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Call Out: Freelancer for National Freelance Task Force

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru wants to support a Wales based, Welsh-speaking freelancer who has experience of the Welsh-language theatre sector, to join the national Freelance Task Force, which has been set up to strengthen the influence of the self-employed theatre and performance community, which has been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis.

The aim of the Freelance Task Force is to support the dialogue between freelancers, organisations, funders and government and amplify the voice of the self-employed in the conversations to come about how we manage the response to and recovery from the Covid-19 crisis in the performing arts sector.

More information on the Task Force can be found here. Freelancers representing 140 organisations are already involved, covering a wide range of disciplines, including directors, technicians, producers, writers, set and costume designers, crew, production managers, sound designers, composers, fight directors, choreographers and movement directors, dramaturgs, actors and performers, casting directors, puppet makers, dancers, singers, theatre makers, and more.

Commitment

It is up to the Freelance Task Force to establish its own structure in order to fulfil its aims. We expect the Freelance Task Force will quickly establish its own agenda, set its own mission and organise itself.

It is expected that each member will work with all other members of the Freelance Task Force to:

  • co-ordinate wider conversations with freelancers in their area and/or specialism
  • hold and participate in regular Freelance Task Force meetings
  • attend meetings and events on behalf of the Freelance Task Force
  • lobby on behalf of the wider freelance community
  • ensure that information is widely distributed

This freelance opportunity covers 13 days of work at a rate of pay of £175 per day, covering the period from June-September 2020.

How to Apply

Send a maximum single-page statement of application, briefly outlining your relevant experience, and how you would consult with and represent other freelancers. Please include your experience of working in the Welsh-language theatre sector.

We welcome applications from black and ethnically diverse applicants. Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is committed to increasing diversity and representation within the company and its work.

Please flag in your application whether you need additional access support to enable you to fulfil the role.

Please send your application by email to swyddi@theatr.com

Deadline for application statements: 9am Thursday 25 June 2020

Background to the Freelance Task Force

On Thursday 21 May 2020 a group of performing arts organisations, including producing companies and venues, jointly signed a letter detailed here in support of the freelancers who make up a large and vital part of the ecology of the performance sector.

The letter had three main aims:

  • To listen and respond to the needs of freelancers in the performing arts;
  • To call for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme to be extended in line with furloughing and until theatres can reopen in earnest;
  • To establish a Freelance Task Force of self-employed theatre and performance makers.

Each organisation signing up to the letter has committed to paying a freelancer for 13 days throughout June, July and August to join the Freelance Task Force.

We are proud to be part of this initiative alongside many of our peers across the UK, and we fully support the creation of a #FreelanceTaskForce.

An accessible version of the letter can be viewed here:

Audio, BSL and Easy Read.