NOW HIRING: Producer, The Plough R&D

Burn Bright Theatre are seeking a dynamic, creative and enthusiastic Producer for the R&D of our new show The Plough.

The show was written by Isabel Dixon and has been developed under the direction of Katherine Timms, co-artistic directors of Burn Bright Theatre. It’s a special project that’s been with us right since the company’s launch in 2015 and, after receiving funding to take the next step in the play’s development, we’re looking for some help to bring the script to life.

This will be the first time Burn Bright has worked with an external producer and we’re delighted that this will be the project where we can bring another person onboard. We founded the company on the ethos of collaboration and creative development, and the R&D is a large scale project that will see us work with 5 crew and 6 cast members.

About Burn Bright Theatre

Burn Bright Theatre was formed by Isabel Dixon (playwright and producer) and Katherine Timms (director and workshop facilitator). We balance new writing with exciting revivals and are passionate about collaborating with a variety of innovative theatre artists – including performers, writers, movement directors and musicians.

Our shows incorporate ensemble work, physical movement and live music to create ambitious theatre that retains a quirky, low-fi and intimate feel.

To date we’ve staged four projects, smashed box office records with our first show, gained support from Arts Council England, been commissioned to create theatre by Westminster Borough Council, created tie-in activities for our shows with organisations such as Amnesty International and Age UK, received mentorship from established companies like Supporting Wall and Iron Shoes and launched our regular IgNite cabaret variety nights in the heart of Soho.

About the play

Cassie and Joe are two lost twenty-somethings, both adjusting to surviving alone in a big city. Joe has arrived in London to find the father who left him before he was born, hoping that finally knowing his history will make him feel like a whole person at last. Stargazer Cassie is searching for a purpose important enough to make her forget her old life in Scarborough - and the painful tragedy that drove her away.

After a chance meeting, the pair strike up an unlikely friendship and join forces to search for Joe’s missing father. And as the stories of their parents' pasts unfold, blurring the lines across generations, we begin to see how the connections between parents and children are as complex and enduring as the stars in the sky.

Set against a backdrop of busy London streets and sleepy Scarborough beaches, The Plough weaves theatre, storytelling, spoken word and live music to spin a tale of heritage and identity, love and loss, cosmonauts, heroes and baked beans.

The Plough uses a company of six actor-musicians who form a storytelling Chorus, creating a live soundtrack and multi-roling as over forty different characters and using minimal props/set to conjure up different locations – from London streets to Scarborough seafronts, awkward school discos to drunken pub lock ins.

Isabel trained on the Royal Court, Lyric Hammersmith and Soho Theatre Writers Lab, wrote for the Old Vic's 24 Hour Plays and is currently a member of the peer-led Soho Writers Alumni Group. The play was initially developed as part of the London Playwriting Lab, and has since received a workshop from the Young Vic Directors Network. Isabel also won the 2015 Jack Wills Young Brit Award, which gave her some funding towards a run of the show. Part of this grant has been earmarked towards taking the show into a full R&D to fully nail down the vision for a future production. We have also been lucky enough to have been offered mentorship and advice from Iron Shoes Theatre (My Beautiful Black Dog) once The Plough secures a full production.

Key dates

We plan to kick off the R&D process with a rehearsed reading at SLAM on 23rd April, with an invited audience, who’ll give their feedback on the play in its current stage of development. We’ll use this to finalise the R&D script.

With kind support from the Space and SLAM, we then have five days of space in May to explore the script with a full cast of 6, a musical director and technical designer.

We’ll end that week with a semi-staged showing of The Plough on 21st May, with a further two showings on subsequent Sundays (28th May, 4th June). These will be open to audiences, along with invited industry.

Casting: 31st March - 2nd April

Readthrough: Sunday 23rd April (evening)

R&D dates: Wednesday 17th - Sunday 21st May (10am-6pm)

Scratch performances: Sunday 21st May, Sunday 28th May, Sunday 4th June (evenings)

Producer role

Our ideal Producer will be flexible and willing to feed in their own ideas about how they see this role developing. We see this as a creative role rather than an administrative one, and we’d ideally like this R&D to be the beginning of a long-term relationship with the right candidate.

We currently see the main responsibilities of the Producer as:

  • Helping to market the R&D showings at SLAM through relevant marketing channels: listings sites, social media, website updates, etc.

  • Taking overall responsibility for Burn Bright’s social media channels over the course of the project

  • Helping us devise and implement strategies for audience outreach (including contacting relevant charities, organisations and networks with an interest in the show’s themes)

  • Helping to compile a list of industry contacts and send invitations to relevant personnel for the final showings

  • Being an additional point of contact for queries from cast or other crew members

  • Contributing ideas for the future life and artistic direction of the show

What we’re looking for:

Essential:

  • A passion for new writing

  • Experience with developing new work (scratch nights, R&Ds…)

  • Experience with developing theatre for non-traditional venues (e.g. site-specific, music festivals)

  • A flair for finding creative ways of marketing and solid knowledge of different channels (listings sites, social media, targeted audience outreach, etc.)

  • A keen interest in reaching new or non-traditional theatre audiences

  • Organized, self-motivated and able to work to deadlines

  • The ability to work as part of a team

Desirable:

  • Experience with taking work to Edinburgh Fringe

  • Experience in artist management (including contracting)

  • An interest in developing a long term creative relationship with a theatre company

Renumeration

There is a £300 fee for this project.

Burn Bright Theatre works with Fringe Charter approved contracts and recognises the need to work flexibly where a full-time position is not being offered. We don’t have an expectation for a minimum number of working hours for this role and are happy to discuss a suitable schedule with the right candidate at interview.

Applications

Please send a CV to info@burnbrighttheatre.com, along with a covering letter. We’re excited to hear about your experience and what kind of theatre you’re most passionate about, and what excites you most about the project.

Applications close on Friday 24th March at 5pm.

We will aim to meet with shortlisted producers on w/c 27th March and are happy to send a script to all interviewees in advance of meeting. Please let us know in your email if you have any issues with availability on this week.


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