Please use this page to check for details of open auditions, production jobs and opportunities to join the Out of Joint staff. When we have roles available, we’ll post them here, but we also advertise them on the Arts Council’s free jobs website http://www.artsjobs.org.uk – why not join their mailing list to see the latest job opportunities in the arts.
Chair & Trustee Recruitment
Out of Joint is recruiting new trustees to join our board with the capacity and skills to oversee the next phase of our work. We are also seeking to appoint a new Chair. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with specialist skills in: Artistic leadership; producing new work; writers; and from those with strong connections to the midscale touring network.
Out of Joint actively encourages applications from people who identify as female, LGTBQ+, working class, people with disabilities and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. We are very interested in hearing from people who work outside London.
Please click the links below to download a full information pack:
How to apply
Please send an expression of interest, stating why you would like to join the board and what skills you would bring, and a CV to Charlie Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon, Monday 10th February 2020. Interviews will take place with current members of the Out of Joint board in February and March 2020.
If you have not acted as a trustee before and would like to find out more about what the role would entail, please contact our Executive Producer, Martin Derbyshire, for an informal discussion on email@example.com.
Our casting process for our productions can be quite varied. We sometimes work with partner theatres’ casting departments and freelance casting directors to cast our shows. We occasionally conduct our casting in-house, but this is rare. Increasingly, we are holding open auditions for our shows; if you’d like to hear about these, sign up to our mailing list and remember to tick the “training and opportunities” box. We will also post details of Open Auditions to our social media channels, so make sure you are following us on twitter and have liked us on Facebook. You can also check out our instagram here.
We often get invites to come and see shows from people who would like to work with us. Whilst we will do our best to carefully consider each one, we sadly aren’t able to see every show. If you are interested in Out of Joint seeing your work, please send information to firstname.lastname@example.org Unfortunately we won’t be able to respond individually to each invite, but we will be in touch to arrange tickets if we’d like to learn more about you.
We work with playwrights who are primed for the unique challenge of writing for a mid-scale national tour. This opportunity will often attract writers at the height of their powers. We also believe that we have a responsibility to extend this challenge to writers who haven’t previously had the opportunity to work to this scale and ambition. To do this we primarily focus on supporting the development of professional playwrights moving from early to mid-career. We do not focus on first-time writers who are beginning their playwriting journey.
Out of Joint’s mission is to tour entertaining and political plays of outstanding quality. We commission writers to create plays that can play to audiences around the whole of the U.K. We tour to mid-scale venues, typically seating 400 +.
The work we commission might be thoughtful, funny, informative, provocative or thrilling, but it will always have something to say about how we live now and reflect humanity in its diversity and complexity. We aim to be part of the national conversation. Typically, we value striking, unique characters engaged in well-developed stories. We believe that going to the theatre is an opportunity to feel as well as think.
Writers come from every part of the UK. We actively seek out new relationships with playwrights who are based in any and every part of the country. An ideal way to start a conversation with us would be to invite us to a production or a rehearsed reading/workshop sharing of a play you have written. We are not afraid of trains, and frequently travel significant distances to watch new work in development. If we are interested in what we see, typically we ask to read more work and develop the relationship from there. Each invitation we receive is carefully considered, but sadly we aren’t able to come to every show. Nor are we able to respond individually to every invitation.
We do not currently accept unsolicited scripts. However, we have compiled a useful list of organisations and theatres that will accept your work, along with some advice on things to consider before you send out your play – please email us at email@example.com if you’d like a copy.