Friends on tour

Photo of a workshop in a care home
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

Photo of a performance of Tiny Treasures
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.

Book Review: A Wider Horizon

06 Aug 2015

How and why do rural touring companies thrive? Sue Robinson reviews the latest contribution from Francois Matarasso, a writer who has been helping her to answer similar questions for 20 years.

ACE launches The Regional Touring Network with £800k grant

14 Jul 2015

Nine regional venues are involved in a three-year project that aims to deliver a legacy of sustainable theatre touring.

Job Ladder – Sheena Wrigley

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25 Jun 2015

As she joins Manchester’s HOME, Sheena Wrigley looks back over the course of her career. 

On the high and low roads

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07 May 2015

Roberta Doyle explains why Scotland’s theatre company ‘without walls’ tours the highlands and islands of Scotland.

Data sharing practices to be customer-driven

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01 May 2015

Clarification from the Information Commissioner has taken the pressure off NPO venues that are hesitant to share customer contact details with touring companies.

On the road (sometimes with a JCB)

Image of performance of Broken
17 Nov 2014

International touring has given Motionhouse greater confidence and is a crucial element in the company's plans for the future. Louise Richards explains why she plans ahead - and is ready for surprises.

Lies, damned lies and arts funding statistics

Boris Johnson
10 Nov 2014

Liz Hill sets the record straight on the contribution that touring activity by London-based arts organisations makes to the rest of England.

Our Gurus

29 Oct 2014

Following the launch of ‘Phenomenal People’, a project celebrating inspirational women, founders of Fuel Louise Blackwell & Kate McGrath name the women who have inspired their careers.

Talking on tour

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29 Oct 2014

A new touring model capitalising on word-of-mouth recommendations indicates that touring is not dead after all. Jo Towler explains.

In upbeat and dynamic mood

Image of Jenny Sealey at ITC
20 Oct 2014

As the Independent Theatre Council celebrates its 40th anniversary, its members discussed touring, artists’ pay, inclusion and much more at its recent conference. Charlotte Jones reports.

ACE touring budget under-subscribed

Photo of Motionhouse - dancing in a box frame
03 Oct 2014

Insufficient quality applications to Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme could mean that some of the remaining £21m budget is used to support touring applications to the Grants for the Arts programme instead.

Job Ladder

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17 Sep 2014

Director of The Pleasance Theatre Trust, Anthony Alderson, looks back on a career that has taken him all around the globe.

Touring organisations fight ACE decision to cut funding

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11 Jul 2014

NPOs that focus on touring and those working with young people were twice as likely to experience cuts in the latest round of funding.

It’s England, Jim, but not as you know it

Cover of Arts council England's 'This England' report
13 Mar 2014

Liz Hill concludes that Arts Council England’s ‘This England’ report is based on a carefully constructed analysis designed to disguise a London-centric funding strategy and preserve the status quo.

From nowhere to somewhere

Image from ‘Twelve miles from Nowhere’
09 Dec 2013

Claire Smith describes how a small-scale rural touring project in Cheshire was developed and funded to reach audiences from six rural touring schemes.

Touring back on track?

Photo of Lakeside Theatre in Colchester
09 Dec 2013

What can be done to create better links between a touring company and the communities where it tours? Catherine Love offers some suggestions.

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