- Date: 4 December 2009
- Area: North
This Children's Theatre Network is a new consortium of venues in the North West of England who have been brought together by an Arts Council England, North West initiative to work together to develop touring theatre for children in the region.
The intention is to address issues of national concern as well as identifying and tackling specific challenges common to the four venues.
The four venues involved are:
The objectives are:
The Network is initially looking to become established over a three-year period, in three phases, each of which will be the subject of a Grants for the Arts funding application.
For the first phase, the Network is inviting submissions of interest from established UK-based theatre companies who can offer a production that meets the following criteria:
In addition to these specifications, the Network would be particularly keen to consider proposals that meet the following desirable criteria:
The company chosen to work with the Network will receive normal negotiated performance fees; it is not the Network's intention to operate as a 'cartel' to negotiate reduced fees. However, by potentially reducing transport costs and offering a secure consolidated multiple-venue booking, it is hoped that this may make it affordable for a company to visit the North West for whom a single-date booking might be unviable.
The main advantage to the company is that it will have the benefit of a coordinated approach to marketing across the four venues that will be supported by additional resources. This may have a direct benefit in making a two-show booking realistic for a venue that would, under normal circumstances, only consider booking a single show. In the longer term, hopefully the increased profile for the company will open the door to future tours to the region, building on success.
The Network is hoping to be in a position to submit a GfA application to support this first phase project early in 2010 and would like to be able to include the details of the company and the production that it will be working with in October.
If you are interested in working with the Network and think that your company may have a suitable production available to tour at that time, submit an expression of interest and as much detail as possible about the production (including technical specifications) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 18 December. For more information contact John Sprackland by email or telephone on 0151 934 2134.