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Performer / Theatre Maker for PURDAH

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Nottingham, UK

Job Type

Freelance Temporary Contract

About the Role

For full Job Description & Person Specification, please read our Recruitment Packs (links above)


Performer / Theatre Maker Job Description

Total fee:  £1,120.00


  • 24th February: Deadline to apply

  • 28th February: Shortlisted candidates informed and invited to interview

  • 2nd - 5th March: Interview/Audition with Producer &/or Director on Zoom

  • 31st March: R&D

  • 3rd - 6th April: R&D

  • 6th - 8th June: 2 day rehearsal & sharing


Mind Out are looking for Queer Performer/Theatre Makers to help us develop a new play exploring Gender Identity in a Job Centre. This project is an arts participatory project that will work with a new co-creation model, where an experienced team of Queer Creatives will work alongside LGBTQIA+ identifying 16-25 year olds from Nottinghamshire & Mansfield, to explore the world of the play. We are seeking experienced Performers & Theatre Makers who are familiar with devising processes, movement, and Drag. We are looking for people who are excited about testing how nonhierarchical you can be throughout the theatre making process e.g. working collaboratively with individuals at different stages of their career. The project is funded by Arts Council England, and supported by Nottingham Playhouse, Nonsuch Studios, City Arts, In Good Company and Captivate.

Mind Out Theatre is run by Genderqueer Nottingham-based Artist, Evie Osbon and creative teams vary from project to project. We promote a flexible and collaborative approach to working and actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. Our PURDAH team is composed of experienced creatives who are diverse in gender, sexuality, ethnicity and age. 

Due to the nature of the play, we actively encourage applicants who have experience of receiving benefits, including Universal Credit. We are also particularly keen to hear from Queer Artists from the Global Majority, Queer Artists with a Disability, and Queer Artists identifying as working class. 

We are keen to hear from local Artists from Nottinghamshire & the East Midlands, but have the budget to support those travelling outside of the East Midlands. If you would be travelling from outside of the East Midlands, please indicate this in your application.

  • Type of engagement: Temporary freelance – you will be responsible for your own national insurance contributions and tax. Access requirements will be on a case by case basis and discussed with the applicant in confidence.

  • Contract length: 20th March 2023 - 8th June 2023

  • Fee: £140 per day as Performer / Theatre Maker (8 days), contract totalling £1,120.00

  • Working hours: Our schedule is TBC but we are likely to work between the hours of 9am & 6pm, with regular breaks and an hours lunch break.

  • Reporting to: Strategic Producer / Producer

  • Travel & Expenses: Any necessary travel and accommodation will be reimbursed. 

Please see below for an outline of duties and further project description.

HOW TO APPLY: To be considered for this role please send...

  • a CV detailing your experience and training

  • a covering letter no longer than 1 side of A4 detailing what experience you have relevant to this position (see Person Specification below) and why you would like to be involved - we are happy to receive this in the format that you feel most comfortable, including video or audio version no longer than 3 minutes

  • confirmation that you hold a current Enhanced DBS Check or are happy for us to support you to apply for one (cost covered by the project)

  • confirmation of availability throughout key dates

  • And complete our equality and diversity monitoring form:


Please send information to Evie at with the Subject Title: PURDAH Performer / Theatre Maker

Feel free to email Evie if you have any questions or if you have any other access needs in relation to applying for this role.

28th February: Shortlisted candidates informed and invited to interview/audition

2nd, 3rd, 4th March: Interview/Audition with Producer &/or Director on Zoom

About the Company

Mind Out Theatre, a vibrant theatre company set up in 2017, champions new writing and innovative storytelling. We believe in the power of theatre and its ability to empower voices and communities. In the same year of Mind Out’s conception, Artistic Director Evangeline ‘Evie’ Osbon was awarded the Sir Alec Guinness Award for their commitment to working as a change-maker in Theatre. 

For information about previous Mind Out shows, please see our Project page.

Our new arts participatory project, PURDAH will enable ten 16-25 yr olds across Mansfield and Nottinghamshire to gain paid work experience in a R&D for a new show about Gender Identity alongside Director (Velenzia Spearpoint - Artistic Director of The Bread & Roses Theatre), & five experienced Theatre Maker / Performers. Lead Artist, Evie Osbon has recently worked as Assistant Director for Middle Child & Milk Presents R&D for new show, Modest at the National Theatre Studio. Evie is a Nottingham-based Artist, regularly working on behalf of Nottingham Playhouse, who are providing in kind space for our 5-day R&D. Through championing lived Queer experience and strong partnerships with Nottingham Playhouse, Nonsuch Studios, In Good Company, & City Arts, this project is being developed to produce a new & urgent story (its first staged play reading), & to directly involve and support early career Queer Theatre Makers with creativity, confidence and new skills.

We are building on our learnings from the previous co-creation project, UPLIFT prioritising & embedding wellbeing practices throughout. The project champions process and outcome equally, being Queer centred and flexibly delivered to meet the needs and interests of everyone. In the sharing on 8th June at Nonsuch Studio we will celebrate our co-creation process with Guest Speakers, a Q&A, and a cabaret style staged play-reading that will encompass our movement & sound explorations, & new staged scenes. We are hopeful that this will be the start of exciting partnerships and that this project may lead to more of its kind.

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