We ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW PRODUCER 

intro from the artists

Hello! We are Alice, Sarah, Suzanna, Rachel P and Rachel G and together we are Figs in Wigs, though we are also best friends. We work together but we also have lots of fun together and that’s a key ethos behind our company and perhaps why we have lasted so long.

 

Until recently we were entirely self-produced and even since working with our current producer Ellie Browning we still do a lot of the producing ourselves and we wish to continue this hands-on role in managing the company. We are looking for a skilled and experienced producer who can help the company expand and develop. We’re looking for someone who is responsive to what we need as a dynamic artist-led company whose work takes a variety of forms. Often we don’t know what it is we need until someone points it out! We know that the role of our producer isn’t set in stone and it may even vary project to project, but Ellie has compiled below a general outline of what it entails.

 

Fig love xxx

terms
  • Contract: fixed term, 8 months (October 2021 - June 2022)

  • Hours: 1 day a week, flexible hours

  • Fee: £150 p/day

Main Purpose of Position

We are looking for an experienced producer to work with us one day a week across the next eight months, to support over a busy period of work including rehearsal, touring, digital work and development of a new show.

about the company

Figs in Wigs are a UK based female led performance company. For the last 10 years we have been making epic, genre-bending performance that sits somewhere in between live art, music, theatre, comedy and dance. We make work collaboratively with a DIY approach - we write, direct, choreograph, compose and perform all of our creative output. Our work is recklessly joyful, highly visual and unashamedly revels in tackiness and trashiness. With an irreverent sense of humour we use puns, bad jokes and pop culture references to charm and disarm audiences of all ages. 

 

‘Boisterously charismatic...practically radioactive’ The Observer 

We make performance work for main house stages, studio spaces, festivals, clubs and cabaret spaces. We have received commissions from HOME Manchester, London School of Economics, Historic Royal Palaces and Selfridges to make bespoke performative projects ranging from full-length theatre shows, to participatory experiences to window displays. In 2019 we were commissioned to write, devise and perform Cambridge Junction’s main house family Christmas show. We are the recipients of the Jerwood Live Work Fund 2020.

 

‘Colourful, irreverent and unashamedly daft. Thank God for Figs in Wigs.’ Exeunt

 

Over the next eight months our projects include: 

 

  • Little Wimmin | BAC - this October our live art feminist ‘adaptation’ of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women is taking over the Grand Hall for an eight night run.

  • Little Wimmin | UK Tour – in Spring next year we are taking the show on tour, confirmed venues include Cambridge Junction, The Mount Without (Bristol) and Unity (Liverpool).

  • Big Finish | Development – we are developing a new multidisciplinary performance piece, with development residencies confirmed at Cambridge Junction and HOME, plus support from BAC.

Astrology Bingo | In-person & Online – an interactive cabaret games night where audiences play bingo with their very own astrological birth chart, with guests acts and prizes. Confirmed venues include Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, Colchester Arts Centre, and an online version premiering at HOME Manchester (Orbit Festival).

duties
Project Producing
  • Support the company with all aspects of producing and development and delivery of projects

  • Programme the company’s work nationally and internationally

  • Liaise with venue programming, marketing, press and technical teams to support the programming and delivery of projects

  • Negotiate deals and contracts

  • Write and negotiate contracts for collaborators 

  • Produce and manage project budgets - ensuring they are kept up to date and accurate, and are delivered to budget

Development
  • Support strategy and business planning, contributing to a sustainable future for the company

  • Develop the company’s profile internationally, with a particular focus on the US and Australia

  • Develop and manage relationships with artistic collaborators and partners including venues, programmers and co-producers

  • Research, cultivate and build partnerships with venues, partners and stakeholders 

  • Support fundraising for the company, assisting with applications and reporting as required

  • Develop budgets and/or provide financial information for funding applications

  • Support the company’s dialogue with key stakeholders, including Arts Council England

  • Broker and manage relationships with existing and potential funders

  • Input into effective marketing, PR and communications strategies and plans, to support audience development 

  • Support the company to enhance their public engagement 

  • Investigate, initiate and maximise multiple income streams for the company’s work

General
  • Support the company to continue to embed Inclusivity and Diversity strategies into how they make and present work

  • Contribute to the company cashflow ensuring all income and expenditure is accurately projected and carefully managed

  • Attendance at Figs projects, shows and events

Person Specification
Essential
  • Developing, planning and delivering arts projects and productions

  • Experience of company producing 

  • Building and managing relationships with artistic collaborators, programmers and co-producers 

  • Financial and budget management of arts projects

  • Project management – seeing a project through from devising to delivery and evaluation

  • Negotiating venue deals and artist contracts

  • Understanding of the arts sector in the UK, and an existing network of contacts within the industry

  • Understanding and experience of audience development and developing target audiences

  • Enthusiasm for live arts and the work of Figs in Wigs

Desirable
  • Programming UK work internationally 

  • Proven track record of raising income through trusts and foundations

to apply:

Please send your CV as well as a paragraph on your producing experience to date, to figs@figsinwigs.com with the subject ‘Producer’. The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 18th October. Selected applicants will be invited to an informal conversation on Zoom about the role week beginning 25th October. If you need any support in order to apply for this role, please contact us and we will be very happy to help. 

FIGS IN WIGS

Treading the fine line between beige and gold.