Surrey Community Touring Project

Farnham Maltings and Arts Partnership Surrey (APS) have joined together to create a new opportunity for Surrey residents to enjoy theatrical experiences on their doorstep. Recognising that not everyone finds it easy to make the trip to a theatre, they have developed a new scheme to take professional theatre to new and unexpected spaces such as an art gallery, village pub or shopping and leisure centres.

Surrey Community Touring 2019 includes two theatre pieces suitable for children and adults to enjoy together. These include Once Upon a Pillowfight, a wonderfully inventive mix of theatre, acrobatics and storytelling from leading contemporary company Upswing and The Bird Show; a fun, clowning piece from up-and-coming company The Last Baguette. Both pieces are mostly programmed at weekends and during Surrey’s October half term. The third piece is Bubble Schmeisis from Nick Cassenbaum. This adult show is a charming and infectiously funny account of intimate and personal true stories about identity, home and getting ‘schmeised’ (washed) by old men.  It forms part of Mole Valley’s Arts Alive festival which runs throughout October.

“We wanted to work with community venues and support them in trying out a new theatre experience in their space.  We plan to create more opportunities for people to access great theatre in their community and to develop a network of local promoters for future touring. I’m equally surprised and delighted by the interest we’ve had, and the mix of venues we will be visiting.” Katy Potter, Producer, Farnham Maltings.

The venues include Stepping Stones Pub at Box Hill, Tandridge Leisure Centre in Oxted, Addlestone Community Centre and The Square shopping centre in Camberley. Ticket prices from just £2 – £7 per person making exceptional theatre very affordable for families. Full details of the tour and the shows can be found at and

Further touring dates will be added for Spring 2020. Farnham Maltings and Arts Partnership Surrey are busy planning their next phase of touring and support for community venues to keep programming.

If you are interested in hosting a theatre performance in your community, please get in touch with Nicole Marcussen, Touring Coordinator at Farnham Maltings,


Surrey Community Touring Autumn 2019 Schedule






Show and Venue

4 Oct


Mole Valley Bubble Schmeisis performing at Stepping Stones pub @7.30pm


24 Oct


Guildford The Bird show performing at St Pauls Infant School @9.30am


29 Oct


Mole Valley



Once Upon a Pillow Fight performing in Brockham Village Hall @ 2pm

The Bird show performing at Stanwell Field School @ 11am

30 Oct





The Bird show performing at Tandridge Leisure Centre Field @ 3.30pm

 Once Upon a Pillow Fight performing at The Light Box @ 11am + workshop at 1.30pm

31 Oct


Waverley The Bird show performing at Upper Hale Community Centre @ 2.30pm


2 Nov


Surrey Heath Once Upon a Pillow Fight performing at The Square @ 11am & 2pm


10 Nov


Runnymead Bubble Schmeisis performing at Addlestone Community Centre @2.30pm