introduction

The prospect of taking your work or expertise abroad is attractive for so many reasons. Visiting different countries, different continents, working collaboratively with other artists and makers, discovering new audiences, making new friends – it’s all an irresistible call.

The reality, of course, is that it’s pure graft; imagine the work involved in producing a national tour then add the international extras. Finding those elusive contacts, building relationships, the research, the long-term development and the nuts of bolts of putting it all together can be time consuming and sometimes just a little nerve-fraying.

This guide can help you make sense of an often bewildering to-do list while offering practical advice and alerts of how to avoid potential problems.

There is rarely one answer for the many variables involved in international work, particularly with different regions in the world having different challenges. The information here though, will give you the broad brush strokes and hopefully offer you the right tools to fill in your own details.

who’s it for?

This guide will be useful for any individual, touring company, festival or producing venue who may be interested in investigating the potential in working internationally.

For those with experience of working internationally, the guide can offer a one-stop-shop for information and top tips, giving you a handy point of reference in an accessible format.

As a warmer, have a look at this paper on the Stan’s Café site. It’s a rather personal and endearing view of what it means to work internationally.

about the author

Gary Hills has been one of the caravan mentors since its introduction in 2008. He was a Brussels-based international promoter for five years, during which time he produced tours of independent theatre and dance, as well as visiting West End productions. Gary runs the Independent Theatre Council’s Touring Abroad course and continues to work with individuals and organisations on their international arts development.