We are currently recruiting for the following positions:
Performer / Assistant Director
Applicants to apply before 20 April 2018
Duration: Available for at least most of the rehearsal period: 30th April – 18th May. Good availability for bookings at UK festivals in May to October 2018.
Days: 3-week Rehearsal period, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm.
Gigs currently range from 1-3 days.
Fee: Freelance Position. ITC Rates Apply: £120 per rehearsal day, £180 per performance day, plus overnight allowance, per diems and accommodation.
Mind the Gap is seeking a multi-skilled individual to join the Mirror Mirror team as Performer and Tour Assistant Director, to play the character of ‘Operator/Agent’.
Mirror Mirror is the latest interactive street theatre experience by Mind the Gap, co-commissioned by Without Walls, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Hat Fair. A seamless integration of audience interaction and storytelling, this costumed walk-about production is fun, eye-catching and popular with all ages.
Two strange mirrored beings have crash landed on Earth. Using inbuilt AV to speak to the audience though pre-recorded and live-recorded sound, they tell their back-story of a planet destroyed and people displaced. Using playful imitation and physical theatre techniques the characters literally reflect society – our behaviours, our humours and our prejudices.
Mind the Gap is one of Europe’s leading learning disability theatre companies.
In this role, you will need to fluently operate a simple two-way sound system and inter-act with the audience and as Assistant Director, make on-the-ground decisions about the delivery of the show in different sites, when the Director is not also on tour.
The ‘Operators’ have been tracking the mirror creatures from a distance since they landed. Somewhere between FBI agent and Area 51 scientist, they are aware that their presence is conspicuous and they need to recruit civilians to interact with the creatures in order to document their reactions.
This leads them to become the audience’s main contact. The Operator/ Agent communicates and improvises with crowds and individuals in character, as well as directing audience members throughout the piece.
Additionally, they take responsibility for operating and triggering the audio-visual elements of the mirror costumes. The ‘Operator/Agent’ will ‘read’ situations between the creature and the audience and react spontaneously, and cue audio and visual elements from a tablet interface (after training and rehearsal).
During rehearsal there will be extensive opportunity for creative character and performance development which will grow from the particular skillset of the performer.
Performer / Operator:
- Develop the character, movement and aesthetic of ‘Operator/Agent’ within the ensemble and project narrative, in rehearsal and performance.
- Greet, brief and direct audience members in character throughout the performance
- Operate a simple software interface on ipad to respond with appropriate sound and visual clips and live audio recording
- Listen to the audience around the mirror creature through an in-ear monitor and work responsively, based on actor and audience behaviour
- Cue longer, pre-devised sections of storytelling delivered by the actors
- Work with the Director in rehearsals particularly in relation to the street theatre dynamics of the show
- Act as tour director, making decisions about the delivery of the show in different settings, site and contexts, using a highly evolved understanding of the project’s aesthetics, intention and messages.
- Excellent performance skills in physical theatre, creative development, inventive character building and ensemble work.
- Experience working on street theatre, interactive family theatre and outdoor pieces, strong audience inter-action awareness and ability to improvise in response to unexpected situations
- Good inter-personal skills especially in relation to working with an integrated learning-disabled team
- Fluency and confidence with simple technology and capacity to integrate operation with performance
- Strong creative overview and ability to devise/direct/ co-direct street theatre
- Ability to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the outdoor arts environment with maturity, calmness and situational leadership.
Current 2018 engagements confirmed:
19th – 20th May: Norfolk and Norwich Festival
22nd June: Great Exhibition of the North Launch, Newcastle
30th June-1st July: Hat Fair, Winchester
14 July: Beyond Festival, Leeds
28th July: DN Weekend, Doncaster
Plus pending bookings throughout July, August and September.
Please email your CV and a short covering letter detailing your appropriate experience by 20 April to email@example.com
For more information about this role, call Chris on 01274 487390.
Selected applicants will be invited to a Workshop day to work alongside the Mirror Mirror performers on 24 April. Please indicate whether you are able to make this date, and your availability for rehearsals and gigs in your cover letter.
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