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Community Street Theatre Project 
Trainee Street Theatre Director Programme
DEADLINE TO APPLY:   Monday 22nd April at 5pm

Would you like the opportunity to learn how to direct your own street theatre show?  

We are offering an opportunity for a theatre maker who lives in Moray 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 sessions with Out of the Darkness Theatre Company, where we will be developing a brand new street theatre show with the group.  You will then assist Alan to support the performers to showcase their new act at Findhorn Bay Festival in Forres. 


This opportunity has been developed in partnership by Surge, Findhorn Bay Arts and Out of the Darkness Theatre Company to develop outdoor arts in Moray.   

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 Moray 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 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 and supporting the performers for the dress rehearsals and performances.

Dates Required: 

The following sessions are held at the Out of the Darkness Theatre Company (ODTC) building in Elgin: 

  • 5 days during the workshop/ development phase:  3rd – 7th June 10am-3.30pm.

  • 2 days dress rehearsal:  18th & 19th September 10am – 3.30pm

      (please note the above times may change slightly)

The following performance dates are in Forres:

  • 2 days of performance at Findhorn Bay Festival:  20th & 21st September times TBC


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:

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

  • Deadline to apply is Monday 22nd April at 5pm

  • Interviews will be held via zoom on Tuesday 30th April


About Alan Richardson and Surge 







Findorn Bay Arts

Making Creative Things Happen 

Findhorn Bay Arts are passionate about connecting both local people and visitors alike with the culture, heritage and natural landscape of Moray through high quality creative events and experiences.  Our signature event, the biennial Findhorn Bay Festival, is a spectacular celebration of arts and culture showcasing exceptional artists, all set in unexpected places and scenic locations.  As well as putting on the Festival, we produce year-round creative community events, education, outreach, volunteering and networking events making quality creative activities accessible across a region where the Cultural budget has been reduced by 100%.  In recognition of the social, cultural and economic impacts of our work, we have been able to, and have a reputation for, working in partnership with a wide range of local and national national partners, attracting year-on-year support as well as winning numerous awards.  Our results demonstrate that when you bring these things together, truly remarkable things can indeed happen.


Out of the Darkness Theatre Company









Our projects aim to develop key interpersonal skills  including Confidence, Teamwork, Independence, Communication, Listening and Decision-Making. These projects allow our members create and participate in live theatre and filmed productions supported by our experienced staff team. Our members enjoy social interaction and being able to showcase and perform their work to the local community throughout the year.


The project is supported by Creative Scotland, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Hugh Fraser Foundation and The Foyle Foundation and is in partnership with Surge, Findhorn Bay Festival and Out of the Darkness Theatre Company.

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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.

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

Established in 1992, Out of the Darkness Theatre Company is a registered charity which works with adults with learning disabilities, our members, to develop their key skills within the creative arts sector to build confidence and resilience through performance. We provide a safe space for individuals to grow and achieve. Our members gain a real sense of purpose and pride, participating in meaningful projects within the creative arts.

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