The STROLLERS Touring Network (STN) comprises of nine Theatre/Arts Centre venues located across Ireland. It is currently the largest touring network in the country. The network has five key functions:

• 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.

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 9 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 9 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


The Strollers Touring Network Production Awards over the last four years (2009-2015) total 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’.

The nine venue members and their respective capacities and dimensions are:

Siamsa Tire, Tralee                              (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

NETWORK Collaboration

In the current economic climate the network has been able to pool resources in order to share touring work. The pooling of resources can often mean sharing travel expenses across the 9 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.