Here’s a list of our current STUNLIVE jobs and opportunities:


Talawa is looking for theatre makers with a new idea to test or explore in their Studio.

Whether you are a director, deviser, sound engineer or multi-disciplinary artist, if you need a space where you can take a risk Talawa wants to hear from you. They are offering the Studio, support from their team, and a small budget for bringing in a collaborator or expert.

Tap or click on the link below for details and an application form:



The Performers Playground are offering 2 subsidised places to BAME participants from Greater Manchester. (Full course price £900).

The Performers’ Playground is an 11-week course for actors, comedians, circus artists, in fact, any performer who works with a live audience. This course explores playful approaches to theatre, clown, Buffon and devising. It will help you to become more playful, sensitive, impulsive whilst learning to play with an audience and discover your pleasure to be on stage. It will culminate in performances in Manchester.

This course is rooted in our work with Philippe Gaulier, John Wright, Angela DeCastro and their contemporaries. We offer a unique opportunity for you to commit to developing your craft in an inspirational, challenging and hilarious environment. You will leave the course a freer, more impulsive performer who is empowered to create your own work and make a contribution to the theatre scene.

Applicants should be over 18 with performance experience and an interest in developing your performance skills.

To apply, please email theperformersplayground@gmail.com with a short biog of any previous training and performance experience and an expression of interest detailing your performance interests and why you would like and how you would benefit from a place.

To learn more about the course and the tutors visit: theperformersplayground.com/

**Last minute spaces now available – deadline to apply 12 noon Thursday 19 November**


If you are an artist living or working in the North West, there are two spaces available on a masterclass with Benji Reid, taking place at STUN Studio (at Z-arts, Manchester M15 5ZA) Monday 23 – Friday 27 November, 10am – 5pm each day.

This is a unique opportunity to work in a small group with leading physical theatre practitioner Benji Reid, offering you a chance to:
– share specific challenges in your artistic journey
– benefit from coaching from your peers
– work on and explore issues that are directly relevant to you.

The week will culminate in a small public sharing at 2pm on Friday 27 November, with feedback and discussion.

To apply please send us (*you can apply as an individual or as part of a group):
– A short summary of what you’d like to explore (max 200 words)
– an up-to-date CV
– any images or weblinks that feature your work.

Applications should be sent to Benji Reid, c/o info@hybridconsulting.org.uk, by 12 noon on Thursday 19 November.


Workshop Sharing:
Friday 27 November 2pm
STUN Studio at Z-arts

Artists and audiences are invited to join us for a small public sharing and feedback of the week-long Benji Reid masterclass.


More Information: A Question of Black Physical Theatre
Over the past 30 years Black Physical Theatre has been delivered through the vision and politics of some of the world’s most interesting theatre makers, such as Denise Wong, Amani Napthali, and Benji Reid. Whilst many of these archives have been chronicled there has been very little documented about what one might call the engineering behind the art form, namely the energies and ideas motivating works in the Black Theatre canon such as ‘Ragamuffin’ and ‘Super Heroes’.

– Is there a distinctive art form that is sufficiently unique and nuanced to be called Black Physical Theatre?
– What are its processes and products?
– Who are its champions and challengers?

A Question of Black Physical Theatre brings together a creative team led by Benji Reid and Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) to offer a selection of opportunities.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

BReidOver the past 30 years Black Physical Theatre has been delivered through the vision and politics of some of the world’s most interesting theatre makers, such as Denise Wong, Amani Napthali, and Benji Reid. Whilst many of these archives have been chronicled there has been very little documented about what one might call the engineering behind the art form, namely the energies and ideas motivating works in the Black Theatre cannon such as ‘Ragamuffin’ and ‘Super Heroes’.  Is there a distinctive art form that is sufficiently unique and nuanced to be called Black Physical Theatre? What are its processes and products? Who are its champions and challengers?


‘A Question of Black Physical Theatre’ brings together a creative team led by Benji Reid and Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) to offer a selection of opportunities.  It is an Arts Council England supported project.


Week long master-class with Benji Reid: for emerging artists, up to 5 people

Please note: This opportunity is open to artist’s living/ working in the North West only

This master-class will encourage individual artists to share specific challenges in their artistic journeys and benefit from coaching from their peers.  This will be a unique opportunity for a small group of emerging artists to work with Benji Reid, a leading practitioner in physical theatre. Over a week, artists will be given the opportunity to work on issues that are directly relevant to them, exploring these in a small team.

This week runs from Monday the 23rd till Friday the 27th November and takes place at the STUN Studio’s at Z-Arts in Manchester (http://www.z-arts.org).

Following this, artists will connect with a small audience to strike up a two way conversation about the work, what it says and what it means. This critical dialogue will take place on Friday 4th December, and will involve a discussion on the process and the inspiration behind the programme.  The final showing of work produced by STUN, with Benji Reid, will take place at Manchester’s the STUN studio’s, Z Arts.


To apply, (*you can apply as an individual or as part of a group) please send us:  

  • An up to date CV
  • Any images/ CD/ website that features your work


 ‘Appetite’, Small Commission for a mid career artist to work with Benji Reid

A commission for an artist to create a new piece of work that will be presented to an audience as part of a work-in-progress piece.  The theme is ‘Appetite’ and artists are asked to respond viscerally, in ways that explore emotional and physical longing for an idea, place or thing.

Applicants should pick upon something autobiographical – for example, the wish to appease a need, desire or inclination. We are looking for an artist who is able to explore their physical and emotional selves in ways which stretch their imagination – as well as those around them – to produce new experiences for audiences. The work should seek to transform thinking around an idea, using the experience of physical narrative storytelling. The artist may come from a background of dance, sports, theatre or live art, or a combination of all of these.

The successful artist will be required to contribute to a video diary. Artists will be required to work independently and spend a week working intensively with director Benji Reid.  This week has been scheduled and will run from Monday the 30th November to Friday the 4th December.  The sessions will take place at the STUN Studios, Z-Arts in Manchester.

The final day, Friday, will be an opportunity to share the work with an invited audience of up to 50 guests, this will take the form of a critical dialogue, performance led session.

There is a budget of £875


How to apply

Please send us the following information:

  • An outline of how you would respond (max 500 words)
  • A loose budget
  • An up to date CV
  • Images/ CD/ website featuring your work


The Deadline for both opportunities 9am, Tuesday 6th October

TO:  Benji Reid, C/O 27-29 Saint Mary’s Row, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8JT  

E: c/o info@hybridconsulting.org.uk

NPMP logov2 The Northern Police Monitoring Project is working in partnership with Netpol to deliver Community Monitoring training.

What is Community Monitoring?

Community Monitoring is a model of community organising that seeks to deter police harassment or misconduct by monitoring the police and providing independent rights information and support to communities. Community Monitors work on the ground, in teams, acting as independent observers monitoring human rights and assisting individuals or groups to access redress.
The idea has been successfully piloted in the past two years in London and Birmingham in areas where reports of disproportionate or discriminatory police treatment are common – particularly against young people, people from black, Asian, minority ethnic, refugee or working class backgrounds.
The project will now be piloting in Manchester with the support of Northern Police Monitoring Project. (read more…)

PandaPANDA have launched a professional development programme running from September to December 2014 with a menu of high quality affordable workshops.

Eligible individuals and organisations will be have free access a combination of workshops, training and professional development opportunities, subject to a refundable deposit to register commitment to complete a minimum of 12 hours of support through PANDA. If you don’t qualify or even if you’re not a PANDA member, you can still attend at affordable rates.

Training will focus on the following general areas: (read more…)

HerculesHercules Productions are looking for big hearted people with a love of film and theatre!

Volunteer Opportunities

We currently have two exciting participatory theatre and film projects and we are looking for people from all age ranges and walks of life. There are some specific roles, but we are looking for people who are prepared to muck in and be flexible. From time to time, we might ask you to cover the office and we might even ask you to stand in as an extra in one of our films! So come prepared to get involved, work hard and have fun. (read more…)

From: Deirdre Osborne

In the lead up to the MA Black British Writing 2015, 

Deirdre Osborne and Joan Anim-Addo would like to invite all interested students and staff to their continuing cultural programme, 

Black British Writers in Conversation’. 

We begin our evening with acclaimed authors

Bernardine Evaristo (Mr Loverman;Blonde Roots) and Andrea Stuart (Sugar in the BloodThe Rose of Martinique).

WHERE – the George Wood Theatre

It is FREE and can be booked through:

Please see attached pdf for more details and any difficulties in booking, please contact Deirdre directly on:d.osborne@gold.ac.uk

Dr Deirdre Osborne

Senior Lecturer;

Convenor: MA Black British Writingwww.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-black-british-writing


Associate Editor; Women’s Writing

(Taylor and Francis)


Equality and Diversity Officer GUCU;

Chair of Examinations, Drama and Theatre Arts degree and postgraduate programmes;


Goldsmiths, University of London

New Cross, London, SE14 6NW.

44 207 9197429 or 7414


royal-exchange-logoAn exciting opportunity has arisen to join our forward thinking Participation and Learning team in order to manage and develop our community programme, engaging with communities across the region. Reporting directly to the Head of Department, this key role involves building relationships and strategic partnership with external stakeholders and with departments across the theatre.

The successful candidate will be an experienced project manager with high level project delivery expertise. Demonstrable experience of hands-on working with marginalised, vulnerable and under-represented adults and young people is required. Proven ability to build relationships and engage community organisations will be of paramount importance. (read more…)

stay-clear-e1353412436161STAY and CidaCo are pairing up to provide a FREE course for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, and Refugee performing artists in Yorkshire. The course covers things like marketing your work right through to legal advice and strategic planning. Also included in the course are mentoring sessions with George Matheson, a professional enterprise development mentor (he’s also the Executive Director of STAY!). This course is aimed at new and emerging businesses (those who have been in existence for less than 5 Years). STAY are also offering a ‘Creative Renewal’ course for organisations who have been operationg for more than 5 years. Information on that can be found on the ‘STAY Opportunities’ page of this website.

Course Dates & Topics

  • Friday 10th October 2014 – Mission, Vision & Values
  • Friday 17th October 2014 – Intellectual Property Rights
  • Friday 24th October 2014 – Innovation, From Ideas to Reality
  • Friday 31st October 2014 – Introduction to Marketing
  • Friday 7th November 2014 – Introduction to Finance
  • Friday 14th November 2014 – Your Strategic Plan

Application form at the following link: http://stay-uk.org/creative-entrepreneurship-course-application/

stay-clear-e1353412436161The Virtual Incubator has been commissioned by STAY for the development and/or support of up to a maximum of 16 new or established creative businesses across Yorkshire.



This Programme Consists of Four Steps

Step 1

Fill out the relevant online application form:

Step 2

Your application will first be assessed by the Executive Director of STAY as the funder of the programme who will determine your suitability for this programme.

The Chief Executive of CidaCo will then be asked to assess your application from a business perspective, to ensure that CidaCo is likely to be able to help you

Step 3

You will be invited to a 1:1 diagnostic session, lasting about one hour, with your CidaCo Mentor who will make the final decision about inviting you on to the programme.

Step 4

If you are successful, your CidaCo Mentor will agree a programme with you alongside a mutually designed Mentoring Agreement. (read more…)

The Manchester–China Forum are advertising a Job Vacancy:

Social Media Coordinator
Trafford Park, Manchester
£12,000 per annum, pro-rata (20 hours per week)
(Ref: MCFI)

The Manchester–China Forum, which aims to increase Greater Manchester’s commercial
connectivity, including trade and investment with China, are looking to recruit a part-time
social media coordinator.

If you are, ideally a native Mandarin speaker, with excellent Mandarin and English written
and spoken skills, can demonstrate social media skills and able to be a self-starter then we
want to hear from you.

For further details on how to apply and to download the job description for this role, please
visit http://www.manchesterchinaforum.com

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th February


Wyllie LongmoreConor McKee Productions is casting for two black, male actors aged early twenties upwards.

This paid project is the Arts Council England funded research and development of Conor’s new play ‘Campaigner’. The director and dramaturg is Wyllie Longmore (www.wyllielongmore.co.uk)
The two actors are to play father and son.
There will be 2 phases of development for the project, these may be cast separately depending on script requirements and actor.
The first phase of development will involve:
a day and a half’s workshop  in central Manchester over 2 days on 10th and 11th Feb 2014
a day’s workshop central Manchester  on 21st Feb 2014
a day of performance at Hull Truck on 26th Feb 2014
There will be a second phase of development in late May/ June 2014.
This will involve a similar period of workshopping, with a sharing at The Lowry.
Casting for the first phase of development will take place on the morning of 30th and 31st Jan 2014 at the company’s workshop space and offices on Quay Street, Central Manchester. Further information on request.
Conor McKee Productions is a successful touring and development company. Details at www.conormckee.com

Please forward this email or contact your clients as applicable,

We can be flexible if the need arises.
Best regards,
Conor McKee
Conor McKee
Playwright . Producer . Dramaturg
Artistic Director, CMP
conor @ conormckee . com
+44 (0)7712 424 168

Conor McKee Productions
Vita Nova, are looking for an established, professional writer to join their team to take a lead on the creative writing work undertaken by the organization. Based in Boscombe, Bournemouth this is an exciting new vacancy for a writer in residence.

Application Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 18th December 2013

For more information please follow link: http://vitanova.co.uk/images/job%20desc_writer%20in%20res_final.pdf
(read more…)

BenjiExpress Yourself

Benji Reid – Masterclass

STUN is running a two hour masterclass lead by Benji Reid.  If you’re interested in developing your practice from conception to competition, utilising different theatre and physical techniques – then this is the masterclass for you.

  • Place:             STUN Studio,  Z-arts 335 Stretford Road, M15 5ZA
  • Date:               6th December 2013
  • Time:              2pm – 4pm
  • Price:              Free  16+
  • Contact:         STUN for booking a space on 07977 122 723 (spaces are limited)

Benji is currently the Artistic Director of Mars. (Manchester Artistic Research Studios).

Mars is a theatre-making program aimed (read more…)

the-hat-Factory-Wh-Hi-ResCall Out to Actors!, The Hat Factory, Luton

South East, London Closes Tuesday 26 November 2013 Paid (£10k-15k pro rata) Part time Artform: music, theatre   Contact: Oluwatoyin Odunsi oluwatoyin@vintagemisfits.co.uk

We will be doing a rehearsed reading of a new play called ‘Also By Mail’ by Olumide Popoola @ The Hat Factory on Thursday 5th December 2013.

Also by Mail

This play tells the tale of Nigerian/German history (read more…)


An association between Let's Dance International Festival and regional dance agency,
Dance4, Signatures is a platform that nurtures and supports undiscovered talent,
enabling emerging artists to realise their creative potential. Signatures showcases
the work of emerging dancers, choreographers and recent dance graduates. The artists
are selected on the strength of their concepts and their desire to succeed in the
arts industry.

Signatures is offering  (read more...)
Wyllie LongmoreConor McKee Productions CPD Weekend for Actors – 12th & 13th October 2013  –

Astley and Byrom House, Manchester  M3 3JD

10am-6pm | To book your place & get direct info email conor@conormckee.com

Conor McKee Productions is a North West based Theatre company with a strong history of developing writers and actors. They have developed, produced and toured two full length plays by Conor, Burnt and Thrasher – with performances across the country including sell out runs at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Contact and Camden People’s Theatre.

Places are free on the company’s first CPD weekend for actors. A very limited number of places are available, so early application is encouraged.

This CPD weekend is an opportunity for actors to develop their working practice and to gain new skills. The first day will concentrate on Theatre Staples – such as Voice Work, Movement and Acting Techniques. These will be delivered by established professionals working in their areas of expertise.

Day two will train participants in the unique actor involved script development method used by Wyllie and Conor to develop their plays. Workshops will focus on a variety of forms of text, from poetry to extracts from plays by Conor McKee.

The CPD weekend will take place at the offices of  The 24:7 Theatre Festival – Astley & Byrom House, 21-23 Quay Street, Manchester M3 3JD. The dates and times are Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October 10am – 6pm. Participants should bring loose clothing suitable for movement.Conor McKee Productions


Couture-commoword workshopURBANITES: Workshops
7pm – 9pm
Sidnie Co Couture, 18 Upper Chorlton Rd, Manchester M16 7RN
Cost: £5 per payable on the day
Book via Sidnie 0161 226 7775
Urbanites Workshop,  18th Sep 2013 at  Sidnie Co. Couture, 18 Upper Chorlton Rd, Manchester M7 RN   From 7pm  (its opp the big pub on the corner called The Whalley Pub)
Join us on 18/09, 7pm for a thought provoking workshop exploring – through objects on display at Sidnie Co. Couture – 200 years of Black writing in Manchester.
It will also include an illustrated reflection on the role of writers, artists + historians as curators of a history still considered as hidden. But.. is it hidden or neglected?

Deadline for applications: 20th August.

This autumn Comma Press is offering a unique three month internship for an Arabic translation graduate, to be based within the publisher’s Manchester office. With the support of CASAW, this will be a paid position and will provide the successful candidate with a unique introduction to the literary publishing industry. The intern will be charged with helping the press set up a permanent Arabic translation imprint, and will cover all aspects of the editorial process: commissioning, acquisition, production, digital production, sales, marketing and editorial. The role will also require a degree of research into creative writing activities across a range of countries, liaising with universities in the Middle East, developing contacts, and building links with authors and readers. (read more…)

imageThe Royal Exchange have announced a new award for emerging theatre directors, providing those with a passion for new work a significant platform to develop it.
The Hodgkiss Award is the only scheme of its kind in the north that celebrates the unique collaboration between a writer and director and offers a theatre-maker of outstanding promise the chance to direct a new piece of work – by a writer of their choice – in a production fully supported by the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in 2014.

For further information on the prize, downloadable forms and how to apply, visit www.royalexchange.co.uk/emergingdirectorsaward

The deadline for applications is Saturday 18 May!

STUN MASTER-1STUN Organisational     Development Programme

As part of our current ACE-funded Organisational Development programme, we are in the process of developing the infrastructure to support our exciting new vision for the future.

We are looking for a flexible, highly organised, effective, solution-oriented, creative thinking freelancer to join us as soon as possible for 18 weeks to help us take the company forward through the revision of its Business Planning, the development of its Staff handbook and the development and delivery of its Commercial Programme sensitive to the needs of our Artistic Programme.

This is a freelance contract and the applicant would be expected to be able to provide their own working environment supported by the STUN Office and line managed by a voluntary Board Member.

For application packs email Ekua at space@stunlive.com or phone 0161 232 6088 to leave your contact details for a brief informal discussion about the role.

Closing date: Monday 20th May 2013 12 noon

Interviews: Friday 24th May 2013

We welcome applications from all sections of the community.




STUN | Sustained Up North logoVolunteers  | Expenses only

Want to get more involved in the running of STUN, whilst learning valuable skills and offering your time to this amazing BAME-led Arts organisation? We are recruiting volunteers for the period October 2012 – March 2013 | min 8  hours a week

Based from the STUN Office, Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 5ZA. We have a number of roles within marketing, event management, (read more…)

STUN | Sustained Up North logoPA to the Chair  | Expenses only

October 2012 – March 2013 | min 8  hours a week

Responsible to STUN Board Chair | Miselo Kunda

Based from the STUN Office, Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 5ZA. Role | to support the Chair in the administration, (read more…)

STUN | Sustained Up North logoNewsletter Trainee | Expenses only

October 2012 – March 2013 | min 4  hours a week

Responsible to STUN Roadshow Project and Marketing Project Managers

Based from the STUN Office, Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 5ZA. Role | to support the project managers in the administration, (read more…)

STUN | Sustained Up North logoEvent Management Trainee | Expenses only

November 2012 – March 2013 | min 4 and max 10 hours a week

Responsible to STUN Roadshow Project Manager

Based from the STUN Office, Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 5ZA. Role | to support the project manager in the administration, (read more…)

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