At Devoted and Disgruntled earlier this year, in the midst of a weekend grappling with countless challenges currently faced by theatre, one question inspired a particularly frustrated discussion: “What can we do about touring?” The consensus seemed to be that touring theatre in the UK is facing something of a crisis, while answers to the central question were not forthcoming. From the increasing financial strain of taking a show on tour, to the feeling that relationships with audiences are...
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