Platform: The Doorstep Theatre Festival

This festival happens twice a year in Torbay – in April and October of each year. It provides national touring artists, emerging local theatre makers and regional young people with an exciting platform to share work and to collaborate.

The Doorstep Theatre Festival is made possible through the national Collaborative Touring Network, a partnership between Battersea Arts Centre and eight different producing teams based in Darlington, Gloucester, Hull, Medway, Peterborough, Thanet, Torbay and Wigan.

Coming together with the joint aim of inspiring an entirely new generation of theatre-goers, the Collaborative Touring Network brings inspiring performance to audiences across England.

From Autumn 2016 until Spring 2019, each producing team is delivering bi-annual festivals of high quality touring work, alongside homegrown talent, workshops, feasts, music and discussion. The CTN festivals challenge traditional touring models that often exclude areas without an existing infrastructure for theatre and performance. Over the past three years of the CTN project, festivals have seen shows such as The Paper Cinemas’ Odyssey, Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Ballad of the Burning Starand Tourettes Hero’s Backstage In Biscuit Land being performed in community centres, schools, libraries, barns and a range of other spaces embedded in the community.

The Collaborative Touring Network is supported by Arts Council England , Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and Unlimited Impact.