About Us

Who we are

house is a venue network and touring initiative based in the South East of England. It is delivered by Farnham Maltings with support from Arts Council England and an advisory group of venue leaders, programmers and producers from the region. It was established in 2012.

house supports venues by improving the range, quality and scale of theatre presented across South East and East England and exists to build the audience for contemporary theatre across the region. It does this by supporting venues and artists to develop audiences and by helping to create a long-term infrastructure for touring.

We do this by:

  • Touring high-quality contemporary theatre to a network of venues across South East and East England
  • Organising network days, seminars and training for venue staff
  • Subsidising professional and programming development for venue staff
  • Offering subsidised training, networking opportunities and sharing for artists and companies
  • Seed-funding creative projects and connecting the ambitions of theatre-makers, venues and audiences
  • Advocating for and co-ordinating network-wide initiatives around common goals like access, internships etc
  • Providing resources, conversations and tips
  • Experimenting with touring models in order to build a sustainable future for touring performing arts work

Our values:

Generosity is the best policy: we believe that generosity and sharing leads to productivity, a healthy sector and engaged audiences

Encourage networks: we encourage venues in close proximity to communicate and share knowledge. This can overcome programming issues, marketing and audience development challenges, and creates a supportive community in an already challenging industry

Touring is ever-changing: though the touring theatre sector is constantly evolving, we believe in its value

Access and inclusion: all venues and artists should work towards an accessible future so that no-one is excluded from theatre

It’s about people: venues should reach audiences strategically – it’s worth it in the long run. Every venue should have a pro-active audience development plan to guide and focus

Programming should be risky and creative: programmers should recognise the value of great theatre, seek out and see work both in their own venue and elsewhere, and feel confident about programming theatre that inspires and provokes

Working together: programmers and marketers should work closely with each other to ensure that venue and audience ambitions are met

The world can change over a cup of tea: invest in network relationships – it’s often the little conversations that make a big difference

To find out how you can get involved in the network, please contact Mark Makin at mark@housetheatre.org.uk

The shows that tour through house have all been seen in full production by a member of the team, advisory group or trusted partner and come highly recommended. If you’re interested in inviting house to see your show for potential touring, please send the details to steph@housetheatre.org.uk.

While we endeavour to see most work, we would ask that you write to us a few months in advance of the performance to avoid disappointment.

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Access and data

We believe that creativity helps us make sense of the world, bring people together and has the potential to articulate new ideas. By encouraging people to participate in the arts, as audience and makers, we will foster a healthier, happier and safer contemporary Britain. These are the steps house takes to ensure the culture of touring is sustainable and ever-growing in relation to access and inclusion

house is a network of organisations and artists, which relies on communication and co-operation. This means that house needs to process and retain some personal data in relation to its activities. For details on how your data is used, please see our privacy policy

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Delivery and partners

Farnham Maltings is a creative organisation and venue in Surrey that works with the artists and communities to encourage the greatest number of people to make, see and enjoy the best art possible. Farnham Maltings delivers house, as well as other initiatives, to encourage, develop and support artists and audiences.

Farnham Maltings is funded by Arts Council England to deliver a vibrant theatre development programme, including:

  • house
  • caravan
  • producing
  • rural touring

We are grateful for the investment we receive as a National Portfolio Organisation.