Jobs & Opportunities

Barbican Theatre Chief Executive Officer

This is an extremely exciting opportunity to play the leading role in driving Barbican Theatre forward into our next chapter. In 2020 we celebrate our 40th year as a theatre committed to supporting artists, young people and reflecting the stories and voices of those who do not often get seen and heard.

We are looking for an ambitious and dynamic leader who will continue to take Barbican Theatre from strength to strength. We seek an individual with the energy and passion to be our public ambassador, who leads with authority but from the heart of the organisation.

We have always been more than just a theatre and we are proud of the communities that work with and for us. We are looking for someone who can re-imagine and cultivate the Barbican Theatre of tomorrow, a person with vision and an accurate strategic compass who can ensure the quality of work and our long-term financial sustainability.

For full details of the role please download the Recruitment Pack (below)

Recruitment Pack

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Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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How to apply

For an initial confidential and informal conversation about the role please contact To apply for the post, please send

  • an up to date CV
  • a covering letter outlining (in no more than two pages) your vision for Barbican Theatre for the next three years;
  • a statement addressing the selection criteria & contact details for two referees
  • a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (download here)

Send all four documents to or post to Sheila Snellgrove, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ

We particularly welcome applications from women, people with disabilities and those from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and international backgrounds with right to work.

Deadline for applications: 12pm Thursday 30 January 2020
Interviews: Friday 14 February 2020
Anticipated start date: May 2020

CIVIC Stories Call Out

Plymouth needs to hear your story……

Can you spare us an hour of your time to talk about your living or working in Plymouth?

Barbican Theatre will be revitalising the now derelict Plymouth Civic Centre in 2020 for a community project all about civic duty, Plymouth life and its past too. We would like to fill the civic centre with real stories of Plymouth. Your stories in fact.

They will cover the walls of the building, become stories read aloud to an audience and inspire the dancers and actors for the Plymouth community as they create chapters for CIVIC, our show. We will also be making sure that your story is features in the CIVIC archive which will become a city -wide resource.

Have you got a memory or story about your time in Plymouth that you would like to share?

Did you work for Plymouth City Council or have a relative that did?

Are you passionate about Plymouth’s history and can tell us a thing or two?

Did you ever visit the Civic Centre? Were you a regular?

Do you know anyone who worked at the Civic Centre?


How can I get involved?

You can either

  1. Write to us with your story via email or post to Neil Haigh, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (please send by 25 November 2019)
  2. Arrange for an interviewer to visit you in November.
  3. Come along to one of our story drop in sessions (at Barbican Theatre) and meet us to tell your story

Story Drop In Session Dates

  • Thursday 7 November 10am - 1pm
  • Thursday 21 November 1pm - 3pm
  • Wednesday 27 November 11pm - 2pm


With Flying Colours Theatre Commission

Barbican Theatre is proud to be a part of the Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership's With Flying Colours programme who are looking to co-produce a professional production as part of the With Flying Colours programme, with a South-West based theatre company.
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The Brief

Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership are looking to co-produce a professional production as part of the With Flying Colours programme. We are seeking a South West based theatre company to devise and perform a brand new production co-created with children and young people (aged 8 -13) in Plymouth.

The final performances will be performed by the co-producing company and will feature a young, ensemble cast drawn from the partner schools.

The commission involves a period of research and development workshops with the schools (4 primaries and 1 secondary) participating in With Flying Colours. These workshops will develop the content, themes and narrative of the play which captures the voice of the children and young people. These ideas will then be shaped by the company into a one act play of 45 mins in length.

The piece will be performed up to 10 times in community venues as part of the With Flying Colours Festival in July 2020.

Ideally the co-production will be capable of being performed by the co-producing company alone and be used as an advocacy tool for With Flying Colours participants in future years.


To apply please send:

  • A covering letter, max 2 sides of A4 max, explaining your company’s experience in developing work for children and young people and how you would approach this opportunity. 
  • An example of two previous works (extracts of script or video trailers)
  • A brief outline of how you would approach the development period
  • Two professional referees that can demonstrate your company’s suitability for the role

We encourage applications from companies with experience in participatory work and a demonstrable background in devising work, both with and for children and young people.

Please send applications to or by post to Ben Vleminckx, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR

Application Deadline: Wednesday 27 November
Interviews: Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at TR2, Production and Learning Centre, Neptune Park, Plymouth, PL4 0SJ

For more information or to have a conversation before applying please contact or call 01753 230544

The Process

The creative process should take the following structure starting in January 2020 with the final performances taking place in July 2020.


  • Appoint co-producing company: Dec 2019 (PCEP)
  • Company R&D in schools (40 hours): Jan/Feb 2020 (Co-pro company)
  • Co-producing company recruit CYP to perform: Mar 2020 (Co-pro company)
  • Rehearsals: Jun 2020 (Co-pro company)
  • Performances as  part of WFC Festival: Jul 2020 (Co-pro company)
  • Evaluation: (Co-pro company & PCEP)


The fee for the development, creation and performance of this new production is £20,000 inclusive of travel and accommodation.

This fee has been worked out as follows:

  • R&D phase - £4000 (based on 40 hours at £100 per hour)
  • Rehearsals - £8760 (based on 4 actors and a director for a 3 week rehearsal period)
  • Performance - £2240 (based on 4 actors performing up to 10 times)
  • Costume & Set design and build - £3000
  • Accommodation and expenses - £2000

*N.B The above is a guide and is flexible to the approach of your company.

Application Deadline: Wed 27 Nov 2019

CIVIC Emerging Writers

Are you an emerging writer?

As we get underway with our next big community performance project CIVIC, Barbican Theatre would like to enlist the creative talent of new writers and encourage diverse voices to be heard.

You can be any age and can be recently graduates, still training or just someone with a hobby for writing.

Are you looking for a chance to widen your writing experience?

Would you enjoy a collaboration with a dramaturg and artistic director?

Do real stories, real people and oral histories get your creative juice flowing?

Neil Haigh, dramaturg for CIVIC will be leading a focus group of writers on Thursday 21 November 4pm-7pm at Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ

This is a free training opportunity for you and will introduce you to the CIVIC project, giving you time throughout the day to be guided as a writer and develop initial responses for Neil to look at.

Civic Writers Masterclass

Thursday 21 November 4-7pm

  • Oral Histories and translating this into writing ideas.
  • Writing for a community audience & context of CIVIC
  • Developing initial text
  • Supported time with Neil on your initial responses to develop them further

What Next?

  • Your day with Neil (Thu 21 Nov) will give you a spring board for writing a response for Civic.
  • The deadline for completing the text you would like to submit for Civic is Sunday 1 December 2019. These will be all archived and showcased as part of the Civic Project
  • Neil will continue to talk with you as he develops the script incorporating some of your written responses.
  • There will also be a chance for a small number of the emerging writers to take on a collaborative apprenticeship, working closely with Neil on the script and production. This will be based on your time at Civic Think Tank.

If you would like to get writing with us, and join the team then please contact us at with your name and contact details.

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  – 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.