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Job Opportunity – Freelance Producer

Hiccup Theatre are looking for a freelance theatre producer for their upcoming project – The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Job Description:
The role will be to produce a brand new Hiccup production which includes live and digital elements and integrated BSL. The producer will be supported by Hiccup Theatre’s administrator and Artistic Director. We are looking for a producer with experience of project management, tour booking, fundraising (Arts Council) and fostering and maintaining partner relationships (mentorship/training in the role may also be provided where needed). 

Hiccup Theatre is based in Derby, but you do not need to based in the East Midlands to apply.

Tasks and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
– Contributing to planning meetings with Hiccup Theatre’s Artistic Director Ivan Stott and board.
– Liaising with creative team and coordinating R&D process
– Coordinating Work in Progress showing incl. invitations to test audiences
– Managing project budget and cashflow in collaboration with administrator
– Overseeing the creation of contracts for creative team (supported by administrator).
– Planning and co-writing next ACE funding bid (supported by current Hiccup Producer Phoebe Wall-Palmer and Artistic Director)
– Developing relationships (new and existing) with potential touring partners
– Planning and implementing R&D Marketing strategy (supported by administrator)
Co-writing Activity Report at the end of the R&D project (for ACE)

The contract will be initially for 10 days at £150 a day (£1500 total) with potential for further contracting. The project is currently funding dependent, but the role does not rely on funding to take place. If we are unsuccessful in our first attempt, we would like to work with the new producer to resubmit.

Key Dates & How to Apply:
Please send your CV and a short cover letter to Ivan Stott (

Deadline to apply: Monday 15th February 10am.
Interviews: Informal interviews over Zoom with Ivan will take place from 16th February at a mutually convenient time. We will let you know whether or not we would like to take your application to interview.
Start Date: We would like this position to start immediately (please see project dates below)

Project Dates:
Prep will begin as soon as the candidate is in post.

R&D will take place between 8th – 14th March 2021.
Evaluation & Feedback gathering 15th – 28th March 2021.
Planning next funding bid and developing touring partnerships from 28th March 2021.
NB: If the funding is not successful the project timeline will shift, this will be discussed and confirmed when producer is in post.

We look forward to hearing from you! If you have any questions about the role, please email Ivan (

Arts Council England Emergency Funding News

We are chuffed to share that Hiccup Theatre has received Arts Council England Emergency Support funding. We are so relieved to know that we can keep our activity going, sustain our small team and support a number of independent artists during this period.

In the spirit of openness, inspired by our friends at Milk Presents, we wanted to tell you a little bit more about what this means for us; the funding enables us to work with 15 artists and creatives across the country, with a focus on producing recorded music, storytelling, and developing our accessibility with BSL integrated content for children and their families. We are in the final stages of confirming artists and we will be announcing more information on what the project looks like soon.

We feel enormously grateful to ACE National for this support – we know many deserving companies and artists have not had the same opportunity that they need to survive and continue creating. Knowing this we feel fearful of the future of our industry, and recognise our responsibility to use this funding (£24, 962) and period of time to enhance our resilience and be better prepared for cultural shifts and the funding landscape. We pledge to share that learning with the sector, as we find our rhythm in the ever-changing world.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us, please email our producer Phoebe (, We look forward to sharing more about this project with you soon.

Thank you,

Hiccup Theatre x

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