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Truelove Tours has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England - www.artscouncil.org.uk

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Truelove Tours is an independent small-scale production company based in the historic North Essex town of Colchester.

The Company was founded in 2004 by  writer/performer Darren Gooding from a desire to create outlets for quirky, idiosyncratic, text-based projects with a regional flavour, which might not normally be undertaken by larger metropolitan producers.

The company employs Solo Performance, Comedy, Music and Magic to create intelligent, yet accessible live work: utilizing a wide range of performance and narrative techniques with the aim of creating multi-layered shows which can be enjoyed by a broad cross-section of the community.

Truelove Tours aims to reinvigorate the tradition of adult storytelling through the production of easy-to-tour plays with a reduced reliance on mediating technology; placing the narrator-audience relationship firmly at the centre of the performance.

We strive to nurture a comedy / theatre crossover appeal, through an informal, audience focused technique, in order to facilitate access to live performance for people who may not normally attend “conventional” theatre.

Dedicated to new writing and devising for small-scale touring productions and site specific commissions, the company aims to provide both drama and comedy devotees with entertaining, innovative and magical theatre through the creation of works of sophisticated silliness for the delight of novice and regular theatre goers alike.

Whilst live events remain at the heart of Truelove Tours professional activities. We have also expanding into digital film production and other recorded media through  Truelove Tours Electric Pictures.


Please explore our site. A full list of what we do can be found on the above buttons; or just click on the images to the left to view some of our main projects…