Outdoor Arts success in ACE Touring Fund back to listing

IOU Theatre

It’s very pleasing to see how well represented Outdoor Arts are in the latest round of the Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund. The successful bids in Round 23 include:

Greenwich+Docklands Festivals – Global Streets: New Horizons for International Outdoor Arts

Building on the successful Global Streets pilot in 2015, this is a three year touring programme of audience development through international outdoor arts. High quality productions from leading international companies will tour to 10 venues across the country, connecting the productions to the diverse demography of each location.

IOU Theatre – Rear View

IOU will create Rear View, an ambitious interactive outdoor performance which uses a converted bus as a mobile auditorium making it suitable for harder to reach locations without traditional art venues. This will be presented in collaboration with a range of festivals and partners across England.

Prodigal Theatre Company – Steam Local Line

The Prodigal Theatre Company (also known as The Urban Playground Team) will tour Steam Local Line across the North, South East and South West. The tour is based on STEAM, which sees the team animate a skeleton steam locomotive in a piece of outdoor dance-theatre inspired by the movies. In each location, the team will work with a local arts organisation, a heritage railway and children and young people at risk of exclusion to create additional scenes. The heritage railway will also be the venue for a performance of the new show.

Watermans – Circulate Outdoor Arts Touring Network

Watermans is leading Circulate, a consortium of Outer London venues in four areas of low arts engagement, to establish an Outer London Ring for outdoor arts touring. In partnership with the Independent Street Arts Network and Greater London Authority, the project will develop a strong programme with local audience development at its heart.

Wild Rumpus – Northern Festivals Network

Wild Rumpus’ project will increase the amount of high quality work touring to greenfield festivals across the North of England – developing international links and focusing on accessibility and engaging new audiences as part of a partnership with Attitude is Everything.

Read the full list of successful applications here

Pic: image of IOU Theatre’s Rear View