Theatres in the South West have joined together to create a network aimed at supporting and promote touring work in the region.
Venues South West has been launched by Salisbury Playhouse and the Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter. As part of its drive to promote touring in the area, it has compiled a resource for performers and companies wanting to tour their productions. This includes details of venues in the area, the spaces they have available and their financial terms. The document also provides information on the type of work each venue programmes.
Venues South West said the aim was to “enable venues to keep an open dialogue with artists to serve the needs of of the theatremaking community”.
The new organisation said it wanted to “pool knowledge” and open up “new circuits for rural, small-scale and mid-scale work”.
So far, more than 60 theatres are part of the network, which has been inspired by a similar set-up in the North, called Venues North.
Venues taking part include the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Exeter Northcott Theatre.
Salisbury Playhouse associate director Jo Newman said: “It’s so important that venues work together to support new artists. We’ve put this work together in collaboration with a number of South West venues and artists and have taken inspiration from the Venues North model.”
“We are excited to replicate this model within the South West to make relationships between artists and venues more transparent, develop touring in the region and support and champion high-quality work being made in the South West,” she added.
Last month, the Bike Shed Theatre announced it was closing following funding issues.