Freelance Production Manager

The Elephant in the Room


Beyond Face Summer Project-

Fee: £3,000


Beyond Face’s final strand of the Mayflower 400 Cultural programme was originally intended to be a show in the Drum at Theatre Royal Plymouth in October. Due to Covid-19, of course, this hasn’t been possible. However as a company, it is really important to us that we are able to still provide employment opportunities to artists at this time. So, we have created a new project which is to make a dance-theatre film. Each performer will be audio recorded to create the story & soundscape for the film. Performers will then be filmed in various locations, performing the movement devised/created in online rehearsals to the audio text previously recorded. 


What is it about?

The Mayflower is a complicated narrative and one that is riddled in colonialism and an imbalance of power. As a company, it is important to say that we were not going to apply for this funding due to the history of the Mayflower, however we decided that if we were to, we would ensure that we challenged the narrative and ensured that Beyond Face’s project brought to focus the injustices, talking about the elephant in the room, white power. 


This dance theatre film explores 6 fictional characters, each representing a significant value. Throughout the film they debate the complexities of living in a white space world, constantly being interrupted by that external voice, the system. The film delves into the barriers that each of these characters experience and how it is so important for you to see them as how they see themselves. The film is there to challenge, to provoke thought and to give voice to those who are often invisible in the retelling of history.


What are we looking for? 

We are seeking an experienced Production Manager to look after some of the logistics of the film production. This will include writing and adhering to Covid-19 health & safety policies, writing risk assessments for the locations and arranging any permissions required for filming, managing Covid-19 risks on location and having a knowledge of lighting/tech for filming. 

We welcome applications from Black, Asian and People of Colour, and ask every applicant to consider the context of the brief and our Company ethos. We are looking for someone who is a strong collaborator, who can work with the team to create the vision for the piece. We require this person to be in access to Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol, preferably with a vehicle due to the current Covid-19 guidelines of working. We will be operating with increased Health & Safety procedures, locations will be outdoors where possible and strict Health & Safety policies will apply. A current valid first aid certificate is preferable. Applications from Production Managers who have worked in Theatre or Events but have transferable skills for this project are encouraged to apply. 

Where will the film go?

This is a not-for-profit film, created in place of a piece of theatre. We will have a ‘soft-launch’ release in the Autumn for an online sharing, we will then have public screenings in early Spring 2021. 



Deadline for applications 22nd July

Appointment made 24th July

Film planning w/c 3rd August

Filming w/c 31st August & 7th September (Schedule with performers tbc)

Editing- Mid September-End of October 


Project supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Mayflower 400 Cultural Programme. 


How to Apply:

1: Please send a CV of no more than 2 pages. 

2: A statement of interest, stating how you might approach this project, any risks you see and suggestions for tackling these. 


Please send submissions to: 

Deadline for Applications: 12pm, Wednesday 22nd July 


Informal conversations will happen over Zoom on Thursday 23rd or Friday 24th July,