Creative Scotland has announced the first grants of a new touring fund for theatre and dance, with 17 projects receiving a total of £1.2 million.
The four dance projects and 13 theatre, from 11 different companies and organisations, will tour across Scotland from spring 2019 to summer 2020.
The fund has been developed as a collaboration between Creative Scotland and the Federation of Scottish Theatre in response to recommendations in the 2017 review of touring theatre and dance.
It was revealed in Creative Scotland’s ill-fated Regularly Funded Organisation announcement early this year, when it removed touring companies from RFO status without prior warning.
The companies range from Oceanallover, which will remount outdoor promenade performances Sea Hames and Orographic, to one-time RFO Rapture Theatre, which will tour new productions of Clybourne Park and The Seagull. Independent Arts Projects will tour Eaten by Mamoru Iriguchi and Waves by Alice Mary Cooper.
Red Bridge Arts will create a new production of The Secret Garden and existing works Space Ape and Stick by Me, for young audiences.
Chosen applicants receive the full amount applied for, which includes the entire cost of making or re-staging and touring the work. Productions have to tour to at least 12 venues, working on an 80/20 split in favour of the venues.
Creative Scotland said the aim of the fund was to “generate increased opportunities for audiences to experience and enjoy high-quality work” and to “create opportunities for artists, producers and companies to work more collaboratively with venues to build more sustainable relationships”.
There were 53 applications to the fund, requesting a total of £4.9 million. A second round of the £2 million fund will open for applications in February 2019. Details of the 2020/21 fund will be announced early in 2019.
The introduction of the fund means that Creative Scotland will no longer accept touring applications for its open project fund from the end of this year.