UPDATED: Ensemble Performer- Puffin Island

Salary: GBP £400 per week (unfunded) / Equity Minimum (funded)

Application Deadline: August 19, 2018 5:00 pm

Company: Quirk Theatre

Job Details

Quirk Theatre are looking for an Exeter based actor of any gender aged 18+ to join the ensemble for their new family Christmas production, Puffin Island.

 We’re looking for someone who is a good ensemble player with a healthy sense of the ridiculous, able to multi-role in a fast-paced and playful environment, willing to generate ideas in the rehearsal room and contribute to the creation of the show. Must be able to improvise and be comfortable with audience participation. Puppetry experience is an advantage.*

 A strong singing voice is also desirable but not essential. Please notify us if you play any instruments.

 *must be willing to endure relentless sea bird gags

 About Quirk Theatre

Quirk Theatre are a South West based theatre company known for their inventive and innovative approach to live theatre. Previous performances have wowed audiences with their use of projection, shadow puppetry, multifunctional props and creative set design.  Essentially simple, but beautifully effective, Quirk Theatre deliver a magical experience for all.

 About the production

Nothing particularly out of the ordinary ever happens on Puffin Island, an unassuming little pile of rock just off the Devon coast. The puffins come and go each year, the islanders and mainlanders quarrel (about EVERYTHING) and then set aside their differences every year to celebrate the best day of the year – Puffin Day!

Everything carries on as it always has…

Until one bitterly cold Christmas Eve, a rather unexpected present washes up on the beach in a little boat – an orphaned baby boy.

When the puffins disappear in the dead of night and no one knows why, this boy has the power to put things right.

But where have the puffins gone? And will he manage to bring them home?

Puffin Island explores the tensions of Brexit and divided communities in a light hearted, hilarious way.

 How to apply

To apply please send us a CV, headshot and cover letter detailing your suitability in relation to the person specification above to theatrequirk@gmail.com by 5pm, Sunday 19th August

Auditions will take place in Exeter on Monday 10th September

You will be notified of audition no later than 24th August

PLEASE NOTE YOU MUST BE BASED IN, OR HAVE A BASE IN, EXETER. We will not consider applications from performers based outside the Exeter area .

 If you have any questions contact our company Director, Simon, on theatrequirk@gmail.co.uk


Rehearsals: Wednesday 7th November- Friday 30th November 2018


The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington

3rd- 8th December

 Exeter Phoenix:

Get in tech and dress. Dec.10th and 11th


Wed 12 Dec         10am & 1pm

Thu 13 Dec          10am & 1pm

Fri 14 Dec            10am & 1pm

Mon 17 Dec        10am & 1pm

Tue 18 Dec         10am & 1pm


Sun 16 Dec      2pm (Relaxed Performance)& 4.30pm

Thu 20 Dec     (BSL Performance) & 4.30pm

Fri 21 Dec   4.30pm

Sat 22 Dec         2pm & 4.30pm

Sun 23 Dec        2pm & 4.30pm

Mon 24 Dec       2pm & 4.30pm

Fri 28 Dec         2pm & 4.30pm


Quirk Theatre have applied to Arts Council England for funding for this production.

-If successful with our funding bid, all company members will be paid £471.00 per week or £100 for individual days worked.

-If unsuccessful, company members will be paid £400 a week (up to 6 day full weeks) or £80 for individual days worked.

PLEASE ONLY APPLY if happy to receive £400 a week as we will be holding auditions before finding out about our application.



Contact Details

Simon Hall
07812 565819

Job Posting title: UPDATED: Ensemble Performer- Puffin Island
Closing Date: 2018-08-19T17:00:00+01:00