Notes on touring


I wrote this on the train home after the last performance of Composed for Future Rosa. All the spelling mistakes expressed here are my own.

  1. The weeks in the run up to the first show will be the hardest. It gets easier when you’ve done it once and no one has died. 
  2. The weeks when you’re in the brochures and you’re waiting on the funding application result is bad too.
  3. These are probably the times when you need someone else to care about producing the show. Or you will feel very alone. Maybe re-think self-producing or ask someone to support you with this.
  4. It costs a lot of money.
  5. Work with a tour booker.
  6. Keep a VERY detailed spreadsheet of your correspondence with venues.  
  7. Write articles during early phases of research when the ideas are most present. Trying to write an article in the run up to the show is impossible for you. And most press want self-penned work. 
  8. The relationship between the number of people in the room and how the show feels isn’t always linked. 
  9. The people who programmed your show won’t always turn up. (This means that number 8 is important and undervalued as they will just see the sales). 
  10. There will be lots of costs you don’t know about yet, including extra hours with technicians, use of smokes machine (ranges in cost) and renting equipment.
  11. Don’t expect anyone at the venue on the day of the show to know what a Relaxed Performance is. 
  12. Even if they say they do Relaxed Performances all the time. 
  13. You knew that already. From your previous experiences of doing Relaxed Performances… 
  14. Trust your instincts. 
  15. Use recycled paper for your flyers and posters. Not extremely shiny paper. That is bad.  
  16. See if you can get away with printing less flyers than venues make you say you will print in the contract. There’s absolutely bloody loads left. 
  17. When you spend a day under the covers because someone read “mm” instead of “cm” – you will re-asses whether this is a good use of your life. 
  18. When you are in Exeter and have never been there before and you are having pints after the show with a friend you haven’t seen in 7 years, your cousin and another mate’s dad you will be having an excellent time. 
  19. You have been lucky to work with great people. And show days are actually a nice day of work. 
  20. Maybe don’t make touring theatre a major part of your practice.