If you operate a venue which may be suitable to host one of our touring theatre productions, we want to hear from you!
Suitable venues we may be interested in adding to our touring network include:
- Village Halls
- Church Halls
- Churches and Converted Churches
- Community Centres
- Day Centres
- Coach Houses & Heritage Centres
- School Halls
- Period Buildings
- Pubs with function rooms
We are interested in hearing from venues throughout the mainland UK, particularly in Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Yorkshire.
What You Need
Your venue does not need to have fixed lighting or even a stage, we can provide everything required. Licensed bars are always an advantage but not a requirement; we often tour to church halls where tea and biscuits are sold during intervals, and in some cases tea & biscuits are actually in the script (A Parson’s Tale). What we do ask is that you have a fairly spacious, clean room to seat a minimum of 50 people, your own seats, electricity and a roof. We need you to be reliable, professional, approachable and easy to work with, and from us you should always expect the same.
What The Network Does
We tour up to 5 shows per year, from comedies for all ages (some specifically written for 60 years+) and children’s shows (pantos etc) to challenging, thought-provoking modern theatre. Once a show has been finalised, we contact all suitable venues on our books with as much notice as possible, informing them of the show and the touring dates. We will then finalise the booking with each venue, put together the marketing material and distribute leaflets, flyers, posters, tickets and digital marketing material such as online promotional videos to each venue. You can do your own promotion if you wish, though we also promote each venue ourselves via our contacts. We also handle online ticket sales if you do not have your own.
Why Join Us
Upon first launching our search for rural venues we found that many of the venues we approached do not host regular events, however they have found that events such as ours can help bring their local communities together, promote their venue in local news and encourage further bookings by other local and touring companies. Having regular events at your venue can help raise funds for upkeep of your building and we only offer you shows which may interest you; for instance, we will not offer a Halloween production to a church hall or a contemporary show to a day centre. If a certain show is not suitable for your venue we will always make you aware.
COST Joining our Touring Network and having regular events at your venue will not cost you a penny, in fact for most venues we pay you. Depending on your venue, we either offer a set booking fee (which WE pay YOU) and low ticket sales commission rate, or we offer a simple profit share on ticket sales if you and we are confident you can attract a local audience; in both cases, the more people attend your venue, the more money you make. Sometimes we prefer to make a profit share deal with larger or ‘one off’ venues. You are also encouraged to sell refreshments and profit off of these before, during and after each show. We also like to help publicise the venues in our network via social media, so if you have another event going on, let us know about it. If you need any help setting up and promoting yourself online (including social media -facebook/twitter- and a free website), we can also offer assistance with this, as it will benefit us both.
Want To Join?
If you would like to discuss the possibility of adding your venue to our touring network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know about your venue. Please be aware that not every venue will be suitable for our shows, and more than likely if you are not an established venue, we will request to arrange a visit to assess your venue’s suitability and discuss options with you.