Rural Touring is an integral part of the touring ecology in the UK and a fantastic way to reach new audiences.
Extracurricular: Introduction to Rural Touring will cover how Rural Touring Schemes work and the programmes come together. The logistics of creating work for the rural touring circuit and why working with community and library spaces can be so rewarding.
Stephie Jessop from the National Rural Touring Forum will give an insight into how the national network of Rural Touring Schemes works. Advice on ensuring your work is rural ready, insights on approaching programmers, and the other opportunities that rural touring can offer.
Natasha Glew, the manager of ON Tour, the Rural Touring Scheme for North Yorkshire based out of Rural Arts, will speak about how their scheme operates, what they look for when programming, and other ways they work with artists.
We will also be joined by an experienced Rural Touring Artist, Sophia Hatfield from Stute Theatre, who will share their knowledge on what it takes to tour and why they do it.