The value of insight on tour

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12 Jan 2017

A new tool offers touring companies access to valuable audience data. Penny Mills explains how they are using it to plan and promote tours.

The magic of rural touring

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15 Dec 2016

Volunteer promoter Tom Speight writes about the joys of hosting professional performing arts right on his doorstep as part of a rural touring scheme.

England’s theatre sector becoming increasingly polarised

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21 Oct 2016

Theatre has seen a rise in income over the past four years, although the increases are concentrated in the hands of large organisations, a major new report has found.

Good news story

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04 Oct 2016

Last year Leicester’s Curve Theatre increased its turnover by 30%. Chris Stafford discusses touring, hospitality and rejecting capital funding.

A capable band of women

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07 Jul 2016

Astounded by the sexist remarks she received while touring a theatre production with an all-female crew, Sarah Brown tries to make sense of it.

Street art and circus to address coastal deprivation

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01 Jul 2016

A national project will put a street arts and circus touring network at the heart of plans to revitalise the economies of England’s coastal towns.

A sound investment

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31 Mar 2016

Encouraging individual giving may not make financial sense, but it’s helped Unfolding Theatre build invaluable relationships, says Annie Rigby

Insight tools for touring companies

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24 Mar 2016

Touring companies have trailed behind venues in their access to meaningful audience data, but new insight tools are now benefiting touring companies and venues alike. Rosie Hanley reports.

A thirst for diversity

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22 Mar 2016

Frustrated by a shortage of touring opportunities for black and Asian theatre, Jatinder Verma and Jonathan Kennedy made it their mission to change the hearts and minds of artistic directors and inspire audiences across the country.

Calls for longer-term strategic touring funding

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18 Mar 2016

ACE will publish refreshed guidance and a new application form for its Strategic Touring Programme after a report highlighted areas for improvement. 

How to... plan a theatre tour

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08 Mar 2016

London Classic Theatre’s Michael Cabot shares his tips for those hoping to hit the road.

Making collections pay

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03 Mar 2016

Many museums and galleries struggle to manage the costs of storing and conserving their collections. Emma Sumner introduces two innovative organisations that are making their collections pay their own way.  

Life after regular funding

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25 Feb 2016

Audiences and rural promoters are the life-blood of Northumberland Theatre Company. Gillian Hambleton reveals how the company harnessed that loyalty to keep the company going through hard times.

Venues could charge touring companies for data sharing

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12 Feb 2016

Detailed guidance on data collection has been published by Arts Council England, as NPOs prepare for data sharing agreements to become a requirement of funding.

Selling circus

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03 Feb 2016

When audiences for her contemporary circus tours stagnated, Rachel Clare of Crying Out Loud realised a fresh approach was needed. She reveals how Circus Evolution has revolutionised circus marketing.

Tour bookers get helping hand with new online services

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17 Nov 2015

New online resources aim to streamline tour booking for theatre companies and help venues widen their programming.

Friends on tour

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29 Oct 2015

Can a small touring company benefit from running a Friends scheme? Liz Hill examines the opportunities and the challenges.

Building a stronger case for support

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03 Sep 2015

Do potential donors really understand the value of small-scale touring theatre? Joanna Ridout considers how the sector might better articulate its value.

New focus and less cash for touring

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28 Aug 2015

Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme has been cut back after applications for the previous funding round failed to make the grade.  

Loans could ease pressure at touring companies

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13 Aug 2015

The UK’s arts councils are being urged to seek permission to use government funds to provide short-term loans.

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