Tamasha Developing Artists workshop

TDA My Name is Assistant Director

Deadline: Monday 10 March

A captivating new play about love, family and ever-shifting identities My Name is… tells the story behind a story that fleetingly hit headlines in 2006 and continues to resonate throughout the UK and beyond. This moving verbatim play reveals a cross-cultural love story that began in late 70s Glasgow, a world away from the frantic ‘tug of love’ well documented in the world's press. Writer Sudha Bhuchar travelled to Scotland and Pakistan in 2008 and was inspired by interviews with the real people behind the headlines - these testimonies sit at the heart of the play. For more info on the production, click here>

"A deeply personal story, played out in a public arena; showing how two cultures relate and have shifted over time” James Macdonald

With the support of the The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we are offering the opportunity for a TDA artist to observe Director Philip Osment’s process in an Assistant Director role.

Philip is a renowned and award-winning playwright, director, dramaturg, teacher and facilitator. His recent play Whole won the Writers’ Guild Award for Theatre Play for Young People. Philip directed landmark productions for Gay Sweatshop in the 1980s and for Theatre Centre and Red Ladder in the 90s. More recently, he wrote and co-directed Inside (about young fathers in prison) for his company Playing On at The Roundhouse and in 2011, created Mad Blud, (a verbatim play about knife crime) for the Theatre Royal Stratford East.  For Tamasha, he will be bringing that experience to bear on My Name is.  As a director, his methodology is heavily influenced by Mike Alfreds (author of Different Every Night) with whom he has worked as actor and writer and will be applying those techniques in the rehearsal process. 

The Assistant Director will be involved from rehearsals in London (7 – 29 April) up to the opening performance at the Arcola on 30 April (run till 24 May) and will then accompany the company to Tron in Glasgow (29 – 31 May). The production will then tour again later in the autumn, preceeded by some re-rehearsal and pre-production activity (see below for details). The Assistant Director role may include helping to prepare the cast for the autumn stage of the tour during a brief re-rehearsal period.

The Assistant Director will also design and deliver a programme of audience engagement activities to accompany the production as it tours, in discussion with the venues. This might include for example leading artist development workshops or working with a member of the creative team, post-show discussions or Q&A’s with the cast and director.

We can offer the opportunity to:
•    assist on My Name Is…, learning about the director’s practice and processes and supporting them in rehearsals, both through creative input and possible research and administrative tasks
•    be involved in the broader process of producing a production, including the relationship with the cast, creative and production team and observe meetings as appropriate
•    support the development of the show through technical rehearsals at the Arcola, previews and the spring and autumn tours
•    understand the role and support of engagement and participation in the Tamasha’s work through productions and Tamasha Developing Artists

Your role as Assistant Director will include:

•    supporting the Director in the realisation of the show.
•    devising and delivering aspects of audience engagement activities including practical workshops and post-show / pre-show events around My Name Is… in liaison with Tamasha
•    ensuring good communication between the rehearsal room and Tamasha office and assisting the stage management team where required
•    offering creative and pastoral support to the acting company where appropriate
•    working alongside Tamasha and to act always with discretion and in the best interests of Tamasha.

Depending on your personal interest, there is the possibility to work alongside Tamasha’s Artistic Directors, producers and marketing staff to pursue a particular interest and share conversations around practice and company management.

We are looking for artists who:
•    are actively pursuing a career in directing and are able to demonstrate a track record
•    have a particular passion and demonstrable experience in devising and delivery audience engagement activities include digital projects
•    are passionate and inquisitive about theatre making and directing
•    have a genuine desire to further develop their directing skills
•    are proactive, hard-working individuals, with excellent communication skills
•    are organised and efficient, able to prioritise and take initiative
•    are discreet, and with the ability to keep calm under pressure
•    are a team player who are sensitive to colleagues’ pressures and instinctively supportive

This opportunity is open to all, however, you must be able to demonstrate that you have a good understanding of and a particular interest in telling culturally diverse stories. We would also particularly be interested in artists with some experience or particular interest in verbatim theatre, though this is not obligatory.

Bursary fee

We are able to offer a bursary of £2200 for the role to include creative meetings, attendance at rehearsals, attendance during the production week, and the tour performances.  The bursary includes an allocation to cover all necessary out of London travel and associated expenses. 

Key info and dates:
You should be able to attend the full 3 week rehearsal period and be present at agreed dates to develop and lead on workshops/events at tour venues - during the run at the Arcola and the Tron, and in the autumn tour venues.
Rehearsals: 7 – 29 April (at the Arcola Theatre, E8)
Arcola Theatre: 30 April to 24 May;
Tron, Glasgow: 29 May - 31 May.
Autumn tour: the dates and venues for the autumn tour are currently being finalised and these will be forwarded on to the bursary recipient as soon as possible. At this stage we anticipate the tour will run for approximately 5 weeks from w/c Mon 8 September onwards to week ending Sunday 12 October. The Assistant Director will be required to deliver at least one workshop / event / post-show discussion per tour venue - to be discussed at interview.

How to apply:
Please write not more than 1 side of A4 about why you want to be the Assistant Director with reference to the description of the role and person specification above:
* Why this Assistant Directorship is important to you?
* What is it that you want to gain from this? How will this benefit you and your professional work going forward?
Please include your CV, full Contact Details and complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form which you can download here.

Applications should be received by midday on Monday 10 March to admin@tamasha.org.uk with ‘My Name Is... Assistant Director’ in the subject line. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the deadline and will be invited in for an interview with Philip and Tamasha.

If you have any further questions about the role please ring Felicity at the Tamasha offices on 020 7749 0090 or email admin@tamasha.org.uk