INN CROWD – Live literature in pubs and community spaces

INN CROWD is a programme of high-quality live literature performances touring to rural pubs and community spaces across the UK from 2019-2022. It helps reinforce pubs as central to rural community life by bringing exceptional cultural experiences to new audiences.

INN CROWD offers funding, bookings, development support, and publicity to support the creation of brilliant new live literature shows.

Shows, sets or performances may include elements of theatre, poetry, spoken word, storytelling, literary adaptation, comedy, live art and audience participation. But the starting point for performances must be written or composed text.

Applications are now open to join the INN CROWD and perform in front of exciting new audiences.

‘The Inn Crowd is a brilliant project. It supports and enables performers to make work, helps us reach new audiences, and promotes live literature across the UK. Get involved!’ – Sophia Walker

We are looking for

Co-Production: ideas for new shows, sets or performances that can be developed with time and assistance from the Inn Crowd consortium.

Reshape: shows, sets or performances that have been fully or partially developed and can be reshaped to suit performance in pub and other community settings. Please note, we will take fewer Reshapes than in the past.

We are no longer accepting applications to tour Ready to Go shows.

How to apply

Download and read the comprehensive application pack, which contains extensive information about the applications we are seeking and the sorts of shows that work in a rural pub environment.

When you have your pitch ready, please complete the online application form here.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 13 January 2020.

Applicants should expect to be invited to an informal sharing and discussion about the proposed show in London on either 26 or 27 February. We cover travel costs for this. Please ensure you are available for this.

‘Inn Crowd is supporting the art of storytelling…the performers benefit, the community benefits and the pub benefits – I like being part of that triangle.’ – John Osborne

To learn more about INN CROWD visit

INN CROWD is a collaboration between Applause Rural Touring, Creative Arts East, and National Centre for Writing.

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