Black Theatre Live



8 May 2017

Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 June 2017

at Nottingham Lakeside Arts


NRTF annual Rural Touring Conference provides a unique opportunity for anyone involved in rural touring to discuss and determine the environment and practical operation of their sector.

Following 2016’s sell-out New Directions showcase festival, this year’s conference takes a fresh look at new approaches of developing work for rural touring and practical discussion sessions around work for children and young people, wider access and spoken word considering proactive steps the sector can take to celebrate and continue to develop rural touring.

The NRTF 2017 Conference is co-hosted and administered by Northants Touring Arts / New Perspectives Touring Company.

We are delighted to announce that thanks to an award from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy the conference will include a sector training session on Fundraising Fundamentals in Non-Urban Areas.  This will be tailored to be suitable for fundraising needs at a local, regional and national level and be appropriate for promoters, touring schemes and companies and performers.

We are also delighted to announce a sponsorship deal with TicketSource which will support our very first Rural Touring Award ceremony and provide us with an online booking facility for this event.

The TicketSource Rural Touring Award winners will be announced on Wednesday evening and we are delighted that Stella Duffy OBE Co-Director of Fun Palaces will join us on the opening day with a provocation at the start of the conference and will compere the inaugural TicketSource Rural Touring Awards.

Other confirmed speakers and contributors include:

  • Alan Lyddiard, Theatre director
  • Jack McNamara, Artistic Director, New Perspectives
  • Michael Pinchbeck, Writer and Artist
  • Dr Joanna Robinson, Associate Professor in Drama and Performance, University of Nottingham

Outline conference timetable: (Please note that more details will follow next week)

Wednesday 28 June 2017

  • 11am – 12noon Registration
  • 12noon- 1.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm Welcome, introductions, keynote
  • 2pm - 3.30pm Session 1
  • 3.30pm - 4pm Coffee break
  • 4pm – 5pm Session 2
  • 5.30pm – 6.45pm Session 3
  • 7.15pm – 8.45pm Conference dinner
  • 9pm TicketSource Rural Touring Awards
  • 9.30pm - midnight After hours networking

Thursday 29 June 2017

  • 7.30am – 8.30am Breakfast
  • 9.15 – 9.30am NRTF AGM
  • 9.30am – 11am Session 4
  • 11am – 11.30am Coffee break
  • 11am – 12.30pm Session 5
  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm – 4.30pm Conference round up. Fundraising Fundamentals

The conference is for anyone and everyone with an involvement or interest in rural touring:

  • Scheme staff and board members
  • Volunteer promoters
  • Independent artists and producers
  • Partner organisations and stakeholders

A full time place: for both Wednesday and Thursday includes all meals, refreshments, sessions and b+b accommodation in modern, en-suite student rooms on site at Nottingham University and costs £150 for members. £175 for non-members. Please note NRTF associate membership is £25 and can be bought on line at

Online booking and payment by credit / debit card is NOW OPEN!

Please note that you will need to complete one booking registration at a time, but it is possible to select to continue shopping before proceeding to payment, so you can complete all your bookings in one go.

Click here to book your place(s) - BOOK ONLINE HERE

In case of any conference booking queries please contact: Northants Touring Arts on 0115 9739121/07966 454387 or [email protected]