In April 2012, Contact and the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) embarked on a new and exciting venture; to create a strategic rural touring programme which supports the development of new solo shows suitable for rural touring and instigates the development of a new national, young promoter network. Supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme in April 2012 and June 2013.
Contact and NRTF, in partnership with 20 rural touring schemes, have already delivered a pilot phase touring Maxwell Golden’s Hip Hop theatre show CountryBoy’s Struggle to 62 venues, delivering 54 young participant workshops and engaging over 50 Young Promoter Groups.
Currently on tour to over 50 venues across the UK is Sophie Willan’s debut solo show The Novice Detective, which sets about solving the mystery of her missing father. Through a candid, poignant and comic performance, Sophie tells a heart-warming, heart-breaking tale that has to be seen to be believed; a story that reflects upon the universal yet isolating experience of abandonment. Sophie is revisiting many rural communities and Young Promoter Groups set up in the pilot phase right now.
Currently in development, with plans to tour extensively across the UK in the near future, is Jackie Hagan’s debut solo show Some People Have Too Many Legs. Both Sophie’s and Jackie’s solo shows will consolidate the Young Promoter Network and continue to bring urban and rural interests together.
Produced by Oliver Sykes on behalf of Contact.View all 2013