New Directions 2016 NRTF Showcasing Festival 5-7 July 2016 On the 5th, 6th and 7th July 2016 the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) and Carn to Cove (the Rural Touring Scheme for Cornwall) will host the bi-annual rural touring showcase festival, New Directions. Taking place at Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, this event brings together those involved in managing rural touring networks who, together, organise some 3,143 shows delivered to 222,039 audience members each year. New Directions 2016 will enable touring schemes, venues and voluntary promoters to sample shows, see work, share experiences with other promoters and broaden their knowledge of work available. It is also a fabulous opportunity for companies to highlight the quality and style of their work and creates an opportunity to talk directly with touring schemes and start meaningful relationships and dialogue. About New Directions 2016 China Plate have been engaged to curate a programme of work over 3 days showcasing a range of entertaining, surprising and stimulating performance made for the curious and characterised by a spirit of adventure. The aim is twofold: 1) to introduce delegates to exciting high quality work, known and unknown artists and artists whose work is moving in an exciting new direction. 2) to introduce a range of artists and companies to the rural touring network. Take Part All work featured at the showcase will be selected on the basis of quality and appropriateness for the rural market. We are looking for bold and exciting work from a diverse range of artists that reflect the breadth and diversity of work presented by the network and we welcome applications from all disciplines undertaking innovative work including theatre, physical theatre, digital art, dance, mixed media, music, opera, puppetry, storytelling, mime and comedy. We are particularly looking for companies and artists who fall into one or more of the following categories: Emerging artists/companies keen to be introduced to the network More experienced companies as yet unknown to the network but interested in making the connection Companies already known to the network whose practice is moving in a new and exciting direction. The showcase programme will be selected by a working group of China Plate, Carn to Cove and National Rural Touring Forum, and they will prioritise companies that are developing work ready to tour to UK rural venues following New Directions from Autumn 2016 through to Autumn 2018. The working group are particularly looking for tour ready work however a limited number of shows in development will also be considered. Exciting companies not currently making work for rural touring, but who have a genuine desire to engage with rural audiences and change or adapt how they work to become suitable for rural touring will also be considered. All participating artists/companies will be offered a small showcasing fee to cover expenses. Eligibility The programme will include work presented as a pitch or in excerpt; no full shows will be presented. Companies and their shows, wishing to be considered must be: • Available to showcase an extract not more than 20 minutes on 5, 6 or 7 July 2016 • Have a genuine desire to engage with rural touring during 2016, 2017, 2018 • Suitable for rural touring – size, cost, technical, quality - or be interested in changing and adapting how they work to become suitable for rural touring How to Apply No company or performer will be considered for showcasing at New Directions 2016 without completing the attached application form, which must be returned to [email protected] no later than 14th February 2016. We ask that all submissions are clearly marked with the name of the applying company or artist and New Directions 2016 in the subject line. All applications will be considered by a short-listing panel of China Plate, Carn to Cove and NRTF. This collective will make the final decisions with regard to the showcase by the end of March 2016 at which point companies will be contacted directly. We regret that it may not be possible to follow up all companies and that we will be unable to give feedback on the work submitted for consideration. New Directions 2016 – 5-7 th July Showcase Application Form In order to be eligible to apply for inclusion in the programme companies must be able to reply yes to the following: Are you available to perform an extract of not more than 20 minutes as a YES showcase on 5, 6 or 7 July 2015 at Falmouth University? NO Is your work suitable for Rural Touring? If you are not sure then we suggest you visit YES NO http://www.ruraltouring.org/work/what-is-rural-touring You need to bear in mind – quality, size, technical requirements etc. Will you be available to tour your work to rural and community venues YES throughout the UK from Autumn 2016 – Autumn 2018? NO PERFORMANCE INFORMATION Company / Performer Name: Main contact name: Telephone number (s): Email: Where are you based? Country, Region and nearest town: Production / show title: Is the work you wish to showcase complete and ready to tour or in development (please give details)? Genre: e.g (Theatre, music, etc.) Audience Age Guide: Production / show out line description of piece or type of performance: (no more than 500 words) What are your future ambitions for the show? (no more than 500 words) What experience do you have of rural touring and/or why do you want to do rural touring? (no more than 500 words) Stage size required Technical requirements Would you be able to tour with your own technical equipment? Number of performers Length of full show Preferred touring period Links – Web site / You Tube etc Companies and performers wishing to be considered should also suggest a referee. Please be aware this individual must be able to be considered as a referee and have experience of either your current or previous touring product. Name of Referee: Organisation: Name and Address: Telephone number: Email address: Please return completed form to [email protected] by 14th February 2016 at the latest. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. It will not be possible to give feedback on work submitted for consideration.