Salary: GBP £140-£200/day for an initial period of 5-10 days with the possibility of extending subject to performance and future income/funding
Application Deadline: June 10, 2019 10:00 am
Company: The Last Hurrah
Project Producer/Tour Booker for The Last Hurrah
About the show:
The Last Hurrah (and The Long Haul)
A Cumbersome (and Incumbent) Show
Chaotic and clever, The Last Hurrah (and The Long Haul)pitches you from the endless endeavour of ‘putting on a play’ to the fast-ebbing edges of The Great White Land, up there, near the North Pole, where the Polar Bears roam. Under the sea ice, once (they say), swam whales. Above, now, we cling to the twisted wreckage of our homes.
Farcically funny, fierce and fragile, and told with unbridled joy and warmth, this is the true story a community living with the consequences of climate change. A story of how people pull together. And how they fall apart.
Ready yourselves for humungous sea beasts, horrible storms and a huge health and safety disaster too late to avoid.
This show is made from 100% recycled material(s).
The show is based on the true events of Kivalina, Alaska, home to the US’s first ‘recognised’ climate change refugees.
1h35. Company of 5 on stage. Medium scale theatre spaces.
About the company
The Last Hurrah(Belgium/Libya/UK)is an exciting, new project bringing together a number of experienced, mid-career theatre-makers in collaboration with a number of emerging artists in the Bristol/Bath area (with a view to supporting the emerging artists’ successful entry into the industry). We collaborate with environmental researchers to explore & tell true stories of the consequences of climate change, creating accessible, funny & moving touring theatre.
The Last Hurrah is managed by Rew Lowe, an experienced theatre-maker and (sometime) producer. Rew’s previously worked with a variety of award-winning companies including NIE, Peepolkyus, Slung Low, Caroline Horton, 1927, Dancing Brick, Tobacco Factory, Travelling Light, Common Wealth, Lucy Hopkins, Verity Standen & The Desperate Men. Others involved include Martin Bonger(Complicite/NIE/The Plasticine Men), Amy Draper(RSC/Tobacco Factory/Arcola) & Cat Boot(Circomedia/Pangottic).
The Last Hurrah works with/receives support from Bath Spa University, The Centre for Creative & Cultural Industries, The Disaster, Risk & Hazard Research Group & The Environmental Humanities Research Centre.
We’re now looking to take The Last Hurrah (and The Long Haul), our first show, first performed in Bath in 2018, on tour, reaching new and varied audiences. We need a talented, savvy and enthusiastic producer/tour booker to help us on our way.
Where we’re at:
- To date we’ve securedseveral thousand pounds of funding including through a successful crowdfunding campaignand from The Centre for Creative and Cultural Industries.
- We’ve also been invited to http://arconline.co.uk/reach-touring-in-the-north-east-touring-showcase-0
- We’re also in discussions with Slung Low/The Holbeck, Leeds about performing there: https://www.slunglow.org/what-is-the-holbeck/
Future strategy (CONFIRMED):
- 4 weeks re-rehearsal in Bath (12-23 Aug 2019 & 2-13 Sep 2019), including exploration of how the show might work as an outdoor show as well as an indoor show
- 3 public performances at Bath Spa University Theatre (3, 4 & 5 Oct 2019)
Future strategy (INTENDED)
- Sporadic touring/gigs over late 2019 & early 2020
- Touring throughout Summer 2020 and, then, beyond
- We’re particularly interesting in ‘piggy-backing’ festivals, eg Latitude, Shambala, Greenbelt.
- Examples of target theatres/venues: Bristol Old Vic, The Arcola, Sherman Theatre, Eden Project, Cambridge Junction, BAC, Stockton Arc
JOB DESCRIPTION for Project Producer/Tour Booker
You will broker and, then (potentially), manage relationships with theatres, programmers & festivals, generating tour bookings for a Summer 2020 tour, thus giving the project a ‘strategic leap’.
You’ll support the company by guiding company members in terms of production strategy activity.
You might also secure more funding & bookings to drive the project forward in late 2020 and beyond.
- You’ll have a minimum of three years’ full time experience as a successful producer/tour booker
- You’ll be driven, independent and 100% self-motivated with a demonstrable list of contacts in the UK
- You’ll have a clear understanding and experience of securing tour bookings for theatre shows and negotiating contracts
- You’ll believe in the work and believe in the aims of The Last Hurrah, both in terms of the subject matter of the show (ie climate change) and the aims of the project in terms of supporting emerging artists,and you’ll be able to communicate that with passion both orally and in writing
- You’ll have experience (and a network of contacts to facilitate you) in securing bookings from Summer arts festivals
- You’ll have experience of writing successful ACE bids
- You’ll have proven success in marketing and PR
- You’ll be based near Bath/Bristol
- You’ll have links to international co-commissioners and co-producers
This role is offered on a freelance basis.
£140-£200/day for an initial period of 5-10 days with the possibility of extending subject to performance and future income/funding.
We estimate the workload to be equivalent to 1-2 days per month between now and 2020.
For the right candidate, there is the potential for future projects to become part of this role, and for this role to grow.
Deadline for applications and interview dates
If you’d like to chat before applying, please call Rew on 07951918118.
Please send a covering letter (no more than 2 pages), detailing how you meet the requirements of the person specification along with a CV to 10am on Mon 10thJune 2019.
Successful applicants will be notified by Mon 17th June 2019, with interviews taking place in Bristol on Mon 1stJuly.