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Older Adults’ Programme Lead Artist

Reference number: SW-011084
  • Salary: £27,536 pro rata
  • Job Type: Part-time
  • Employer: London Bubble Theatre
  • Location: London

About London Bubble Theatre
London Bubble Theatre frees people’s creative voice to foster a more connected and equal society. We care
about creativity, community and connection.

We currently run three key programmes for:
Children including the award-winning Speech Bubbles for those with communication needs
Young People including work with 18-30s and teenagers in the criminal justice and care systems
Older Adults including work for people aged 55+ in sheltered housing and the Rotherhithe Shed.

This is an exciting time for the charity as we have recently completed an organisational re-design. The older adults’ programme includes:

Tea Break Theatre
The only theatre based activity available to residents of sheltered housing in Southwark. Our well-established
theatre groups are run by experienced practitioners and animate communal lounges and community spaces
including Bubble’s Rotherhithe base. Our co-creating approach celebrates everyday creativity, often using
common household objects and everyday experiences as a starting point for conversation and creative
exploration. Previously known as Creative Homes.

The Rotherhithe Shed
Run in partnership with our neighbours Time & Talents and inspired by the Men’s Shed movement. The doors
of Bubble’s workshop are open twice weekly for local older adults to make, mend, tinker and socialise.

Pilot projects and commissions
Working collaboratively with older adults and organisations supporting them, to develop bespoke theatre
projects around a theme, skill, particular space or community.
Examples have included sensory sessions for care home residents and an intergenerational devising project –
Skin – exploring aging and the beauty industry.

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Role & Programme aim:
Together with the Producer, the role’s aim is to ensure the artistic quality, smooth running and efficacy of the
Older Adult’s Programme.
Over the course of a year, you will lead on the practice and delivery of the programme. This includes continuing the existing programme of weekly participatory workshops, one off events, sharings, trips and seeking opportunities for development which reflect members and sector feedback.
Alongside the whole London Bubble staff team, this role supports the company’s 2022-23 aims:

  •  To increase our profile
  • Increase financial sustainability
  • Provide a consistency of approach and model across our programmes
  • Better reflect in our team and governance the diversity of the communities with whom we work
  • Improve resources and long-term sustainability of our building
  • And celebrate the company’s 50th Birthday Responsibilities
  • Develop the Older Adult’s Programme practice alongside the Artistic Director
  • Deliver Tea Break Theatre workshops with participants in sheltered housing and community settings
  • Collaborate with our existing team of practitioners to refine, record and articulate our current artistic practice and delivery
  • Innovate new strands of the project based on local need
  • Co-deliver collaborative learning and reflective practice sessions
  • Contribute to project evaluation systems
  • Develop and maintain partnerships and networking relationships with sheltered housing and housing
    associations, local authorities and other partner organisations
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with participants and those supporting them
  • Support recruitment of members to projects
  • Seek and organise theatre and other cultural trips for group members
  • Contribute to impact and advocacy reports, working with the Producer to provide content and data to support fundraising
  • Consider access for older adults and make appropriate adjustments / arrangements
  • Connect Older Adult’s projects with the wider theatre making programme at London Bubble
  • Contribute to reports to trustees
  • Keep abreast of trends and best practice within the sector
  • Represent and advocate for London Bubble
  • Carry out duties with regard to Health and Safety Regulations, including Safeguarding
  • Carry out duties with an understanding of and commitment to the Equal Opportunities PolicyExperience, Competencies and Skills
    Experience of:
  • developing participatory theatre projects from conception to delivery
  • delivering theatre projects with a variety of different participants including older adults
  • training, supporting and managing other artists
  • monitoring, evaluation, and reflective processesAn interest in
  • collaborative theatre making with older adults
  • issues impacting the lives of older adults
  • A belief in theatre’s ability to change lives
  • The ability to see the creative potential in older adults and engage them without prejudice
  • Experience of and commitment to maintaining strong safeguarding processes
  • An enhanced DBS check or willingness to apply for one.Desirable
  • An interest in or knowledge of theatre for health and wellbeing

Experience of:

  • curating events and initiatives which bring different generations and sectors together
  • building relationships with local authorities, participants and partner organisations
  • using multiple art forms in workshops
  • writing funding applicationsPersonal attributes
    The ideal candidate will:
  • Be a strategic, open minded and creative thinker
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be comfortable interacting with vulnerable members of the community
  • Have an ability to make and maintain new contacts and networks
  • Be well-organised and reliable
  • Able to thrive in a small, busy organisation

To apply, please email Andreia at

Date posted: 09/09/2022

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