Stockroom is a writers room for theatre. Led by a Head Writer, the Stockroom Artists will produce new work for midscale stages around the country.
It is Out of Joint’s mission to create the best new work for the midscale, working with diverse artists to develop and workshop new projects. We will invest time and expertise to create exciting, high-quality projects that are valued by our partners and over which audiences feel ownership and pride. Stockroom will make space for people from all backgrounds and place their voices at the heart of our work. We are still learning, and we will make mistakes, but every decision we make and every piece of theatre we create will be political and radically developed, regardless of topic.
Out of Joint has been funded to develop and tour new work for over 20 years, and has created some of the most iconic pieces of new work in the British theatre canon. We remain dedicated to that mission, but the landscape has changed, and our perspective on how we want to work with artists has shifted.
The old model of commissioning doesn’t work for Out of Joint. We want to create work in a fashion that will be revolutionary for the industry. We will form the Out of Joint Writers Room – Stockroom. A collective of artists who will create new, small cast, audience-facing, tourable midscale work. We will not be limiting the artists involved to being established theatre writers; we will draw on the experiences of artists from a range of backgrounds.
Stockroom will meet for approximately one hundred days across the year to work on projects. Every project will have a different timeline – some taking weeks and some taking months or years.
Stockroom will both generate ideas and develop projects with partner organisations. The aim is to produce three to five first drafts per year. These will then be developed and workshopped, sent to potential partners, and go through additional rewrites until they reach the stage.
We are now beginning the exciting process of recruiting the Stockroom team. The Head Writer will work with the Artistic Director and Executive Producer to manage Stockroom and develop project briefs.
The four Stockroom Artists should have some creative experience in a visual or musical medium and a love of creating work for audiences. They should be excited by the prospect of group writing and by being part of a company. We are interested to hear from those who have unconventional approaches to story and/or script structure.
To apply or find out more, please visit Work with us.