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We are a network of venues and organisations in the South West who support artists, working together to enable quality work, better communication and touring in the region to develop the South West theatre sector, led by Wiltshire Creative and The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter.

Over the last year, we’ve been meeting and discussing ways in which we can work together to better support artists.

The Venues South West Routes In document is the first outward step in that process. It is a direct rip off of the fantastic Venues North Routes In document. Containing venue and organisation contact details and programming information, it is an attempt to make getting in touch with venues that little bit easier.

We hope you enjoy it!

Click here for the VENUES SOUTH WEST ROUTES IN document



Support for artists is at the heart of what we do.

Keeping open dialogue with artists to serve the needs of the theatre making community.

Pooling knowledge and sharing resources to give space, time, advice and to present, co-present and co-produce work, opening up new circuits for rural, small scale and mid-scale work.


Raising the profile of the region - creating a quality brand of South West work which has national recognition.

Supporting the creation of high quality new work from regional companies and championing this work through advocacy opportunities.

Co-promoting work and sharing opportunities for marketing and publicity.


Opening up communication between venues & venues and venues & artists.

Putting artists in touch with each other to develop peer networks.

Creating a space where artists and venues can meet and have conversations.

Making venue contact details more accessible and enabling approaches to venues to be more targeted.


Advocating best practice within the network.

Looking at and interrogating existing touring models.

Sharing of knowledge to support staff development and learning.



Venues and organisations who programme live performances (not solely music) in the South West.

Organisations committed to supporting and/or programming artists from the South West.

Commitment to the aims and values of the network.

Attendance at meetings and responsibility for involvement within the network.