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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.
About Barbican Theatre Plymouth
Barbican Theatre is committed to building Plymouth’s cultural voice. We have been working for 42 years to inspire the next generation of artists and entrepreneurs to find their creative voices (voices often unheard). 
We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) and a registered charity. We specialise in creating performances and events for unique spaces, mixing genres and styles to create innovative, accessible work, and taking performances that people want to engage with, direct to their communities.  We are committed to inclusivity regardless of cultural, sexual or social background. 
People can get involved with our work in so many ways; not just as a participant or an audience member. We have opportunities to engage with technical, choreography, directing, writing, producing, designing, digital, film making and much more.  There are so many opportunities and experiences we want to help emerging talent explore and engage with so that together we can create work that inspires, challenges, entertains and educates. We believe that creativity belongs to everyone so we ensure our performances and workshops are affordable and accessible. 
Barbican Theatre is a registered charity, funded by Arts Council England, Plymouth City Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Youth Music, and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
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2024/25 Freelance Practitioner Call Out

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  • ReBel Music Lead Practitioner x2 - for 30 weeks across the academic year, work with our young musicians aged 15 - 25. For this role we're looking for knowledge of music, songwriting, composition and performing, ability to work co-creatively and an interest in extending the groups ability and skill as well as supporting them to put on events throughout the year


  • ReBel Music Production Lead Practitioner x2 - for 30 weeks across the academic year, work with our young music producers aged 15 - 25. For this role we're looking for knowledge of music production, ability to work co-creatively and an interest in extending the group's ability and skill. From recording EPs, making podcasts, creating music videos and promoting themselves as an artist


  • ReBel Players Lead Practitioner x1 - for 30 weeks across the academic year, work with our young performers aged 12 - 18. For this role we're looking for knowledge of theatre and performance as well as an ability to support guest facilitators in their practise. This role will link all of the skills the young people build throughout the year


  • ReBel Players Guest Practitioner x4 - for 5 weeks work with the lead practitioner to give the ReBels a 5 week crash course in your practise, a chance for the group to train in variety of performance skills


  • ReBel Players Guest Practitioner Summer Term x1 - For the final 10 weeks of the year, work alongside the Lead Practitioner to help knit all the ReBels skills together for their final outcome


  • ReBels Short Course Practitioner x6 - 5 week intensive training for ages 16 and above in your specialism or practise. These sessions are for emerging artists, people wanting to brush up on their skills, hobbyists and people wanting to pick up a new skill so it must be accessible while still stretching the skills of participants. The short courses do not need to have an outcome but should leave participants feeling that they have achieved something new. This can be rooted in theatre, dance, music, performance, visual art, tech - anything engaging and creative!

All roles are £30ph and all applicants need to have an existing DBS or be willing to undertake a DBS


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ReBels Young Company Call Out

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ReBels Young Company is a project designed to be a springboard for emerging artists, allowing them to take on the challenge of creating a touring show without the financial barriers typically associated with touring. This project will develop a cohort of early-career artists aged 18-25 and provide them with a paid opportunity to produce a show suitable for touring. Participants are offered mentorship, support, and paid work to enable them to produce their first show from scratch. Mentorship is provided throughout the process by established creatives in the Plymouth arts scene, we will also provide bespoke 1:1 mentorship which reflects your needs as the programme progresses.

Rebels Young Company holds significant importance, especially given the limited opportunities available in the South West. Nationally, the arts are underfunded, making it challenging for young creatives to secure paid opportunities. We believe young people deserve paid work, as they represent some of the most important and exciting voices in our community and future.

Be part of the creative team of ReBels Young Company! 

Working together with a producer and a team of mentors, the creative team will collaboratively develop a touring show over the course of 10 months. You will benefit from an intensive training period from September to October, including guest workshops. Following this, you will be paid to create your own touring piece of performance, which will debut in June 2025.

We are looking for emerging artists aged 18-25 to be part of next year's team. This opportunity is ideal if you have experience or interest in being a:

  • Director
  • Choreographer
  • Musical Director/Composer
  • Writer
  • Producer
  • Digital Artist
  • Spoken Word Artist
  • Songwriter
  • Composer
  • Set Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Live Performance Artist
  • Filmmaker

Eligibility and requirements:

  • Must be legally allowed to work in the UK
  • Must be aged 18-25
  • Must have a positive and can-do attitude
  • Must have a willingness to learn
  • No previous experience/paid work necessary

Successful candidates will undergo a training and creation process, which will shape their roles within the project. For example, you could start as a musician and evolve into a writer. The cast of the show will be auditioned by the group and hired after the writing and creation stage.

Location:  Plymouth, Devon. 

Application Deadline: 17:00 on 26th August 2024

Key Dates

Workshop Audition: 6th September 6pm - 8pm

Weekly Sessions: Wednesdays 6pm -9pm from 18th September  

R+D Weekends: 14th - 15th September, 25th - 27th October

Project Timeline:

5 week intensive training and mentorship programme

15 weeks of paid co-creation and rehearsing the show

7 weeks of paid rehearsal and development ahead of touring


Rate of Pay: £12 per hour during the co-creation stages and R+D weekends with potential to increase as roles and responsibility adjust.


Work Experience at Barbican Theatre

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Are you interested in learning all about working in the arts? Do you have a passion for theatre, dance, music and much more? We offer a number of bespoke work experience placements throughout the year. Please fill out this form to express your interest in work experience with us and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss things further.


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