Arts Council announce Strategic touring funding AWARD 2017/18 for TCTC

Arts Council announce Strategic touring funding AWARD 2017/18 for TCTC

17 March 2016

Touring Consortium Theatre Company will take four contemporary productions to communities across the UK.


To Sir with LoveThe Arts Council announced today that Touring Consortium Theatre Company has been successful in its application to the Strategic Touring Programme for 2017/18. This large scale tour will tour four new contemporary productions to communities across the UK. The project will promote sustainable relationships between partner venues, local schools and youth and community groups, and use digital technology, creative learning and participation activities to establish a legacy of independent theatre going. 


“This large scale tour will help us address the challenge of attracting and retaining young and first-time theatre-goers. The strength of the Consortium’s partners and participation activities should ensure maximum impact across the UK.” 
Joyce Wilson, Area Director, London, Arts Council England

The Strategic touring programme aims to give people better access to quality work in a range of venues to reach more people across the country, targeting places with low levels of art engagement and those that rely on touring for arts and culture. The programme aims to give people across England improved access to great art visiting their local area, including extending the reach of high quality touring work and helping to promote it to people and places with the least engagement. 

“We are proud and thrilled to receive the support of the Arts Council enabling us to continue this important work"
Mike Grayson, Chairman, Touring Consortium Theatre Company

Since TCTC's first successful application to the Strategic touring programme in 2012, it has toured a programme of 6 productions, including E R Braithwaite's To Sir With Love, adapted by Ayub Khan Din, Brassed Off with local brass bands,  Pat Barker's Regeneration, adapted by Nicholas Wright, A View from the Bridge with a locally cast ensemble; currently John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, marking the twenty years since the consortium was founded in 1996, and James Dacre's Tale of Two Cities, adapted by Mike Poulton this Autumn.

Over the course of its Strategic funding, it has developed new audiences in areas of low engagement with an exciting and inclusive range of work. It has been supported by the creation of an ambassador scheme, as well as its extensive creative learning programme, which has been strengthened to give greater access and range of resources and workshops

TCTC has increased its presence and ability to attract new audiences online with the development of TheatreCloud as its digital resource site, sharing insights and knowledge on each production and the world of touring theatre. TheatreCloud has strengthened the relationships between theatres in the consortium, giving them ownership of content to support the production in their community. 

Watch production highlights from the previous programme

To find out more about the Arts Council's Strategic touring programme and this announcement, visit their website