The Collaborative Touring Network 2020-22


Our chairs are barstools; our stages car parks; our artists plumbers & teachers. Grown from the flagship Collaborative Touring Network (2013-19), CTN is a collective of eight national producing teams from areas of lower cultural investment who are diversifying the way performance is made, seen & toured.

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Project Details

The Collaborative Touring Network (CTN) believes in the power and possibility of live performance. Established in 2013, we are a collective of organisations Doorstep Arts (Torbay). Jumped Up Theatre (Peterborough). Looping the Loop (Thanet). Lyrici Arts (Medway). The Old Courts (Wigan), Arcade  (Scarborough) and GL4 (Gloucester).

Since 2013, The Collaborative Touring Network partnership has evolved through many stages and has included 10 organisations to date. These organisations include the partners named above and also: Battersea Arts CentreStrike a LightHeads Up FestivalLuxi and Out There Arts.


We work with artists and communities to make and tour life-affirming, soul-shaking, perspective-changing shows.

Project led by The Old Courts, over the next 3 years CTN will build resilience & operate as a national, outward-facing network that empowers communities & revolutionises how touring work is developed. CTN works on micro & macro levels: creating cultural change locally; & working together nationally to achieve access to art for all.

Viewed as a valuable national asset, the network and it’s aims for the second phase have been reworked by partners and successfully refunded by Arts Council England. Lyrici Arts have rebranded it as part of their programming strand without the previous festival elements. Lyrici Arts previously ran Paint The Town Festival for Medway from 2016- 2019 as part of The Collaborative Touring Network. In partnership with nine regional partners the project reached audiences of 50,000 people, many of whom were new to the arts.




One: We work with communities and artists to create new ways of being together.

Two: We believe in the power and possibility of live performance.

Three: We challenge dysfunctional working models. We experiment with different ways of making, sharing and touring live performance that can contribute to a fairer, more inclusive society; where access to cultural experiences and opportunities for creative expression are not limited by circumstance, class or identity.

Four: We question, we listen, we try new things, we learn from our mistakes and we try again.

Five: We believe every town deserves to experience life-affirming, soul-shaking, perspective-changing live performance. We are committed to creating the conditions for this work to exist and grow in our locations.

Six: We work as a network. We give what we can and take the support we need, acknowledging the different scales, capacities, and resources accessible to each of us.

Seven: We value people, their experiences, and their stories. We listen to and create platforms for stories that often go unheard.

Eight: We think touring live work is most impactful when it is invited into places where community is already happening. We do not expect people to come to us. We are interested in meeting them where they are.

Nine: We are in this for the long-run.

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