The Gate theatre is looking for an assistant director to work with Elayce Ismail who will direct and adapt Omeros is a synopsis of the play.
I Sang Our Wide Country, The Caribbean Sea
Like Philoctete’s wound, this language carries its cure.
Helen is pregnant, but doesn’t know who the father is. Desperate to impress her, Hector leaves his fishing community and moves to the big city, while Achille, heartbroken, is taken on a spiritual journey to his homeland. Meanwhile, Philoctete spends his days in the NO PAIN CAFE, longing for his ancient wound to heal.
Nobel Prize winning poet, Derek Walcott, reimagines the characters of Homer’s Iliad as fishermen on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Set against a backdrop of encroaching tourism and commercialism, this epic drama explores the community’s historical wounds of slavery and the redemptive power of culture and heritage.
Adapted and directed by Elayce Ismail (Nanjing, Shakespeare’s Globe), and developed with Paterson Joseph, Walcott’s masterpiece is beautifully re-imagined for the Gate.
The Production Dates Are As Follows:
Rehearsals: 6th April – 2nd May
Technical Rehearsals: 4th and 5th May
Tech & Dress: 6th May
First preview: 7th May
Press night: 12th May
Run ends: 30th May
Please do not apply if you are not available for all of the dates in the period up to Press Night.
We Are Looking For An Assistant Director Who:
- Has an interest in global stories, exploring different places, cultures and perspectives
- Is passionate about language and working in an imaginative way with text
- Has excellent dramaturgical skills, and the ability to work with an original and adapted text simultaneously
- Has a keen eye for detail and the ability to accurately keep track of script edits
- Works well with actors and enjoys taking part in physical games
- Has confidence in a supporting role
Desirable (But Not Essential)
- Experience of working with lyrical texts, such as Shakespeare and poetry
- Experience of puppetry (shadow puppetry / object manipulation)
- Knowledge of French
- Knowledge of St Lucia and/or the Caribbean
HOW TO APPLY
The application should be typed/recorded and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject, Omeros- Assistant Director.
The application will require a directing CV (no more than two pages) and a letter (one A4 page) detailing:
- Why you are interested in assisting on this particular project.
- What the project will mean in terms of your artistic development.
- The skills and experience you can bring to the rehearsal room and production.
- Please also follow the link here to fill out the Equal Opportunities form.
We also welcome applications and cover letters in the form of audio recordings, videos and power point presentations, please do let us know if you require any of our documents in another format by emailing Valerie.
We are particularly keen to hear from applicants from underrepresented communities in the theatre industry.
We are committed to creating a workforce which is representative of our society and to bringing together those with a variety of skills and experiences, to help shape what we do and how we work. We are particularly keen to hear from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled candidates. Please note that our theatre and office are not wheelchair accessible.
There is a fee of £1600 to cover the rehearsal and preview period up to press night; a total of 5 weeks.
The assistant director may be required to undertake research and attend meetings prior to the rehearsal period.
CLOSING DATE AND SELECTION PROCESS
The deadline for applications is Friday 21st February 2020. Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 2nd March 2020