Supported Programme helps promoters to programme excellent and experimental new work in venues across the Highlands & Islands.

We provide bursaries to promoters in order to help them take risks on certain shows, programme different genres, and encourage new and more diverse audiences to attend their events. Our current priorities with the fund are to support promoters to book shows/acts that:

  • tackle equalities, diversity and inclusion issues;
  • are dance / physical theatre, new music, innovative children’s theatre, or site-responsive works
  • and encourage new and more diverse audiences to attend.

Following the successful showcase at The Gathering in September, applications are open from promoters in the Network who would like financial assistance to programme any of the 12 acts, with bursaries of between £375-£500 available to promoters.

If you were interested in any of these shows at the Gathering, and haven’t yet been in touch with the performer/producer, please contact them asap so you don’t miss out!

Weren’t at the Gathering? Why not reach out to promoter’s who were there in our Facebook group, and ask them what they thought of the shows??

As well as the showcase acts, there are also a few other tours available, the three tours which have been developed through our audience engagement project, BRAW.

Visit Tourbook to find out more about the shows and performers currently available through Supported Programme, contact the performers directly if you’re interested in programming them, and then apply for a bursary if you need financial assistance.


The following tours have now been confirmed, and bursaries allocated to promoters:

  • Mairi Campbell / Auld Lang Syne / touring Jan 2019
  • Shaper/Caper / Within This Dust / touring Feb 2019
  • Catherine Wheels Theatre Company / Pondlife / touring Feb-Mar 2019
  • Plan B / ‘Tantalus’ and ‘A Pair of Genes’ / touring Mar 2019
  • ‘Owdyado Theatre Company / Twisted Tales / touring Mar 2019
  • Vanishing Point / The Dark Carnival: Unplugged / touring May 2019

The following performers are keen to confirm their tours asap:

  • Parliamo / touring in May 2019
  • Company of Wolves / Achilles / touring in May 2019
  • Jim Harbourne / The Myth of the Singular Moment / touring in Sep 2019
  • Matthew Hall / My Name is Irrelevant / touring in Sep 2019
  • Pip Hambly / Kinkens / touring in Oct-Nov 2019

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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