Immediate Theatre is committed to being representative of the diversity of the community in which we operate in all areas of the Company - Trustees, Management, staff, and freelance artists, as well as participants.
Assistant Director for community project (fixed term)
Project overview: Immediate Theatre is an established Hackney-based organisation providing participatory and professional theatre and film projects. The Theatre Exchange group was originally formed through a partnership between Immediate Theatre and Arcola Theatre Over 50s Group in 2017 providing opportunities for older people to share stories and make theatre. We have now created three touring shows, the most recent of which Cindy Rella toured lunch and social clubs in December 2018.
The next production for our core group will be a performance exploring the story of St George & the Dragon.
- We are taking a free theatre performance into Hackney Primary schools in July 2019, targeting Year 3 and 4 students
- Our group of performers, who are all retired, are looking to break down stereotypes and remove barriers between older and younger people
- We will be exploring the story of St. George and the Dragon which has its roots in early multi-faith legends, we may well turn the story on its head and question whether dragons need slaying or protecting in 2019.
- We will be using interactive techniques and humour to engage the young people, and touch on themes of democracy, respect and tolerance (British Values)
- We will provide supporting material for teachers so that the work can be used to inspire further work for the young people.
- Young people will be offered the opportunity to join the senior performers to create a final performance in the week of July 22nd – 29th (places are limited)
Role: To assist the Artistic Director, playwright and design team
- To plan and facilitate development workshops with the older people
- To work alongside the director and other professionals to rehearse the show ready for performance
- To liaise with schools and support the team on tour as required
- To be involved in facilitating interactive sections of the show in schools
- To gather ideas generated by the young audiences to develop the script for the final intergenerational production,
- To recruit young people to be part of the intergenerational production
- To take a lead on working with the young people during intergenerational rehearsals and integrate them into the performance
- To facilitate positive relationships between generations.
- To support with the monitoring an evaluation of the work.
Dates: Monday’s: April: 29th, May; 13th, 28th, June: 3rd, 10th, 17th
This will involve an evening rehearsal (5pm – 8pm), additional hours can be flexible, but we have allocated 7 hours a week.
Full time from Monday 24th June – 26th July, (plus 2 further days for reporting)
Fee: Calculated at £12.50 an hour. Estimated at £2,450 in total.
- Proven experience as a theatre director/assistant director
- Experience of working on new writing or developing new work through devising
- Proven experience of facilitating projects with young people
- Experience of working creatively with older people
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to give strong notes and to be observant and constructive when watching rehearsals and performances
- An ability to multi-task and respond reliably to tasks as required by the artistic team
- Be positive and approachable when dealing with a wide range of artists at all levels
- Highly organised and self-motivated, and meticulous about detail
- Computer literate and technical know-how
- Experience of working with music or song would be an advantage
Please send your CV and a letter outlining why you are interested in the post and how you meet the Person Specification to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for applications Tuesday 23rd April. 10.00am Interviews – Thursday 25th April.