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English Writer / Translator for new show 'Bossy'

Fee: £2546.45 (detailed further down)

Application Deadline: 

Project dates: 

  • R&D: 19th-23rd September at Stanley Arts, South Norwood

  • Commission period: Oct- Dec 2022 (can extend into Jan 2023 if needed)

  • Rehearsals: 2.5 weeks in March 2023 (exact dates tbc so please let us know if you have any major clashes during this month)


We are looking for a brilliant black writer who loves collaboration and creating bold characters with fun, highly engaging storylines to help us co-create Bossy, a brand new children’s show aimed at 5-9 year olds. You will be supporting our BSL writer who will take the lead in story writing but you will be integral to the process. 


About the show:

Bossy follows Beth who is clever, confident and wants to become the best leader in the world, and is often called ‘Bossy’ for it.  We want the show to be a celebration of young, inclusive feminism, deaf culture and black culture. As such, Black or mixed Black background writers will be prioritised in our search. The show will be performed primarily in BSL, and we will explore how we incorporate English through captioning and speech. 


Who we are looking for:

We are looking for someone with strong storytelling and ideally some level of BSL skills, who can support our BSL writer, help create the script and work alongside the creative team.

You will need to have some professional experience in theatre to apply.


About the creation process:

We will be running co-creation workshops either side of a week of Research and Development with actors/devisers, choreographers and a composer. You will not be required to attend the workshops but you will be needed for the R&D. 


There will then be a Commission period stretching over a few months where you will have time to solidify the story/script of the show, with support and collaboration from the team. Rehearsals will then take place in March 2023 before a tour in April - May.  

Fee breakdown:

  • Commission £6110 

  • Rehearsals £866.45 (ITC writers day rate x 13 days)

How to Apply:

Please email the following;

- A simple email/ cover letter/ video (around 500 words or 2 minutes is fine) telling us about you/ your work, 

- A CV attached to the email (or, if you prefer, a link to your website if this includes a list of your credits

- A sample of your work (can be in any format that suits you: a short video / document / written script / link to previous shows etc) but it must best reflect you and your work. 

To with the heading 'Bossy English Writer Application'.

We are happy to receive applications in alternative formats, including video/ voice notes.

We do not need your CV/ cover letter to look pretty/ designed!

Access Support:

If you have access needs, we can offer some access support to help you apply. Please contact Fleur Rooth, our Access Manager on

If you are offered the role, and you have access needs, we will work with you to ensure your access needs are met.

Our team is Deaf Awareness trained, and many of us are competent BSL signers. 

Our team includes a trained Mental Health First Aider.

Our office and rehearsal spaces at Stanley Arts are wheelchair accessible, with a disabled toilet. Stanley Arts does not yet have a Changing Place, and some rooms in the building do not have wheelchair access. There is a disabled parking bay outside. 

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