As part of the redfoot youth theatre’s ongoing program, we have biannual tours, nationally and internationally, together with a tour to local schools every year. In 2007, we took a small company of performers and technicians to Melbourne with a stunning physical production of The Willow Pattern, and in 2009 we travelled to the UK with Old T Tales. 2011 saw a party of 34 redfoot members heading to the UK for a feast of theatre. We took our own devised version of the Batavia story and performed to UK audiences throughout the country. Whilst in the UK we spent time in Stratford upon Avon – visiting all of Shakespeare’s houses and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s wonderful new performance venue. Students and staff marvelled at the incredible facilities, and enjoyed three quality productions to boot. Whilst in London, we were able to see a further eight West End productions in what proved to be a real theatre education.
Touring presents us with huge opportunities, and challenges. We work in new and varied spaces, and for different audiences. Whilst away there are productions to see, company meals to enjoy and all the pressures that come with spending time together. The touring shows are beautifully crafted ensemble productions designed to be easily transported, assembled and packed away, and to be performed in drama specific venues or even as street theatre.
We have established a reputation with schools in nearby districts and now receive many requests to visit – a tribute to the quality of the work our young cast produce.