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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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Let Artists Be Artists – experiment sharing session

What is it?

A 1.5 hour online sharing session, reporting back on what we’ve learnt from the first few months of our ‘Let Artists Be Artists’ experiment.

This ‘industry sharing’ event is aimed at anyone interested in the idea of finding new ways to work with and support artists – in particular, organisations or individuals considering trying out a similar approach, testing out a new model for commissioning or reviewing how they work with artists.

The focus will be on sharing what we’ve learned so far, with three main goals in mind:

  1. to continue to be transparent in the whole process
  2. to hopefully make it easy for others to try out something similar for themselves
  3. to stimulate ongoing conversation about how to build a fairer, more adventurous arts industry

We will share:

  • How the project came about
  • The purpose of the experiment, but also the nuts and bolts of how it worked in practice
  • How we involved artists in its development
  • The recruitment process: how it was run, what worked and what didn’t (both from our perspective and that of artists)
  • The 3 appointed LABA artists will share their experiences so far
  • Specific resources and documentation from everything so far – everything from the overall project framework down to the Google Sheets and Apps Script we used to make shortlisting more manageable

Practical details and how to join

The session will take place online, via Zoom (live captioning available)

Places are free, but you do need to book in advance so that we have an idea of numbers! (You’re also welcome to make a donation towards our work if you’d like to!)

We will send out the Zoom link and joining information to all bookers closer to the date of the session (Weds 15 Sep)

Funders and partners

We’re so grateful to all of the organisations who are joining us to make this a reality:

Action Hero | The Arts Development Company | Bristol Ferment | Create Gloucestershire | GL4 | Gloucester Culture Trust | Jerwood Arts | MAYK | Pound Arts | Theatre Bristol | Theatre Orchard | Travelling Light Theatre Company | Trinity Bristol

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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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Workshop board session: the arts, charity and politics

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How do we make world-changing art which is relevant to the real world and doesn’t shy away from the issues affecting communities we work with – whilst at the same time ensuring that we work within the legal restrictions relating to charities and political campaigning?


Charities and arts organisations are coming under fire for being “too political”. But we believe that failing to engage with the challenges of today’s society isn’t apolitical. Saying nothing is not a ‘neutral’ position. It’s an active choice to maintain the status quo and the privileged which that status quo serves.


Why workshop sessions?

Earlier this year, we outlined our new approach to our governance: how decisions are made about how Strike A Light is run, and how we could make sure that more voices were heard in this

Like a lot of arts organisations, Strike A Light is a charity and so our board of trustees meet regularly throughout the year to oversee, advise and support the running of the organisation. We want to open up this process and have written a couple of blogs about why we think change is vital for us and across the sector. 

In short, we will move the primary focus of our governance activity to workshops rather than board meetings – where artists, communities and industry work alongside board members to directly influence and support Strike A Light’s approach. 

We’re making this happen and our first workshop will be taking place on Tuesday 20 July at 1pm – focusing on arts, charities and politics. 

Rather than a single, static board who feel they have to drive the strategy and make decisions on every topic, this arrangement provides dynamic support and skills for the governance of Strike A Light.


We’ll be doing a workshop on a different topic every three months and each different workshop will involve quite different groups of people. 

There will be a combination of trustees, freelancers, arts professionals, professionals from other industries, community members and artists.
The size, make-up and dynamics of each group will change to best reflect the workshop topic. 

  • Workshop attendees can be paid for their time. We know there’s an issue with asking freelancers, artists etc to put in unpaid time. After the workshop you can invoice us for £75 towards your time. Alternatively you can choose to donate your time as a trustee would. You don’t need to tell us which you’re opting for – just send us an invoice afterwards, or don’t. 
  • There’s flexibility to the time commitment. You might attend future workshops too if you feel you can contribute to several topics, but equally you might just attend the one workshop that’s your bag. 
  • Workshop formats can vary to suit attendees and topic e.g. we can do one small group discussion or a structured activity with breakout sessions etc. 
  • Options for digital or hybrid meetings give much greater opportunities to work with people from across the country or even internationally. We’re planning this first workshop on zoom. If you’re local to Gloucester and would prefer to meet in person for a chat on the topic or would prefer a one to one phone call we can do that too.

We hope theses sessions will also give people an opportunity to find out more about how the Strike A Light board works, meet trustees and demystify the governance process.

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CTN: Artist Call Out

Attention artists and companies: another fantastic, year-long, funded opportunity to pursue a project of your making. 🎉🔥

  • £72k in creative fees
  • £20k in production budget
  • Any performance form
  • With our friends at CTN


The Collaborative Touring Network is looking to work with an artist, a group of artists or a company to make and tour a live show nationally, between September 2021 and September 2022.

⏰ Expression of interest Deadline: Monday 5 July, 10am


📷 Laima Arlauskaite_(coletivA ocupação)

This callout will allow an artist, or artists, or company to spend one whole year working on developing and touring a live performance with 8 communities nationally. It’s a joint initiative between Battersea Arts Centre (Wandsworth), Doorstep Arts (Torbay),
Heads Up (Hull), Jumped Up Theatre (Peterborough), Looping the Loop (Thanet), Lyrici Arts (Medway),
The Old Courts (Wigan) & Strike a Light (Gloucester).


We’re so chuffed to see this happening! It feels like another potentially-significant shift in the way the arts industry/organisations are working with artists… 🔥

(Context: it was about this time last year that we went on a bit of a rant about some of the changes we want to see in the arts industry – specifically, around employing artists, to ‘just be artists’)

With the support of a bunch of amazing partners, we’ve recently been able to do just that, which we’re really excited about.

But/and we said right from the start that a big reason for setting up this experiment was to see what difference it would make if more arts organisations were to adopt this model – for it to be part of their ‘new normal’ as well.

So we’re extra-hyped when we see other people trying out steps in a similar sort of direction as well – testing out different models to better support artists. Specifically, funding models that are about:

  • investing in artists, giving them stability and financial security
  • stopping the endless, exhausting project/grant-chasing treadmill
  • allowing artists lots of creative freedom – without specified themes or artforms

We know that, for example, Wales Millennium Centre have done stuff like this too. We’d love to see loads more! If there’s anyone else out there working on similar initiatives or thinking similar thoughts, let us know – we wanna hear!)

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Poetry Slam Call Out

The Roundhouse Poetry Slam is back for its 15th year!

We’re very excited to be partnering with the Roundhouse on this year’s Poetry Slam. The Slam final will go ahead with a live audience this Summer after being moved online last year.

We are now in search of the next Slam champion – could you be one of this year’s finalists?

The 15th Poetry Slam final judges will include writer of the critically acclaimed Queenie, with more to be announced.

Kareem Parkins-Brown – 2019 Poetry Slam Final winner
BY TAKING PART, YOU’LL GET:

• The chance to showcase your talent in front of live and online audiences.
• The opportunity to make industry contacts, raise your profile and network with peers and professionals in the spoken word industry.
• Have the opportunity to compete for the title of Roundhouse Slam Champion and win a cash prize if you finish in the top three or win the audience vote.
• Finalists’ performances will be professionally filmed and uploaded to the Roundhouse YouTube Channel, which has over 16,000 subscribers. Past finalist videos have been reposted by global online publications and accumulated views in excess of 5 million.
• Cash prizes for the runners up


Please note, this year the Slam Heats will be hosted online via Zoom.
We understand that for some people, travelling or being in groups for the LIVE FINAL is not feasible or safe at this time so The Roundhouse will work with each finalist to figure out the best option for them.
The Roundhouse will be able to provide financial support for finalists who need help paying for travel to London from within the UK.

HOW IT WORKS

1. Complete the application form on the Roundhouse website, including links to video footage of you performing a poem you have written. Deadline (extended): Sunday 27 June, Midday
2. They will invite a shortlist of poets to perform in the Slam Heats which this year will be hosted online via Zoom on 6,7,8 July 2021
3. The winner of each heat will progress directly to the Slam Final on 29th July 2021, along with the nine top scoring finalists from across all three heats.

The Roundhouse are also running two online workshops to help you prepare for the slam, led by Joelle Taylor an award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor.


Get Slam Ready: Writing Skills, 1 June
Get Slam Ready: Performance Skills, 2 June


Roundhouse Poetry Slam is in partnership with National Theatre Wales, Voice Box, Gloucester Culture Trust and Hull Truck and is generously supported by Colin and Helen David.

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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


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📸 Cover photo: Stig Godding