Rural Arts is proud to announce the streaming of a brand-new audio play exploring isolation within LGBTQ+ communities.
‘Ask for Sophie’ by Kerrie Marsh is a new commission from Rural Arts’ project Keepsake, which connects communities and reduces isolation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
This unique play is accessed via telephone line at any time, night or day. A character – the chatty and eponymous Sophie – answers the call. You, the audience member, play the role of a silent caller to an LGBT+ support line for people in rural areas. You’re in good hands with Sophie who guides you, shares her experiences and lets you know that you’re not alone. Sophie’s always there – all you have to do is call.
Ask for Sophie is available from Monday 3rd – Sunday 16th May, 24 hours per day, by calling 01845 980 758.
Salary: Up to £29,000 pro-rata according to experience
Hours: Flexible working hours comprising min 22.2 hours a week (P/T min 3 days a week), with the possibility of some additional hours
Since Take Art started in 1987 we have run one of the UK’s most celebrated Rural Touring programmes and it still remains a cornerstone priority for the organisation. Working in partnership with a network of volunteer promoters across Somerset, the programme offers extraordinary and memorable arts experiences to thousands of people each year. Rural Touring keeps villages alive and vibrant and provides an important link in the touring chain for many professional companies and artists.
We are seeking an experienced person to deliver the Rural Touring programme to Somerset communities; to advocate it as one of Take Art’s Specialisms, to develop partnerships with local volunteer promoters and make relationships with performers and companies to bring an ambitious and diverse range of work into the county. This cross artform range of work might include theatre, music, dance, puppetry, film, spoken word etc and will involve local, national and international companies. Attending showcases and festivals in UK and further afield and pro-actively seeking innovative, diverse work, as well as supporting the volunteers by attending the local shows, is a key part of the role.
In addition, the postholder will be part of a senior management team within Take Art and will contribute to the development of the business plan and other aspects of the professional working environment of the organisation. As such, drive, vision, proven fundraising and project delivery experience are all essential criteria in determining the right person for this post.
Due to Take Art’s rural location it is essential that you have access to your own means of transport.
Take Art is committed to equality and strives to create a diverse and inclusive working environment that reflects the diversity of the UK population. Our recruitment process is open to all, but we particularly wish to encourage applicants from backgrounds that are currently under-represented within the sector as well as our organisation. We value the positive impact that increased diversity will bring to Take Art.
For further information and to download an application pack please see the Take Art website at www.takeart.org
Application Deadline: 12 noon on Monday 7th June 2021 Interviews: Friday 16th July at the COVID secure Take Art offices at The Mill, Flaxdrayton Farm, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5LR.
This short form is designed to help you asses whether or not your show is Rural Touring ready. We take you through the very basic needs of rural touring and give you a list of things to consider. We also point you to other helpful resources and pages along the way. Please note this form is NOT a way of submitting your show to be considered for touring but should be used as a tool to equip yourself with the knowledge you need to approach schemes.