NRTF Conference 2013 showcase application process announced.

On the 8th, 9th and 10th July 2013 the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) and North East Arts Touring (NEAT) will host the annual rural touring conference and showcase.

As rural touring gains prominence and the NRTF grows in size and membership, we are working with our colleagues in Scotland to bring delegates from across the UK, and further afield, to the Macrobert Centre in Stirling for 3 days of showcases, workshops, debate, discussion and networking.

Showcasing is a vitally important part of the conference, enabling touring schemes, venues and voluntary promoters to sample shows, see work, share experiences with other promoters and broaden their knowledge of work available. It is also a fabulous opportunity for companies to highlight the quality and style of their work; and also gives opportunity to talk directly with touring schemes and start meaningful relationships and dialogue.

As Scotland will host NRTF 2013 we will be predominantly showcasing work from Scottish companies. In order to achieve this we have up to 10 showcase/pitching slots specifically for companies and artists from across Scotland. We will be seeking to showcase theatre, dance and music of all types.

The showcase programme will be selected by a working group of National Rural Touring Forum, North East Arts Touring (NEAT), The Touring Network (Highlands & Islands) and Federation of Scottish Theatres (FST) and they will prioritise companies that are developing work ready to tour to UK rural venues in the next 12-18 months.

Take Part
All work featured at the showcase will be selected on the basis of quality and appropriateness for the rural market. We are looking for bold and exciting work from a diverse range of artists practising across the genres of theatre, dance, music and live art who fall into one or more of the following categories:

• Emerging artists/companies keen to be introduced to the network
• More experienced companies as yet unknown to the network but interested in making the
• Companies already known to the network whose practice is moving in a new and exciting

NRTF members and scheme managers are feeding into the NRTF Conference programme and have been asked to nominate companies that they would like to see taking part in the showcase event.

Companies and performers wishing to be considered must be nominated by a touring scheme or a promoter with whom a relationship exists, and partners can go to for references.

The programme will include work presented as a pitch or in excerpt, no full shows will be presented.

Companies and their shows, wishing to be considered must be:

• Available to showcase an extract not more than 20 minutes on 8, 9 or 10 July 2013
• Nominated by Touring Scheme or Promoter who is familiar with their touring work
• Suitable for rural touring – size, cost, technical, quality
• Based in Scotland and available to tour throughout the UK 2014 onwards

How to Apply
No company or performer will be considered for showcasing at the NRTF conference 2013 without completing the application form (available to download to the right of this article) which must be returned to no later than 28th February 2013.

We ask that all submissions are clearly marked NRTF Showcase 2013 in the subject line.

All applications will be considered by a short listing panel of NEAT, The Touring Network (Highlands & Islands), FST and NRTF. This collective will make the final decisions with regard to the showcase by the end of March 2013, at which point companies will be contacted directly.

The consortia are keen to involve as many people as possible in the showcase; however, due to time and funding restrictions, we do not envisage being able to provide any more than 10 showcase slots. We regret that it may not be possible to follow up all companies and that we will be unable to give feedback on work submitted for consideration.


  • martin Harris (Rocket Theatre Company)


    We’d like to be considered for the showcase. Is there any of the touring schemes who have taken our Oscar Wilde show who would be happy to nominate us?! We’ll be doing the same show in 2013 / 2014. Please do get in touch - we’d love to take part grin

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