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We're looking for an Assistant Director

15 July 2021

An Eastern Angles / RTYDS Assistant Director Placement

Our White Skoda Octavia by Shamser Sinha goes into production this September with Eastern Angles and there is an opportunity for a paid trainee Assistant Director placement for 7 weeks. 


In a small town in the East of England, Amjad decides to take up taxi-driving. His days take on the rhythm of a drum. But when money is tight and Rabia's stifled ambitions hang in the air, cracks begin to appear. 
Our White Skoda Octavia is a heartfelt story of family life told with truth, humour and tabla rhythm. 

This play is a brand-new piece of writing, it was inspired by Shamser’s interviews with taxi-drivers in Ipswich and Peterborough and focusses on two generations of the Afridi family. The play follows the family’s struggles with health, relationships, economic ups and down, and the passing on of the taxi business. The project will include a community engagement element and is produced in association with Derby Theatre and Essex Cultural Diversity Project. 

Actors sit in a line reading scripts out to an audience. One man is drumming.

Sharing the script with an audience

Eastern Angles is an Arts Council NPO with nearly 40 years’ experience of producing theatre with a sense of place, and then touring it to a wide range of venues from mainhouse and studio theatres to town and village halls. We have just moved into a new expanded space with excellent facilities. 

The RTYDS Assistant Director placement is part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, who are particularly focused on directors who live outside of London and are from communities currently underrepresented in theatre. This placement is ideal for someone starting out on a career in theatre with an eye on directing.  

The AD will be working full time In Ipswich with director Sameena Hussain and a full creative team for 5 weeks from 6th September to 9th October. However, you will also be paid for a pre-week of 5 scattered days during August to participate in auditions for a cast of 4, design and production meeting, music research and rehearsal preparation. After the show opens on 6th October at The Sir John Mills Theatre, it will go on tour for 4 weeks to Derby and other studio theatres, plus community venues across the East of England. During the run you will be paid for 5 days work to visit touring venues to follow the show on tour.  

The RTYDS Assistant Director will be paid £3,500 for 7 weeks of the Placement, plus up to £750 for travel (from anywhere outside London) and accommodation. 

We are particularly keen to hear from new directors from South Asian, Black, East Asian, or other backgrounds currently underrepresented in theatre.  

Ipswich is easily reached by train, is a diverse and thriving town with an exciting cultural offer including another 7 Arts Council funded organisations (NPOs) working alongside us.  

Please apply with a simple letter and CV saying why you are fitted for this position, including your own skills, ambitions and taste in theatre, your availability, and how it will help you and us create great theatre. You can find more details about us on www.easternangles.co.uk. For more information about RTYDS go to www.rtyds.co.uk.   

Please get in touch with us by emailing jess@easternangles.co.uk and provide your full contact details along with your application by 26th July. We hope the right candidate can start as early as possible in August.  

For an informal chat contact our General Manager, Jess Baker, on jess@easternangles.co.uk or 01473 218202.