We are looking for a Community Arts Facilitator! - Red Ladder Theatre Company

Red Ladder Theatre Company


We are looking for a Community Arts Facilitator!

Red Ladder Theatre Company are looking for an experienced facilitator to lead on an exciting community outreach project in conjunction with our upcoming co-production with Lancaster Dukes and Tamasha theatre Company – Glory.

Glory examines multi-ethnic Britain in the 21st Century, against the madcap and vibrant backdrop of contemporary wrestling in the North of England.

Written by BBC presenter, journalist, playwright and stand-up Nick Ahad, most recently applauded by critics and audiences alike for his play Partition that documented one of the most historic and tragic events in Anglo-Indian history.

Glory is set in a down-at-heal gymnasium run by one time legendary wrestler ‘Jim Glory’. We meet three very different characters in Jim’s gym: Dan – a British East Asian who is looking to break free of the stereotype as the son of a take away owner; Ben – recently discharged from the British Army and suffering from PTSD following his friend and companion getting blown up by a road side bomb while on duty, and Sami – a well educated asylum seeker from Syria waiting on the British Government giving him leave to stay in the UK.

The role is to help defuse and break down misconceptions surrounding defining ‘Britishness’, race and ethnicity in multicultural Britain today. And to address and counteract extremist attitudes and behaviours, seeking to dilute any growing hostility and suspicion in two UK cities.

The work will centre on Leeds and Coventry where the play runs for a week in each case, but also to work with other venues alongside Glory’s UK tour to encourage discourse and dialogue on the same subject. A by-product of any outreach workshops and events facilitated alongside the tour will be to attract non-traditional theatre goers to come and see the play.

This element of Red Ladder’s work is being funded by the Home Office as part of their Building A Stronger Britain (BSBT) programme.

The role will involve working in consultation with statutory and non-statutory organisations such as local councils, the Police, the Red Cross, asylum and migration centred groups and other participants where we feel the work could make a real difference in countering the extremism narrative which is so prevalent in Britain today.

The post is a freelance role and the ideal candidate will have experience in working in community settings in a performing arts context with a range of agencies and participants.



  • A minimum of two years working in community settings with hard to reach groups and participants
  • Experience of engaging with statutory bodies (i.e. local councils, the police etc) on community initiatives
  • Experience of working with non-statutory agencies on community initiatives
  • Experience in discharging funded projects, executing desired outputs and delivering on KPIs, and ensuring that all the relevant documentation and data is collected and processed. Evaluation and monitoring also forms part of the brief.
  • Experience in handling modest budgets and cashflows, and reporting financial outcomes in the appropriate manner to the relevant recipients and key stakeholders
  • Experience in using theatre and drama as a tool for social cohesion and community integration
  • Ability to plan own time and scheduling


  • Ability to drive and access to a vehicle
  • Knowledge of the British theatrical scene especially in creative learning and outreach
  • Knowledge of Coventry and/or Leeds community orientated networks

Terms and conditions

Fee: the rate is £150.00 per 8 hour day (lunch is not paid)
Number of days: between 25 and 35

Dates: the project is still dependant on one or two elements of funding but, ideally the successful candidate would be available to start on 11 February 2019 or close to this date.

Out of pocket expenses are reclaimable on receipt of relevant receipts.

This is a freelance role and the successful candidate will need to supply a UTR and be liable for their own tax and national insurance

How to apply:

Please submit your CV and a brief overview (1-side of A4) explaining why you are suited and qualified for this role to Chris Lloyd, either by post to C/O Red Ladder Theatre Company, 3 St Peter’s Buildings, York Street, Leeds LS9 8AJ or by email to chris@redladder.co.uk

Deadline: Sunday 3 February 2019
Interviews: w/c 4 February 2019


Tour venues:

  • Lancaster Dukes
  • Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
  • Unity Theatre, Liverpool
  • The Albany, London
  • Cast, Doncaster
  • Hull Truck
  • Theatr Clywd
  • Leeds (Albion Electric warehouse)
  • Belgrade, Coventry

There are also four performances in non-traditional venues which form part of Red Ladder local – a scheme aimed at bringing high quality theatre to places of low cultural engagement and participation.