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I Stand For What I Stand On 2021

In October 2020, Gloucester Youth Community Action performed a ‘work in progress’ of I Stand For What I Stand On at Gloucester Cathedral under Luke Jerram’s Gaia. The show was also live streamed so it could be watched all over the world.

Trailer for I Stand For What I Stand On

“Getting a glimpse into the lives of these Gloucester activists is so inspiring, whilst also highlighting the absurdity of the situation: that children enamoured with pop heartthrobs and preoccupied with studying for their GCSEs are simultaneously having to worry about a global crisis that international governments are simply brushing aside.” – Claudia (Producer)

Cheltenham Science Festival

The group continued meeting over the start of 2021 (on Zoom). In the school holidays they managed to spend some time together and further developed the show. In June 2021 they shared the show so far at Cheltenham Science Festival. They also did a talk with other activists including Gina Martin, Tolmeia Gregory and Aja Barber.

Gloucester Rooftop Festival

They then performed the work in progress sharing at Rooftop Festival in Gloucester in July 2021.

“Performing at the Rooftop Festival was really cool and it was inspirational to see other people performing and linking their art to issues in the world. It was a friendly atmosphere and despite the heat, it was great to take our performance to people who weren’t familiar with us. Our previous performances had been in front of people who mostly knew us already, so it was a crowd of new faces.”

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R&D at University of Gloucestershire

In the summer holidays the team worked together at the University of Gloucestershire to further develop the show. They were joined by Movement Director Rosie and Lighting Designer Will (and Strike A Light office dog Winnie and one of her gorgeous puppies). They also spent the summer reaching out to other young climate activists both nationally and internationally for them to tell their story as part of the show.

“It has been amazing to be able to have in person rehearsals again at the beginning of the summer to develop the show.  Working with a wider creative team has been so much fun and we have all really enjoyed learning about and coming up with ideas for set design and video. As well as adding more movement into the show – although we were definitely exhausted at the end of the 4 days!!”

“Over the past few weeks and months we have been reaching out online to global climate activists to recruit them to become part of our show. We’ve made connections with around thirty young activists from across the world – some of which we already knew, alongside others who we have been getting to know through making parts of the show together! It’s been amazing to hear from activists from so many different backgrounds and listen to their stories, thoughts and beliefs. I’m very excited to feature content from these incredible people in ‘I Stand For What I Stand On’, as it means we are able to give a more balanced and in depth view of the experiences and meaning of youth climate activism for people across the movement.”

National Theatre Workshop

At the end of their R&D week the team were very excited to be invited to lead a workshop for the National Theatre as part of their programme for young people ‘Shaping the Future: Theatre-Making and the Climate’.

“We ran a workshop for the National Theatre which was great fun although we were a bit nervous beforehand. It was great to get a chance to talk to other young people who care about the environment especially as we have lost so many opportunities to do this during the pandemic.”

Next steps…

We’re incredibly excited the show is almost complete and they will be going on tour this October/November. Catch them at Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol, Gloucester Guildhall, Warwick Arts Centre and COP26!!

“We are all really looking forward to performing ‘I Stand For What I Stand On’ on tour and hopefully getting to meet more young activists as this has been a huge highlight both at cheltenham science festival and with our global digital cast.”

We’re beyond proud to be working with these awesome young people and creative team on this kickass show and know this is only the beginning.

“Being a young activist at the moment is very scary to say the least. Everywhere you look there are natural disasters and humanitarian crises, many of which have been caused or worsened by climate change. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed and feel totally hopeless but working on this project has given me the opportunity to understand, express and manage those emotions. I’ve realised that despite this, there is still so much we can save if everyone works together, and that is one of the main messages I’d love to give to anyone who watches our show.”

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Technical Stage Manager: I Stand For What I Stand On

We’re looking for an experienced Technical Stage Manager for the upcoming tour (September – November 2021) of I Stand For What I Stand On. A new show performed by four young climate strikers from Gloucester and a global digital cast.

I Stand For What I Stand On

An intimate performance, I stand for what I stand on features a live cast of 4 young climate strikers from Gloucester and a digital cast of global young activists. The show is performed directly to each audience member through headphones with original sound and digital design.

We can’t pretend it’ll be ok,

It’s something we need to discuss,

Because if we don’t act on climate change,

It will act on us.

Drawing on autobiographical experiences, a love of Harry Styles and Abba, an extraordinary understanding of the climate crisis and using cardboard protest signs, I stand for what I stand on shares the young international casts’ thoughts and fears about the impending climate crisis and explores the reality of being a teenager and growing up in the shadow of the climate emergency.

Rehearsal & Tour dates

Rehearsals

  • Rehearsals: 11 & 12 September 2021 – Gloucester (availability for these dates is desirable but not essential)
  • Tech week: 22 – 26 September 2021 – Bristol Old Vic Studio
  • Final rehearsals: 9 & 10 October 2021 – Gloucester.

Tour

  • 12 & 13 October – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
  • 27 October – Gloucester Guildhall
  • 28 October – Trowbridge Town Hall
  • 5 November – Torbay, Devon
  • 7 November – Warwick Arts Centre
  • Date TBC – COP 26, Glasgow

About you

We’re looking for someone who has:

  • Experience operating Qlab
  • Strong experience using ETC eos series lighting consoles
  • Experience touring shows into multiple venues
  • UK driving license with no more than 3 points
  • Has or is willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check
  • Confident and able to load touring equipment in and out of venues and into vehicles 
  • Experience stage managing small and medium scale professional theatre work
  • Confident with the assembly of simple set pieces and theatre-style rigging
  • A good communicator who is able to work patiently in a team and communicate clearly with in-house technical staff
  • Experience of working with young people and a flexible approach to working with them

Salary & Contract

  • This a freelance contract with a set fee of £2,000
  • Travel, accommodation & per diems are not included in this fee and will be paid separately

How to apply

Please send your CV and cover letter (maximum 1 page A4) outlining your interest in this role, to claudia@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

If you would like to apply via a different format (e.g audio or video) please get in touch to arrange this.

Deadline for applications: Friday 20 August 2021

Interviews will take place (via Zoom) week commencing 23 August 2021

If you have any questions please contact Claudia at claudia@strikealightfestival.org.uk  

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Gloucester Presents… Fashion Show

What happens when you team up a group of local residents with incredible artists to come up with their own creative event?

Well, this…

The end product: Fashion Show 🤩🎉

Fashion Show @ Gloucester Rooftop Festival. 🎥 Fluxx Films

the community

Ambitions Dance
Local young people and volunteers

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the artists

Dani Harris-Walters sits on marble stairs looking down the camera lens.
Choreographer Dani Harris-Walters
Designer Valerie Simms
Producer Philippa Smith

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the idea

A choreographed fashion show using dance, wearable art and music to tell a story of a journey through time – beginning with the Windrush and ending with life as we know it today.

See more ‘Gloucester Presents…’ events

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Participation Internship

We’re looking for an intern to work with and support our participation team in our youth theatre and youth dance sessions. The internship will also provide you with the opportunity to develop skills and learn more about participation and project administration through supporting weekly delivery with a brilliant cohort of young people and practitioners.

The internship is offered as a part time role, 2 hours a week (September 2021 – August 2022).

Rate of pay: £8.91 per hour.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities 

  • To support practitioners in weekly sessions
  • To work with young people between the ages of 7-18 in creating new engaging and dynamic performances across the City
  • To help manage the space and keep young people aware of personal space/social distancing where necessary
  • To deliver warm up’s or drama games at the start of some sessions
  • Create emails (via mailchimp) about Strike A Light events and weekly participation information for parents and young people
  • Collate material for evaluation through different forms of media

General

  • To work within Strike A Light policies, including Health & Safety, Child Protection and Equalities 
  • To participate in organisation meetings and events as required 
  • To attend relevant training as and when required 
  •  To positively represent Strike A Light at events

Person Specification

This is an internship position and so you do not have to have lots of experience or have worked in this kind of job before. The aim of the internship is to provide an opportunity to develop your skills and help you in your future career, whilst supporting the work of Strike A Light.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is enthusiastic about this opportunity 
  • Is interested in Youth Theatre and Youth Dance participation
  • Is interested in working in the arts
  • Has a good level of written and spoken English 
  • Is confident using a computer, in particular email and social media

If you do have voluntary or paid experience doing any of the tasks listed in the job description above, even better. Let us know about this in your application.

To apply:

Please send a CV, monitoring form and a cover letter outlining why you would like this role to charlene@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

(Please include your full name in the attachment file names)

If you would like to apply via a different format (e.g video/audio) please get in touch. 

Please complete the above monitoring form and send it with your CV and cover letter. This information will be separated from your application and is used for monitoring purposes only, not as part of the shortlisting process.

Deadline for applications Wednesday 18 August, 12pm

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 25 August

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Artist Residencies

University of Gloucestershire in partnership with Strike A Light are offering free rehearsal space in their beautiful Performing Arts Centre studios this summer.

What’s on offer?

  • Free rehearsal space in purpose built studios at University of Gloucestershire’s Performing Arts Centre, Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester for one week
  • Free on campus accommodation
  • Working alongside other artists, companies and students
  • Opportunity to build a relationship with Strike A Light

When does it take place?

Rehearsal space available between: 10am & 5pm

  • Monday 9 August – Friday 13 August
  • Monday 16 August – Friday 20 August
  • Tuesday 31 August – Friday 3 September

What are we looking for?

  • Professional companies/artists who make contemporary performance (dance, theatre, spoken word, puppetry etc).
  • Artists who are open to a University student spending time in the room observing your process.

You could be rehearsing a show, developing something new or just using the time and space to test ideas.

You must have your own public liability insurance.

If you’ve got any questions check out the FAQS below and then contact us.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 21 July, 10am

If you would like to apply via a different format please email Jess on info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.


FAQS

What are the studio spaces like?

  • Studio spaces vary but all have dance lino or wooden dance floors and white and mirrored walls and/ or black curtains.
  • All spaces are a suitable size for group rehearsals (ranging from 90m2 – 145 m2).
  • All the ground floor spaces are wheelchair accessible. The first floor spaces are also wheelchair accessible however the lift is not to be used during a fire evacuation. In the unlikely event of a fire any wheelchair users would need to evacuate using evacuation chairs.
  • The space will be exclusively yours for the week and will be available for you to use between 10am & 5pm. Equipment/set can be left in the studios over night but is at your own risk.
  • Use of technical equipment (lighting/sound etc) not included.
  • Virtual tours of the performing arts centre and dance & performance studio.

Is it easy to get there?

  • There is parking on site and good public transport links by train and bus. The campus is a 25 minute walk from Gloucester train station.

What is the accommodation like?

  • The accommodation available is in the University halls on campus.
  • Each room has a single bed and a private ensuite.
  • There is a shared kitchen in each flat.
  • There is internet access.
  • There are accessible flats available.
  • You may be sharing a flat with other artists on residency.
  • Virtual tour of some of the on campus accommodation.

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Spoken Word Artist call out

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic freelance spoken word artist / poet to work with us on our next ‘Hear Me Out’ project. 

You will be working with a group of around 8 young women aged 14-18, via Zoom during a period between 16 September and 18 November. A total of 1 introductory and 8 working sessions, each up to 90 minutes.

The aim of the post is to encourage and develop the group’s confidence to talk about different types of poetry and spoken word and encourage them to develop and write their own work. We’d like to help them use critical thinking skills, as well as attending events such as poetry slams, spoken word shows etc. There will be a level of autonomy in terms of the direction the group wants to take in their learning. 

You will be fully supported by members of the Strike A Light team.

This is a freelance role with a fee of £1,000 to include planning, preparation and delivery of one introductory and 8 x 1.5 hour sessions, to take place on Thursday evenings (excluding half-terms) starting on September 16.

Deadline for applications Monday 19 July 2021

To apply please send a CV and cover letter (minimum 1 page of A4) or a video (maximum 3 minutes) about why you are interested in this role to Milan on producer@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

(Please include your full name in the attachment file names).

If you would like to apply via a different format please get in touch to arrange this.

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General Manager

Strike A Light are looking for someone to join us as General Manager, one day a week. If you’re enthusiastic about beautifully organised admin, like being the go-to person in a small team and enjoy setting up systems to get stuff done, we’d love to hear from you. 

About you

You might not have worked in the arts before but may have worked in a similar role in a small business, a charity or voluntary organisation. We’re looking for people who:

  • Have a solid understanding of finance, HR and admin processes for smaller scale organisations
  • Are excited by Strike A Light’s work and want to help make it happen
  • Are keen to be part of a small team where you can shape and set up working processes 
  • Can use their initiative, put in ideas and manage their own workload

Salary and contract

The role is offered on a 1 day a week basis, £27,000 pro rata (0.2 FTE). We’re happy to discuss flexible working arrangements e.g. whether this work is carried out on the same day each week or split over 2-3 days to fit around other commitments. The majority of the Strike A Light team work Tuesday-Thursday and so working time on at least one of these days would be ideal. 

Remote working is definitely possible- the Strike A Light team works mostly from home- but some time with the staff team and in the office would be useful, for example joining away days or planning meetings, and can be mutually agreed.

This is a new post so the role is offered on a one year contract initially and then will be reviewed with the post-holder as the organisation develops to ensure it’s still the right structure, number of days etc.

Working at Strike A Light


The general manager will be reporting to and supported by the Executive Director, Christina, as well as working with the wider team. We’ve been lucky to have Emma working with us over the last 6 months offering general management support, setting up systems and helping define this role. Emma will also be offering several days of handover for the new person in post.

Gloucester is a diverse city and we value having a range of experiences and perspectives to make things better. We want our staff team to be reflective of Gloucester’s diversity and welcome applications from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates. 

All the Strike A Light team are dedicated and passionate about their work but we understand that work is only part of who you are, so we are flexible about working patterns and ask questions about how we do things, to try and make the best working environment we can. As this post is part time it may be that you’re returning to work or balancing it with caring commitments. We’d like you to feel you can have conversations with us about what you’d need to make this work for you.


Deadline for applications Wednesday 21 April

To apply please send your CV, monitoring form and a cover letter (maximum 2 sides of A4) to info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

(Please include your full name in the attachment file names).

If you would like to apply via a different format (e.g audio or video) please get in touch to arrange this info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

Please complete the above monitoring form and send it with your CV and cover letter. This information will be separated from your application and is used for monitoring purposes only, not as part of the shortlisting process.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 4 May

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Marketing and Admin Assistant: Internship

Are you interested in shows, festivals or events?
Do you enjoy meeting new people?
Would you like to work in marketing or the arts?

We’re looking for an intern to work with and support our team to contribute to effective marketing and the smooth running of projects, shows and other events. The internship will also provide you with the opportunity to develop skills and learn more about marketing & administration and other job roles within festivals and events, to support your future career.

The internship is offered as a part time role (3 days a week) for one year.

Rate of pay: £8.91 per hour.

This is an internship position and so you do not have to have lots of experience or have worked in this kind of job before. The aim of the internship is to provide an opportunity to develop your skills and help you in your future career, whilst supporting the work of Strike A Light.

Ellie Maynard (previous Marketing and Admin Intern) talks about her experience of the internship. Ellie had a particular interest in dance so had the opportunity to expand her role to include experience in facilitating dance classes.

If you do have voluntary or paid experience doing any of the tasks listed in the job description above, even better. Let us know about this in your application.

Apply now

If you would like to apply via a different format (e.g video/audio) please get in touch info@strikealightfestival.org.uk

Closing date: Monday 26 April 2021

Interviews: Thursday 6 May


This post is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

📸 Cover photo: Stig Godding

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Wellbeing Activities Assistant: Internship

Do you like sports, dance or outdoor activities?
Do you have an interest in cooking, baking or healthy eating?
Do you enjoy working with people, especially children and young people?

We’re looking for an intern to work with The Venture team in White City to support their activities to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in their local community. The internship will also provide you with the opportunity to develop skills and learn more about leading participatory activities and other job roles to support your future career.

This internship is offered by Strike A Light and The Venture who work in close partnership together.

The Venture provide free, open access play sessions and activities for children and young people in White City. They aim to raise the aspirations of young people in the local community, giving them opportunities to try new things to help show them what they can achieve in life. The intern will be hosted and managed by The Venture.

The internship is offered as a part time role (3 days a week) for one year and will be based at The Venture.

Rate of pay: £8.91 per hour.

Primary Purpose

Working under the general direction of the Play Co-ordinator at The Venture to assist in the planning and delivery of after school, weekend and school holiday activities for children and young people with a particular focus on developing and delivering a regular programme of health and wellbeing activities and opportunities.

This is an internship position and so you do not have to have lots of experience or have worked in this kind of job before. The aim of the internship is to provide an opportunity to develop your skills and help you in your future career, whilst supporting the work of The Venture. 

If you do have voluntary or paid experience doing any of the tasks listed in the job description above, even better. Let us know about this in your application.

We are particularly keen to hear from people local to Matson, Robinswood and White City.

Apply now

If you would like to apply via a different format (e.g video/audio) please get in touch info@strikealightfestival.org.uk

Closing date: Monday 26 April

Interviews: Thursday 6 May

All roles within Strike A Light and The Venture that undertake working with children, young people or vulnerable adults will need to complete a DBS check.


This post is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

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‘In Solidarity’ – Organiser Call Out

In February 2021, Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) invited 25 of the country’s leading heritage bodies and charities to a meeting to tell them “to defend our culture and history from the noisy minority of activists constantly trying to do Britain down”. Arm’s length bodies are being given specific policies from central government on how they should manage their collections and deal with ‘contested heritage’.

This is the latest in a series of similar messages from government departments, The Charity Commission and MPs which present equality work and anti-racist work as pandering to a dangerous “woke minority”.

We held an open meeting to see if our concern was shared and in just a few days over 600 people signed up to attend the meeting or be kept up to date.

What now?

This issue is much bigger than just the arts or heritage. We are convening a cross-sector, and beyond-sector conversation to share responses and discuss action. The event, In Solidarity, will bring together people from across the political spectrum, from the arts, heritage, academia, the charity sector and others.

Event organiser role

We are seeking a confident event organiser, producer or campaigner with excellent communication skills, to work with us to make this meeting happen.

We would love to hear from you if you have:

  • A good knowledge of the issues and current situation which make this meeting vital
  • An understanding of networking in, and ideally relevant contacts in, one or more of the sectors above
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience organising digital events e.g. on zoom

This is a freelance role with a fee of £750, to support the Strike A Light team to research and invite attendees and then coordinate the online event on the day. We anticipate this role taking 3-5 days of work, spread out over several weeks. Our intention is to host the meeting online in May/June 2021. 

To apply


Please send a CV with a covering email about why you are interested in the role to info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

(Please include your full name in the attachment file names).

If you would like to apply via a different format (e.g audio or video) please get in touch to arrange this info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

Deadline for applications midnight Wednesday 14 April.