Paid Opportunity for Yorkshire-based Playwright / Poet / Spoken Word Artist



Deadline: 9am on 10 March 2021


We are looking for a professional writer of text for performance to join the creative team of an exciting participatory theatre project in Doncaster.


About the project

Between June and August 2021, Cast and Public Acts will tour an interactive pop-up theatre adventure from a mobile van. The Fabulous, Radically Inclusive Engine of Doncastrian Adventures (a.k.a. Frieda) will visit neighbourhoods and community events around Doncaster, inviting residents to gather, play, learn, contribute and enjoy. A story will be built along the way. An epic story of local legends that features the characters we meet and the places we visit. The final stop of the journey will be an outdoor cabaret performance on Sir Nigel Gresley Square on August Bank Holiday weekend 2021, in which the story will be told by a company of citizen performers from Doncaster as part of a celebratory evening of performances by local artists.


The project is still an evolving idea and we imagine that the writer will shape both form and content.


About you

We are looking for a writer to join the team and work with the director as a lead creative on the project. You might be a playwright with experience of working on outdoor or site-responsive performances. You might be a spoken word artist who enjoys bringing together the poetic and the everyday. You might come from an improvisation or devising background and be excited by this opportunity to build a narrative using contributions from participants and audiences. Whatever your background, you are collaborative, you are experienced in creating text for performance and you relish the liveness (and occasional chaos) of making work for public spaces. Given the local, pop-up nature of the project we are particularly interested in hearing from people based in South Yorkshire although we welcome applications from people living in any part of Yorkshire.


The role includes


  • Planning meetings with the director
  • A short R+D process
  • Writing time, including input from community members in Doncaster
  • Developing the script as the project evolves, either by attending stops on Frieda’s community tour, or by incorporating ideas that are fed back to you



The project fee is £3,100 and will be paid in instalments. A contribution to travel costs will also be available.


Application Process

Stage 1

The first stage is a short expression of interest to be submitted by 9am on 10 March  2021. Please share with us:


  • Why you are interested in this opportunity
  • In what ways you a good fit for this project
  • A description of a past project that you worked on as a writer that you believe is most relevant to this project
  • Please also include your full name, contact number and postcode


You can either share this with us in writing (no more than three quarters of a page) or a video (no more than 2 minutes). If neither of these ways of applying work for you, please get in touch with us so we can support you to find an alternative.


If you wish, you can also email us ONE example of past work to support your expression of interest (written text, an audio file, link to website, video etc). Please send large files either via WeTransfer or Dropbox. This is not necessary for your application to be considered.


Email your expressions of interest to by 9am on 10 March 2021. We will review every application and notify every applicant of the outcome. 


Stage 2

For stage 2 of the process, we will ask shortlisted candidates to attend a short online Zoom meeting to further discuss their work and have an opportunity to ask questions about the project.


Stage 3

Those who are invited to stage 3 will be paid for their time to plan and attend a final workshop (in person or on Zoom) with the team to discuss ideas, their practice and how they might approach the project in more detail.

If you have any questions or need support in applying that please email We look forward to hearing from you!



About Cast

Cast, Doncaster’s theatre, opened in 2013 and welcomes audiences and participants of all ages from across the borough of Doncaster and beyond.  Our programme is eclectic and imaginative and takes risks. Through our partnerships with theatres and artists across the region and country we offer very best performing arts, with visits from world renowned companies such as the National Theatre taking place alongside the newest freshest work from emerging artists in our second space. As a creative hub, we offer opportunities for local and regional artists to research and develop their ideas and help support great new ideas to get off the ground.  We also offer many different types of participatory activity for all ages across the region to take part in the arts. We are committed to ensuring parity of inclusivity for people with additional needs to engage with our programme, through adapted performances, supporting access for those with disabilities, and continuing to remove barriers for people accessing the theatre.  Cast is also a Theatre of Sanctuary.


About Public Acts

Public Acts is the National Theatre’s nationwide initiative to create extraordinary acts of theatre and community. The programme creates ambitious new works of participatory theatre and is built on sustained partnerships with theatres and community organisations across the UK who share our vision of theatre as a force for change. 


The first Public Acts production was Pericles in August 2018, at the National Theatre in the Olivier Theatre. The next Public Acts production, a musical adaptation of As You Like It, was at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch. Since 2019 Public Acts has been working with Cast, Doncaster; the third Public Acts production will be a musical adaptation of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Our partners are: b:friend, a local charity combatting social isolation in older residents, Conversation Club, a charity focusing on Doncaster refugees and asylum seekers, Edlington Community Organisation, a community based charity, Creative Directions, an arts group for adults experiencing mental health difficulties, Cast Young Company, made up of Cast’s Youth Theatre and Doncaster LGBTQ+ Youth, and Right Up Our Street, who provide an imaginative and engaging arts programme for Doncaster.