News Update: @Pilot_Theatre are part of successful @ace_national touring bid with The Touring Consortium Theatre Company

17 Oct





The Touring Consortium Theatre Company is delighted to announce their successful bid to the Arts Council England (ACE) Strategic Touring Programme for a grant of up to £1,098.501 for a three year, large scale touring programme. This is the largest amount of funding granted to date from this programme, which was launched by ACE in 2011.

Led by producers Jenny King and Matthew Gale, the Touring Consortium was formed seventeen years ago to tour large scale quality drama with integrated education programmes to a circuit of seven regional theatres.

That circuit of venues comprises Blackpool Grand Theatre, Cheltenham Everyman Theatre, Darlington Civic Theatre, Bradford Alhambra, Wolverhampton Grand, Nottingham Theatre Royal and the Wycombe Swan

The Touring Consortium Theatre Company have additionally now joined forces with York Theatre Royal, Royal & Derngate Northampton and Pilot Theatre Company to create five touring productions over three years together with a creative learning and participation programme and a shared digital hub called ‘Theatre Cloud’.    Each of the five productions will be co-produced with either York or Northampton and then toured to all members, with Pilot Theatre working with both producing theatres and TCTC to develop and deliver the outreach, audience development and digital programmes.

Jenny King and Matthew Gale, Producers, said “ We are thrilled at the opportunity this gives us and our partner theatres to present dynamic and relevant new work on tour.  We look forward to working with our talented partners to create an exciting programme of drama to engage with new, diverse and existing audiences.   It is a tremendous and timely award.”

Mike Grayson, Chairman of the Touring Consortium Theatre Company, said “We were so pleased that Arts Council England set up this innovative fund and we are absolutely thrilled to receive the grant.   It will give much needed support to the life and quality of regional touring theatre in this country.”


Moira Sinclair, Executive Director for London, Arts Council England, said: “This funding will provide people around the country with the opportunity to enjoy some wonderful drama productions in their local area, introducing the excitement of the arts to new audiences particularly amongst the young and those who have never participated before.”

The Touring Consortium Theatre Company will announce all five productions in 2013. These will be chosen with the aim to engage with young and diverse audiences and with people in areas of the country who rely on touring for much of their theatre.  The varied programme of work will include three World Premieres.   Advance production work will include workshops with partnership schools, local casting, live broadcast of debates on the themes of upcoming productions, masterclasses on-line and a variety of activities related to the programme.

The £45 million Strategic touring programme was launched by Arts Council England in 2011 and is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places with low levels of arts engagement and those that rely on touring for much of their arts provision.


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Notes to Editors

·      Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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