NRTF Conference 2015 – showcase application deadline 12th February

Call out for Companies and Performers wishing to engage with Rural Touring.

From 14th-16th July, the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) and Creative Arts East will host the NRTF’s annual rural touring conference and showcase 2015.

We will bring delegates to Wymondham College and nearby venues from across the UK and further afield for 3 days of showcases, workshops, debate, discussion and networking. 

Showcasing is an important part of the conference, allowing touring schemes, venues and voluntary promoters to see work, share experiences and broaden their knowledge of work available. 

NRTF is now looking for applications from companies wishing to showcase at our conference.

Priority (but not exclusivity) will be given to companies based in the Arts Council England South East area. (ACE South East Area covers Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey and West Sussex.)

The showcase programme will be selected by a working group of National Rural Touring Forum, Creative Arts East and Applause Rural Touring Schemes.

The programme will showcase theatre, dance and music. For this event we are particularly interested in hearing from dance companies, digital art creators and companies specialising in out-door work.

Our aim is twofold:

  1. to introduce delegates to exciting high quality work by known and unknown artists
  2. to showcase the work of South East based companies and performers to the wider rural and community touring network.

All work 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.

Companies and performers wishing to be considered must complete the application form to the right and submit to by midnight Thursday 12th February.

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 14th, 15th or 16th July 2015
  • Suitable for rural touring – size, cost, technical, quality
  • Available to tour throughout the UK 2016 onwards
  • Able to provide a contact for a reference from someone who knows your work and is prepared to vouch for your suitability for rural touring. This could be a venue, a touring Scheme, a promoter, producer or a funder.
  • Professional i.e. a company whose members consider creating theatre, music and/or dance for public performance as their main occupation and who pay staff a living wage in line with Equity/Bectu agreements throughout the rehearsal and performance period.
  • Flexible enough to perform in non-traditional spaces. Self-contained with minimum technical requirements.

We would like showcasing companies to take part in the conference, to join us for networking, discussions and a meal and we will be able to offer this in addition to a modest amount towards expenses.