Job Opportunity: Puppet Designer & Maker for The Balloonist

We’re looking for an experienced and imaginative puppet designer & maker to support the R&D of Jack Dean’s new outdoor show, The Balloonist.

The Project

Inspired by the early days of air travel, The Balloonistwill be an epic outdoor show that brings Etienne Gaspard-Robert’s imagined airship the Minervato life, with the help of large floating puppet versions of the ship and the creatures it encounters. The finished show will contain two elements – a storytelling piece suitable for all ages, told with the help of three performer-musicians, and a walkabout performance in which the Minerva is transported around, songs from the main show are performed and the public can interact with the puppets and the performers. The project is supported by Proteus and Arts Council England.

Person Specification

Essential

  • Experience of designing and making set and/or puppets for outdoor performance, and knowledge of the challenges the circuit poses for materials.
  • Strong communication and organisational skills
  • Experience of working flexibly and collaboratively with other artists in an R&D context.

Desirable

  • Experience of working with balloons or other aerial / elevated puppets
  • Able to commute to Basingstoke.

Timeline

  • w/c 11thFebruary: initial meetings to develop concept
  • 18thFebruary – 3rdMarch: Designing period.
  • 4th March: Presentation of first draft designs
  • 5th-24thMarch: Making period.
  • 25th-29th March: Residency at Proteus Creation Space, Basingstoke, delivery and tweaking of first draft puppets.

Fee

£1500 flat fee (based on approx. 15 days working freelance over project timeline) , £900 materials budget.

How To Apply

Please send a CV and portfolio (in either link or file form) to jackdean1989@gmail.com

Deadline for applications: 5pm on 27thJanuary.

Interviews will be held over Skype in the week of 11th February

Job Opportunity: Technical Stage Manager, Jeremiah

Critically acclaimed spoken word artist and theatre maker Jack Dean is looking for an experienced technical stage manager to support his new production ‘Jeremiah’, which will premiere at Exeter Phoenix in Autumn 2018.

 

ABOUT JACK DEAN

Jack Dean is an Exeter-based writer, performer and theatre maker who has carried his love of weird and wonderful arrangements of words to many places, from the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, Latitude Festival and the South Bank Centre. Previous productions include ‘Grandad and the Machine’, ‘Horace and the Yeti’, and ‘Nuketown’ which is currently touring across the UK.

‘Artists like rap storyteller Jack Dean make us excited about what they might do next’ // GUARDIAN

‘Incredibly innovative… Writer Jack Dean enthrals his audienc’ // REVIEWS HUB

‘Impressive poetic, musical and narrative skills…  undoubtedly a performer with an exciting career ahead of him’ // EXEUNT

ABOUT JEREMIAH

Jeremiah is a loud, rambunctious new show with live music by rap storyteller Jack Dean. Featuring a live band of three musicians and an original score, it will tell the incredible true story of the much misunderstood Luddite rebellion – a movement that spanned the whole North of England, had more British soldiers fighting it than Napoleon, and made the destruction of machinery a capital offence. The story will be told through the lens of the life of Brandreth, the instigator of the Luddites’ final gambit, the Pentrich Rising, and the last man to be beheaded in the history of Britain, weaving alongside it the parallel tale of William J. Oliver, the government spy that betrayed him.

Jeremiah has already undergone a period of research and development supported by Unlimited, who support ambitious, creative projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies.

For more information please visit https://www.jackdean.co.uk/shows/current-shows/jeremiah/

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We are looking for a stage manager with experience of touring to oversee all technical aspects of the production including lighting, sound and projection. Therefore, the role would suit someone with a wide range of technical skills. Some operation may be required.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

  • Experience of production relights and programming lighting desks.
  • Proven ability to program and operate Qlab 3/4
  • Rigging Lighting and Sound equipment experience
  • Ability to interpret ground plans and technical specifications and adapt production parameters accordingly to ensure a high standard of technical presentation.
  • Experience of self-cueing performances.
  • Previous experience of studio scale touring.
  • Experience of liaising with venues in regard of technical requirements and F.O.H procedures.

 

DESIRABLE SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

  • Experience of working with musicians and live music
  • Experience of working with projections
  • Full driving licence

TIMEFRAME

09 July:  Deadline for applications

17 July:  Interviews in Exeter

Monday – Friday weeks of 10th & 17th Sept: Rehearsals at the Barn, Exeter

23rd September: Pre-rig & setup day at Exeter Phoenix

25th September: Technical Rehearsal at Exeter Phoenix

26th September: Technical Rehearsal and 1st performance at Exeter Phoenix

27th September: 2nd Performance at Exeter Phoenix

28th September: Travel day

29th September: Performance at Barnsley Civic

 

FEE £1680 (16 days at company rate of £105 per day), plus travel and accommodation.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send an application to jackdean1989@gmail.com, consisting of the following:

  • C.V. detailing relevant experience
  • A covering letter that outlines how you fulfil the skills and how you would approach the project.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a face to face interview on 17 July. Please note that you must be able to attend this interview to qualify.

Job Opportunity: Lighting Designer, Jeremiah

Critically acclaimed spoken word artist and theatre maker Jack Dean is looking for an experienced lighting designer to support his new production ‘Jeremiah’, which will premiere at Exeter Phoenix in Autumn 2018.

ABOUT JACK DEAN

Jack Dean is an Exeter-based writer, performer and theatre maker who has carried his love of weird and wonderful arrangements of words to many places, from the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, Latitude Festival and the South Bank Centre. Previous productions include ‘Grandad and the Machine’, ‘Horace and the Yeti’, and ‘Nuketown’ which is currently touring across the UK.

‘Artists like rap storyteller Jack Dean make us excited about what they might do next’ // GUARDIAN

‘Incredibly innovative… Writer Jack Dean enthrals his audienc’ // REVIEWS HUB

‘Impressive poetic, musical and narrative skills…  undoubtedly a performer with an exciting career ahead of him’ // EXEUNT

ABOUT JEREMIAH

Jeremiah is a loud, rambunctious new show with live music by rap storyteller Jack Dean. Featuring a live band of three musicians and an original score, it will tell the incredible true story of the much misunderstood Luddite rebellion – a movement that spanned the whole North of England, had more British soldiers fighting it than Napoleon, and made the destruction of machinery a capital offence. The story will be told through the lens of the life of Brandreth, the instigator of the Luddites’ final gambit, the Pentrich Rising, and the last man to be beheaded in the history of Britain, weaving alongside it the parallel tale of William J. Oliver, the government spy that betrayed him.

Jeremiah has already undergone a period of research and development supported by Unlimited, who support ambitious, creative projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies.

For more information please visit https://www.jackdean.co.uk/shows/current-shows/jeremiah/

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We are looking for a Lighting Designer with experience of creating tourable and artistically ambitious designs. Experience of designing for studio scale touring productions is a must. Please note that we are also recruiting for a Creative Captioning / AV Specialist (job desc here) and would welcome combined applications for both roles from the same candidate.

 

TIMEFRAME

09 July:  Deadline for applications

18 July:  Interviews in Exeter

23 July:  Start of work

27th August: Delivery of design.

Monday – Friday weeks of 27th August, 3rd, 10th & 17th Sept: Rehearsals at the Barn, Exeter (Designer should be available for tweaks to design during this period)

23rd September: Pre-rig & setup day at Exeter Phoenix

25th September: Technical Rehearsal at Exeter Phoenix

26th September: Technical Rehearsal and 1st performance at Exeter Phoenix

27th September: 2nd Performance at Exeter Phoenix

 

FEE £1500 flat fee (or £4000 if combined with AV role), plus travel and accommodation.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send an application to jackdean1989@gmail.com, consisting of the following:

  • C.V. detailing relevant experience
  • Examples of work such as video, photos or an online portfolio.

Job Opportunity: Director, Jeremiah

Critically acclaimed spoken word artist and theatre maker Jack Dean is looking for an experienced theatre director to support his new production ‘Jeremiah’, which will premiere at Exeter Phoenix in Autumn 2018.

ABOUT JACK DEAN

Jack Dean is an Exeter-based writer, performer and theatre maker who has carried his love of weird and wonderful arrangements of words to many places, from the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, Latitude Festival and the South Bank Centre. Previous productions include ‘Grandad and the Machine’, ‘Horace and the Yeti’, and ‘Nuketown’ which is currently touring across the UK.

‘Artists like rap storyteller Jack Dean make us excited about what they might do next’ // GUARDIAN

‘Incredibly innovative… Writer Jack Dean enthrals his audienc’ // REVIEWS HUB

‘Impressive poetic, musical and narrative skills…  undoubtedly a performer with an exciting career ahead of him’ // EXEUNT

 

ABOUT JEREMIAH

Jeremiah is a loud, rambunctious new show with live music by rap storyteller Jack Dean. Featuring a live band of three musicians and an original score, it will tell the incredible true story of the much misunderstood Luddite rebellion – a movement that spanned the whole North of England, had more British soldiers fighting it than Napoleon, and made the destruction of machinery a capital offence. The story will be told through the lens of the life of Brandreth, the instigator of the Luddites’ final gambit, the Pentrich Rising, and the last man to be beheaded in the history of Britain, weaving alongside it the parallel tale of William J. Oliver, the government spy that betrayed him.

Jeremiah has already undergone a period of research and development supported by Unlimited, who support ambitious, creative projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies.

For more information please visit https://www.jackdean.co.uk/shows/current-shows/jeremiah/

 

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We are looking for an experienced theatre director to help refine the material created during the research and development phase and lead the rehearsal process in the run up to the show’s premiere, facilitating lead artist Jack Dean to achieve his artistic vision.

 

ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

  • Experience of creating high quality studio scale theatre
  • An artist-centred and faciliatory approach to directing work
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A calm demeanour the ability to create a supportive work environment
  • Strong time-management skills
  • Good problem-solving abilities.

 

DESIRABLE SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

  • Experience of working with musicians
  • Experience of directing spoken word or hip hop theatre

 

TIMEFRAME

25 June:  Deadline for applications

2 July:  Interviews

16 July: Attending musician auditions

Monday – Friday weeks of 27th August, 3rd, 10th & 17th Sept: Rehearsals at the Barn, Exeter –

25th September: Technical Rehearsal at Exeter Phoenix

26th September: Technical Rehearsal and 1st performance at Exeter Phoenix

27th September: 2nd Performance at Exeter Phoenix 

FEE

£2940 (5 days prep, 21 days rehearsals and 2 days noting performances at company rate of £105 per day), plus travel and accommodation.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send an application to jackdean1989@gmail.com , consisting of the following:

  • C.V. detailing relevant experience
  • Examples of relevant work (links, images, film etc.)
  • A covering letter that outlines how you fulfil the skills and how you would approach the project.

 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a face to face interview on 2 July. Please note that you must be able to attend this interview to qualify.

Job Opportunity – Technical Stage Manager, Nuketown

Background

 

Nuketown is a combined storytelling and protest-art piece about cities, public money and the possible end of life as we know it. It underwent a pilot in 2016 and now is going out on tour. The show involves 2 elements – a participatory build session with Lego where audiences add to an imaginary city equal in value to the proposed £205 billion Trident nuclear submarine replacement programme, and a live show where live camera feeds are used to explore this utopian city and tell the tales of its inhabitants.

 

We are seeking a Technical Stage Manager to support the touring and delivery of both elements of the project, manage the props, set and technical equipment, handle technical communications with venues, lead on getins & getouts, and operate sound and lighting.

 

Person Specification

 

Essential:

 

  • Experience of working stage management on small-scale touring theatre shows.
  • Experience of using Qlab 3 for playback.
  • Ability to work with studio theatre lighting desks to plot and program lighting cues.
  • Strong communication and organisational skills.
  • Based in or able to commute to Exeter.
  • Availability for all tour and rehearsal dates

 

Desirable:

  • Full, clean driving license.

Tour Schedule 

16th-20th and 23rd-27th April: Rehearsals in Exeter

28th April: Performance at Farnham Maltings, Farnam*

14th May: Performance at Exeter Phoenix

16th May: Performance at Norwich Literature Festival*

18th May: Performance at Bridport Arts Centre

19th May: Performance at Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

24th May: Performance at ARC, Stockton*

1st July: Re-rehearsal day in Exeter

7th July: Performance at Theatre Shop, Clevedon.

 

*Travelling from Exeter the day before.

 

Fee

£1995 representing 19 days work at £105 per day (1 day prep, 11 days rehearsal and 7 performances). Travel and accommodation for all non-Exeter tour dates will be covered, alongside commuting costs of up to £20 per day for rehearsals & performances in Exeter.

 

How To Apply

Send a cv to jackdean1989@gmail.com . Deadline for applications will be 5pm on 4th March. Interviews will be held in Exeter on the week commencing 12th March.

 

 

 

 

Job Opportunity: Producer – Jeremiah and Audience Development

FEE

£6000 to cover fees and travel expenses for Producer and any subcontractors they use on a freelance basis, based on 50 days between March & November at £120 per day.

 THE PROJECT

 Jeremiah is a loud, rambunctious new show with live music by rap storyteller Jack Dean. Created with a full band and original score, it will tell the incredible true story of the much-misunderstood Luddite rebellion. Having completed an initial R&D commissioned by Unlimited, it will go into production in Exeter in September 2018, followed by a series of launch performances across the UK in October & November 2018. Alongside this, Jack Dean will undergo an audience development programme supported by confirmed funding from Arts Council England. We are seeking an individual or company to deliver both of these projects to a high standard, working alone or with specialist subcontractors of their choosing, with the hope that the role will develop into a long term producer-artist partnership.

 

THE ROLE

 Jeremiah

– Managing the nationwide callout, auditions, recruitment and contracting of the show’s band and creative team.

– Inviting programmers to performances and booking the show’s 2019 tour

– Writing and submitting interim reports and evaluations to funders

– Managing and executing a comprehensive press and marketing campaign for the performances

– Production and tour management for rehearsals and performances – arranging travel and transport, booking accommodation, writing production schedules, purchasing & hiring tech equipment, etc.

Audience Development

– Working with tour venues to gather audience data, using Audience Finder or similar software, over the course of Jack Dean’s April-July tour of Nuketown.

– Analysing the data to identify existing and potential new audiences for all of Jack Dean’s repertoire, and drafting a strategy to develop them in the short, middle and long term.

– Using this strategy as the basis of Jeremiah’s press and marketing campaign.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • Strong communication skills, and ability to set and meet deadlines consistently and delegate effectively.
  • Extensive experience of UK tour booking for small-scale theatre work
  • Track record of delivering successful marketing campaigns for small-scale touring theatre work.
  • Experience of delivering audience development projects for performing artists or arts organisations.
  • Experience of production and company management on small-to-mid-scale productions.
  • Ability to attend regular face-to-face meetings in Exeter (likely to be monthly for April – June, fortnightly for July-August and October-November and weekly for September).

Desirable

  • Experience of raising funds from Arts Council England, trusts and foundations and crowdfunding.
  • Experience of promoting digital content, especially podcasts and Youtube videos.
  • Knowledge of mid-scale and/or rural touring.
  • Strong relationships with audiences and/or venues in the South West.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Send a cv or company bio and a brief cover letter outlining how you meet the person specification, alongside a description of any subcontractors you will use, to jackdean1989@gmail.com.

 

TIMELINE

Deadline for applications: Sunday 4th March, 5pm

Interviews: Week commencing 12th March in Exeter.

Contract term: 26th March – 30th November

 

 

 

 

 

12 Rules For Making Theatre With People Who Have Anxiety

This fun-time list was inspired by my own recent experiences with anxiety, and various conversations with people about how it fits into the kind of work I do (most of whom are credited below). It is not meant to be exhaustive or definitive: suggestions for more “Rules” are welcome. It is intended for theatre directors or companies who are new to working with people with anxiety, or who have been working with them for a while but are unsure about what access provisions they can make for them. It has a specific focus on rehearsing and performing shows, since it didn’t seem like that info was out there. Enjoy!

  1. Start each rehearsal session (ideally morning and afternoon) with something calm – meditation, yoga or just stretching and breathing.
  2. Honour their requests to work alone, even if group activities are planned. It won’t be productive to force interaction on them if they don’t want it.
  3. Avoid games and warmup exercises where people can’t sit down until they’ve done the thing well. This creates a lot of potential performance anxiety around being perceived as inadequate. (Contributed by Emma Baskeyfield)
  4. If they are contributing less suggestions than others, ask them how you can make a framework where they can make offers more easily. This might involve allowing more input in an informal or one-to-one setting, or working / writing alone, rather than improvising or talking to the whole group on cue. Quietness doesn’t mean apathy or hostility to the process.
  5. Conversely, loudness or humour doesn’t always mean confidence or arrogance, and can be a different kind of anxious reaction. Find an outlet for excessive nervous energy without sandbagging or shutting them down.
  6. If they have a concern about a problem, challenge or task in the rehearsal process, LISTEN. No matter how seemingly unimportant or unfounded the worry might be. NEVER dismiss them outright. Once the anxieties have been noted, discuss strategies for ameliorating them, but DON’T BE A FIXER. Even if a simple solution is visible, allow them to process their worry about the problem in their own time.
  7. Create and share a very clear rehearsal schedule well in advance, but offer the most flexibility possible within it. If a session is being unproductive, consider a long break or calling it a day, and making time up on more productive days. (Cribbed from MAYK’s mental health policy, written by Alice Holland)
  8. Allow time off for doctor / therapist appointments, however much notice is given, and don’t discuss what they were for unless invited to. (As above)
  9. Be extra clear about when and how payment will happen. (As above)
  10. In moments of stress/conflict, spell out exactly what you mean. Someone suffering from anxiety will likely put the worst possible connotations on ambiguity. (Contributed by Mimi Thebo)
  11. Don’t EVER tell them to “calm down”, “relax”, “chill out”  or “don’t panic”.
  12. Try and apply all these rules to everyone on the team. Being singled out as a special case can cause a lot of discomfort and awkwardness for people with mental health issues. If done right, these principles can make everyone more productive.

 

 

Job Opportunity: Producer

About Jack Dean

 “Artists like rap storyteller Jack Dean make us excited about what they might do next”

– The Guardian

Jack Dean is a writer, performer, poet and theatre-maker who uses hip-hop, spoken word, comedy and theatre to investigate modern mythologies, contemporary social issues and the human condition. His current repertoire includes three full-length theatre productions. These include two shows for adults, Grandad and the Machine and Nuketown, along with Horace and the Yeti, an eco-adventure for children aged 3+. He has been supported by a range of funders, including Arts Council England, Literature Works, Seedbed and the Lush Foundation, and received commissions from Camden People’s Theatre, Apples and Snakes, Unlimited, Barnsley Civic, ARC, Bristol Old Vic and the Bike Shed Theatre, among others. He is producer and creator of the Infinite Hex and Fake Town fables storytelling podcasts. More information about Jack can be found at his website: www.jackdean.co.uk .

 

The Role

Jack is seeking a Producer (individual or company) to support the management of a series of projects in 2018. This will involve:

  • Marketing, and project management for the tour of Nuketown in May/June 2018.
  • Fundraising, marketing, and project management for the production of new show Jeremiah, launching in September / October 2018.
  • Tour booking and fundraising for a summer 2019 tour of Jeremiah.
  • Managing Jack Dean & Friends, a planned Arts Council England-funded programme of audience & organizational development spread across all of 2018’s projects.

 

Person Specification

Essential

  • Strong communication skills, and ability to set and meet deadlines consistently and delegate effectively.
  • Extensive experience of UK tour booking for small-scale theatre work
  • Experience of successfully raising funds from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme, especially of applications both under and over £15,000 in size.
  • Experience of delivering successful marketing campaigns for small-scale touring theatre work.
  • Ability to attend face-to-face meetings once a month in Exeter

 

Desirable

  • Experience of raising funds from diverse sources, especially trusts and foundations and / or individual giving.
  • Experience of promoting digital content, especially podcasts and Youtube videos.
  • Experience of delivering audience development and / or organisational development projects.
  • Strong relationships with audiences and venues in the South West.
  • Production / company management experience on small-to-mid scale theatre

 

Fee

£100 per day on a freelance basis, based on an average of 1 day per week, to include all personal expenses. The initial contract will cover 15 days between January & April 2018, with the hope that the role will continue and expand beyond this timeline as more funding becomes available.

 

Timeline

 

Deadline for applications: 5pm Sunday  5th November 2017

 

Interviews in Exeter: Week of 13th November 2017

 

Decisions: Week of 20th November 2017

 

Start: Early January 2018

 

How To Apply

 

Send a CV, a link to your website (if applicable) and a brief cover letter outlining your suitability for the role in relation to the Person Specification to Jack at jackdean1989@gmail.com

CASTING CALL: HORACE & THE YETI

Jack Dean in association with LittleMighty is looking for a FEMALE actor with a playing age between early 20s and early 30s to perform in the tour of a new two-hander for families and children aged 4+.

The role will see the performer play a number of different characters. Physical theatre skills and a strong singing voice are essential requirements. Some experience of puppetry and object manipulation would be desirable but not essential.

Rates of pay:

£100 per day plus travel and accommodation expenses. How to Apply:

Casting will be through a workshop-style audition led by director Tom Wright. This will take place from 2- 5pm on Saturday 9 September in Barnsley (location tbc if called).

To apply, please send us an email including a link to your Spotlight profile or CV to producer Dick Bonham at dick@littlemighty.co.uk by 3 September.

About the show:

Intrepid Victorian adventurer Horace is out hunting yeti! He’s trekking across the Himalayas, hoping to find one of the legendary Abominable Snowmen. The creature is guarding a priceless jewel, which is wanted by Queen Victoria herself.

But things change when Horace actually meets the Yeti, who turns out to be far from Abominable. Together they head off on a journey though the valley of Shangri-La, here mythical beasts live hidden from humanity.

But Horace has to make a choice. Will it be personal glory or saving the natural world?

The show was originally commissioned and developed through a Research & Development period with The Civic Theatre, Barnsley and ARC, Stockton.

Written and with music by Jack Dean Directed by Tom Wright
Design by Emma Williams Dramaturgy by Dick Bonham Produced by LittleMighty

Dates:

You will need to be available for the following dates:

Rehearsals – Barnsley:

3 – 6 Oct 2017
9 – 13 Oct 2017 16 – 20 Oct 2017

Rehearsals – venue TBC

23 – 25 Oct 2017

Performances:

26 Oct 2017 – The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
4 Nov 2017 – CAST, Doncaster
14 Feb 2018 – The Ropewalk, Barton-Upon-Humber
17 Feb 2018 – The Coro, Ulverston
19 Feb 2018 – Northrope Hall with Creative Scene
20 Feb 2018 – Batley Bulldogs RLFC with Creative Scene
21 Feb 2018 – The Venue Birstall with Creative Scene
22 Feb 2018 – Healey Community Scene with Creative Scene
23 Feb 2018 – Thornhill Sports & Community Centre with Creative Scene 2 – 7 April 2018 – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter