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Project information

Pentabus Roots theatre & arts in rural commuities

People in rural areas don't have the same access to quality arts activities that their urban contemporaries enjoy. Pentabus was created to bring creative arts to a forgotten corner of England. Our new Roots project allows young people and older people to take part in arts projects in the community.

September 2012 - April 2013

Charity information: Pentabus Arts ltd

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  • Need


    People in rural areas, young and old, struggle to have the same access to top quality arts activities that their urban contemporaries enjoy. We want to welcome people who wouldn’t usually think theatre was something for them.


    The arts offer people a way out of themselves, the chance to experience something new to believe in. Roots offers people access, experience and opportunities in top quality theatre making. We push people to excel themselves, to broaden their horizons, to fully engage with contemporary arts practice in a challenging supportive environment. Roots will include: writing and play making workshops for schools & young people, play readings for older people, and a large outdoor participatory show.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To engage young people in artistic activity as participants, creators and as audience.


    » 1. Incentivising: As an Arts Award Centre we offer young people from 7 to 25 accreditation, including UCAS point,s for taking part in arts events
    » 2. Running an ongoing Young Writers group feeding into a series of play-making workshops in local schools, to be staged for public performance
    » 3. Offering tailor-made workshops in to run alongside specific Pentabus Productions - enhancing the experience and creating learning opportunities
    » 4. Deliver an outdoor, site-Specific project for young people in Shropshire and Herefordshire celebrating the Mistletoe Myths in Autumn 2012.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured through feedback monitoring forms, level of Arts Award, increased attendances, testimonials and press coverage. Results are monitored by funders and board

    Aim 2

    We aim to offer the following ways for older people to engage with theatre.


    » We will set up a play-reading group for older people in partnership with a local art centre - Ludlow Assembly Rooms
    » We will start to screen a programme of film screenings at our base for local people.
    » We will bring groups of older people together with young people to take part in specific projects eg; on costume making on the Mistletoe project.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured through feed back monitoring forms, increased number of attenders, testimonials and press coverage.Statistics will be measured against 2012/13 baselines

    Aim 3

    To become a community resource that is accessible to whole community


    » All our professional work will be performed locally, we will seek out local talent and encourage local artists to get involved in our work.
    » We will encourage writers from our region to send us their work with a view to production.
    » We will make links with local companies to share resources and equipment.
    » We will operate an open door policy for work in progress including rehearsed readings.

    What success will look like

    We will produce a report in April 2013 for funders, inc ACE and county councils documenting all the new activity that has taken place as part of Pentabus Roots.

  • Impact


    We will create a culture of involvment in arts projects for young and old people in our rural area.

    We will set base lines from March 2012 against which out comes will be reviewed by our board annually. Through all this work we hope to grow our audience and awareness of our work. But most importantly we hope to become an essential part of rural life; our name a byword for inclusion and excellence; our shows an unmissable part of the rural calendar.


    Pentabus is an NPO with the Arts Council England with agreed revenue funding until March 15. We have experienced core staff who have a successful record for organising these project
    Pentabus Theatre has an established track record of working with in the community going back nearly 40 years. The company has established systems of monitoring and managing and mitigating financial, recruitment, health and safety risks. Risks will be monitored by the board and staff using existing written policies.


    Pentabus maintains regular contact with all its Patrons and donors.

    Funders of this project will receive a quarterly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities, and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Mistletoe Bride community project for 60 young people
      £4,000 Writers Festival Young writers work with professionals
      £1,500 Arts Award Accredited workshops with local schools
      £3,000 For Once Tailored Workshops with For Once tour
      £750 Play reading Group for Older People
      £750 Film Screenings Wider community use of Pentabus base
  • Background


    All the Pentabus Roots projects will take place in the 'Marches' Region. Pentabus is based in Ludlow which will be the main hub of activity. This is one of the UK's most unspoilt regions but it is lacking the infrastructuture that city dwellers take for granted with poor public transport and limited health and leisure resources. Young people feel particularly deprived. Pentabus is well-known in the region and has had a following for almost 40 years.


    Projects will be aimed at a broad range of the population: School-aged people will be able to take part in summer outdoor projects as performers, makers or technicians, and there will be writers groups who will have the opportunity to work with professionals. Older people will be able to participate in their own projects and all ages will be given opportunities to get more involved in the company itself, perhaps as a board member or volunteer at a project, or by becoming a patron

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Pentabus has been in the Marches region for almost 40 years, and remains the flagship arts organisation for the region. The company is revenue funded by the arts council and Shropshire Council with a remit to bring new professional productions to areas that have little opportunity to experience live art. Followers are proud that the company has made very successful forays to London, Edinburgh and Birmingham but it is understood that that company's heart is in the Marches.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Elizabeth Freestone - Artistic Director

    Elizabeth has recently joined Pentabus as artistic director and will be central in programming and devising the Roots project as well as directing.

    John Moreton - Executive Director

    John will plan and produce projects

    Thomasina Carlyle - Administrative Producer

    Thomasina plays a key role in coordinating and marketing projects and running the patrons scheme.