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Work with us on 12 Last Songs

Quarantine was established in 1998 by directors Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea with designer Simon Banham. We make original theatre, performance and public events with and about the people who are in it. Whatever form it takes, our work begins and ends with the people in the room. Over the last 20 years, we've collaborated with a shifting constellation of artists, performers and people who've never done anything like this before. Our work seeks to create the circumstances for a conversation between strangers...

Quarantine
PO Box 573
Manchester
England
M32 2BZ

Work with us on 12 Last Songs

Posted: 9 April 2021

Recruitment call

To collaborate on our new live work, 12 Last Songs, Quarantine are currently seeking:

Performers
Technical collaborator

12 Last Songs will be part-performance, part-exhibition – a 12-hour-long piece that invites people into the room to demonstrate their labour, the work that they do. It will form a complex portrait of people and place, bringing people together from the place where it’s performed who might not normally meet.

PERFORMER CALL-OUT

Quarantine are seeking 2 performers to collaborate on the creation and performance of our new live work, 12 Last Songs.

The role of the performers – joining regular Quarantine collaborator Leentje Van de Cruys – is to ‘hold’ the space, working actively within a structure devised during rehearsal. Much of the technique of the performance will involve live conversations with the people who are demonstrating their labour.

It’s expected that you’ll be an experienced performer, at ease with thinking on your feet. You should be comfortable with engaging live with a wide range of people. Quarantine’s rehearsal process is rarely about repetition or arrival at a fixed version of the work, but rather about preparation for the live encounter with others. We expect and encourage everyone we work with to have a voice in the creation of the work.

We should be clear – we’re not looking for actors to play fictional characters in 12 Last Songs. Nobody in the room will represent anybody other than themselves – the final work won’t be a piece of drama. We’re particularly interested in meeting performers who might have strengths in singing (any genre) and/or a background in contemporary dance.

We’re actively seeking to cast 3 performers who are diverse in terms of social background, age, gender and ethnicity. With this in mind, we particularly encourage applications from people who are aged over 50 and under 30, people who identify as coming from a working-class background, people of African, Caribbean and/or Asian heritage, as well as people who define as LGB&T+ and/or as Deaf and disabled.

 

Schedule

3 weeks’ work during w/c 14 June, w/c 21 June & w/c 5 July 2021, as follows:

  • w/c 14 & 21 June: 2 weeks development will take place at HOME, Manchester
  • w/c 5 July: 1 week (during the period of Manchester International Festival) at HOME, Manchester including Open Rehearsals (accessible to a public audience) from Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 July.

 

Fee

Performers will be paid at a weekly rate of £575.

Performers will be employed on a freelance contract and responsible for their own Tax and NI. If performers are not within 25 miles of Manchester, we can discuss accommodation and subsistence allowances.

The premiere of 12 Last Songs will take place in September/October (exact dates to be confirmed). This would be contracted separately from the 3 weeks above, but we would have an expectation that you would be available. Over the next 2 years it will be presented in Manchester, Leeds, Cambridge, Brighton and Gateshead, and at additional UK and international locations.

 

Quarantine’s commitment to equality, diversity and anti-racism

Access and inclusion are at the heart of how Quarantine operates. We recognise that institutional racism, discrimination and inequality exists in our sector and we are dedicated to helping to address this.

Quarantine will support any access requirements you may have during this process, and if you are selected, we will discuss any adjustments to ensure you can carry out the role.

If you require any access support relating to the application process, or require further information, please contact info@qtine.com.

 

To apply

To apply, please submit a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, your CV or equivalent and a brief response to each of the following questions:

  1. If people ask “What do you do?”, what do you say?
  2. Please make a list of all the different kinds of work you’ve ever done (outside of theatre and performance)
  3. What was the last song you sang and what was the context?

If you prefer, you can also submit your response as a short (3 mins max) audio or video.

Please include a recent photo of yourself that you like (no professional headshots thanks).

Please submit your application by email to: info@qtine.com, by 6pm, Wednesday 21 April 2021.

No agencies please.

Auditions will take place on 28-29 April and 5-6 May 2021, at HOME in Manchester. 

If you are invited to audition, we will cover reasonable travel costs.

If you haven’t been selected for audition, we’ll let you know by 6pm Monday 26 April.

 

Covid-19

Auditions, development/rehearsals and public presentations will take place in line with current government guidance in relation to Covid-19 to ensure the safety of everyone we work with and members of the public. Full risk assessments will be carried out prior to each activity.

 

RECRUITMENT CALL: Technical Collaborator

Quarantine are seeking an experienced Technical Collaborator for our new live work, 12 Last Songs.

Quarantine’s rehearsal process is rarely about repetition or arrival at a fixed version of the work, but rather about preparation for the live encounter with others. We expect and encourage everyone we work with to have a voice in the creation of the work. 

To get an idea of what it might be like to be part of Quarantine’s production team, please read this entry on our website by Greg Akehurst, our Production Manager. It gives a good flavour of how we work…

We’re looking for a Technical Collaborator to join us initially for a period of development, culminating in a series of ‘open rehearsals’ with members of the public, where we try out certain aspects of the production. 

What we’re looking for:

  • An experienced technician with a background in LX
  • Sound, AV and/ or digital experience desirable but not essential
  • Must have the ability to multi-task, manage multiple jobs at varying stages of production, problem solve where necessary and remain calm under pressure
  • A positive attitude and flexible approach are key
  • The role is unlikely to be suitable for someone who likes to work with a script and arrive at a fixed way of running the production.  It will never arrive at a ‘finished’ version, will be different every time we do it, so there’s a significant amount of problem-solving and ‘thinking on your feet’ during each performance; and this is part of our process
  • Must be willing to appear “on stage” during open rehearsals. You would be present in your role as Technical Collaborator
  • The Technical Collaborator will work alongside our Production Manager during rehearsals to get ready for the open rehearsals; and will also work with the rest of our creative team and production personnel at HOME
  • May be required to programme and operate LX/sound/AV
  • May be required to assist with the preparation of Risk Assessments, PAT testing if necessary
  • To carry out all duties in line with Quarantine’s Health & Safety Policy, and uphold other policies and adhere to any specific Health & Safety and Covid related guidance and requirements from HOME
  • Represent Quarantine as part of the production team when we have a public audience

 

Schedule

3 weeks’ work across w/c 14 June, w/c 21 June, w/c 28 June & w/c 5 July 2021, at T2, HOME, Manchester, including Open Rehearsals (accessible to a public audience) from Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 July. Exact schedule to be arranged in liaison with our Production Manager.

 

Fee

£1,725 fee.

The Technician would be engaged on a freelance contract and would be responsible for their own Tax and NI. Ideally, we’re looking for someone based in Manchester or the North West, but if the person we recruit does not live within 25 miles of Manchester, we can discuss accommodation and subsistence allowances.

This period during June/July 2021 is part of a process of developing this new work. Our aim is to do further work on the project and premiere it in the autumn (probably end September/October), most likely in Manchester, and we would hope that you would be available for this work too. Over the next 2 years, it will be presented in Manchester, Leeds, Cambridge, Brighton and Gateshead, and at additional UK and international locations.

 

Quarantine’s commitment to equality, diversity & anti-racism

Access and inclusion are at the heart of how Quarantine operates. We recognise that institutional racism, discrimination and inequality exists in our sector and we are dedicated to helping to address this. We particularly welcome expressions of interest from people with lived experience of racism or marginalisation. This includes working class, disabled, LGBTQIA+, people of African and Caribbean heritage, people of Asian heritage, and other marginalised groups, as well intersectional individuals. We also welcome applications from people with dependents and those who have had unconventional career paths.

Quarantine will support any access requirements you may have during this process, and if you are selected, we will discuss any adjustments to ensure you can carry out the role. If you are invited for an interview/conversation, we will cover reasonable travel costs.

If you require any access support relating to the application process, or require further information, please contact ali@qtine.com.

 

To apply

To apply, please submit your CV or equivalent and a 1-page supporting statement, explaining your interest in the role and your relevant experience. This can also be submitted by short (3 mins max) audio or video submission. Please also complete and return our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

 

Deadline

Please submit this by email, to: ali@qtine.com by 6pm, Friday 30 April 2021. We’ll short-list and arrange conversations/interviews via Zoom or in-person (Manchester city centre), which will take place on 4-6 May.

If you haven’t been short-listed, we’ll let you know by Monday 3 May.

 

Covid-19

Interviews/auditions, development/rehearsals and public presentations will take place in line with current government guidance in relation to Covid-19 to ensure the safety of everyone we work with and members of the public. Full risk assessments will be carried out prior to each activity.

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