ETT Forge

ETT Forge


Are you a producer or company with a focus on touring?

After 10 years, ETT’s artist support programme, ETT Forge, is changing. The changes aim to broaden the reach of the programme regionally and enhance the support available to companies and producers with a proven commitment to touring. Through nationwide skills workshops and peer to peer networking opportunities, online resources, development time in ETT’s studios and curated industry sharing’s, ETT Forge provides a toolkit to support the future of touring in the UK.

The new scheme is open to all UK based companies and producers who can demonstrate a commitment to touring their work.

Registration is now open.

To sign up to the new scheme, please click here

The deadline for registrations is Monday 2 April 2018.

For more information on the scheme, and how to apply, download full details here.

Programme Structure

ETT Forge is focused into four categories:

  • Advice and Information: Articles, drop in sessions, and templates to equip any producer with the tools needed to tour work in the UK
  • Skills and Development: Access to skills workshops, how to guides, and online Q+As
  • Resources and offers: Access to free rehearsal space, the ETT prop store, and various ticket offers throughout the year
  • Connections and Networking: Networking events and sharing’s


Guidelines and FAQs

  • ETT Forge is an initiative for companies and producers based in the United Kingdom who are actively producing work with the ambition to tour.
  • The definition of touring for the purpose of this scheme is ‘a piece of work presented over consecutive dates at more than one venue including at least one venue outside London’
  • You do not need previous touring experience to be eligible, but you do need to show a commitment to touring by sharing an idea that you are looking to tour
  • Membership must be renewed each year to ensure we have your most up to date details and know about your current projects
  • The scheme is not available to individual artists who do not have previous self-producing experience.
  • There are two registration points each year, in the Spring and Autumn, and registration will be open for one month each time.
  • All existing ETT Forge members must reapply to the new scheme.





As part of ETT Forge, we have launched a new associate companies/producers scheme designed to establish a deep rooted and meaningful relationship with three exceptional companies or individuals each year from across the UK who are looking to develop and expand their touring relationships.

The companies/producers for 2018/19 are:

Antic Face
Founded by Co-Artistic Directors Emma Hall and Charlie Parham, Antic Face was formed with twin aims: to redress a gender imbalance that persists in all fields of theatrical practice and to provide a collaborative platform for young people seeking to enter the profession in any capacity. With a strong focus on the text, the company is committed both to revisiting the classics and bringing them to a young audience, and to promoting new writing.

Alison Holder
Alison is an independent producer with her own audio production company, LunAH Productions. She is also company producer for Helen Chadwick Song Theatre and is currently based at the Bush Theatre. Current projects include Booby's Bay (Finborough Theatre, Wardrobe Theatre), TRUTH (Birmingham Rep and National tour) and audio project Barnardo’s Black History. Previously Alison has worked with The Shout (Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival) and has also worked in various positions at the Almeida Theatre and Young Vic under the artistic directorship of Michael Attenborough and David Lan respectively.

COMMON is an arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and ensure that artists from working-class backgrounds have equal opportunity to build sustainable careers in theatre. Through direct engagement with working-class artists across the country, they identify structural barriers that these artists face, which can be directly attributed to their socio-economic status. They then collaborate with partner organisations to create practical opportunities aimed at supporting the professional development of working-class artists in specific regions. Their support gives artists, who may not have the resources to do so independently, the crucial skills and experience they need to build progressive and sustainable careers in theatre, helping make the arts more accessible to those from less advantage backgrounds. COMMON is led by David Loumgair, a working-class theatre director and production dramaturg from the Scottish Borders, alongside Executive Producer Ailbhe Treacy.