A comprehensive database of professional drama and dance touring activity in Scotland has been compiled as part of the Touring Development Project set up earlier this year by the Scottish Arts Council?s Drama Committee.
The research conducted in the preparation of the database has provided a clearer picture of the activity taking place in Scotland, including the types of work being toured, where they are toured to, and how many performances are presented. The analysis was conducted of touring productions which took place between April 1999 and March 2001, a period during which 5,542 performances took place during 2,697 visits. 38% of all performances received some form of SAC funding. Performances took place in 792 different named venues, of which 46% were named schools.
However, despite the high levels of activity, venues which hosted at least 3 performances a year numbered only 65, and none of these were schools. 57% of visits were one-offs, and given that three visits per year is the minimum level suggested for developing audience loyalty, the research concludes that considerable efforts are having to be made to find new audiences each time a production tours. Very few companies visit the same venue on a regular basis, meaning that the potential to develop audiences is limited.
Further details from Fiona Dick t: 0131 557 3868