Take Art is a partner in the European project RIOTE (Rural Inclusive Outdoor Theatre Education), funded by Erasmus and working alongside a collection of European theatre companies, programmers and film makers who are passionate about rural and outdoor performance. The seven companies are from Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and UK.
We are researching diverse styles of theatre which can surprise, challenge and relate intimately to people’s lives. We are interested in outdoor theatre’s potential to reach new audiences who are not necessarily theatre goers.
The UK has a rural touring network which is a nationwide initiative developed over the past 40 years. It takes brilliant performances to remote communities with the help of local people. The UK is one of a few countries to have such a network and we, at RIOTE2, want to create one that reaches across the whole of Europe.
Take Art's specific role is to develop a rural touring handbook suitable for cultural managers from other countries, containing a practical guide on how to support rural promoters to put on shows, advice for touring theatre companies on what to expect when performing in a rural venue and support to cultural managers who might wish to create a rural touring network in their area.
The partners are Broken Spectacles/Dartington Arts (UK), Control Studio Association (HU), Kud Ljud (SI), Shoshin Theatre (RO), Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo (IT), Take Art (UK), Utca-Szak (HU).
The RIOTE2 Handbook
For European Cultural Agencies & Entrepreneurs
In Hungary & Romania
A guide to creating a rural touring network in your European region
This handbook has been produced by Take Art for the RIOTE2 project. Working with two of our partners, Shoshin Theatre in Romania, and Control Studio Association in Hungary, it has specifically been written for people and cultural organisations who wish to create a rural touring model in their own regions.
You can download the full RIOTE2 Handbook here or each individual section by chapter.