Creative Learning Officer with Capall Dorcha Theatre Company

Location: Ardrossan  
£8.45 per hour  
Part-time 25 hrs per week, permanent role 
Start date: 5 February 2018 
Closing date: 15 January 2018, 12 noon 
Interview date: w/c 22 January 2018

About the Company

Capall Dorcha is a Gaelic translation of Dark Horse.  The phrase “You are a dark horse” is a popular saying coined for the underdog. It was originally a horse racing term for a racehorse that was unfamiliar to gamblers and therefore difficult to place betting odds on. However, the horse would then go on to become a winner and confound everyone’s expectations.

Founded in 2015 by Executive Creative Producer Barry Robertson, Capall Dorcha Theatre Company has focused on creating quality theatre experiences for audiences and creative outreach experiences for young people and adults in Ayrshire, a region of Scotland with historically low arts participation.

The elegant Gaelic translation of “Dark Horse” was the ideal name for this new theatre company with the meaning of the phrase matching the vision of the company from the outset. The idea that a new company could spring up and engage with individuals in Ayrshire, where arts participation has been so low in the past, works well with the history of the phrase.

In its short time Capall Dorcha has had a huge social impact in North Ayrshire with over 2100 young people taking part in a free professional development workshop and over 1500 audience members attending our small theatre production 'A Night of Broadway'. Over the next three years Capall Dorcha Ensemble will embark on a new community outreach programme based in Ardrossan allowing youth theatre, adult play reading classes, arts awards qualifications, and dementia friendly workshops to take place.

This is an exciting time to be part of a small company and really engage in the local community through theatre. You can find out more about us at the website.

The Role 
We are looking for a motivated individual to join the team to push this project forward.  
The Creative Learning Officer will focus on: 
•Planning and delivering high-quality classes and workshops to people of all ages and abilities who have never had the chance to take part in theatre arts provision before. 
•Engaging with the community of Ardrossan and the surrounding areas of North Ayrshire and Arran to build on and increase arts participation in the area through 'Ensemble' projects. 
•The development of a volunteer network to increase the scope and reach of ‘Ensemble’ in the immediate and longer term. 
•Working with our partners at community level and being the face of ‘Ensemble’ in the community. 
•Providing administrative support and maintaining our social media presence. 
Please see the full job specification here
This role would suit a recent graduate, or returner, with an arts background and Community Arts Engagement training or experience.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate that they have a theatre/drama background with youth theatre experience. This will include administrative and organisational duties crucial to the successful production of shows. 
You will have strong verbal communication skills and the ability to lead and inspire young people to perform in a theatre setting, many of whom will not have done so before. 
Closing date for applications is 15 January 2018, 12 noon. 
Interview date: week commencing 22 January 2018 
Please submit a CV and covering letter through the Adopt An Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. State A) your availability and B) relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job specifications. We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated. 
Successful candidates must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK. 


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