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Trainee Performer (actor, musician or dancer)


Purpose of the role 

Actor, musician or dancer / movement specialist will train to develop their skills for a career creating theatre for and with young audiences in grassroots community contexts. 

Cloud Cuckoo Land Theatre will consider Trainees for roles using their chosen performance skills on productions in 2022-24. 


Core Duties 

Most work will be remote via Zoom, with some face-to-face sessions in Birmingham if Covid restrictions and your access needs allow (this role can be adjusted to be fully remote if required). You’ll attend Cuckoo Collective training sessions (12.30-5.30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and some Wednesdays) including practical workshops on performance skills, clowning, music for theatre, and workshop facilitation, and discussion sessions with industry specialists on community partnerships, engaging young audiences, working with systemically marginalised communities, and fundraising. You’ll help develop workshops for multi-lingual children and ideas for new productions. You’ll do weekly solo skills practise (eg. a musical instrument or dance form), and research practitioners. You’ll help distribute resources and document sessions. You’ll create online resources/blogs and attend arts industry events online. You’ll also support other participatory community arts experiences for young audiences. 


General Duties:  

Positively implement company processes, policies and procedures, including data protection, safeguarding access & inclusion, wellbeing, and health and safety best practices around social distancing, masks, etc. 

Ensure compliance with all relevant funding conditions and reporting requirements  

Work in a way which celebrates diversity in practice, programmes and projects 

Act as a positive advocate of the company at all times 

Contribute to a supportive, generous and open approach to ensemble wellbeing 

Carry out any other reasonable duties as required and agreed with your line manager 



You need to be 18-25 years old and on Universal Credit.


Skills required:

A genuine interest in creating theatrical performances for and with children in grassroots community settings, and awareness of the value of such experiences for young people.  

A proven commitment to your chosen performance skill or skills in acting, music or dance (this might be voluntary or educational, it doesn’t need to have been paid). 

A strong connection with Birmingham and/or the Black Country and a place to stay there 

Creative problem solving skills and enjoyment of collaborative working models. 

Training to be provided:

All kickstarts have training included as part of the programme. This will be employability skills programmes and training for the role.

Personal Qualities:

Enthusiastic and committed 

Keen to learn and develop skills, and willingness to embrace change 

Ability to think independently and work within a team 

Punctual and Reliable

Things to consider:
You need to be 18-25 years old and on Universal Credit.
Future prospects:
Creative Alliance will provide the Kickstart Placement with a mentor to provide ongoing support to effectively integrate them into the culture of the company and help them understand the professional standards we work to. They will receive external employability support from Creative Alliance who will help them produce a new CV and portfolio so they can compete for marketing positions after their six months on the Kickstart scheme. Once we have appointed our Placement we will look at which of the Digital Skills for Business courses (coding & web design; digital content production; design; digital marketing) best meets their development needs and they will attend that level 3 certified 60 hour tutor lead course provided by Creative Alliance.