Touring With Us

NEAT promotes professional theatre and dance productions in rural venues.

Our venues vary in size from small village halls to larger town halls or small scale arts centres. Some performances are held in school halls, church halls and even pubs and clubs.

The majority of our venues have little or no technical equipment so our events are better suited to self-contained productions or performances that require little or no technical equipment.

If you are a professional company and wish to tour to the North East of Scotland then we would like to hear from you.

What We Promote

We mainly programme and promote theatre and dance productions and film screenings.

Since early 2018 we have also promoted a limited number of traditional Scottish music events; we hope to grow  our music events over the next few years but for 2019 we will continue to focus on traditional Scottish music.  

How We Promote ...

All of our performances and screenings are programmed and promoted by volunteers in rural spaces across the North East of Scotland.

They are committed to the arts and care deeply about their community. They volunteer so that others can enjoy live and screened events without having to travel great distances to large towns and cities.

We curate a Volunteer Promoter Selection Menu of around 30 productions from the submissions we receive. The Volunteer Promoters select the productions they wish to promote, this can vary from 2 to 8 productions per venue per year.

NEAT will coordinate all bookings and provide support to the volunteers.

Artists or companies are responsible for providing all publicity material.

NEAT guarantees the performance fee and we enter into a box office split with the venue.

The Volunteer Promoter is responsible for marketing the performances locally and NEAT will provide regional marketing support via our website, social media and press. The Volunteer Promoters run their own box office outlets and NEAT provides an online ticketing service.

Once a booking has been confirmed, NEAT will share the venue contact details and it will be the artists/company’s responsibility to liaise with the venue prior to the performance.


Creative Scotland Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance

If your production is touring as part of the above fund then we would like to start an early conversation to ensure that both parties are working within the time fame and guidance laid out by Creative Scotland.

Autism Friendly Performances

Autism-friendly or relaxed performances can be a fantastic way for people on the autism spectrum to enjoy a live theatre show.

We are committed to making sure that access to live live theatre is an inclusive experience to as many people as possible.

Whilst we fully understand that not all productions will be suitable for everyone we can work together to make sure that we provide as much information as possible so that audiences can make an informed decision.

It may be possible to make minor adjustments to a production, for example, reduce sound levels, changing lighting states or being open to a relaxed attitude to movement in and out of the auditorium.

Where such adjustments are not possible we can always forewarn audiences of particular content, for example, loud or sudden noises, flashing lights, scenes of physical violence etc. This will enable individuals, parents or carers to make an informed decision whether the production is suitable and if so they will be better prepared to deal with content or technical effects.

Publicity Material

It’s the productions company / artist’s responsibility to provide posters, flyers, images, press releases and any other relevant publicity material.

If publicity material is not provided then NEAT will deduct any printing costs from the fee.

Posters & Flyers 

As a minimum we require production companies / artists to provide A4 posters and A5 flyers. A3 is optional.

If publicity material is not overprinted then we will provide our volunteer promoters with free sticky labels overprinted with event details.

For this to work effectively we required a minimum space for labels.

Click top download our Label Size Information

Production Newsletter

If you are a production company or an artist please sign up to our Production Newsletter.

This will help us to keep you informed about call outs, opportunities and developments.

The newsletter is ad hock and is only sent when we have some news to share so it won’t clog up your inbox on a monthly basis.


Programming Information

Call Out June – December 2021 

DEADLINE: Monday 29 March 2021

We are hopeful that restrictions will be lifted enough to enable us to promote outdoor performances over the summer and also programme indoor performances during autumn and winter 2021.

We are looking for a diverse range of work but during this recovery phase predominantly work aimed at a community audience.

We are looking for small scale touring productions, our venues are mostly small village halls and community centres.

None of our venues have technicians and technical equipment is minimal or non-existent, therefore you need to be self-contained or able to perform with little or no technical equipment.

Our programme may be reduced in the number of performances we can support but we hope that it will be the beginning of our journey to recovery enabling us to return to more normal programme during 2022.

We are unclear at the moment how the Geographical Levels will effect how we programme, for example, ability to travel across the UK or from county to county, but we will be doing our best to help rebuild the creative sector as and when guidelines allow.

Please submit your production even if you have:

  • previously sent a touring pack or correspondence to NEAT 
  • submitted a production previously via our online form for 2020

Some of our venues …

Johnshaven Village Hall

Finzean Village Hall

Tullynessle & Forbes Hall

New Deer Public Hall

Crathes Village Hall

Kemnay Village Hall

Wyness Hall, Inverurie

Aden Country Park, Mintlaw

The Salmon Bothy, Portsoy

Lumsden Village Hall

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