In 2023, the Collaborative Touring Network will be partnering with acclaimed disabled-led arts company Touretteshero – to develop and tour a new live and digital performance ‘Burnt Out in Biscuit Land’.
Jess Thom, co-artistic of Touretteshero says: “This has been an exceptionally hard time for disabled artists who have had to find new ways to safely create and share their work in a world impacted by COVID-19. I feel excited and optimistic to be working with the Collaborative Touring Network on this new project, and about the opportunity it offers to develop new ways of making and touring work that centres disability arts in a kind and sustainable way.”
‘Burnt Out in Biscuit Land’ is the follow up to Touretteshero’s smash hit ‘Backstage in Biscuit Land’. Almost a decade on, Jess and the creative team grapple with their changing impairments, identities, and politics. At a time when the world is deep in chaos, the neurodiverse inhabitants of Biscuit Land are making more sense than ever before.
The Collaborative Touring Network is on a long-term, collective mission to make each of our towns and cities a better place to be through arts and culture. The network includes The Old Courts (Wigan), Doorstep Arts (Torbay), Jumped Up (Peterborough) Looping the Loop (Thanet), ARCADE (Scarborough & Bridlington) and GL4 (Gloucester).
As part of this exciting project, CTN and Touretteshero will be partnering with arts commissioning body Unlimited. Unlimited commission extraordinary work from disabled artists that will change and challenge the world. Together, CTN and Unlimited will launch a national commissioning opportunity for disabled artists based in the towns and cities across our growing network.
The CTN & Unlimited Partnership Award will offer micro-commissions to 9 artists, supporting the creation of new, high-quality, ambitious work from disabled artists across a range of artforms.
The CTN & Unlimited Partnership Award will be launched later in December 2022, with applications closing at the end of January 2023.