Calling live literature performers…we want your show!
We’re on the hunt for high quality live literature performances to tour in rural pubs across the UK
Applications for this opportunity have now closed. 

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 August 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: Do you have an idea or for a new show, set or performance that could be developed with assistance from the Inn Crowd consortium?

Ready-to-go Shows: Do you have a show that already exists and is currently suitable for Pub touring?

If the answer is ‘yes’ to either of these questions, Inn Crowd would love to hear from you. For full details, including how to apply, check out the information below.

Plus, INN CROWD’s free upcoming online session this January is a must for anyone that is interested in finding out more about Rural Pub touring before submitting shows or ideas. Find out more

How to apply

To apply please complete the following steps:

1. Please read the following guidelines on what we are looking forward in an INN CROWD show: Applicant Information Click Here

2. Please complete the following: Application Form Click Here

3. If applying for a New Commission please submit a full budget alongside your application to: [email protected]

For a large print version of the application criteria please CLICK HERE.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 31 of January 2022.

Applicants should expect to be invited to an informal sharing and discussion about the proposed show in London on either 26 or 27 February. Travel costs are covered 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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