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Arts Council England is today announcing the successful applicants to the thirteenth round of its Strategic touring programme

  • Date: 26 March 2014
  • Area: National

Arts Council England is today announcing the successful applicants to the thirteenth round of its Strategic touring programme.

The Strategic touring programme aims to give people better access to quality work across a range of venues to more people across the country. It targets places with low levels of art engagement and those that rely on touring for arts and culture. In particular, it increases work for and by children and young people and people from diverse backgrounds.

The successful projects include:

Red Ladder Theatre Company (North) will tour a new short play written by award winning sports journalist, Anthony Clavane on Rugby League commentator Eddie Waring. Playing the Joker will play at 26 venues comprising of sports and rugby league clubs based predominately in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.  The play featured in West Yorkshire Playhouse's 'Play, Pie and a Pint' season in November 2013 and opened to widespread critical acclaim. The tour aims to build relationships with new partners and a network of touring venues to attract wide audiences beyond traditional theatre-goers.

Stopgap Dance (South East) will deliver Reach, a three year programme designed to build a sustainable touring network and raise the profile of integrated dance and disabled artists. The project will tour innovative, high quality work to engage with and inspire new and diverse audiences, particularly disabled people; this will be coupled with a comprehensive outreach programme to increase participation.

Fittings Multimedia (North) will develop, tour and create digital content for the production of Missing!, a new deaf-friendly musical.  As part of the project there will be 12 months of outreach work with groups of young people, with a particular focus on reaching disabled and socially excluded groups to develop a piece of deaf-friendly musical theatre.  In the second year of the project the tour will return to the outreach areas to tour a range of traditional and non-traditional venues.

A total of ten organisations will receive a total of £2,073,178. You can find further details and a full list of the ten successful organisations from round thirteen here.

Links and further information

Strategic touring programme

Red Ladder Theatre Company 

Stopgap Dance 

Fittings Multimedia 

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