Writer Required for New Community Short Play – Leeds

Writer Required for New Community Short Play – Leeds
‘The Lonely Society’ by Common Chorus Theatre

Common Chorus:
We are a Leeds based theatre company who bring together people from different walks of life to enjoy stories that should be heard. Participation fuels our community theatre shows and distinguished touring productions with professional actors.

The Role:
For our next project, The Lonely Society, we will be exploring stories about the mental health impacts of social isolation and loneliness. We are looking for a writer with skills and experience in spoken word and / or verbal storytelling to help us create a storytelling performance script in collaboration with community participants. The writer will work alongside director Simon Brewis and dramaturge Dick Bonham to lead a series of workshops engaging community participants in the creative process. The writer will take a lead in producing a polished 30-40 minute performance script that reflects and develops the work of the group.

Job Specification and essential information:

  • Should ideally be based in the Leeds area and able to travel to Meanwood in Leeds for weekly workshops on Saturdays between 1pm – 4pm from 22nd September to the 3rd November 2018.
  • The final script must be accessible for performance by people with restricted mobility, hence the focus on spoken word or verbal storytelling.
  • Must have the ability and desire to make creatively ambitious work that engages community participants and collaborators.
  • Must have the ability to facilitate workshops.
  • Must have an understanding and experience of writing for theatre / performance.
  • There will be some planning and storyboarding meetings with the director and dramaturge as appropriate as well as workshop and writing time.
  • Deadline for creation of final script is 17th November 2018
  • The full fee including all expenses for the role is £2000 and you must be registered as self-employed.

To apply for the role please email Simon on simonmatthewbrewis@gmail.com before 5pm on Friday 17th August and include ‘Lonely Society Writer’ in the email title. Please include a CV and an extract of your previous work between 3 – 5 pages that showcases your appropriateness for the role.

If shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the week commencing 20th August, although some flexibility will be accommodated if candidates are on summer holidays etc.

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