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In Good Company Commission Opportunity - Thank You, Next?

Theatre Peckham - Kickstart - For people 16-24 Currently Claiming Universal Credit

London Library Emerging Writers Programme

Liam Marketing - Free resources becoming available

Mrs. C’s Collective - Rehearsed Reading Casting

Level Centre Artist Residencies

Disentangle Online Casting

Stratford East - Artistic Associates (East London)

Stute Theatre - Recent Graduate Call Out (Greater Manchester)

Friction Arts - Culture Club Support Artist

Additional Information

In Good Company Commission Opportunity - Thank You, Next?

In Good Company, in partnership with Derby Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre and Nonsuch Theatre are planning to commission a new piece of work from a ‘mid-career’ Midlands-based theatre maker in 2021 under the banner of “Thank You. Next?” A commission to remake the future.

The commission gives £5000 to a theatre maker to undertake the initial stages of a performative project between February and August 2021, whether that be an individual, company, or collective of artists. But to be considered ‘mid-career’ you must already have an established practice and a strong track record in creating contemporary theatre with at least 2-3 shows under your belt. You should also have experience working in partnership with other venues to create previous work. You should also consider the Midlands as your home base to be eligible for this commission.

Their focus:

This commission seeks to reimagine how we make work for audiences; so that the work, and the people that make it, are audience/community focussed, more sustainable, equitable and more collaborative. Due to the nature of the pandemic stretching into 2021, they are expecting this commission to be radically responsive to the current climate.

Your project should have achievable public outcomes during 2021, should look to the future, and connect meaningfully to Midlands communities with access at its heart.

Deadline to apply: 5pm 22nd Feburary

Interviews: 11th & 12th March

Public outcome fully or partially delivered by: July 2021

Fill out their online form to apply.

They also actively encourage disabled people, African Diaspora people, South, East and South East Asian people or people from ethnically diverse backgrounds to apply.

Theatre Peckham - Kickstart - Paid Roles for people 16-24 Currently Claiming Universal Credit

For the Kickstart Scheme you need to be between the ages of 16-24, currently claiming Universal credit and are at risk of unemployment.

The scheme aims to get young people into new jobs, in order to develop their skills and experience levels. They are intended as a stepping stone to future employment. In order to apply for the position you need to be referred by your local job center.

There are 10 jobs available in total. The roles that you can apply for are below.

Roles that are currently available are:

  • Assistant Producer - Deadline 08/02/21

  • Creative Learning Assistant - 08/02/21

  • Development Officer - Deadline 08/02/21

  • Admin Assistant - Deadline 15/02/21

  • Theatre Makers - Deadline 17/02/21

  • Marketing Assistant - Deadline 22/02/21

There are full job descriptions for each role available on the website. If you would like more information or once you have been referred, you can fill out the application form on the website and send them to Amy at

London Library Emerging Writers Programme

The London Library Emerging Writers Programme, now in its third year, is a unique opportunity which offers writers, in all genres, one year’s free membership of The London Library and includes writing development masterclasses, literary networking opportunities, peer support and guidance in use of the Library’s resources.

This opportunity is open to anyone over 16 years of age who is committed to pursuing a career in developing their writing. Applicants should be working, or planning to work, on a specific project, with the aim of publication or production, have a clear idea of how they might use the Library’s resources to achieve that aim and be willing to fully participate in all elements of the Programme.

The Programme runs from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 and is designed to take place as much as possible at the Library. However, it will be adapted to move online as much as is required according to Covid-19 restrictions.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Emerging writers are defined as:

  • Having no previously published written work

  • Had not had work previously professionally produced for mainstream channels, studios or theatres

  • Is not currently under contract for any of the above

  • This does not include:

  • Self published work

  • Work published online

  • Chapbooks and pamphlets

  • Short Stories, articles or poems published as part of an anthology, newsletter, journal, magazine or newspaper

  • Work produced non-professionally for film, TV or Fringe Theatre productions.

  • Textbooks or academic texts

  • The programme is open to writers of any genre

  • The programme is open to applicants from anywhere in the UK. However, applicants must be committed to attending Emerging Writers Programme events which will take place at the library, including launch events, conclusion events and monthly peer-support meetings. The library may be able to offer a bursary to travel to such events but this will be allocated on a case-by-case basis.

There are 40 spots up for grabs and they want a wide range of diverse projects to be covered including: novelists, short story writers, non-fiction writers, poets, screenwriters, playwrights, memoirists and more.

Deadline: Friday 5th March 2021

Head to the website to apply and to read the full details and eligibility criteria.

Liam Marketing - Free resources becoming available

Liam Marketing is a brand new website and hub set up by Liam McLaughlin. The website is all about helping you to get a better understanding about marketing. That could be managing a social media account to SEO management for your website. Liam is available as a consultant for projects but is also providing free resources on the website.

Already available are a small scale budget pack and a guide to SEO, and there will be more added every two weeks. So check out his website if you need a little help on the marketing front!

Liam McLaughlin is the Marketing Manager of the Park Theatre and Creative Director of Just Add Milk. He has experience working with other venues and organisations such as Arcola Theatre, Theatre503, Klein Blue and Moon CHild

Mrs. C’s Collective - Rehearsed Reading Casting

Mrs C’s Collective are seeking actors to take part in a paid rehearsed reading of their new production, Dreamschool.

‘Inspired by the true story of a man who began a cult from his daughter’s dorm room in a liberal arts college in upstate New York, Dreamschool explores issues around dreams, identity and the everyday cults we find ourselves in.’

Character breakdowns:

  • Tom - Male-identifying, 18 - Early 20s

  • Betty - Female-identifying, 18 - Early 20s

  • Laura - Female-identifying, 18 - Early 20s

  • Mike - Male-identifying, 40s - 50s

  • Bobby - Male-identifying, 40s - 50s

Readings will take place on the 27th February 11:00 - 16:00 & 28th February 15:00 - 17:00.

Both readings will take place on Zoom.

Fee: £100

To apply: email with your CV or spotlight by Midday on Friday 5th February.

Level Centre Artist Residencies

This is an opportunity for UK-based artists and companies who identify as disabled or whose work is suitable for adults with disabilities and the wider community.

Level is offering 5 residency opportunities to take place between April 2021 and September 2021. The residencies will be between 1 to 2 weeks long, and will also offer the following:

  • A financial contribution of up to £2000

  • Opportunity to meet the team at Level

  • Discussion at the end of the residency with optional sharing

  • Access to in-house resources

  • Post-residency discussion to discuss outcomes and next steps

The residency will take place at the Level Centre which is fully accessible and nestled in the Peak District. In the event that restrictions prevent the retreat package, Level will offer the residency online.

Companies eligible to apply are:

  • Learning disabled artist or company, you can be from a visual, performing or digital arts background

  • Artist or company who identifies as disabled, you can be from a visual, performing or digital arts background

  • Digital artist or company

  • Visual artist or company

  • Performing artist or company

To apply you need to submit an up to date CV and a project proposal. The questions you need to answer can be found in the application pack so make sure you check it out!

You can submit in written form, video, or audio. You can also attach supporting documents.

Deadline Monday 1st March 2021 @ 10am

Interviews to take place between 16th - 19th March 2021

If you need additional support: or 01629 734848

Disentangle Online Casting

Disentangle are looking for Story Tellers for a new online project: The Girl Who Fell Through The World.

The Girl Who Fell Through the World is an original tale about Ola, a 10 year old girl. She is clever, confrontational and, most of all, bored. She lives on the 37th floor of a council building in the centre of Croydon with the most amazing view of the city, which she can’t visit. She loves reading stories about young people going on adventures or daydreaming about going on one. Her parents obviously won’t let her leave, much to her frustration. One day she finds a book that was not there before. This book transports her to other parts of the world. This is a story about growing up in a world holding you back. A coming of age voyage of self-discovery for 6-10 years olds.

Disentangle are looking for 3 storytellers from ideally, but not limited to, Croydon to help form and tell this story. In the story, Ola visits different parts of the globe where she is placed in the middle of the action. They are looking for traditional stories all over the world but will have a particular focus on tales from Poland, Africa, India and South America and people who can perform the stories live online. Depending on COVID restrictions, they will also be looking to film the project in their studio in Croydon.

There is no information about whether this is a paid opportunity as of yet, but they encourage you to email if you have any questions about the project.

To apply, fill out a simple interest form on their website.

Stratford East - Artistic Associates (East London)

This opportunity is for artists with a link to East London. Theatre Royal Stratford East are searching for two Artistic Associates who will work closest with the Artistic Director to generate and develop artistic ideas for the venue. Artists can be from any creative discipline and should be early-mid career artists. At least one of the roles is for an Associate who self-identifies as D/deaf or disabled.

This is a 12 month freelance contract, working 6 days a month and can fit around other work. The fee is £12,000.

Check out the full job description here for person specification, more information about Stratford East, and how to apply:

To apply you need to complete the application form and monitoring form on the website by Monday 22nd February by 12 noon.

Stute Theatre - Recent Graduate Call Out (Greater Manchester)

‘Fables At The Kitchen Table’ is Stute Theatre’s new theatre piece for children adapted from Aesop’s Fables. These much-loved fables will be brought to life using inventive storytelling, puppetry and live music.

Stute are seeking a recent graduate (2018 or later) to participate in a 6 day paid work experience placement during February and March 2021.


  • A recent degree in Theatre, Theatre Design, Drama or Performance (or equivalent qualifications.)

  • Must be based in Greater Manchester

  • A desire to develop skills and create and produce your own work in the future.

  • An interest in creating theatre for children and families

  • Access to a stable internet connection in the event some rehearsals take place online

What they can offer:

  • The opportunity to attend rehearsals and help deliver an exciting new project aimed at children between 3-7

  • An opportunity to work with a diverse range of project partners from across the North West.

  • Support and mentoring from a range of sources, including both producing and creative/artistic support.

  • The opportunity to explore a range of working practices, including both live and digital theatre offers.


  • Deadline for applications – 6PM Monday 8 February

  • Applicants notified of shortlisting for interviews – Wednesday 10 February

  • Interviews held – Friday 12 February (AM)

  • Rehearsals commence in Tameside w/c 22 February, exact working schedule TBC.

  • Performances will commence from early March

Please note, the successful applicant will be asked to attend 3 in-person rehearsal and/or filming days w/c 22 February, as well as production meetings, mentoring sessions, evaluation sessions and some live digital performances.

Head to Arts Jobs to apply, and to Stute Theatre’s website for more information on the production.

Friction Arts - Culture Club Support Artist

Friction Arts is looking for a support artist to work on their youth programme. The programme is intended to support young people outside of the education system in exploring their cultural backgrounds through the prism of the arts.

This is a fixed term freelance contract for 10 days across March - May 2021. With possible further work in the summer. The workshops will be delivered through zoom so you need to be comfortable in assisting through this medium.

There is a fee of £900.

Here are the responsibilities listed for the role:

  1. Provide tech support to the Lead Artist.

  2. Have excellent social skills for brokering and maintaining relationships with parents and young people.

  3. Undertake research about artforms and different cultural backgrounds and experiences.

  4. Deliver arts-based sessions to young people (aged 8 to 13) online.

  5. Take notes during sessions and keep robust records of the work produced by the young people for presentation in an online showcase and for Arts Award accreditation.

  6. Write 5 blogs that will be posted on Friction Arts’ website.

  7. Support the delivery of the project’s celebration event/exhibition in early summer.

To apply you need to send a CV, one page cover letter and equal opportunities form to by 5pm on Wednesday 17th February. Interviews to take place on the 24th February.

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