About the Collaborative Touring Network

The Collaborative Touring Network is a partnership between Battersea Arts Centre and eight different producing teams based in Darlington, Gloucester, Hull, Medway, Peterborough, Thanet, Torbay and Wigan. Coming together with the joint aim of inspiring an entirely new generation of theatre-goers, the Collaborative Touring Network will navigate its way across the country to bring inspiring performance to audiences.

From Autumn 2016 until Spring 2019, each producing team will deliver bi-annual festivals of high quality touring work, alongside homegrown talent, workshops, feasts, music and discussion. The CTN festivals challenge traditional touring models that often exclude areas without an existing infrastructure for theatre and performance.

Over the past three years of the CTN project, festivals have seen shows such as The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey, Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Ballad of the Burning Star and Tourettes Hero’s Backstage In Biscuitland being performed in community centres, schools, libraries, barns and a range of other spaces embedded in the community.

Over the next three years, each festival will feature three touring shows selected by the network. With touring artists staying in residence for a week in each touring location and delivering a wide programme of performances, workshops, artist-artist exchange, open rehearsals and scratch performances.

The Collaborative Touring Network is supported by Arts Council England , Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and Unlimited Impact.