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Producing: The Nuts and Bolts of Touring Theatre

1st - 10th February 

Venue: Online

Cost: Free

Access support is available

Join Wise Children’s producing team - Poppy keeling (Executive Producer), Monica Bakir (Producer) and Rhys Bugler (Assistant Producer) - for an introduction to the basics of touring theatre.

This course will cover: budgeting, commissioning, scheduling, contracting, fundraising and how to pull together a tour pack. We’ll also throw in some creative curveballs just to keep it exciting. The course will be broken down into group sessions, ‘homework’ tasks and one-to-one professional development time. All elements will take place online. You will end the course with the tools to create an industry-ready tour pack.

The course will run from Wednesday 1st February to Friday 10th February and involve 8 hours of contact time online. There will also be tasks to work on between sessions. Here you can access a provisional schedule for the course. All times are in GMT. 

Who we’re looking for: This course will be most useful to emerging or early-career producers. Maybe you work in a theatre office and are ready to move into an assistant producer role or you might be a producer planning your first tour. If you’ve got some professional theatre producing or administration experience under your belt, but want to learn more about touring, we want to hear from you.


Wise Children are committed to equal opportunities and actively welcome candidates from all backgrounds. To remove barriers, School for Wise Children courses are free, and wide-ranging access support is available.


Keep an eye on our socials as we’ll be releasing more information about the course in due time.

If you have any questions about the course, contact

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How to apply


Please fill in our form. The application includes the following three questions.

  • What excites you about Theatre?

  • What have you produced in the past? 

  • What do you want to take away from the course? 


You can apply (via our form) by writing, video or voice note. Please note that due to the high number of applications we receive we won’t be able to watch/listen beyond the 2-minute mark of a video or voice note, so keep your answers short and sweet. For help recording your video click here.


Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply.

Applications for Producing: The Nuts and Bolts of Touring Theatre are closed and we have been in touch with all applicants. Please check your junk mail for a response and email if you haven't heard from us.

About the course leaders

Poppy Keeling is Wise Children’s Executive Producer and has been with the company since its launch.

Before Wise Children, Poppy spent nearly ten years at Complicité, as a Producer and as the Director of the company's award-winning Creative Learning Programme.

Monica Bakir is Wise Children’s Producer. 


She has recently joined the company from Shakespeare’s Globe, where she produced shows that ran in rep on the Globe’s iconic stage, alongside national and international tours. Monica was also a script reader for the Finborough Theatre and is passionate about bringing new work to audiences.

Rhys Bugler is Wise Children’s Assistant Producer and has been with the company for a year and a half.


Before Wise Children, Rhys worked in the Welsh theatre and visual arts scene in Cardiff as a project co-ordinator and in assistant/admin roles. Rhys spent time working with National Theatre of Wales, The British Council, Visual Arts Group Wales and National Lottery on their Young People in the Lead programme.

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