Horses Bring Theater to Rural Communities in the U.K.

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A crowdfunding campaign has been started to support the work of the last horse-drawn theater company in the United Kingdom. But what’s a horse-drawn theater company?

In short, it’s just what it sounds like. Players move their production from place to place using a horse-drawn wagon. But this is more than just a novelty. Sabotage Theatre specializes in traveling to remote, rural communities. While patrons in major metropolitan areas have their choice of performing arts to attend, children and adults in more isolated areas don’t always have easy access to the arts. The horse-drawn theater exists to help fill that void.

According to Sabotage Theatre’s Crowdfunder page, the program received support from the Arts Council for five years, but that funding has been cut. They have received some funding from arts charities, but there’s still a funding gap to fill. That’s where the crowdfunding campaign comes in.

The campaign, hosted at crowdfunder.co.uk, has a goal of £12,195 (around $15,700 U.S.) and continues through July 25, 2017. The funds will be used to cover the fees for the performers and production assistant, publicity, and living expenses. The equine expenses, including farrier, vet, and feed as well as fees for the two horse handlers who travel with the troupe, make up the largest segment of the company’s expenses.

 

Learn more about Sabotage Theatre at sabotagetheatre.com, and tap here to view their Crowdfunder campaign.


Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com

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Leslie Potter
Leslie Potter is a graduate of William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science with a concentration in saddle seat riding and a minor in Journalism/Mass Communications. She is currently a writer and photographer in Lexington, KY.Potter worked as a barn manager and riding instructor and was a freelance reporter and photographer for the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar and Saddle Horse Report before moving to Lexington to join Horse Illustrated as Web Editor from 2008 to 2019. Her current equestrian pursuits include being a grown-up lesson kid at an eventing barn and trail riding with her senior Morgan gelding, Snoopy.

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