We are currently working on a kit for tour managers and touring companies, focussing on how to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in cast, crew and support team when ‘on the road’.
Touring is a crucial component of the performing arts industry, and undertaking a tour can be both great fun and a huge challenge. Between performing shows and travelling, there is little downtime, and taking sick leave or annual leave can be fraught with difficulty. You’re away from family and friends, living out of a suitcase, and sometimes waking up in a different town every day! The pressures of touring are unusual, and required dedicated, tailored support.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the consultation phase of Tour Well. The top challenges identified included:
- Eating well
- Pressure to perform (difficulties with taking leave)
- Lack of adequate breaks
- Getting adequate sleep
- Being away from family and friends
- Experiencing extreme highs and lows
- Lack or routine
The full kit will be released shortly.