Theatre Forum has developed and collected together the following resources to support touring in Ireland:

Touring Forum

Theatre Forum in association with Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST) has held two Touring Forums to date (April 2017 & January 2018). These fora bring venue managers, technical managers, producers, directors, performers, makers, designers, production managers, technicians and organisation representatives together to help us to develop a series of touring resources. We recorded the most recent Touring Forum sessions which you can see here.

Tourbook

Developed in Scotland by think.in.form, the  purpose of Tourbook is to support promoters and programmers in presenting work, thereby creating work for makers and artists and giving more audiences opportunities to participate in the arts. In 2017, Theatre Forum and Theatre NI, funded by the Arts Council/AnChomhaírle Ealaíon, were involved in bringing Tourbook to the island of Ireland.  Have a look at Tourbook here.

Venue Network information

NASC Theatre Network

NASC is an Irish word meaning link or relationship, and describes the linking of venues to develop touring programmes. The network was conceived in 2006 when a number of venue directors met to discuss joint programming and marketing opportunities.  The NASC network includes the following venues: An Grianán (Donegal), Glór (Ennis), Siamsa Tíre (Tralee), The Pavilion (Dun Laoghaire), The Lime Tree (Limerick), Dunamaise (Port Laoise), Town Hall Theatre (Galway), Backstage (Longford).

Contact: Louise Donlon louise@limetreetheatre.ie

Nomad Theatre Network

NOMAD was set up in January 2006 to further the development of the performing arts in the North Midlands region and extend the parameters of regional, national and international performances available to venues and their audiences. The venues in the network are: An Grianán (Letterkenny), Backstage (Longford), Droichead Arts Centre (Drogheda), Mullingar Arts Centre (Mullingar), Ramor Theatre (Virginia), Riverbank (Newbridge), Roscommon Arts Centre (Roscommon), Hawk’s Well Theatre (Sligo).

Contact: Mona Considine mona@backstage.ie

Strollers Theatre Network

The Strollers Touring Network (STN) comprises nine Theatre/Arts Centre venues located across Ireland. It is currently the largest touring network in the country.  The venues in the network are: The Source (Thurles), Solstice (Meath), Siamsa Tíre (Tralee), The Linenhall (Castlebar), The Watergate (Kilkenny), Visual (Carlow), The Hawk’s Well Theatre (Sligo), Draíocht (Blanchardstown), The Riverbank (Newbridge).

Contact: Brendan Maher strollersnetwork@gmail.com

Imeall

Focus on co-productions and tours to venues located in the M50 commuter belt. The venues in the network are: axis (Ballymun), Civic Theatre (Tallaght), Draíocht (Blanchardstown), Mermaid Arts Centre (Bray).

Contact: Niamh O’Donnell director@mermaidartscentre.ie


Shortworks

The Network membership is made up of multi-disciplinary venues who programme year round and across artforms for children. Draíocht (Blanchardstown), The Linenhall (Castlebar), Riverbank (Newbridge), The Ark, (Dublin). Contact: Aideen Howard aideenhoward@ark.ie

Other useful touring resources