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.
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
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.
COVID-19 Programming Update
Our live programme is currently suspended; we hope to resume our programme in Spring 2021.
Our programming pace will be set by Volunteer Promoter and community confidence to host live events in their community; we will be doing all we can to support this recovery for the benefit of artist and communities alike.
It may take some time before we return to our normal way of programming or even the usual number of productions/performances programmed.
For early 2021 our programming menu will consist a mixture of
- performances which were initially cancelled.
- Geographically local to the North East
- Productions who can demonstrate good COVID practices
- Artistically/creatively fit with community needs and/or confidence eg outdoor, one person etc
Under normal circumstances we don’t tend to programme during summer months as our volunteers and communities head away for holidays or enjoy outdoor life, this may be a little different in 2021 and hopefully we’ll be able to support some great outdoor events.
Please sign up to our Production Newsletter to be kept informed of developments.
Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance
If you are currently planning your 2021 tour and interested in exploring a slow touring model in the North East please contact Emyr Bell, Executive Director to arrange a virtual meeting to discuss possible ideas or scenarios.
Since April 2020 we have been supporting artists, companies and organisations to connect with an online audience by sharing links on our website, social media and monthly newsletter.
Our traditional audience, as far as we can see from analytics, have not all migrated to online content; they love to experience theatre and cinema in their local community but don’t necessarily feel the need to engage with online content.
However, we do have a small online following. If we can provide engaging opportunities whilst also supporting sector sustainability then we will happily consider sharing digital content.
Notes to consider:
- NEAT will not pay a fee for online content
- If content is ticketed or a donation is requested we will include a link so that all revenue is paid directly to the content producer/provider.
- We will only share new work produced specifically for online distribution or high quality professionally produced live/staged recordings.
- Content must be submitted at least 14 days before the event date
- We cannot guarantee that all content will be shared – this depends on staff workloads