At the heart of our work is community enjoyment and artistic excellence.


Most Applause performances are made possible with the help of volunteers who book events for their local venue and bring their community together to experience professional and inspiring performances.


We work with companies and artists to help tour and develop their work and to introduce them to audiences in a relaxed and shared space.


Having access to excellent art is something we believe should be possible without extensive and expensive travel to major towns and cities. In fact, by not being located in these traditional cultural centres Applause offers shared experiences that have their own unique character and value.


We are always interested to talk about new possibilities with other organisations from arts or rural sectors or from other backgrounds.

Applause is delighted to have recently received funding support from Gatwick Airport Community TrustFoyle FoundationThe Whitehead Monckton Charitable Foundation, The Chalk Cliff TrustAmati Global Investors, The Lawson Trust and The Cleary Foundation.


We are a registered charity (no. 1165632), based at The Yard, Southborough. The Yard is an old, new, growing space housing creative businesses and practice.


Who's who: 

Dawn Badland - Director

Ann Emmett - 
Touring Manager

Sally Lampitt - 
Outdoor Touring Manager

Louise Matthews -
Administrative Officer


Louise Griffiths - Marketing & Communications 


New Trustees sought for Applause Rural Touring

The role of Trustee is crucial to the governance and strategic development of the organisation. As such Trustees bring vital commercial and organisational experience to the Board which will help to lead Applause through its next exciting phase of growth and development.

We wish to recruit up to three new voluntary trustees to join our board of trustees. Areas of experience we are particularly interested in are; digital, business, health and wellbeing, rural issues and education. Equally we would like to hear from anyone who is excited about our work and feel they have something to offer. Please click here for more information.




If you are a potential sponsor for a project or programme, please contact the Applause office.

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