UK Theatre and SOLT, working with colleagues across the sector (including the League of Independent Producers, Arts Council, ITC) are running a series of forums to help clarify the deal between venues and producers.
As discussions at the Theatre and Touring Symposium 2018 showed the touring, producing and presenting ecology has changed considerably in recent years. Details on these discussions can be found in the Theatre and Touring Symposium Report available here.
We know that our industry is at risk if it doesn’t adapt to the changing context.
From November 2018 to March 2019 UK Theatre and SOLT will hold a series of UK wide forums for venues, producers and touring companies, where everyone can get involved to devise a contemporary, consistent and clear way to make the most of what they have, build stronger relationships, and improve the long term health of the touring, producing and presenting model. We will publish the report from these discussions at the Theatre and Touring Symposium 2019.
The forums will provide a space for venues and producers to understand each other’s operating context, to discuss wider issues effecting touring, and to consult on the contents of the new Producing, Presenting and Touring handbook.
The Producing, Presenting and Touring Handbook will help all parties use clear and consistent ways of working. It will also lead to a shared understanding of the operating context for venues, producers and touring companies.
The new handbook will be published in May.
Further discussions and actions concentrating on wider issues affecting the health of touring will be taken forward at the next Theatre and Touring Symposium in June 2019.
We have published a range of existing material, which will form the starting point for the new handbook. This material will be discussed at our forums - dates and details here. Anyone who cannot attend but would like to share their views can take our online survey.