Jobs & Opportunities

Dramaturg for CIVIC - a FUSE Diverse Dance Production

Application deadline: 5pm, Thu 3rd October 2019.

Barbican Theatre has a strong history of dance and theatre development over the last 30 years and FUSE: DIVERSE DANCE is the next step. FUSE is a brand new diverse dance project funded by Arts Council England. It aims to innovate a new way of making dance by bringing together diverse communities, local dancers and guest choreographers as equal partners - to have fun, share dance styles and create mind blowing and accessible new performances for public audiences.

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About CIVIC

The Barbican Theatre and FUSE Diverse Dance team are putting together their second FUSE production in February 2020 and are looking for a dramaturg to assist the development of this ambitious community performance project. Entitled CIVIC, the show will be devised using the physical architecture of Plymouth’s former iconic Civic Centre as a backdrop for its investigation into civic engagement.

  • What did the Civic Centre symbolize when it opened?
  • How did people engage with it?
  • Why did people go there?
  • What did it mean?
  • How were people motivated and mobilized to get together?
  • What changes did they want to see?
  • What does it mean now?
  • What does civil engagement mean in the future?
FUSE Diverse Dance creative residencey with Avant Garde Dance, working on Fagin's Twist performance at The Plymouth Athenaeum (Oct 2018) - credit Matt Fowler

About the Dramaturg role

The dramaturg will work directly with, and be accountable to, the FUSE lead choreographer, Suzie West to develop the stories told in Civic. This will involve

  • Working collaboratively with the FUSE team and participants, encouraging co -creation and communication to direct the dramaturgy of the production
  • Taking responsibility for the overarching production content and audience experience.
  • Researching and curating stories from the people living and working in the city, initiating an oral histories archive and interweaving their stories into the production. This will involve working across a range of ages, cultures and geographical locations in the city.
  • Initiating and supporting a group of creative writers to develop the script with you.
  • Directing and supporting a group of THRIVE, Company B and FORCE performers who are currently training or developing their practice with the Barbican Theatre.
  • Participating in the FUSE rehearsals and research days (you will be expected to commit to all dates in the schedule).
  • Advocating and actively supporting the FUSE project through your own network.
  • Being part of process/product evaluation
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Job Attributes

Essential

  • Knowledge and interest in interdisciplinary performance, site specific venues and community performance
  • A passion for Plymouth, its history and its future
  • Experience in writing for the stage, collegiate devising/writing for performance
  • A people person who can excite and inspire community participants to tell their stories and get involved
  • A person who recognizes that the audience experience is paramount and aims to entertain, delight and amaze
  • An ability to be bold, creative and meet deadlines

Desirable

  • Experience and training in interdisciplinary performance work
  • Experience in creating new worlds for audiences in found spaces
  • Connections and links to companies who specialize in site-specific work
  • An individual with a good knowledge of Plymouth, its people and its diverse communities.
  • Proven track record of writing for performance
FUSE Diverse Dance's Put On Ypur Red Shoes at The Plymouth Athenaeum (Feb 2019) - credit David Snowdon
Project Timeline

The schedule for Civic has already been drafted as below. There is some flexibility at this stage, so if you are keen on this position but not available on all the dates, please apply. We want to make FUSE work and this begins with communication, logistics and problem solving from the beginning!

12th Sep – 3rd Oct 2019

Applications accepted

10th Oct 2019

Interviews

21st Oct 2019

Meeting with Diverse Dance Artists.

October 2019

Fuse team play day & research

27th -30th Nov 2019

Rehearsals with Fuse, Company B, Force & Thrive initiated

December 2019

Script writing & production development with Fuse team & group of  young writers

January 2020

Rehearsals with Company B, Force & Thrive continue

Attend some Fuse rehearsals to oversee dramaturgy

10th - 20th Feb 2019

Intensive rehearsals for FUSE production

21st & 22nd Feb 2019

FUSE Productions (2 shows each day)

18th - 27th Mar 2019

Assisting with oral history curating & evaluation

Fee & Length of Engagement

The total fee for this contract is £2,750 (calculated at the ITC/Equity weekly rate, equal to 5.7 weeks' work)

Delivery of this job role will take place during the period 21st October 2019 – 27th March 2020 as per the Project Timeline outlined about.

How do I apply?

Please download and complete an Application Form (link below) and send it to one of the below addresses!

By email: jobs@barbicantheatre.co.uk
By Post: Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2NJ
Barbican Theatre Artist Application Form

Applications should be received by us no later than 5pm on Thursday 3rd October 2019.

Thrive Associate Artists at Barbican Theatre

Application deadline: 5pm, Fri 4th October 2019

Thrive is Barbican Theatre’s artist development programme – designed to help local and emerging artists get their work seen, to push themselves and to develop as artists.

As part of this programme we are inviting local artists and companies to apply to be a Thrive Associate for 2019/20 – an opportunity to benefit from significant support and investment from Barbican Theatre in the next stage of your career. Whether you’re still in the early stages of your career, or are looking to take your work to the next level – this opportunity is for you.

Barbican Theatre has helped artists develop for over forty years, providing support and opportunities in a genuine and personal way. Through the Thrive Associate programme, we want to help the next generation of artists – and to help them THRIVE!

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Who can apply?

  • Performance makers who work across theatre, dance, spoken word, comedy, cabaret and other forms of live performance
  • Companies and individual artists from ALL backgrounds – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity/race, sexuality, socio-economic status or disability
  • Those based in, or with a strong connection to, Plymouth or the wider area (specifically Devon and Cornwall)
  • Artists at all levels of experience - this opportunity is designed to support people at various stages in their careers
  • Anyone who is looking to make the next step in their professional development; this could include making a bigger piece of work, our touring for the first time
  • Artists with interesting stories to tell, who might be experimenting with form and doing things a bit differently!
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What are we offering?

  • A year-long relationship of intensive support from Barbican Theatre for a select group of companies/artists
  • Funding to help you bring your ideas to life!
  • FREE rehearsal space (subject to availability)
  • Week-long residencies for you to use however you wish
  • Producer mentoring to help you work make it to the stage, and advice on how to take it further
  • Dramaturgical and artistic feedback, to help develop your work
  • Technical support and advice
  • Marketing support
  • A guaranteed performance slot in our auditorium, as part of our Thrive programme of work
  • Work-in-progress showing(s) during the year (public and private)
  • Further training and development opportunities
  • Supporting you in potentially touring your work!
  • The chance to support other emerging artists and young people through workshops and skill sharing opportunities
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Any questions?

We’re more than happy to have a chat with you before you apply, so if you have any questions please get in touch with Dan Baker, our Creative Producer, to talk things through. Email him on dan@barbicantheatre.co.uk or call 01752 242013 and he’ll be happy to help.

How do I apply?

If you’re interested in becoming a Thrive Associate, please complete the Application Form (link below) and let us know more about your work. If you have any information which will support your application – i.e. photos, film, reviews – then do send this to us, as we want to know as much about you and your work as we can!

Thrive Associate Artist Application Form

Please send completed applications to one of the below addresses:

By email: thrive@barbicantheatre.co.uk
By Post: Dan Baker, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2NJ

Applications should be received by us no later than 5pm on Fri 4th October 2019.

Female Makers & Choreographers Wanted

Barbican Theatre’s FUSE Diverse Dance & Chhaya Collective are curating an evening of of dance called 'Fierce', programming dance pieces made by women, of any style and topic.

We’re looking for pieces of a max 15 minutes duration that can either be:

- performed live on Sat 26 Oct 7:30pm The Plymouth Athenaeum
or
-as a film that can be shown on the evening

Performance fee (£80), travel expenses and ongoing support for your work available. We are looking for female makers from Plymouth, Devon, and the South West.

To apply or for more info please contact Suzie West at fuse@barbciantheatre.co.uk by 12pm Friday 11 October 2019

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Actors Wanted for Schools Tour

Application deadline: 5pm, Thu 17th October 2019

Barbican Theatre, Plymouth seeks professional actors (2 male, 1 female) for a re-tour of Why Would You? by Jon Nash.

This is a show with accompanying workshops commissioned by Next Steps South West (NSSW), a collaboration of fourteen partner universities and colleges throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

This Theatre and Education programme aims to support and encourage more young people to think about the benefits of higher education, student fees and funding.

The project aims to challenge attitudes, stimulate debate and overcome misconceptions around student fees and funding, resulting in the breaking down of finance as a barrier to young people’s views on going to university.

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Timetable

Rehearsal Period: 2 weeks from 10 – 21 February 2020

Touring: 4 weeks from 24 February – 21 March 2020 as follows;

24 -28 February 2020: Somerset (overnight accommodation supplied)

2 – 6 March 2020: North Devon & Exeter

9 – 13 March 2020: Cornwall

16 – 20 March 2020: South Devon & Plymouth

Casting Breakdown

Title: Why Would You?

Producers: Barbican Theatre & Next Steps South West

Director: Jo Loyn

Production Type: Theatre in Education (touring)

Casting Description: 3 actors to play school leaver aged characters (2 male, 1 female roles). Actors should also be confident to lead workshops for young people aged 14-18 years old.

Playing age: 16 - 22 years old

We welcome applications from actors of any race/ethnicity, and from non-disabled or disabled actors.

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Agreement

Total fee: £2,898

This role is a 6 week contract (2 weeks rehearsal, 4 weeks production) paid at £483 per week, in line with Equity guidelines.

All rehearsals will take place in Plymouth, and performances will take place across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. No expenses or relocation costs are offered (although overnight stays on tour will be covered), so we are looking for actors who will be able to be based in the Plymouth area for the duration of the contract.

How do I apply?

To apply for this post, please complete the Application Form (link below) and return it to one of the below address:

Barbican Theatre ACTORS Application Form
By email: jobs@barbicantheatre.co.uk
By Post: James Woodhams, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2NJ

Applications should be received by us no later than 5pm on Thu 17th October 2019.

Auditions are scheduled to take place 12pm - 3pm, Tue 29th October 2019

Touring Technician Wanted for Schools Tour

Application deadline: 5pm, Fri 18th October 2019

Barbican Theatre seeks a professional touring technician for their spring 2020 re-tour of Why Would You? by Jon Nash. This is a show with accompanying workshops commissioned by Next Steps South West (NSSW), a collaboration of fourteen partner universities and colleges throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

This Theatre and Education programme aims to support and encourage more young people to think about the benefits of higher education, student fees and funding. The target audience will be Years 9-12 (14 to 17 year olds) and their teachers.

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The project aims to challenge attitudes, stimulate debate and overcome misconceptions around student fees and funding, resulting in the breaking down of finance as a barrier to young people’s views on going to university.

Timetable

Rehearsal Period: 1 week 17 – 22 February 2020

Touring: 4 weeks 24 February -21st March 2020, touring schools in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall

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Personal Profile

  • Basic technical knowledge of sound, light & AV systems
  • Experience of using Qlab software
  • Excellent organisational skills, adaptable and capable of making quick decisions to facilitate get-in’s
  • Ability to communicate well in a school setting, friendly, presentable & calm
  • Capable of passing an enhanced DBS check
Total fee: £2,415

(5 weeks @ £483 per week – 1 week rehearsal, 4 weeks performances)

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How do I apply?

To apply for this post, please complete the Application Form (link below) and return it to one of the below address:

Barbican Theatre Application Form
By email: jobs@barbicantheatre.co.uk
By Post: James Woodhams, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2NJ

Applications should be received by us no later than 5pm on Fri 18th October 2019.

Interviews are scheduled to take place Wed 30th October 2019
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.