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14 Jun 2018 Feature

Taking an outdoor show on tour presents many challenges, quite different to those for venue-based touring. Irene Segura explains how a consortium model is supporting artists and companies.

As a Catalan now living in the UK, outdoor work has always surrounded me – it has a central role in our culture and many successful and iconic Catalan companies have been touring the world since the 1970s. It was the democracy of public space that first drew me in, as well as the honesty and rawness of artists working in the sector.

While it is relatively uncommon for venue-based shows to have long runs, successful outdoor shows can be kept in repertoire for numerous years

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