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Strollers Touring Network

The STROLLERS Touring Network (STN) comprises of ten Theatre/Arts Centre venues located across Ireland. It is currently the largest touring network in the country. The network has five key functions:
• To establish a touring network of performance venues across Ireland.

• To support/co-produce work for touring (across all artforms).

• To receive touring works from artists and production companies (across all artforms).

• To sustain, develop and nurture our audiences for the performing arts.

• To develop relationships with artists and production companies that we work with.

STN operates in two distinct ways:
The first is a ‘Production Award’ (€10,000) to assist companies in making work for touring.
The second is a ‘Touring Platform’ providing touring opportunities for companies, producers and artists.

STROLLERS PRODUCTION AWARD
In order to support artists and our audiences STN introduced a PRODUCTION AWARD which encourages companies, producers etc. to make work with the cooperation and collaboration of the 10 venue partners. A total award of up to €10,000 is offered to assist with the financing of a piece of artwork along with a 10 venue tour to each of the venue partners. The tour is further supported with a guarantee fee from each venue.

 

PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS

2010 - Garter Lane and Lane Productions for All Ireland Tour of ‘Brighton’ by Jim Nolan.

2011 - Julie Feeny for new collaborative project working with regional choirs and new choral commission.

2012 - Theatre Lovett - A new commission for a touring production for Children and family audiences.

2013 - Fishamble: The New Play Company ‘Little Thing, Big Thing’ a new play by Donal O’Kelly.

2014/2015 - Moonfish Theatre Company ‘Star of the Sea’.

2016 - Monkeyshine Theatre - ‘Voyage’.

2017 - Duke Special – ‘Hallow’ – music performance based on works by poet Michael Longley.

2018 - Fishamble: The New Play Company -  'Before' by Pat Kinevane.

 

The ten venue members and their respective capacities are:

Siamsa Tire, Tralee - Seating 350

Hawkswell, Sligo - Seating 336

VISUAL, Carlow - Seating 335

Watergate, Kilkenny - Seating 328

Solstice, Navan - Seating 320

Draiocht, Blanchardstown - Seating 286

The Source Arts Centre, Thurles - Seating 250

Belltable, Limerick - Seating 220

Riverbank, Newbridge - Seating 180

Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar - 144

 

NETWORK Collaboration

The network pools resources in order to share touring work. The pooling of resources can often mean sharing travel expenses across the 10 partners, using a collective pot of money to assist a company to make work that otherwise could not be funded by one venue alone, pooling finances to ensure that audience’s needs are met by commissioning work.