Rural Academy horse-drawn theater performs at White Horse, Oct. 10

Rural Academy Theater, touring in a horse-drawn wagon, returns to Western North Carolina Saturday, Oct. 10, for a show at White Horse Black Mountain.

Press release from the venue:

In the not so distant past horse drawn minstrel, tent and medicine shows were an entertainment highlight in the rural South. Building on that tradition and extending it into fresh 21st century theatrical territory, the Rural Academy Theater will pull its show wagon up to the White Horse Black Mountain on Saturday, October 10 at 8 pm.

Based out of Burgaw, NC, the Rural Academy Theater has been producing varied theatrical presentations since 2006. Their horse drawn wagons have been fitted out with a bicycle powered silent cinema, an eclectic musical ensemble, kinetic sculpture and innovative low-tech theater appliances. As co-founder Gabriel Harrell explains, “By not relying on gasoline powered propulsion or being dependent upon electricity and the typical expensive gadgetry associated with professional theater, we will be traveling and performing at a much more human pace, one that will allow for a more thorough integration into the communities and lives we visit.”

The 2015 tour’s horses, wagons and bicycles hit the road in mid-September and will visit twenty-two cities and towns this fall. The South’s leading ambassadors of the Slow Theater Movement feature slapstick, entertaining yet thought-provoking theater pieces on modern issues, puppetry and vintage cinema. The fine musicians of the Rural Academy Orkestar provide live musical accompaniment.
With Rural Academy Theater, the old barker’s exhortation to roll up and see the show takes on a whole new dimension.

Show begins at 8 PM. Tickets are $12 advance/$15 door
Tickets available online at

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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3 thoughts on “Rural Academy horse-drawn theater performs at White Horse, Oct. 10

  1. Deborah Robertson

    This is very exciting. Where at UNCA is the Thursday night show?

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