• To establish a touring network of performance venues across Ireland.
• To support/co-produce work for touring (across all artforms).
• To receive touring works from artists and production companies (across all artforms).
• To sustain, develop and nurture our audiences for the performing arts.
• To develop relationships with artists and production companies that we work with.
STN operates in two distinct ways:
The first is a ‘Production Award’ (€10,000) to assist companies in making work for touring.
The second is a ‘Touring Platform’ providing touring opportunities for companies, producers and artists.
STROLLERS PRODUCTION AWARD
In order to support artists and our audiences STN has introduced a PRODUCTION AWARD which encourages companies, producers etc. to make work with the cooperation and collaboration of the 10 venue partners. A total award of up to €10,000 is offered to assist with the financing of a piece of artwork along with a 10 venue tour to each of the venue partners. The tour is further supported with a guarantee fee from each venue. The total value of each Production Award is approximately €20,000
PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS
The Strollers Touring Network Production Awards over four years (2009-2015) totalled just over €102,000 in investment and touring guarantees to touring production companies and artists.
2010 - Garter Lane and Lane Productions for All Ireland Tour of ‘Brighton’ by Jim Nolan.
2011 - Julie Feeny for new collaborative project working with regional choirs and new choral commission.
2012 - Theatre Lovett - A new commission for a touring production for Children and family audiences.
2013 - Fishamble: The New Play Company ‘Little Thing, Big Thing’ a new play by Donal O’Kelly.
2014/2015 - Moonfish Theatre Company ‘Star of the Sea’.
2016 Monkeyshine Theatre - ‘Voyage’
2017 Duke Special – ‘Hallow’ – music performance based on works by poet Michael Longley
The ten venue members and their respective capacities and dimensions are:
Siamsa Tire, Tralee (seating 350) W10.5m D11.2m H10.3m
Hawkswell, Sligo (336) W13.2m D8.25m H6m
Watergate, Kilkenny (328) W9.12m D7.88m H12.5m
Solstice, Navan (320) W12m D12m H12m
GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow (294) W13.1m D9m H7-10m
Draiocht, Blanchardstown (286) W13.41m D11.58m H13.5m
The Source Arts Centre, Thurles (250) W10m D8m H6-8m
Riverbank, Newbridge (180) W7m-11m D4.85m H4.8m
Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar (144) W9m D6.75m H7.9m
Belltable, Limerick (220) W 7.7m D9m H 6m
The network pools resources in order to share touring work. The pooling of resources can often mean sharing travel expenses across the 10 partners, using a collective pot of money to assist a company to make work that otherwise could not be funded by one venue alone, pooling finances to ensure that audience’s needs are met by commissioning work.