A two year project which is examining artistic vibrancy, relevance and impact by deepening the relationships between three devising performers and three rural communities.

The mission: To create truly vibrant new work for rural audiences.

The invitation: Be brave, take a leap of faith and feel the fear


BRAW Revealed is the culmination of 2 year action research project, BRAW.

We will explore what happened when we propelled 3 devising artists, 3 promoters and 1 first-time animateur into an open-ended experiment into rural touring –  examining what happened when trialling some new approaches (with some spectacularly good and not-so-good results!) 


It will be a day of sharing, learning and doing, where we will explore the stories, experiences and outcomes from those involved, your thoughts about what happened and how the BRAW format could contribute to the innovation of rural touring in the future


Anyone interested in rural touring ( especially those looking for a dose of inspiration) and helping us figure out ‘what next?’ This event is open to 

  • Promoters, Programmers, Community Leaders
  • Devising Performers 
  • Rural Touring Networks
  • Voluntary Sector Arts
  • Cultural Sector
  • Funding Bodies

BRAW is a two year action research project which is examining artistic vibrancy, relevance and impact by deepening the relationships between three devising performers and three rural communities.Thanks to a ‘Test and Explore’ Grant from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Touring Network and The Experience Business have designed an open-ended experiment aimed to explore and innovate the format of rural touring. 

BRAW Revealed is being supported by Eden Court



    Wednesday 25th September 2019 10am – 5.30pm. (Delegate Registration from 9.30am)


    Inverness, Eden Court One-Touch Theatre


    £25 (includes lunch)

    • There will be a limited number of delegate passes available, we recommend booking early.
    • Early bird passes available £20 (available until 7th Aug)
    • Members of The Touring Network can apply for travel bursaries (available by application if travelling over 50 miles)



    Not ready to register but want to stay in the loop?  Make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list so you get all the details first!

      Not ready to register but want to stay in the loop?  Make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list so you get all the details first!


      Why are we doing this?

      We want to ensure that Touring Network members remain part of a vibrant and sustainable cultural economy which values rural touring for its artistic vibrancy, relevance and meaning
      We believe that touring exceptional live performances contributes to rural Scotland being a better place to live and work.   

      We want everyone involved in rural touring to understand and appreciate their contribution to their community and the impact it has. We will be sharing our findings throughout the project and at the end of this 2 year project will host an event to open discussion with the wider industry.

      Who’s involved

      Three Promoters

      Isle of Eigg / Lucy Conway

      Argyll Arts Collective / Joni Brown & Ian Prescott

      Findhorn Bay Arts / Kressana Aigner

      Three Performers / Companies

      Birds of Paradise Theatre / Creative Electric  – Heather Marshall

      Vanishing Point / Matt Lenton & Biff Smith

      The Work Room / Saffy Setohy


      Kate Wieteska

      Co-imagined and designed by

      About The Project

      BRAW is a project which has been developed in response to the desire to ensure more fulfilling experiences for promoters, artists and their audiences, and to answer some of the questions we seem to have been asking ourselves for years. Typically, rural touring venues present performances which are devised by artists working in urban locations; we are curious to see if rural touring needs are different, and if so, how can we respond to those needs to develop better community engagement.We are looking specifically to examine artists’ sensibilities to their audiences (in this case rural and remote communities), the audience’s propensity to engage with new work and a new type of artistic production centred on relevance and impact. Individuals or organisations in the touring ‘triangle’ often operate in silos, which can result in a lack of understanding of the different working processes and perspectives required to make a successful performance and subsequent tour. Collaboration then, is essential to this approach, and will create a new language to explore needs, inform professional practice and develop audience appetite

      In order to make a difference, the project will explore many unknowns; what the barriers are (perceived or actual) for audiences, whether there is an appetite for touring work, and whether promoters and artists are interested in finding out. As well as tackling some of the known issues – ageing and migrating populations, isolation, lack of choice, negative perceptions of rural touring from artists and companies, and the perception of promoters as gatekeepers to name a few.

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      Find Out More

      Over the course of the next two years, BRAW will be running workshops with communities in the Highlands & Islands as well as touring three new shows, if you would like to be kept informed with how you can get involved, please sign up to our ‘What’s On mailing list here.

      Supported By

      The Touring Network (Highlands & Islands)

      Supporting live performance across the Highlands & Islands as part of a central, celebrated and indispensable part of the cultural life of Scotland.

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