Theatre Producer Needed – ‘A Formula for Lemonade’ by Common Chorus Theatre.

Common Chorus is a West Yorkshire based theatre company led by Artistic Director Simon Brewis. We tell truthful, provocative and entertaining stories inspired by real people’s experiences. We want to recruit a new freelance producer to assist part time on the research and development process for our new show; ‘A Formula for Lemonade’. This is an opportunity to get involved on the ground floor of an up and coming company with a bright future. Our immediate commitment to each other would only be for this project, but we hope to build a relationship with someone we can work with again in the future.

Draft blurb for ‘A Formula for Lemonade’ R&D process:

Andrew Richardson has it made. He is well-paid, lives to work, and has a beautiful and intelligent wife. Just when he is enjoying life, a spot of ill health starts to get in the way of things. He resolves to get back on the horse that bucked him – but the truth is, he is never going to work again. Thrust into a world he never knew existed and handed an identity he doesn’t understand, he must figure out how to keep hold of the life he has become accustomed to, his dignity, and even his sanity in his new world without work.

Featuring live music, original songs and powerful visual storytelling, this darkly comic and engrossing tale is for anyone yet to ask themselves ‘who will I become when my health gives out?’ as well as those who know only too well.

Info about show and process:

We plan to have research and development activity start in Autumn 2017 and conclude in early summer 2018.

Our fictional story has been inspired by the biography of Gemma Bonham, who in her late 30’s was forced to stop working as the Theatre Programmer at Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds when she became too ill to work. To develop our story, we will produce a self-contained community theatre project with people, and their carers, who have been forced to leave work due to chronic illness. A series of workshops and rehearsals through the early Autumn will culminate in a public storytelling performance at Love Arts festival in Leeds on the 18th October 2017.

Taking inspiration from these stories, a team of professional theatre makers will then develop and devise a script and score for a professional production. There will be three main devising weeks, the first in November or December 2017, the second on the week of 22nd January 2018, and the third in either May or June 2018.

Plans for the development of the show are already motion, and the producer will complete a core team that already consists of Simon Brewis (Director), Adam Z Robinson (Writer) and Gemma Bonham (Creative Consultant). Several community and venue partners are already onboard and we are ready to begin the process of applying for funding. Please note, we do not have funding for the project yet. The producer will take an essential partnering role, alongside the director, in applying for funding. Fees for their time will be budgeted into these funding applications. The project is very well positioned to begin the funding application process.

Candidates for the position must:

  • Be able to work flexibly in Leeds / West Yorkshire.
  • Have strong organisational and logistical skills; we need a producer whose skill set trends towards effective company management and administration.
  • Be able to contribute to funding strategy and applications; writing an original funding application in partnership with the artistic director, and then completing subsequent applications with a degree of autonomy.
  • Demonstrate interest in making highly crafted, accessible, entertaining and provoking storytelling theatre in response to real life stories.
  • Be inspired by our process of using community theatre processes as an integral part of the research and development for professional theatre.
  • Be able to work in partnership with the artistic director to maintain relationships with community partner organisations, funders and partnering theatre venues.
  • Understand what it takes to research and develop small scale touring work for studio theatres.

Desirable attributes include:

  • Driving Licence and access to own car.
  • Proven experience of successful funding applications made to Arts Council G4A.
  • Aptitude in areas of theatre making that fall outside the roles of a director, writer, actor or producer that may come in useful in a small company.

To apply for the position please send a CV and covering letter of no more than one page detailing your suitability for the role. Applications will close at 5pm on Wednesday 10th May. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview by the end of the week. Interviews to be held on either 15th or 16th May in Leeds, or by arrangement if these dates are problematic.

Please email applications and questions to For applications please use the words ‘Producer Application Lemonade’ in the email title.

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