18 January 2007: Arts Council announces first group of organisations to participate in the Touring Experiment

The Arts Council is pleased to announce the first group of organisations to participate in the first round of the Council’s new Touring Experiment, which is an initiative designed to inform and shape future policy for touring in the Republic of Ireland.

A dynamic and interactive process, the Touring Experiment seeks to support artists and producers at every stage of the initiative, while at the same time carefully examining the needs of presenters, venues, festivals, and audiences with regard to the work being toured.

The Experiment is a two-year action research project working with a representative sample of proposed touring initiative Following a call for Expressions of Interest in the areas of theatre and dance, the Council assessed a total of nineteen detailed proposals seeking a total of €1.46m. Eight of these proposals have been invited to participate further in the Touring Experiment, representing an investment of €615,000 by the Arts Council in the first round of proposals. The remainder of the total fund of €2m will be disbursed in two further touring rounds over the next twelve months. Other artforms will be included in the Experiment in the coming rounds.

Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council, said: “The Touring Experiment received many excellent proposals for this first round. Those selected will give us the best cross-section or representative sample. This includes projects at different scales, a North / South dimension, and proposals which will help us examine the technical and marketing requirements of touring. At the end of this project we will have an effective programme which will allow artists and organisations to take their productions to audiences throughout the country. At the Arts Council, we want to ensure that the travel, living and working conditions of artists are acceptable and that all the venues involved are equipped with the necessary technical facilities and personnel. The Touring Experiment gives us the information we need to properly evaluate these issues. Our ultimate goal is that audiences all around the country will have a varied and exciting programme of work drawn from the very best shows available in the arts in Ireland.”

Full details of the tours which will be participating in The Touring Experiment will appear on the website www.thetouringexperiment.ie next week.


Issued by: Joe Stuart, Press and Communications Officer, The Arts Council, 01-618 0235 and Hugh Treacy, Press and Communications Executive, 01-618 0208.

Editors Note: Below is a full list of recipients:

Company /Producer


NASC / Rough Magic    
The taming of the shrewTheatre€173,100
NOMAD/Living  Dred  Conversations on a homecomingTheatre €163,000
City Theatre Dublin8 different shows Theatre€75,000
Druid TBATheatre€62,000
Echo Echo DanceConsequencesDance€41,500
Civic Theatre/Gúna NuaTrousersTheatre €35,550
Ten42 Productions  WallfloweringTheatre€34,000
Landmark Productions Underneath the lintelTheatre€31,600

NASC is a network of 6 venues (The Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire, Glór in Ennis, Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise, An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny, Backstage Theatre in Longford and Siamsa Tiré in Tralee). They approached Rough Magic Theatre Company to revive and tour its successful production of The Taming of The Shrew.

NOMAD is a partnership between a 8 venue network based in the North East (Ramor Theatre in Virginia, Garage Theatre in Monaghan, An Tain Theatre in Dundalk, Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda, Backstage Theatre in Longford, Roscommon Arts Centre in Roscommon, Mullingar Integrated Arts Centre and Iontas in Castleblayney). They have invited Livin Dred Theatre Company, based in the Ramor Theatre, to produce and tour a new production of Tom Murphy’s Conversations on a Homecoming.

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