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The Crick Crack Club

12-month part-time freelance contract (£11,000 freelance fee / £27,500 pro rata)

The touring circuit for performance storytelling needs a boost to its development - a fresh input of energy, effort and expertise to lay a better foundation for the future. 

We are seeking a Relationship Builder to join our team. Your role will be to forge and build relationships between our organisation and venues, with the expressed aim of increasing the number of regional theatres, art centres and literature festivals that programme performance storytelling productions. The mission is to build the basis for a touring circuit for world-class spoken word performers, who work with the content and motifs of international folktale, fairytale, myth and epic, and to offer more opportunities for regional audiences to access high quality storytelling shows.

Who we are

This post has been developed through a partnership between the Crick Crack Club and Earthouse Storytelling Ambassadors. The post will be managed by the Crick Crack Club. 

Earthouse Storytelling Ambassadors manage the performance storytelling programme at the remarkable Cranborne Earthouse, in rural Dorset. Operating out of a unique, fire-lit, 250-seat, reconstructed roundhouse venue, they oversee the most successful storytelling programme running outside of London. 

The Crick Crack Club is England’s premier programmer of performance storytelling, promoting artists who perform contemporary reinterpretations of international folktale, fairytale, myth & epic & their associated memes & motifs for (mainly) adult audiences. With an extraordinary 30 year track record, the Crick Crack Club has programmed work for, and in collaboration with, The Barbican, The South Bank Centre, The National Theatre, the RSC, Northern Stage, Cheltenham Literature Festival, The British Library, The British Museum, Soho Theatre, Rich Mix, York Theatre Royal, Royal and Derngate, The Wellcome Trust, The Unicorn Theatre, and many, many others. In 2017, they broke The Wellcome Collection's box office records with their 'Wild One's' Late Spectacular, exploring 'wildness' in science, myth & society. They’re the organisation behind two major fairytale festival residencies at The Bargehouse and the Fabularium Fairytale Festival, which tours annually.

Who you are

You’ll be someone who…

  • is committed to performance, spoken word storytelling, the imagination, metaphor, myth, epic and fairytales for grown-ups. After all - you can't promote what you don't love.
  • has a passion for audiences and audience access to live arts.
  • can talk to venues, their directors and programmers, confidently, knowledgably, and in ways they understand and respect.
  • knows the UK live arts scene - theatres, art centres, quirky independent venues, literature festivals etc - and knows what makes it tick.
  • can listen - to us, because we know stuff that you won't know, and to venues, because they'll be telling you things that you need to hear.
  • has initiative and ideas of their own and once you've learned more about us and what we do, you'll be someone who can spot opportunities a mile off.
  • can work remotely from home independently and efficiently. We'll be readily available on the end of a phone or a Zoom call whenever you need support or a chat.
  • can travel to see shows and to meet in person with venues where required, but is just as happy meeting remotely via Zoom.
  • is resilient, patient, flexible and pragmatic - because following the pandemic, the arts sector is a bit wobbly and results may be slow to appear.

Support: You'll be supported by Crick Crack Club Programme Manager, Kate Norgate, throughout the contract.

Time commitment: 2 days a week for 12 months (50 weeks), ideally starting on the week commencing the 17th of Jan 2022. We are more than happy to be flexible to accommodate working parents and those with other care commitments. You'll be required to attend a limited number of evening performances programmed in London, Bristol and/or Dorset (and possibly elsewhere) during the employment period.

Fee:This is a freelance position. The fee is £11,000 (£27,500 pro rata), plus a small travel budget.

How to apply: To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you want to do this job to Kate Norgate: Kate@crickcrackclub.com. If you have any questions, please email kate@crickcrackclub.com. You can find out more about the Crick Crack Club at www.crickcrackclub.com

All applications must be received no later than midnight on Friday 10th Dec 2021
Shortlisted candidates will be informed at the latest by Mon 13th Dec 2021
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview (via  Zoom) on Thu 16th (am and pm) and Fri 17th Dec (am) 2021