Location: Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton

The opportunity

Following an award of Arts Council and local authority funding, Minstead Trust is recruiting a freelance drama facilitator and two freelance support facilitators to join our existing Community Theatre team at Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton, Southampton.

Hanger Farm Arts Centre is run by Minstead Trust, a thriving Hampshire charity that supports people with learning disabilities to lead more independent and fulfilling lives. We launched the community theatre in September 2019 and set up two groups for people with learning disabilities aged 16+. Successful securing of grant funding is enabling us to expand the community theatre to include two new groups for the wider community: a daytime adult group and an evening youth theatre.

The community theatre at Hanger Farm Arts Centre is founded upon Minstead Trust’s strong community ethos and commitment to valuing each person so that they flourish. We will create a fully inclusive company, bringing together disabled and non-disabled participants through workshops and shared creative outputs, and therefore modelling the inclusive society we would like to see.

We are now recruiting an experienced drama professional to lead the new adult daytime group from March onwards (Mondays 11:30am-1pm) and to facilitate any of the other groups or additional workshops by arrangement.

We are also recruiting two support facilitators who will either have a background in supporting people with learning disabilities and a strong interest in drama, or a background in drama and a strong interest in inclusive practice.

The new roles will work as part of a supportive, creative team and there will be opportunities to develop workshops and performance outputs which bring together small groups of people with diverse backgrounds and needs and to co-facilitate an end-of-year whole community ensemble.  

The four weekly sessions in Hanger Farm Community Theatre run as follows:

  • Monday 11:30am-1pm: Weekly inclusive session for adults (starting in March)
  • Monday 1:15pm-2:45pm: Weekly session for people aged 16+ with learning disabilities
  • Wednesday 1:30pm-3pm: Weekly session for people aged 16+ with learning disabilities
  • Wednesday 6:30pm-8pm: Weekly inclusive session for young people (starting in March)

About you:

You will be an arts professional experienced in devising and delivering drama workshops for a range of levels, abilities and needs. You will be committed to actor-centred practice, leading workshops which are playful and accessible, involving games, devising and creative approaches to skills development. Experience of working with people with learning or physical disabilities would be an advantage and a demonstrable commitment to inclusive practice is essential.  Your appointment will be subject to a successful Enhanced DBS check (formerly CRB).

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Role objectives

  • Act as the lead facilitator for the new adult daytime drama group starting in March 2020
  • Plan and deliver practical and inclusive drama sessions for adults
  • Work with the Head of Arts and Cultural Programming and the lead community theatre drama facilitator to develop and deliver sessions, workshops and performance outputs which are aimed at promoting inclusivity, wellbeing and creative skills development.
  • Ensure that weekly activities are tailored to individuals’ needs and abilities, whilst also gently encouraging participants to develop news skills and achieve personal outcomes.
  • Contribute your ideas and professionalism to the development of the programme, promoting excellence and continual improvement.

Terms of employment: A freelance fee of £20 per hour to be paid as follows: £40 per 1.5 hr session, which includes an additional 30 minutes’ of set-up and planning time. Additional pre-agreed planning and development time will be paid at the same hourly rate. You will be responsible for your own tax and NI contributions.

Download an application form here

Due to the nature of this employment sector, your application is subject to a successful Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Check (DBS, formerly CRB).

(Note: We only shortlist from Application Forms in accordance with Safer Recruitment Guidelines)

For more information about the opportunity, please contact:

Emma Golby-Kirk, Head of Artistic and Cultural Programming

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 023 8066 7683

Mob: 07754 826404