In 2013 we launched Supported Touring, which offered a curated menu of high quality events to promoters, with the aim of helping both promoters and performers to reduce the financial risks of putting challenging and diverse work on our stages.
Five successful seasons of work have been programmed since Supported Touring was launched, with a host of exciting performances taking place, which otherwise would not have toured to the Highlands & Islands. You can read more about what we achieved with Supported Touring here.
With each season, we have carried out a review of Supported Touring, adapting the model to suit the needs of promoters and performers, and working to ensure that it is sustainable.
Following the culmination and review of our 2015 Spring/Summer season, we thought we should highlight some of the other ways in which we support performers to tour, as well as sharing some of our future plans with you…
We’re aiming to help four performers each year, who have exciting and experimental new work, but which perhaps isn’t quite suitable for rural touring, to adapt their show and establish relationships with promoters. These relationships will lead to potential residency opportunities in the promoter’s community, where the performer will receive specialist mentoring to make the work more suitable for rural touring.
The focus for 2016/17 will be dance and physical theatre – a genre that we recognise as needing support in order to build audiences – and p
Is it on Tourbook?
2015 has been an exciting year for Tourbook behind the scenes, as our Innovation Lab work away in their digital workshop towards the launch of a brand new version of the platform in early 2016.
Tourbook will be the ability to publish curated lists. These will be recommendations of shows that are suitable, and available, for rural touring, which will be curated by promoters from across The Touring Network, as well as performers, festivals and industry experts.One of the exciting new features for
Advice & Guidance
Once the new Tourbook is up and running, we will publish a series of articles on how to get your show noticed by promoters, as well as hints and tips on touring the Highlands.
One of the new features in Tourbook will also be the ability to search venues as easily as shows, which will help you to work out which venues are suitable for your show.
Programming Support for Promoters
Although the financial model for Supported Touring wasn’t sustainable, we recognise that financial assistance towards programming costs is still necessary for many promoters, in particular those just starting out. We will provide Supported Programme bursaries to promoters, to help support eight different shows to tour each year. The shows that will be supported will be selected from existing shows listed on Tourbook, as well as those which are created or adapted through our residency opportunities.
Art-forms that will be supported will include dance/physical theatre, music, site-responsive work, family theatre, and contemporary theatre. As with our residency opportunities, p
Unlike Supported Touring, we won’t be restricted to programming one 6-month season at a time. Instead, we will be working closely with promoters to identify audience development opportunities, and from there will support them to programme suitable shows.
Once your tour is confirmed, dates can be added to our What’s On guide, from which the listings are then publicised widely across the Highlands & Islands, and beyond.
Not sure how to add your tour to the listings? Get in touch and we’ll talk you through it.