Getting your show off the ground with Routes North.

There are plenty of ways to get new theatre shows off the ground. But sometimes we need a little helping hand. That’s where Routes North steps in. The three venue partnership that makes Routes North works with Northern theatre companies to develop new work by providing a package of support.


This season Routes North is supporting ivo Theatre to produce a new work called In The Vice Like Grip of It, a show about mass surveillance and domestic relationships.

Routes North is a partnership initiative between ARC, Stockton; The Lowry, Salford and Theatre in the Mill, Bradford to help make theatre happen in the North of England. All three of the partner venues are heavily committed to artist development, and came together in 2012 to offer a package of support to help enable one artist/company to make and tour a new piece of work.

Previous productions that have been supported by Routes North include; Soroush’s My brothers Country, Geddes Loom’s Prelude to a Number and 154 Collective’s Dancing with the Orange Dog.

Northern company ivo Theatre came to The Lowry last week to develop In The Vice Like Grip of It in The Studio. It proved very fruitful for the company as they grappled with ideas about complicity of the idea of being watched and how to make the political relatable.

Sharing parts of the Research and Development process that you wouldn’t normally see, ivo Theatre took over our Instagram. See their posts here.


In The Vice Like Grip of It will preview in The Studio at The Lowry on Fri 27 and Sat 28 Feb. For more info and tickets click here.