The Shearing Gang
Job Brief: Assistant Director (AD)

Sterts in Association with Dogwood Productions are producing a new play, heavy on song and music, touring three outdoor venues, (Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Sterts Theatre and Trebah Amphitheatre), in Cornwall in July 2019 and funded by Arts Council England.

Each summer a group of young people gather to work the summer. Never stationary, they work, travel and share life together.  Always on the road, The Shearing Gang, brings together a disparate group of young people, some brought up on the land, others escaping the city. Their journey takes them to Bodmin Moor, passing close to the mystical stone circles, Hurlers’ Stones. Where the past and present entwine.

The Role
The AD is required to assist the director in establishing and delivering a creative vision for the production. 

The production will utilise a professional cast of five plus a live band. In each of the three venues, the cast will be augmented by community performers specific to the location.  The AD will take the major role in working with the community casts and ensuring that they integrate fully into the production. They will also be required to assist in the organisation of workshop activity.

Skills & Experience
The AD will have a solid background in directing and producing live theatre. They will feel comfortable in exploring the potential direction of the project and working as part of a creative team.

They will be excellent communicators, able to communicate with other creatives, technical, marketing and administrative colleagues. They will be experienced administrators and organisers, able to manage their time and others, and able to operate within a defined budget.

Recruit and audition community performers, in association with the Director and the three venues.
Organise and conduct rehearsals of the community casts.
Maintain a production schedule for rehearsals and workshops.
Prepare call sheets, checking availability.
Sit in on rehearsals off the main cast, where possible, taking notes and supporting the Director.
Communicate regularly with the Director regarding the progress of the production.
Organise, in association with the Director and other colleagues, workshop activity
Undertake additional research, as required.
Read in for actors, if they are unavailable.
Lead warm-ups on performance days.
Attend production conferences and meetings. 


£2000.00 for 4 weeks FTE spread over 8 weeks from end of May to end of July with flexibility to come in to specific events on a day rate of £125 a day from the end of January. There is a budget for essential travel costs between venues.

Application letter (500 word max.) & CV to by midday on 30th November.

Interviews will take place in Liskeard the following week.