About Celebrated Virgins
Celebrated Virgins is a new play currently in development by writer Katie Elin-Salt and Theatr Clwyd’s outgoing resident director Eleri Jones.
Celebrated Virgins is a story based on the lives of two extraordinary women - Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler. Two aristocratic Irish women who left a life that seemingly had everything to start again with nothing except the one thing they could not live another day without, each other.
Celebrated Virgins follows the story of Sarah and Eleanor, and the story of what love between two women means, then and now. It also explores the forgotten narratives of queer women, the ways our stories are told and the burning desire of women to claw back and carve out their place within history on their own terms.
It will be premiered in May 2022 in The Mix, a new temporary performance space at Theatr Clwyd, as one of the first new shows made by the company following the commencement of a major 24-month capital development project.
About Open Hire
This role is being recruited openly as part of Theatr Clwyd’s commitment to the Open Hire scheme, which is encouraging open and transparent recruitment processes for creative freelance roles within theatre.
Too often, creative roles are offered during informal meetings brokered through existing personal connections or an existing awareness of an artist’s work. This approach creates a series of barriers for a wider range of artists without existing relationships or connections to get a ‘foot in the door’.
By recruiting this role as an Open Hire, Theatr Clwyd is committing to creating opportunities for creatives which are properly advertised with a transparent job description about the skills and experience needed, and full details of the payment, time expectations and recruitment process, in the hope this will break down the barriers that so many freelancers face in the industry.
Theatr Clwyd is a cultural hub, producing world-class theatre in the hills of North Wales. Since 1976 we have been serving our communities and delivering the highest quality theatre and arts experience for the people of Wales and beyond.
Our mission is fundamental to us in all that we do:
To make the world a happier place, one moment at a time.
We are fortunate to be one of very few theatres in the UK to build sets, make costumes, paint scenery and create props in-house. These essential theatre making skills ensure that we can push theatrical boundaries to create stunning shows from the seed of a writer’s or creative’s imagination. Since 2018 this has been recognised by the theatre industry with awards from UK Theatre, The Stage and the Olivier’s.
The development of theatre makers and artists is key to sustaining Wales’ and the UK’s cultural landscape. We hold residencies for writers and companies, alongside technical apprenticeships and traineeships for directors, to create a building which supports emerging creatives and craftspeople in developing artistic excellence.
We use our skills to underpin social transformation in our communities. We creatively address social and educational challenges such as youth justice while bridging social and economic divides. We recognise the immediate impact and long term benefits the arts can provide to aid psychological and physical wellbeing.
Lighting Designer, Celebrated Virgins (Spring 2022)
Freelance, fixed term
White/Green Card – on or before w/c 31st January 2022
Final Design – on or before w/c 21st February 2022
Follow Up Design Meeting - on or before w/c 21 March 2022
Rehearsals – from w/c 18th April 2022
Fit Up – Starts on 11th May 2022 (over last week of rehearsals)
Technical rehearsals – from 16th May 2022
Previews – from 19th May 2022
Guest Night – 24th May 2022
Final performance - 4th June 2022
Touring Week: Chapter Arts, Cardiff - w/c 6th June 2022
The LD will be needed for pre-production design meetings, 1x day per week rehearsal attendance, and exclusive services from lighting fit up and focusing, through technical rehearsals and previews.
£3300.00 fixed fee (includes second venue uplift)
£1296.00 to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence
Theatr Clwyd, with preparation work from home
You will be required:-
- To create a lighting design for Celebrated Virgins to the highest standard, including the services and responsibilities usually associated with the role of Lighting Designer (per UK Theatre/Equity Agreement for Theatre Designers), including:
- reading and engaging creatively with the play todevelop an overarching lighting design in consultation with the director and designer.
- producing detailed lighting designs and plans, equipment lists and colour calls
- attending all design and production meetings
- attending rehearsals to establish the lighting needs of the play
- being on exclusive call from an agreed point within the fit up until guest night to develop the lighting design during technical rehearsals and previews.
- developing the design taking into consideration TC’s commitment to providing captioned, audio described and British Sign Language performances.
- You should have lit five or more professional productions. In this instance, we are defining a professional production as a production of at least an hour’s duration, performed for a minimum of three nights with a paying audience.
- It would be desirable to have experience of creating designs from a fixed-venue rig, given the nature of the temporary performance space.
- It would also be desirable to have experience of creating designs for touring productions, able to adapt your design to plans for other venues.
- You should be a confident lighting designer with a strong track record of producing creatively successful lighting designs across a range of projects.
- You should have strong collaborative skills and be used to working with a wide range of creative/production collaborators within a busy producing environment.
- You should be a confident, friendly, pro-active individual with excellent people skills and have a strong track record of working to agreed timescales and budgets
- You must have a demonstrable interest in the broadening of representation and diversity within theatre, including a clear commitment to anti-racism and a commitment to supporting collaborators from a wide range of backgrounds.
- We strongly encourage applications from artists from underrepresented communities, including but not limited to artists of colour and artists identifying as D/deaf or disabled.
- We strongly encourage applications from Welsh or Wales-based artists or artists with a demonstrable commitment to Wales or a connection with Theatr Clwyd. We are also particularly interested in artists from the North West of England.
If you meet the person specification and would like to apply for this role, please send a CV and either a short letter (1 page of A4 max) or a link to a 2-minute video introducing yourself – tell us who you are as a lighting designer, why you’re interested in this opportunity and include up to three links to your work and/or responses to your work.
Please also include details of two references at this stage – ideally a creative collaborator and an Artistic Director or producer you have worked with – though we will only approach these with your consent if we take your application through to the latter stage of the process.
Send these documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 28th January 2022 at 5pm
We will assess all applicants against the person specification above and invite up to 6 applicants to interview during w/c 31st January 2022.