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Work With Barbican Theatre

We believe our work will be stronger with greater diversity and welcome applications from those who bring difference. Barbican Theatre welcomes the whole person to work, and we understand that each of us bring our experiences, our backgrounds and our own unique view and interpretation to what we do. Supporting our staff means they are not appointed to represent specific groups or organisation.

Identity Parade: Designers / Makers / Customisers / Fashionistas

Application deadline: 12pm Mon 9 May 2022 
Interviews: w/c 9 May
We will pay you: £200 to help towards you putting your looks together for the show
Dates: Thursday 26 May 5pm - 8pm  & Friday 27 May 6pm - 10pm
OPEN & COMPLETE >>> Application form (opens as a google form)
OPEN & COMPLETE >>> Equal opportunities form (opens as a google form)

What Is Identity Parade?

Identity Parade is part of ‘Dress Code - Fashion Stories from The Box’ exhibition running from 2 April to 4 September 2022. Identity Parade is a fashion show with a twist showcasing the best of the (south) West shaping Plymouth’s fashion identity. The fashion show takes place on Friday 27 May at The Box in the stunning glass atrium. 
Barbican Theatre are looking for a range of people to take part in Identity Parade and have a number of roles and commissions available to help make this event a success.
Responding to the theme of identity we want the evening to showcase the range of identities, communities and people that make Britain’s Ocean City.
Book tickets to watch Identity Parade @ The Box on Fri 27 May (doors 7:30pm, showtime 8pm) here
Additional roles to work with us on Identity Parade will be announced shortly (please watch this space / our social media feeds)
If you are interested in being a part of this event and would like more information or think your skills would be suited better elsewhere please contact Tim Norman, Barbican Theatre's Event Production Manager tim@barbicantheatre.co.uk 

Who or What are we looking for in these roles?

We are looking for 15 x designers/makers/customisers/fashionistas from Devon and Cornwall to take part in our fashion show and present their looks on the runway.
We want to showcase the awesome talent we have in the south west and want to put you centre stage. 
This show is all about representing the local people of Plymouth and surrounding areas, so if you are interested in walking the runway too we would totally love that! We’re striving for body positivity and unique looks, celebrating realness.
You will get the chance to show your clothing, accessories and complete looks in any of the eleven categories (click on the + by each for details) 
Fashion is Forever (Sustainability Category)
Seeking high fashion, sustainable and avant garde realness. Turn the catwalk green with your cutting edge sustainable materials, and up-cycled, reuse-remake mastery.
Hiding in Plain Sight (Social Camouflage Category)
Don’t ever let the world tell you what you’re supposed to look or dress like. Does your look have an alt edge and serious attitude? We’re calling for misfits who’ve smashed the mould.
Electro-cute (Wearable Tech & Neon Category)

LED dresses, neon club wear, musical corsets and motion activated coats. Bright lights and bright sights. Will you electro-cute us along the catwalk? 

Serving Accessories (Accessories Category)
Everyone knows accessories make the outfit. But do you make the accessories? Bling, rings or earrings; handbags and holdalls, sunglasses or sun visors  we want to wear them all. 
Historic C’est Chic  (Plymouth History Category) 
How do you take a C16th farthingale and serve glamour? How do you modernise a Georgian empire line dress? We want you to serve 21st glamour dripping on historic inspired garments.
Fishy realness (Sea, Feminine, Water, Coast Category) 
Nothing is more iconic in Plymouth than the amazing coastline we have and that's why we want to celebrate it with its own category. Dive into this category by serving fishy realness. Think fierce feminine gowns that exude sea energy, mermaid inspired looks or even coastal couture. Whatever it may be, it's got to be dripping wet fashion.
Off Your Head (Headwear Category)
Bonnets, fascinators, hats and caps. This category is all about serving good head and serving the most iconic headwear. 
Wet & Wild (Swimwear Category) 
Think Iconic swimwear. From the most modest to the most body positive, via practical and tactical - how do you make a wetsuit fashionable? 
Ring In The Changes (A Changeable Look Category) 
Maybe a reveal will give you 10s across the board? Can clothes change your identity, create change themselves (politically or socially) or change your opinion of winter swimming? Serve iconic changing looks on the runway. 
10 Across The Board: (High Fashion Category) 
Serving newsworthy glamour, red carpet couture, high fashion glad-rags. Dressed to the nines and score 10 on the runway.
DressCode (Identity Category)
This is our invitation to you to serve us Plymouth. This fashion show and exhibition is all about identity: Individual identity, community identity and Plymouth’s identity in the world of fashion. What’s your Identity in 2022? 

Your Application & Showing Us Your Work & Ideas

We'd like you to send us examples of your work - this could be photos, sketches or videos of garments/accessories/looks/ideas that you would like to present in the show. You can share this via 
  • links to your social media pages (we do love a good instagram feed!)
  • a link to your website
  • a link another website you’re featured on
  • uploaded via google drive, dropbox or similar file sharing platform
We don't mind how you show us your work - we just want to see it and how it represents you and what you could bring to Identity Parade.
OPEN & COMPLETE >>> Application Form (opens as a google form where you can also upload / post links to examples of your work and ideas for the show)
OPEN & COMPLETE >>> Equal opportunities form (opens as a google form)
Application deadline: 12pm Monday 9 May 2022
Interviews: w/c 9 May

What will successful applicants need to bring to Identity Parade:

  • 2-3 full looks
  • Someone to showcase your looks on the runway - which can also be you. 
  • Your identity and realness
We will pay you £200 towards the cost of putting your look together for the catwalk. 
If you have any questions or  are interested in being a part of this event and would like more information or think your skills would be suited better elsewhere please contact Tim Norman, Barbican Theatre's Event Production Manager tim@barbicantheatre.co.uk 
Additional roles to work with us on Identity Parade will be announced shortly (please watch this space / our social media feeds)

Day Of Difference Facilitators & Visitors

Application deadline: Rolling - (If you are interested in taking part please fill in the application form below) 
Application form (opens as a google form) please also ensure you complete a copy of our Equal Opportunities form below:
Equal opportunities form (opens as a google form)
Barbican Theatre are looking for individuals to support the Day of Difference school workshops.
Day of Difference is a theatre and education one day workshop , delivered by  Barbican Theatre that focuses on diversity and challenges discrimination. 
With Day of Difference our aim is to encourage young people to examine their values, attitudes and beliefs, and to explore how we approach other people’s differences. This event provides an opportunity for secondary school students to explore their feelings on the subject of intolerance and discrimination and provides them with an open and safe environment to talk.
Visitors
Payment offered: £50/ workshop
As a visitor you will 
  • Share your experience of discrimination with the secondary school students 
  • Talk openly and answer questions that guide a group discussion 
  • Work with the facilitators and the school staff to liken your experience to the simulations in the morning 
  • Have full access to our training and be provided with support from Barbican Staff
We are looking for people who are 
  • Comfortable working with young people and in schools 
  • Confident talking about themselves to groups of people 
  • Committed to educating people about tolerance and understanding
  • Available during term time  and in school hours
  • Contactable by phone or email

 

What is Day of Difference? 

Day of Difference: Putting racial intolerance and discrimination under the microscope
“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”  - Ralph W. Sockman
Day of Difference is a theatre and education package, delivered by  Barbican Theatre that focuses on diversity.
With Day of Difference our aim is to encourage young people to examine their values, attitudes and beliefs, and to explore how we approach other people’s differences. This event provides an opportunity for secondary school students to explore their feelings on the subject of racial intolerance and provides them with an open and safe environment to talk.
Day of Difference was originally created in collaboration with King Edward VI School, Totnes. It is a tried and tested programme, which continues to be in demand throughout the region.  
What happens during a Day of Difference Workshop? 
The day is in two distinct parts.
In the first part, the whole year group participates in a drama simulation centred on cultural difference and assumptions. 
The students are split into smaller groups and are charged with building their own cultural identity. Cultural ambassadors must then visit other communities to exchange information about their way of life. 
After this, life becomes more challenging. The new cultures are tested when an ecological disaster strikes one community. Each country is asked to help the refugees... what will they decide to do? How will they cope?
Once the simulation is over all the students will have an opportunity to discuss and evaluate what happened.
In the second part of the day, the students meet with a diverse team of individuals. Each person they meet will have personal experiences that directly relate to the fictional simulations from the morning. Your students can talk with these people in an informal way and ask any questions that they wish to. These meetings will consolidate the work from the morning. After this there will be one last discussion, and then it's home time.

How do I apply? 

Application form (opens as a google form) please also ensure you complete a copy of our Equal Opportunities form below:
Equal opportunities form (opens as a google form)
Application deadline - Rolling deadline.
You can also email dulcima@barbicantheatre.co.uk or call her on 07594439851 if you can't fill in the application form.
Dulcima will set up an email conversation,  phone call or Zoom meeting to talk to you more about Day of Difference. If you would rather meet in person this can be arranged. 
You will be invited to a training day in Plymouth at Barbican Theatre on 11 April. The training will be led by project leaders Zoe Bloss and Jon Nash.
Dulcima will contact you if there is a workshop booked and ask if you would like to come along.

Technical, Production & Backstage Crew

We have lots of projects happening over the summer and would like to employ production staff that can assist our in house team and lead on their specialist role. 
We are looking for stage managers, lighting and sound technicians and sound engineers to join us for the following projects. Please look at the timelines and dates carefully for each job. 
We are looking for people who 
  • Have experience working in theatre spaces and outdoor performance sites 
  • Are comfortable communicating with young people and professionals 
  • Have experience working with film, live performance and live music/ DJ’s 
  • Can work proactively  as part of a team and can take the lead in their specialist are
  • Are prepared to work production hours which are often long and intense 
Stage Managers
Payment offered: @£150 a day - dates / details of our summer projects below
Assistant Stage Managers/ Technicians
Payment offered: £12.50/hr - dates / details of our summer projects below
Events
  • 'Walk This Way' Saturday 18 June 2022
    • Requirement 1 x Assistant Stage Manager & 1 x Assistant Technician managing a large outdoor production on the piazza with a catwalk stage, musicians, dancers and pop up performers throughout the day. Three days 
  • Queen's Jubilee Giant Puppet Parade  2 - 4 June 2022 
    • Requirement: 5x stage managers, 4 x assistant Stage Managers, 2 x Assistant Technicians for a synchronised puppet parade of 5 puppets. Each puppet and its community team will promenade a specific route across Keyham to meet for a Giants Tea Party.  
  • West End Carnival Saturday  28 August 2022.
    • Requirement: 1 x Stage Manager for 2 days managing an outdoor dance theatre production with a large puppet, and assisting with the West End Carnival Parade. 
Application form (opens as a google form) please also ensure you complete a copy of our Equal Opportunities form below:
Equal opportunities form (opens as a google form)

 

Please be aware that Barbican Theatre cannot consider speculative enquiries regarding employment - all current vacancies are listed on our website on this page.

Work Experience

Barbican Theatre can support week-long Work Experience placements every November and July, and on occasion we are able to support longer-term placements from students and graduates. If you are looking for a placement of this type, then please email us at btpt@barbicantheatre.co.uk  – please be aware that we receive a high volume of requests, and cannot accommodate every placement. Work experience is strictly for those aged 16 plus.