An insight into our green and pleasant land

Photo of outdoor musical event in a wood
08 Feb 2018

Is it possible that our impression of rural touring is outdated and even cynical? Anne Torreggiani and Jonathan Goodacre reveal how wide-ranging it is and who the audiences are.

Rural England: is there an appetite for culturally diverse art?

Photo of a theatre elephant & actors
08 Feb 2018

New research found audiences in rural Lincolnshire are hungry for culturally diverse theatre and dance, but the provision isn’t there. Arya Madhavan and Sreenath Nair explore the issues.

Performing in smaller spaces

Photo of actress with hands in the air
08 Feb 2018

When Clod Ensemble decided to work on a completely different scale and tour a one-woman show to rural Scotland, it was faced with a creative challenge. Roxanne Peak-Payne tells the story.

Long van journeys into the night

Production shot - man at table holding a knife
08 Feb 2018

Rural touring can be exhausting and unpredictable, but the key to making it a rewarding, rich experience is finding the right people to work with, says Jack McNamara

Retired rural audiences hungry for diverse work, report finds

Actors and elephant puppet on stage
15 Dec 2017

A research project that toured an Indian play around Lincolnshire has uncovered challenges around staging and touring diverse arts in rural areas.

Reader’s question: Flamenco Productions asks ‘what should I do next?’

Two dancers on stage
27 Nov 2017

Do you have any advice for Vicky Rodríguez-Altuna, who wants to take her successful flamenco show around the UK but is struggling to raise the necessary funding?

How I reacted to… a change in the funding climate

Photo of performance poetry
30 Oct 2017

When project funding slowed after the financial crash, Jaybird Live Literature was unable to put on the technically complex poetry shows it was known for. Julia Bird explains how it adapted its work to stay in business.

Why you should love someone else’s fans

Photo of singer in wings of theatre
27 Sep 2017

Fans of touring companies are perfect customers – booking early and often in large groups. Sian Dudley reveals how a receiving venue like Cast in Doncaster works with visiting companies to make the most of ‘fandom’.

Sharing touring data

Photo of audience
30 Mar 2017

After updating its approach to data collection and sharing, Sadler’s Wells noticed a surge in email sign-ups for its visiting companies. Sebastian Cheswright Cater and Matt Kirby tell the story.

More than a dance tour

Photo of dancers rehearsing
28 Mar 2017

Many international dance companies tour the UK thanks to the Dance Consortium, but venues, young dancers and many others also benefit from its work. Ros Robins explains how.

The trouble with telling stories

Photo of performers on stage
09 Feb 2017

Selling new work to audiences and venues can be difficult enough, but how do you sell a new artform like storytelling? Naomi Wilds explains how Adverse Camber has faced up to the challenge.

Small venues do it differently

Photo of female actor holding hand at side of face
26 Jan 2017

At the end of a three-year project touring contemporary theatre to small venues in the north east of England, Annabel Turpin and Kate Sanderson share the lessons they have learned.

The value of insight on tour

Photo of dancers on stage
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

Photo of audience and actors on stage
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

Photo of daughters of fortune
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

Photo of nuns on stage in Sister Act musical
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

Photo of woman setting camera
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

Man and woman dancing on the beach
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

Photo of man shooting a glitter cannon
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

Circus performance with musicians
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.

Pages

Subscribe to Touring