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Battersea Arts Centre receives £1.2m as part of arts council’s touring fund

Jess Thom performs as Touretteshero at the Southbank Centre in 2014. Photo: Rachel Cherry Jess Thom performs as Touretteshero at the Southbank Centre in 2014. Photo: Rachel Cherry
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Battersea Arts Centre’s national theatre touring network has received £1.2 million from Arts Council England to expand its reach.

Libraries West, IOU Theatre and Prodigal Theatre are also among 11 organisations to receive a share of £4 million in the latest round of ACE’s strategic touring fund.

BAC currently supports eight independent producing teams around the country as part of the Collaborative Touring Network, which stages small-scale shows such as Touretteshero’s Backstage in Biscuit Land.

It will use the £1.2 million grant to take its theatre into more areas of England, producing biannual festivals to “catalyse cultural regeneration” in towns and cities with low arts engagement.

Elsewhere, IOU Theatre has been awarded £200,000 to create a new piece of outdoor theatre using a converted bus as a mobile auditorium. It will be able to travel to locations without traditional arts venues.

Libraries West will use a £27,000 grant to tour Travelling Light’s production The Mysterious Vanishment of Pobby and Dingan, while Prodigal Theatre will use a £31,000 award to tour its show Steam Local Line.

Other projects that were funded include a three-year touring programme by Greenwich and Docklands Festivals, and a new tour by community dance group People Dancing, based on work created by deaf and disabled artists.

The strategic touring fund aims to provide people with better access to the arts, particularly in places that either rely on touring or have low levels of arts engagement.

Last year, ACE revealed the fund would be cut by £10m, following an underspend of the same amount due to a lack of applications.

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