Collaborative Touring Network


The Collaborative Touring Network (CTN) believes in the power and possibility of live performance.  

Established in 2013, we are a collective of 8 organisations based in Wigan, Gloucester, Hull, Torbay, Thanet, Peterborough, Medway and Wandsworth. We work with artists and communities to make and tour life-affirming, soul-shaking, perspective-changing shows.  

Over the next year, the Collaborative Touring Network is looking to work with an artist, a group of artists or a company to make and tour a live show nationally, between September 2021 and September 2022. For more information and opportunities visit 

Since forming in 2013, the Collaborative Touring Network has toured the work of more than 40 exceptional artists and companies to over 100,000 people nationally.  


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We think touring live performance is most impactful when it is invited into places where community is already happening. We create local partnerships and put on shows in unlikely spaces: from car parks, to nightclubs, rooftops to community centres. 

Over the next 3 years, we want to support artists in both the making and touring of their work. Collaborating with our communities, and as a network, we want to work with artists to create and tour shows that resonate with people and which move them; to laughter, to tears, to dance, to action.  



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The Collaborative Touring Network is Battersea Arts Centre (Wandsworth). Doorstep Arts (Torbay). Heads Up (Hull). Jumped Up Theatre (Peterborough). Looping the Loop (Thanet). Lyrici Arts (Medway). The Old Courts (Wigan). Strike a Light (Gloucester). 

CTN is supported using public funding by Arts Council England ( 



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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.  


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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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