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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. 
Our CEO is award winning choreographer Laura Kriefman, who specialises in the fusion of movement and technology, and has an extensive background across a number of art forms. She is supported by a highly experienced core team of professionals in production, tech, marketing, finance, event management, theatre, and dance. 
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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Call Out for Participants

9 – 11 April 2024, 9:30am – 1pm / 1:30pm - 5pm

Barbican Theatre Plymouth

NooN collective’s movement director Clare Parker will be holding 3 days of R&D as part of Barbican Theatre’s Plymouth is Dancing artist development programme. Local dancers are invited to be part of the creation of a unique dance film which will feature detailed choreography of hands only, in kaleidoscopic formations. The R&D will involve learning set phrases of hand gestures, experimenting with creating multiarmed forms, and building strong unison, call & response and canon patterns. It is an opportunity to explore using gesture in rhythmic patterns, along with aspects of making dance for camera, with consideration for framing, lighting and in-camera movement. We hope it will be an opportunity to develop your practice and strengthen collaborative networks.

The film is part of Murmur - a multi-sensory, cross-artform performance and installation piece which explores and amplifies mycelium communication and the deep subconscious. Mycelium are the branching, fusing networks of fungi. It is as mycelium that fungi live the majority of their lives, unseen, underground. Much like us as artists.

Dancers aged 18+ are invited to join for all of the dates; or part dates to meet other commitments. Each day sequences of material generated will be filmed so that everyone will be part of this co-creation, whether you join for a half day or all 3 days. By taking part you consent for your hands to be featured in the film. This is an unpaid opportunity due to no funding at this stage. All dancers featured will be credited for their part in the film.

No previous experience is necessary but you should be confident learning and performing set material, and working with others creatively. To take part or find out more, please contact Clare ( by Friday 5 April, 5pm, with your availability and a brief outline of your dance practice.

Call Out

Technician for Rebels Young Company

ReBels Young Company are looking for a theatre technician to join us on our touring production, ‘The Bakery is Closed Again’, this summer! Touring will run throughout June and July predominantly in the South West with a short Off-West End run. 

About the show:

From community areas to wild landscapes, spaces all around us are being stolen, lost, mishandled. Inspired by the attempted Wild Camping Ban on Dartmoor and the rising destruction of other community spaces, this episodic play explores the reaction to the loss of spaces through snapshots of various peoples’ lives. Combining stylised movement, original music and new writing, this abstract show dives into the meaning of spaces for the individual.

Dates of Engagement:

  • Wednesday 24th April, 7:30pm - 9:30pm @ Barbican Theatre in Plymouth
  • Wednesday 1st May, 7:30pm - 9:30pm @ Barbican Theatre in Plymouth
  • Thursday 30th May, 2:00pm - 5:00pm @ Barbican Theatre in Plymouth
  • Friday 31st May, 10:00am - 5:00pm @ Barbican Theatre in Plymouth
  • Saturday 1st June, 2:00pm - 9:00pm @ Barbican Theatre in Plymouth
  • Saturday 8th June, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Friday 14th June, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Saturday 15th June, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Sunday 16th June, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Thursday 27th June, Show Timings TBC
  • Friday 28th June, Show Timings TBC
  • Saturday 29th June, Show Timings TBC
  • Sunday 30th June, Show Timings TBC
  • Thursday 4th July, Show Timings TBC
  • Friday 5th July, Full Day
  • Sunday 7th July, Full Day
  • Saturday 13th July, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Monday 15th July - Wednesday 17th July, Full Day
  • Friday 19th July - 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Saturday 20th July - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Sunday 21st July - 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Thursday 25th July, Show Timings TBC
  • Friday 26th July, Full Day


  • Experience of operating lighting and sound equipment is essential
  • Experience with lighting design 
  • Experience lighting both traditional and non-traditional venues 
  • Knowledge of working on a touring production is desirable
  • Having own vehicle is essential

Barbican Theatre Plymouth are committed to having a diverse range of skills, experience and talent working with us both front and backstage, and as such we’re always keen for applicants from under-represented groups to apply; which include those from all ethnic backgrounds, lower socio-economic groups, the LGBTQIA+ community and different backgrounds, to ensure we are truly representative of all.

You may not have worked in a cultural organisation before, or in an organisation like Barbican Theatre. If you are interested in this role please do apply. We believe all experiences have transferable context for some of these roles.  Please contact Dulcie Fenton  if you have any questions and we would be pleased to help you.

Rate of Pay: £15ph/£150 day rate/£500 week rate plus travel expenses and accommodation for non-local venues. For full fee breakdown email 

Deadline: 9am Monday 25th April

Application Form:

Work Experience at Barbican Theatre

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.


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