PECo Theatre are looking for a Project Facilitator for their Dark City Sessions, an integral strand of the R&D for a new multi sensory, interactive theatre piece called the Dark City.

What we are looking for.

Someone with strong organisational and group facilitation skills able to manage a small refreshments and marketing budget and preferably professional experience of the visually impaired and older peoples sectors, to organise, set up and facilitate 6 Dark City Sessions and to do this through working with Dark City’s visually impaired steering group/co-devisers as well as other visual impairment groups and support organisations in the city.

You will:

  • find and select story contributors and participants for each of the six sessions
  • facilitate each session including guest speakers, Q&A and creative elements
  • facilitate conversations with visually impaired participants at each session – and off site if needed – exploring what accessible creative activities in the city are desired by visually impaired people
  • work with visually impaired partners and organisations in the city to embed these activities into the city’s existing venues and programmes

You will be responsible for ensuring a safe and supportive environment at each session so first aid and risk and assessment experience is desirable. You will also co-ordinate any accessibility needs for the steering group/co-devisers including transport and travel.

What you get.

Inclusive Freelance Fee of £1800 based on 20 days @ £90 a day, approx 2 days a month between October 2018 and July 2019

One off contribution of £55 towards travel costs

Experience of and insight into working on an innovative socially engaged theatre project and an opportunity to make a long-term difference to creative provision for visually impaired people in the city.

Important dates:

The time period for your role will be from October 2018 to July 2019.

Dark City Sessions will be from 7-9.30pm on the last Friday of each month at the Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio [December date still tbc].

Current confirmed dates are October 26th, November 30th, January 25th, February 22nd with a further 2 session dates still to be set.

Deadline for applications: 12th October

Interviews: 15th or 16th October at the Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol

How to apply:

Please send a one page document to rachel@partexchangeco.org.uk

It should include:

  • your relevant experience, background and skills
  • your reasons for applying
  • contact details of one referee that you have worked with/for

The deadline is 3pm on 12th October, you will be notified if selected for interview by the end of the same day.

Please note.

This is a freelance role and you will need to hold appropriate insurance, a DBS certificate and be responsible for your own tax and national insurance.

Additional Info on the Dark City project:

Funded by the Arts Council, Bristol Ageing Better and the Quartet fund and supported by a residency at the Pervasive Media Studio at the Watershed in Bristol, the project is a development period for an immersive theatre piece; an imaginative fiction, using the dynamics of myth and fairytale yet based in the realities of people who are visually impaired.

The piece aims to weave together elements of theatre, immersive multi sensory, audio-visual and creative technology. The R&D period will;

explore the form and content of the theatre piece – what technology, multi sensory elements, live performance it will involve and what narrative structure will it take

share and collate stories of living with visual impairment – this will take place at monthly Dark City Sessions open to the wider VI community and feed into the content for the piece itself, as well as being recorded as podcasts and shared more widely through appropriate broadcast platforms

and it will do all this through working with a core group of visually impaired co-devisers, of whom over 50% are older citizens supported through the Bristol Ageing Better Programme, who will also function as a steering group providing expertise, personal experience, networks and contacts.