We are seeking applications for a candidate for a Digital Assistant role, for the consortium of companies that nabokov is part of - which we hope to fund through the BBC Performing Arts Fellowship Scheme. Full details below.


Job Description

A consortium of four groundbreaking new writing companies – Forward Theatre Project, nabokov, Theatre Uncut and Pieces Productions – are seeking applications for a candidate for a Digital Assistant role for the BBC Performing Arts Fellowship scheme.

The four companies formed a consortium together in 2012, in order to apply to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for funds for a shared General Manager to work across all the companies. The General Manager has been in place since May 2013. Now, the companies seek to further strengthen the bonds between them by recruiting a second shared member of staff, working across the four organisations to develop innovative digital content to accompany theatre productions.

More about the companies:

Forward Theatre Project is a collective of 20 theatre directors, writers and designers, who strive to increase relationships between emerging theatre artists and regional theatres and to build a community amongst peers. FTP create work with a collective approach and nationwide focus, creating cross-regional collaboration to produce original theatre inspired by all the towns, tales and textures of our nation. www.forwardtheatreproject.co.uk

nabokov is a theatre company based in the eastern region, dedicated to putting new writing at the heart of British culture. They challenge writers and audiences to re-invent how new writing is made and experienced. Since 2001 nabokov has hosted an extraordinarily diverse programme of work around the UK and internationally: premiering the work of over 1,000 artists, producing and curating vibrant artistic events at venues and festivals around the country, and touring premiere flagship productions. www.nabokov-online.com

Theatre Uncut are an innovative political theatre company, founded in 2010. Every year they commission new short plays from emerging and established playwrights, responding to current political events and urgent social issues. They then perform the plays in flagship productions in the UK, while also releasing them to be performed by anyone, anywhere in the world, rights-free, to create the annual Theatre Uncut Mass Action Festival. So far, Theatre Uncut plays have been read and performed by over 3500 people in 26 countries. www.theatreuncut.com

Pieces Productions was founded in 2010 by director Clare Lizzimore and writer David Watson: two practitioners who were galvanised by their shared commitment to finding and producing astonishing but overlooked new plays. The company exists to produce work on British stages that would have otherwise fallen through the gaps between existing companies’ tastes and remits. It aspires to the highest production values and innovative theatrical practice, to expand and energise the new writing world, and to target both established and first-time theatre audiences.

All organisations are associate companies of Paines Plough.

The Role

We are seeking a Digital Assistant to help us develop and innovate our digital offer, to accompany the core theatrical work of the four companies. Key duties will include:

-          Developing innovative digital content to accompany main productions: including online education resources, articles, interviews, videos, galleries, rehearsal diaries, podcasts and more. Taking the lead in creating all such content, in collaboration with the key staff of each company.

-          Developing new online platforms which audiences and participants around the world can engage with and add to; in particular for Theatre Uncut

-          Updating website content, and improving the design of each company’s website as needed to engage more online audiences

-          Filming and editing trailers, and rehearsal and production footage, and sharing them online

-          Creating bespoke, stand-alone short films which link thematically to stage productions

-          Arranging for the live streaming / online broadcast of the companies’ productions where possible

-          Strategising and implementing social media activities to promote the companies’ work and engage audiences in new ways

-          Other digital marketing activity as needed, such as designing e-bulletins and compiling mailing list data

-          Other graphic design tasks as and when needed e.g. designing education materials, online advertisements, posters, flyers, signage etc

-          Identifying and exploiting e-commerce opportunities.

-          Photographing productions, rehearsals and other events where possible, and publishing images online to effectively promote shows

-          Analyising and reporting on web / e-marketing activity, and using this information to inform future activity and improve each company’s online presence.

-          Devising new ways of canvassing audiences, to seek their feedback on productions, and to map the demographic data of audiences (to be able to more effectively analyse each company’s reach and impact)

-          Developing new ways of engaging with audiences outside of the actual productions - filming vox pops, seeking online creative contributions from them etc.

This will be an opportunity to work across art forms: to incorporate film-making, photography, graphic design and digital design skills into a theatre context, and explore how different mediums can work together to complement each other.

Person Specification

We are looking for a creative professional in the early stages of their career, who would benefit significantly from the varied challenges of this role. Our candidate could be a theatre professional, film-maker, graphic designer, digital artist or marketing specialist; we are open to considering any individual who has some experience in most or all of the areas detailed above, and is keen to further their experience in a theatre context.

Key attributes we are seeking:

-          Computer literate with full knowledge and experience of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

-          Good public relations skills

-          Excellent written and oral presentation skills

-          The ability to work within a team while showing readiness to use initiative and a sound sense of time- and workload-management

-          A willingness to work in a flexible manner, and sometimes under pressure

-          Friendly, confident, loyal, outgoing person who relishes a challenge

-          Willingness to take the creative lead on developing digital projects

-          A sound knowledge of social media tools

-          Some prior experience in film-making and photography

-          Some prior experience in website design and digital content development

-          A keen interest in digital developments

-          A good eye for design (layout and images)

-          Desirable – familiar with design software such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator

-          Desirable – some previous paid marketing experience

What We Can Offer You

-          Creative mentorship from the Artistic Directors and Producers of each company

-          Bespoke career development opportunities including digital training courses and the chance to attend conferences and networking events

-          Insight into the operations of four different, dynamic theatre companies, all currently in the midst of expanding their work and increasing their profile

-          The opportunity to build relationships with the many tour venues and other theatre companies with whom the consortium will work over the next year

-          The opportunity to attend all events and productions produced by each of the four companies over the next year

Further details

This role will be for a six month period from January 2015.

It will be a part-time role. We are flexible in terms of exact hours worked and will be open to discussing this with our candidate.

The Digital Assistant will be based in London. We can offer part-time desk space at the Central London office where our General Manager is also based; or the DA could be based elsewhere or work from home if that would be their preference. We would only ask that they be available for regular catch-up meetings with each company, possibly on a weekly basis.

The Digital Assistant will be line-managed by the consortium’s Shared General Manager.

The BBC Performing Arts Fellowship scheme is designed to identify and support the next generation of talent. If successful, the fellow’s time will be covered with a grant from the Scheme.

This position is subject to the consortium being successful in its application to the BBC Performing Arts Fund (to be confirmed in November 2014).


To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to corinnesalisbury@live.co.uk by no later than 5pm on Thurs 7th August. Your cover letter should be no more than 2 pages long and should detail:

-          Your career in this field so far, and how this position would aid your professional development

-          What you would hope to get out of this role, and what further opportunities you think it would lead to

-          Why you think you would be suited to working for a consortium of companies, and what you could bring to this role

Interviews will be held on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th August.

Welcome to the new nabokov!

Welcome to nabokov's brand new website - launched to coincide with our autumn 2013 season of new work. This season marks a milestone in nabokov’s history as we celebrate over a decade of explosive creative activity and re-launch ourselves for the decade to come.

Over the last three years alone we’ve toured nationally and internationally, won awards, produced over 50 world premiere commissions, collaborated with over 500 artists and most importantly been supported so strongly by you through it all.

This season is the start of a new era in our mission to place new writing at the heart of British culture, as we seek to create a writer-led theatre that embraces all the innovation, complexity and diversity of the 21st Century.

Autumn 2013 offers the world premiere of VIRGIN, a witty, provocative, compelling new play from E. V. Crowe (KIN and HERO at the Royal Court), produced with our long standing partners Watford Palace Theatre. BLINK by Phil Porter, our smash hit from Edinburgh 2012 (‘Funny, fresh and appealing’ **** The Telegraph) co-produced with Soho Theatre returns to London and for a national and international tour.

And NABOKOV RE-LOADED, our season launch party, will be a thrilling showcase of pop-up work, packed full of the UK’s hottest emerging talent.

There are new members of the team and a pioneering new model of collaboration with Forward Theatre, Pieces Productions and Theatre Uncut.

So it’s a big autumn full of new adventures! We hope to see you at a nabokov show soon to continue supporting, challenging and engaging with us.


An open letter from the Artistic Directors and Executive Director

Hello everyone,

We’ve got some exciting news – for us and for nabokov – which we wanted to share with you personally.

We started nabokov in 2001 when we were students aged 19, 20 and 21, and it has always been a young company intent on producing the most incendiary new work by the most exciting young artists for mostly young audiences. Nine years on, we're hovering around 30, and we have decided it is time for us to pass on the baton to someone else to continue and expand that mission, and for us to move on to a new challenge.

And so we are delighted to announce the appointment of Joe Murphy as the new Artistic Director of nabokov. At 24-years-old Joe is one of the most talented young directors in the UK. Joe’s passion for new work, his vision, his tenacity and his youth make him the perfect person to drive the company forward over the next few years. We are very excited to be passing the nabokov torch to someone who we know will take the company to the next level, and in exciting new directions.

All three of us will remain involved with nabokov at Board level, and of course we’ll be in the audience at every nabokov event. Ric will remain in his position as Executive Director for the foreseeable future.

James and George will be moving to Paines Plough, where we are honoured and thrilled to have been appointed joint Artistic Directors. Paines Plough is a company we have greatly admired for many years and which has been a huge inspiration to us throughout our careers. We start our new positions on 1 February 2010 and we are relishing the opportunity to build on the company’s illustrious 35 year history and the incredible work of outgoing Artistic Director Roxanna Silbert to present the highest quality work to the highest number of people across the country and internationally, and cement Paines Plough’s reputation as the UK’s national theatre of new plays.

We are hugely proud of nabokov’s achievements over the past nine years. The company has premiered new work by more than 60 playwrights, 30 directors, 80 other artists and practitioners and several hundred actors. Our work has been seen across the UK and internationally; in the West End, in a toilet in Sheffield, off-Broadway and in a field in Suffolk. In 2008, more than 10,000 people saw a piece of work by nabokov.

For this, we want to thank all the amazing artists we have been privileged to work with. Their brilliance and passion has produced this thrilling work. We also want to thank all the venues we have worked at, the producers and supporters who have made the work possible, and Arts Council England, East for their continued and invaluable support.

Most importantly, we want to thank you. Whether you’ve been to one nabokov event or 100, we’ve always made work for our audience, and we are so grateful for the loyal and effusive support we have received over the years from everyone who has turned up to see our shows and events.

We very much hope you will continue to support nabokov as the company enters an exciting new phase under Joe’s directorship. This is just the beginning. And we hope you will continue to follow our work with Paines Plough.
We’ve had the time of our life. Thank you.

James, George & Ric

Introducing Joe Murphy

Joe_murphy_headshot Here he is. The new Artistic Director of nabokov. We're thrilled to welcome him to the company.

Joe most recently worked with us as assistant director on 2ND MAY 1997. He directed Jack Thorne, James Graham, Joel Horwood and Penelope Skinner's plays in response to the show, which starred Sally Phillips and John Heffernan.

Joe's other directing credits include: Service, Building Site (Arcola/Miniaturists); After, Come on Over (Tristan Bates); The Things That Never Grew in the Garden (Hampstead Start Night); Normal (Cockpit); Julius Caesar, Esme-Tales (Edinburgh Fringe); South Pacific (Northcott).
As Assistant Director his credits include: The Priory (The Royal Court); 2nd May 1997 (The Bush); Fixer (High Tide Festival); Purgatory (Arcola); Girls and Dolls (Old Red Lion); He Said... (The Bush).
Joe has a BA(hons) in Drama from Exeter Univeristy, and a PG Dip in Theatre Directing from Mountview Academy of Performing Arts. He was a finalist for the JMK Young Director's Award 2009.

Joe's a big fella with ginger hair. You can't miss him. So do say hello at the Arts Club. He's going to do great things.