity to put their work out there. The website will assist with this by allowing performers and promotrs access to the latest information all year round.

Audiences will also benefit, as the website has been designed to be more user-friendly and offers a wide range of access to information, including links to videos, images, venue information and much, much more!

Chris Kirkwood, General Manager at New Perspectives Theatre Company, who runs Northants Touring Arts is thrilled with the new site:

 At Northants Touring Arts we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of developments in the rural touring sector.  This website, developed in partnership with De Facto is the first step in providing volunteer promoters in villages across Northamptonshire with an even better service for booking high quality professional performances right in the heart of their community. We are thrilled with the result!