January 2016

Rear View funding

IOU is awarded a Strategic Touring grant to realise ‘Rear View’.

IOU is pleased to announce the success of its recent application to Arts Council of England for a Strategic Touring grant to develop the company’s new show, ‘Rear View’. 

The show will be an ambitious combination of: mystery tour, live performance, participatory installation and multi level experiences using digital technology. The audience will travel in a specially designed mobile auditorium that will enable them to watch scenes played out behind the bus as it travels along, as well as set-scenes in special places in the host town. The site-specific nature of ‘Rear View’ will enable local residents to be involved in the creation of the show and will help to create a unique way to experience their town.

‘Rear View’ will be developed throughout 2016 and tour England in the Spring and Summer of 2017 & 2018. National partners include Festival of Thrift, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Stockton International Riverside Festival, LeftCoast, Out There Festival, SO Festival and Yorkshire Festival. Talking about his involvement in the project Matt Burnham, Artistic Director of The Yorkshire Festival said, "Yorkshire Festival is delighted to be working with IOU on Rear View. This innovative project will help us reach audiences in new and playful ways with partners in Halifax, Scarborough, Kirklees and Hull, on what promises to be a brilliant and ambitious project."

As part of the show, IOU is currently working on the development of new audio technology in partnership with University of York’s Digital Creativity Hub. The resulting 3D positional headphones will be used to create a vivid layer of sound for the audience to experience as they travel along on the rear view bus. 

Rear View marks a return to outdoor performance work for IOU and coincides with the company’s 40th Anniversary and the opening of a new Studio, Gallery and Making Space at its base at Dean Clough Mills, Halifax. Opening in June 2016, the facilities will enable the company to make large scale work for touring in the UK and abroad as well as present IOU installations, exhibitions and performance work in the company’s home town.

“We are delighted and thrilled to be supported by the Arts Council to develop and present ‘Rear View’. The grant will allow us to both make a show that will explore new territory for the company, as well as manufacture the road going, rear facing bus that will be a unique resource when touring to areas without traditional theatre spaces. We are also extremely pleased to be collaborating with national partner festivals to present one of IOU’s most exciting shows to date.” David Wheeler, Artistic Director and a founder member of IOU.

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