Thanks to Rachel Bunce for creating this lovely film which gives a snap shot of the New Directions Show Case Festival which took place in June 2012 at Warwick Art Centre. Curated by China Plate the showcase festival bought together rural touring schemes, voluntary promtoters, small scale venues and performing artists and companies keen to engage with rural touring.
Brilliant news that NRTF and Contact have been awarded a Strategic Touring Award to bring Countryboy's Struggle to rural and school venues across England in 2012 and 2013.
NRTF's touring scheme board members have been asked to test the site. Some things are working really well, some are still not quite right. I am really pleased tho by the comments that I have received so far on the look and feel ot the public face of the site. Members seem to find it easy to navigate. There is still some way to go but we are getting there. Supercool Design are doing a great job.
The NRTF showcase event New Directions was a great success attracting 44 touring scheme representatives. NRTF offers voluntary promoter bursaries and the majority of the touring schemes bought one or more voluntary promoters along with them. In total 32 voluntary promoters attended the 2 day event and feedback so far has been very positive.
Joanne Lole (Warwickshire): “I was totally enthralled by all of the professional performances…and impressed with the diverse collection of theatre; the one man performance from Inua Ellam was beautifully poetic in word and motion whilst the vividly portrayed tale of The Bloody Ballad was both disturbing and riveting. I eagerly await the opportunity to see the [full] performances, particularly the talented cheeky Ponydancers...”
Alison Miller (Derbyshire): “I felt transported into another world which thrives on imagination, inspiration and ‘oozes’ confidence. From the moment the event began, it struck me how friendly everyone was. People were willing to share their experiences whether they be arts directors, promoters or on the production side. Overall I saw the two day event as a huge learning opportunity for all involved.”
Richard Benfield (Derbyshire): “This showcase event has definitely broadened my outlook for bringing professional shows to our village. I can now propose to our committee a more diverse type of performance plus the prospect of using alternative spaces around the parish. Doing this brings extra risk but I am hoping that the scheme providers can assist with this.”
A full evaluation of the project is underway and results will be posted in due course but in the mean time Live & Local published a lovely blog that sums it all up very well.