The Salvos are among the most respected, best established artists working on the UK’s rural touring circuit. We work with local schemes and promoters to take our work to hundreds of villages and communities who are isolated geographically from major theatre, art and cultural centres. This activity has helped to define who we are and why we make work. In 2015, we will be touring a new project for rural audiences, The Powercut Compendium.
In the past, the company has headlined the UK’s major festival of rural touring work, the Pride of Place Festival. In our home region of South East England, we work with partners such as Gavin Stride (Farnham Maltings), Karen Howard (West Sussex County Council) and Dawn Badlands (Applause) to develop and push boundaries of what rural touring can be and can do.
In 2012, commissioned by the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) and supported by Beaford Arts and Take Art, the Salvos broke new ground by taking their site-specific event, Pub Rock, to the rural touring circuit – we performed in pubs across the country! We wanted to offer rural communities something different from the small-scale transit-van-sized show, appearing in their local village hall.
Salvo Alex Murdoch spoke at the NRTF conference about extending the reach of rural programming. You can watch that talk here. Alex now sits on the board of the NRTF. She has also developed a course with the Independent Theatre Council – Introduction to Rural Touring - which offers training and practical advice to artists and producers wishing to work rurally.
To read Alex and Brian’s 2011 blog on rural touring for the Independent newspaper, click here.