Experience Opportunity

Paid Creative Placements for Young People

Surrogate are seeking up to 12 young people (aged 18-25) to act as ‘surrogate(s)’ on behalf of our upcoming touring project - WHO KILLED MY FATHER - within your local community and support our audience development and community engagement work.

Surrogate was founded in 2019. We are a theatre company based in Edinburgh. We breed new dramatic forms that ask urgent questions about our world now, with the live relationship between actor and audience at the heart of our work.

Our next project is the Scottish tour of WHO KILLED MY FATHER (Qui a tué mon père) based on the book by Édouard Louis, translated by Lorin Stein, and supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

The production will open at Cumbernauld Theatre in April 2023 and tour to a further 11 venues across Scotland in May 2023, including Mull Theatre, Dumfries Theatre Royal, Byre Theatre, Traverse Theatre, MacArts, Platform Theatre, Beacon Arts Centre, Universal Arts, An Lanntair Stornoway, OneTouch Inverness, Lemon Tree Aberdeen.

We are offering up to 12 paid creative placements for young people on this project - one for each of our touring destinations. You may be a young theatre-maker, performer, or writer, or perhaps an aspiring producer, or marketeer. You may have a particular connection to the material or want to learn more about how a theatre company operates, gaining a deeper insight into the creative process.

Surrogate(s) role will be to support audience development strategies, help us to get in touch with marginalised groups in your communities, share word of the performances and the accompanying advance workshop/post-show platform, and via social media (if applicable), and attend these activities as ambassadors of the company. We anticipate up to 2 days total on this work.

Surrogate(s) will also be able to gain learning and insights to benefit their future development and practice. You’ll be given dedicated time with creative team members, and depending on your needs/interests, will have the opportunity to shadow a team member’s work and/or talk with multiple members of the team about their roles and/or practice. We anticipate up to 1.6 days total on these activities.

The salary for the role is £272.50 for 3.6 days’ work, which accounts for a maximum of 25 hours of time in total at £10.90 per hour, between February to June 2023.

We are particularly keen to focus on audiences who may relate to the themes of the text: e.g. people from the LGBTQ+ community, and those from post-industrial areas or who identify as from working-class / economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are particularly keen to hear from candidates who have previously been underrepresented in the theatre industry due to the experience of barriers linked to ethnicity, race, class, disability, gender, geography, or sexuality. We are committed to making the application process as accessible as we can, and all interview candidates will be asked for any access requirements.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 12pm on Monday 30th January 2023.