The Old Courts is much more than just a venue – We are a proud member of The Collaborative Touring Network, a national network of producers working in areas of cultural deprivation who are dedicated to providing access to the arts for everyone.
Formed in 2013, The Collaborative Touring Network (CTN) is a partnership between Battersea Arts Centre and eight national partners, including us here at The Old Courts. Our vision is a nation where everyone has inspiring art and culture on their doorstep. Over the past five years, the Collaborative Touring Network has produced, presented and promoted diverse events to feed an appetite for culture in underserved communities across the country. Our partners on this project are producing teams based in Battersea, Hull, Darlington, Gloucester, Thanet, Torbay, Peterborough and Medway.
As a network, we support and develop artists locally and deliver two festivals a year packed with inspiring touring work, home-grown talent, music, workshops & feasts.
Occupying parks, community centres, boxing gyms and nightclubs; the network imagines new contexts for performances that inspire audiences and artists alike. To date we have presented work in over 170 different spaces.
Shows that have toured with CTN previously include Christopher Brett Bailey’s This is How We Die, Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Ballad of the Burning Star, Victoria Melody’s Major Tom, The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey, Touretteshero’s Backstage in Biscuitland, Foreign Radical by Theatre Conspiracy, Ground Control by Non Zero One and Rendezvous in Bratislava by Miriam Sherwood.
Shows that toured as part of the Spring 2019 season of festival included Paper Cinema's Macbeth, Lost Dog's Juliet and Romeo, Caroline Williams & Reem Karssli Now is The Time to Say Nothing and FILSKIT THEATRE’s Kaleidoscope. Our national partners:
- Battersea Arts Centre believe that everyone is creative. Their purpose is 'To inspire people, to take creative risks, to shape the future'. They feel that everyone has the potential to be an artist, whether they make that their professional practice or not. They are excited by the creativity of everyone in their local community, across London, the country and the world.
- a non-profit arts education organisation based in Torbay. They run 14 drama groups across Torbay at key doorstep sites – youth clubs, church halls and schools. They are also the creative education company in residence at the Palace Theatre, Paignton. The young people who attend these groups range in age from 0-25. They write their own stories and songs, and they explore original ideas through drama process, play, and imagination. The groups provide safe educational spaces to experiment with what it means to be an artist and to explore your own voice.
– Based in Darlington, Luxi produce, promote and present prestigious arts and theatre with artists and audiences around the world. They are specialists in audience experience and are particularly interested in exploring people’s relationship with place, people at a stage of transition and authentic connections. In many tailored ways, they work to share their ethos and learning.
– Born in Hull in the North of England, E52’s reach extends nationally and internationally, with their experienced vanguard of artists and associates. Delivering and managing large and small-scale projects, E52 also make live performance for found spaces and unusual places and produce beautiful and engaging work with E52 Films. E52 are responsible, political and social and believe entertainment, creativity and the arts can be truly transformational for audiences, business and participants.
– Hailing from Gloucester, Strike A Light create events that people never imagined would or could happen in their city. They tell people’s stories through performance and create brilliant participation opportunities for young people. They believe that the arts can change lives and that everyone, regardless of background and circumstance, should be given opportunities to watch, make and participate.
- Looping the Loop was set up in 2012 by a consortium of producers based in Thanet. They make festivals, projects and pop up with their street theatre actors, creating mayhem, joy and beautiful contemporary live performance.
- Jumped Up Theatre Company, based in Peterborough, has been producing theatre events around the UK since 1993, taking productions into pubs, churches, community gardens, museums and front-rooms, and quite a few theatres. The audience is at the heart of their work. They want to empower and enrich theatre-makers and audiences by curating a responsive programme of events, performances and opportunities that cultivates ambition, curiosity and vital communities.
- Lyrici Arts is a Medway based organisation which works in partnership with local organisations and authorities to address diversity inclusion via arts programming. Founded in 2016 by Keely Augustus, the name Lyrici means ' Of Literature, Art or Music, Expressing the writer's emotions in an imaginative and beautiful way.'