Women & Theatre want to recruit a paid shadow artist, to support a new project taking place from March – July 2020, in Perry Barr. We are particularly interested to hear from people with knowledge of or connection to the area.

Women & Theatre has over 30 years’ experience of working with diverse groups, creating engaging theatre and using interactive drama to promote the wellbeing of the whole community.  We work in a range of contexts across arts, health and education sectors with performances and projects delivered in community settings, hospitals, residential homes and theatres. 


Track & Field – theatre performance

From March 2020 we will be working with community members in Perry Barr and the surrounding areas to research, develop & rehearse a new piece of community theatre in Perry Park; celebrating  women’s involvement in & connection with different sports, particularly those linked to the theme of Track & Field. The piece will involve an intergenerational community cast of local women. Four shows will take place in July 2020; audiences will watch live scenes whilst listening to the show’s audio on headphones. The content of the performance will be developed from research – inspired by the stories, experiences and memories of local women.

Research & craft sessions
Our research will involve the delivery of outreach sessions in association with different community spaces (community groups, organisations, sports clubs etc). Alongside talking about women’s motivations and memories of sport, & any barriers to their current involvement, the women will also undertake craft-based activities with our set designer to make items of set for the final production e.g. bunting, flags etc


The Support Artist will work alongside the W&T team which will include Artistic Director – Janice Connolly; Lead Artist Practitioner – Jo Gleave; Project Manager – Rosie Gunn, and freelance artists recruited for Sound Design, Design and Technical Production. The Support Artist will be involved in research/craft sessions and development and rehearsal sessions, supporting participants and helping create, document and monitor work. You will be expected to participate in all project sessions and rehearsals and will be line managed by Lead Artist Practitioner – Jo Gleave.

The role will involve a wide range of responsibilities. They may include, interviewing a research participant and typing up notes, writing material to contribute to the script, recording text for the audio, coming up with creative ideas, performing alongside the cast of community performers, assisting the director in rehearsals, chatting to local people about the project, and helping set up the space on the day. This list is not exhaustive but gives you an idea of the range and type of things that you might be doing at any one time. The most important thing is that the support artist is adaptable, can take initiative and works in a supportive and inclusive way with the participants.


3 full days across:
w/c 9 March – research/craft sessions

w/c 16 March – research/craft sessions

Thursday 26 March – development / writing session with W&T team

Thursday 2 April – development / writing session with W&T team

w/c 20 April – Introduction / recording session with community cast (2 hour evening session – likely to be Tuesday or Thursday)

w/c 20 April – Introduction / recording session with community cast (2 hour evening session – likely to be Thursday)

w/c 1 June – evening rehearsals with community group

w/c 8 June – evening rehearsals with community group

w/c 15 June – evening rehearsals with community group           

w/c 22 June – evening rehearsals with community group

w/c 29 June – evening rehearsals with community group

w/c 6 July – evening rehearsals with community group

n.b evening rehearsals will be two sessions per week, likely to be on a Tuesday / Thursday

Friday 10 July – technical and dress rehearsal

Saturday 11 July – two public performances 1pm & 5pm 

Saturday 12 July – two public performances 1pm & 5pm 

w/c 20 July – evaluation session

Please Note: Not all project dates are fixed, and we will endeavour to schedule around full team availability.  If you are interested and have some availability and flexibility, do get in touch.


£80 per day & £40 per half day (up to 4 hours)



  • Creative ideas
  • Committed, hard working & responsible
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • An interest in theatre and participatory arts
  • Good written communication and skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Good verbal communication & interpersonal skills
  • An empathy with the ethos of the Company
  • A recent DBS will be required


  • Experience of drama work in community settings
  • Knowledge & practical experience of filming & recording work
  • Knowledge of evaluation
  • Knowledge of safeguarding issues


To apply, please send us an application stating:  

  • Why you are interested in this post
  • What qualities and experience would you bring to this post
  • Any relevant experience.

You can send us your CV and cover letter/ email or if you prefer a video, or voice recording referring to the points above.

Please email rosiegunn@womenandtheatre.co.uk or post to Women & Theatre, The Old Lodge, Uffculme, 50 Queensbridge Road, Moseley, B13 8QY

DEADLINE:             5pm on Thursday 20 February

INTERVIEWS: Wednesday 26 February  This project is funded by Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England. Women & Theatre is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.