New Directions Showcase 2016

New Directions will take place from 5th - 7th July 2016 at Falmouth University in Cornwall.


NB Arts Award Supporter information can be found at the bottom of this article.

Following on from their successful work for New Directions in both 2012 and 2014, China Plate have once again been engaged by NRTF to curate a programme for the 3-day event.

Together with Carn to Cove, the rural touring scheme for Cornwall, NRTF will host the event at Falmouth University's Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) and will take full advantage of the excellent facilities that are available.

Most New Directions activity will take place within the Penryn Campus and accommodation will be provided on site in modern, well equipped, single occupancy, ensuite student rooms.

Following an open call out to artists which resulted in 240 applications, the programme at AMATA has been curated by China Plate in consultation with NRTF, Carn to Cove and the Dance Partnership of The Place, Take Art and China Plate. 

The aim of New Directions is twofold:
1) to introduce delegates to exciting high quality work, known and unknown artists and artists whose work is moving in an exciting new direction
2) to introduce a range of artists and companies to the rural touring network

We hope you will agree that China Plate have curated a programme of entertaining, surprising and stimulating performances and that you will come along feeling curious and with a spirit of adventure!

On Wednesday afternoon and evening the programme’s “Cornish Choice” has been curated by Carn to Cove and features some of the best rural touring companies based in Cornwall. 

We couldn’t go to Cornwall without a trip on a boat so on Wednesday afternoon there is the option to take a one hour cruise around Falmouth harbour with some hospitality and entertainment on the way and then spend the evening at The Poly. The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society (The Poly) is a thriving Falmouth based charity, promoting engagement in the arts, sciences and Cornish history through film, live events, exhibitions, lectures and workshops.

The Poly is based in an iconic listed building set right in the heart of Falmouth, this beautiful building commands a great position on the town’s busy main street and presents a mixed programme of film, music, comedy and theatre.

As well as the programme of performances, extracts and presentations, there will be time for some smaller discussions.  Full details of these will be available in the final programme.

An outline programme, booking form and travel information is available to download to the right of this article.

In addition for those of you wishing to extend your stay and make a holiday of it, throughout the week, Miracle Theatre are performing at the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 4 miles from Land’s End approximately 1 hour from Falmouth. for more information.

It is possible to book extra nights student accommodation at Falmouth University if required for Monday or Friday night this will be charged separately from the New Directions package.

If enough people are interested Carn to Cove will arrange a mini bus or transport to the Minack Theatre on either Monday or Friday nights. Select this option on the booking form.

NRTF is delighted to be working in partnership with Carn to Cove - the Rural Touring Scheme for Cornwall to offer Arts Award Support for this event. 


ARTS AWARD SUPPORT Arts Award Supporter

Working in partnership with Carn to Cove the rural touring scheme for Cornwall.  NRTF is delighted to offer Arts Award Support at this event. The Locally based Arts Award supporter for this project is Carn to Cove based in Redruth, Cornwall.

Young people over the age of 16 can use this to work towards their Arts Award by:

  • Seeing some of the showcases of high quality work that we will be presenting at New Directions 2016.
  • Writing reviews
  • Interviewing artists, producers, directors and writers

 Please contact Alice Porter at for more details.