The theatre company has announced the launch of a brand new resource to help rebuild the industry.
Titled Theatre Search, the new and free resource for for independent producers and touring arts companies will show which UK theatres and venues are open, which have unfortunately closed and when some might be looking to programme work, helping new productions to be created and tours to be rebooked. The database will include reopening dates and programming windows and will be updated on a regular basis to ensure it is as current as possible.
This new venture is being supported by four project producers with regional responsibilities working with venues. These are: Sarah Crompton-Howes, Senior Producer at New International Encounter and Executive Producer for Other Ways Productions; Steven Atkinson, Founder of
Long Acre Arts, Roots and Co-Founder of HighTide; Sarah Sayeed, former Education and Outreach Director for Peshkar Productions and curator on Sound Travels for Google Curate; and Fleur Mellor, Co-Producer and Choreographer for Peter Corry Productions and board member
for Theatre & Dance NI.
Launching in September, the project was made possible by emergency funding from Arts Council England.
Other benefits of the scheme include the fact that emerging producers will benefit from the elimination of some of the unpaid work needed to set
up projects, while venues will receive better and more targeted
communications from producers.
Talking about the news, Artistic Director of Spun Glass Theatre Jessica Cheetham said:” The task of rebuilding partnerships and rebooking
tours that have been cancelled as a result of Covid-19 is mammoth and extremely overwhelming for many people, jeopardising their mental wellbeing. There will be a huge loss of high-quality productions and community projects as producers struggle to navigate the new landscape. At the moment, each producer and tour booker curates their own venue list for projects and sets up tours on the understanding that each venue is open and trading. As these lists will become obsolete as theatres close, this new resource will offer clear information to help producers as well as venues.”
To receive access to ‘Theatre Search’ free of charge, sign up here:
Venues are welcome to send information about a closure/programming window via the Spun Glass website.