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Surge Community Street Theatre Project

Trainee Street Theatre Director Programme

DEADLINE TO APPLY:   1st Feb 2024 at 5pm


Would you like the opportunity to learn how to direct your own

street theatre show?  Surge are offering an opportunity for a

theatre maker who lives in Inverclyde to take part in a bursary

programme, which will give you the skills to develop your own

street theatre projects.  


You will shadow and be mentored by Alan Richardson, Surge’s

Director (see below for more on Alan), and gain practical

experience during Surge’s street theatre project with

Inverclyde Youth Theatre (Kayos) and the Beacon Young Company in 2024, which aims to develop a brand new street theatre show with the groups.  You will then assist Alan to support the performers to hold a showing of their new act at the Comet Festival and the Gourock Garden Party in June.


Who can take part?

  • You should be over 16 years old and have some experience of directing, theatre making or creating work (either indoors or outdoors);

  • You should be interested in learning how to direct outdoor theatre;

  • You should have an interest in working with community performers;

  • No directing experience is required, although we are looking for someone who has good communication skills and is enthusiastic and approachable;

  • You should live in the Inverclyde area.


What will the Trainee Street Theatre Director be involved in?

  • You will attend a training session via zoom in the lead-up to the project.  This will explore initial ideas for the performances, and effective planning and delivery of workshops and rehearsals;

  • You will assist Alan to support the group to devise the new act and you will shadow Alan through this process;

  • You will have the chance to lead break-out groups of performers and a warm-up session with support from Alan;

  • You will assist in managing the maintenance and storage of the costumes and props;

  • You will assist in managing the performers for the dress rehearsal showing.


Dates Required:

  • 4 evenings during the workshop phase at Beacon Arts Centre (rehearsals will run on a Tuesday evening 7-9pm):  5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March.

  • 2 days dress rehearsal:  Tues 21st and Wed 22nd May 4 – 8pm at Creative Minds Festival, The Beacon

  • 1 evening dress rehearsal:  Fri 14th June 7 – 9pm at The Beacon

  • 1 day at the in Gourock Garden Party:  Sat 15th June

  • 1 day at the Comet Festival, Port Glasgow:  Sat 22nd June


What we will provide:

  • £900 bursary stipend on completion of all of the above project dates;

  • Travel expenses if you live 20 miles outwith the project.


How to apply:

  • Contact

  • Send in a CV or Bio with a paragraph about why you would like to take part in this opportunity.

  • Deadline to apply is Thurs 1st February at 5pm

  • Interviews will be held via zoom on Thurs 8th February


About Alan Richardson and Surge

Alan has been working in street arts and indoor theatre for 25

years as a producer, director, teacher, performer, musician and

musical director. He has been responsible for the development

of teaching practice in street theatre in Porto (European Capital

of Culture 2001) and Liverpool (through Hope Street LTD). He

has designed and programmed street theatre festivals in Porto,

Liverpool and Glasgow.  He is also a director of indoor and

outdoor physical theatre, and has devised directed multiple

performances that have enjoyed international touring success.  Alan is currently Director of Surge an organisation dedicated to the promotion and development of street arts, physical theatre and circus in Scotland. 

Surge runs projects to develop street arts, physical theatre and circus in Scotland. We work with artists, performance companies and educators at all levels of experience. We also run SURGE Festival, our annual event, which takes place each July, which brings new Scottish work and cutting edge international performances to the streets, theatres and unusual spaces of Glasgow.

The project is supported by The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Hugh Fraser Foundation and The Foyle Foundation

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