This summer offers the chance to catch some live performances at seven different location across Wealden thanks to the Applause theatre initiative. Five shows will be performed outdoors and another one takes place in a pub as part of the Inn Crowd project.

“This is a really exciting way to bring entertainment to rural areas,” said Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Community Health and Public Safety. “The Applause Rural Touring initiative is able to attract performing artists of a high standard and create those special occasions which bring communities in our villages and towns together. Over the past two years Applause has brought 34 performances of theatre, poetry, music, dance and storytelling to villages and towns across Wealden.”

There are two outdoor events to celebrate Sussex Day on Saturday June 16.  Handmade Features is performing Too Many Cooks at Crowborough’s Sussex Day event on the Chapel Green. Nearly There Yet will be performing Memory Man at the High Hurstwood Village Fete.

On Sunday 24 June, Froojamaflip and Fred, a garden-themed entertainment by Curious Creations, will be appearing at Isfield Village Fete. On Saturday 7 July, the Rat Choc Chip ice cream vendor will be doing the rounds at Uckfield Festival, thanks to Beautiful Creatures Theatre.

Saturday 25 August sees the last of Applause’s outdoor performances with the Travelling Light Circus presenting a Playground of Illusions at the Roebuck Inn.

This month, on Friday 15 June, Luke Wright will be performing his one man poetry show, Down the Pub with Luke Wright at the Roebuck Inn, Laughton, as part of the Inn Crowd series of events. These seek to bring literature and spoken word performances to pubs up and down the South East. The Applause season ends at Alciston and Selmeston Village Hall on Sunday 28 October with a performance of Brilliance, a show by Farnham Maltings Touring Theatre, specially written for village halls.

Wealden District Council sponsors Applause Rural Touring through its Community Grants programme.