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Sharing the learning from our strategic touring project 2014/15

Quarantine was established in 1998 by directors Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea with designer Simon Banham. We make original theatre, performance and public events with and about the people who are in it. Whatever form it takes, our work begins and ends with the people in the room. Over the last 20 years, we've collaborated with a shifting constellation of artists, performers and people who've never done anything like this before. Our work seeks to create the circumstances for a conversation between strangers...

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Sharing the learning from our strategic touring project 2014/15

Posted: 11 October 2016

In 2014 and 2015 Quarantine was supported by Arts Council England’s strategic touring programme to take three projects to new people and places across the North West, West Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

Between us, we know everything…, The Soldier’s Songand Table Manners were presented in collaboration with our project partners: Contact, Manchester; Derby Theatre; Spot On Rural Touring, Lancashire; Quays Culture, Salford; Compass Live Art Festival, Leeds; Salford Community Leisure; WLCT; Manchester City Council and Oldham Council. 

Across 2 years, we delivered 25 outings of Between us, we know everything… 8 outings of The Soldier’s Song, and 12 outings of Table Manners, reaching a live audience of 2,864 people and an online audience of approximately 16,236 people. To achieve this, we worked closely with project partners and local people to identify new contexts for contemporary work in their local area (including town centres, market squares, independent cafes, pubs and restaurants, a primary school, an athletics track, libraries, public parks, galleries and art centres, and local festivals), and to develop an advocacy based approach to audience development with the aim of reaching new and nearly new audiences, often in areas considered to have low level of arts engagement nationally. 

This report outlines our approach and shares some of our learning, both the challenges and the successes, from this two year programme.

Read the full report HERE