Paid job - Welsh-speaking Director needed for childrens touring show

Struts and Frets Theatre Company presents




Director, “Y Mabinogi & other tales”

– Job Description


organisation:               Struts and Frets Theatre Company

position:                       Director

responsible to:            Artistic Director, Producer

Fee:                                   £4,000 to cover preparatory fee, attendance at 4 weeks of rehearsals and first week of performances

period  required:           Pre-Production: April-July 2022

Rehearsals Aug/Sept 2022

Performances Sept/Oct 2022

locations:                      TBC, Wales


purpose of the role

The Director will be responsible for directing Struts & Frets outdoor performance “Y Mabinogi & Other Tales”. This will be a public performance primarily aimed at children and families and will be performed at heritage sites across Wales as part of the Children’s Festival of Welsh History in Sept/Oct 2022. The production will be based on the Four Branches of the Mabinogi and other myths and legends from Welsh folklore. The production will be devised with and performed by a professional cast of bi-lingual (Welsh & English) performers. The Director will oversee a creative team including Set & Costume Designer, Sound Designer, Professional Actors, Stage Manager and Puppeteers. The Director will be supported by the Struts and Frets Artistic Director & Producer throughout the process.

Main Duties and responsibilities


Preparation of the background, context and meaning of the production Preparation of an interpretative and demonstrative vision of the production To direct the production to a high standard

Working with the creative and production team to evolve and co-ordinate a unified outdoor performance

Attendance at pre-production meetings with artistic, production and management personnel, subject to the Director’s reasonable availability prior to rehearsal

Planning a detailed rehearsal schedule with the Producer and Stage Manage

Directing the performers during the given period of rehearsal in order to facilitate the preparation of their performances and their co-ordination into a unified production at a professional standard

To work within the specified budgets & timescales for the production To undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Producer




Adhere to, and actively contribute Struts and Frets policies, including Equalities (diversity, access,equal opportunities), Environmental and Health & Safety

To champion the value of Welsh language and history throughout the process

To act always in the best interest of Struts and Frets

Any other duties as reasonably required

person specification - essential:

At least 3 years’ experience of working with and managing a full creative team (including Sound Designer, Set Designer, Actors, Stage Manager)

Bi-lingual - equally comfortable conversing in Welsh or English Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills

Significant experience in directing professional outdoor performances Significant experience of directing productions for children and family audiences

An exciting vision which aligns with Struts and Frets artistic work Available on the dates specified

Excellent organisation skills

Open and honest communication

A positive attitude with a high level of self-motivation and ability to work on your initiative


about struts and Frets

Struts and Frets Theatre creates challenging and unconventional productions to make theatre more accessible and more representative, through touring, language, and innovation. Frustrated by the lack of good opportunities afforded

women in theatre and film, we also set up this company to give women and girls a voice on stage and in the world. We aim to promote cultural, political and gender equality and discussion through the arts, engaging an audience with a view to promoting positive transformation. We create and hold educational workshops for adults and children and have partnered with British Council in Pakistan and schools throughout London.


how to apply:

Please email a CV and links to footage and/or images of outdoor performances you have previously directed; and either of the below detailing why you are interested in the role to:


A cover letter no longer than one page of A4 OR A maximum 5-minute voice note


Deadline: 5pm, Monday 7th March 2022


Website: Instagram: strutsandfretstheatre twitter: StrutsTheatreMabinogi%20-%20Directors%20Call%20Out%20-%20Word.docx

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