We are very excited to announce that we are touring a double bill of plays, Monstrous Daughters by Julie McNamara and Medicine by Omikemi.

Two powerful plays, inspired by real life events, are woven together across time to expose unpalatable truths about the treatment of people deemed ‘different’ or ‘damaged’ and asks how much of our humanity do we lose in search of the cure?

Julie McNamara’s Monstrous Daughters is a funny and haunting story, told from the perspective of Mad Mary, on the run from ‘the specimen collectors’. Hidden amongst the human specimens in an old museum, Mad Mary searches for her lost baby, and encounters Walter Riddle, looking for the bones of an Irish giant whose dying wish was to avoid ending up on display. They bring the grisly reality of body snatching to light and invite audiences to question our attitudes towards difference.

Medicine, the extraordinary debut play by Omikemi, looks at contemporary experiences of the mental health system by women of African heritage and unravels a hidden tale of unethical medical experimentation and exploitation.

The story moves between the lives of Elaine and Kem, struggling against a system that seems only to want to make them compliant and invisible/ and Elsie Lacks, institutionalised at the age of 10 and experimented on without her family’s consent. Elsie’s mother, Henrietta Lacks, was the source of the eternal HeLa cell line, one of the most important cell lines ever used in medical research. Those cells were taken without her permission.

As part of our ongoing casting, we are currently looking for a female actor of Afro-Caribbean heritage (playing age 40 years or over) to play a lead role in our forthcoming production.

Production schedule:

Rehearsals Start: Monday 24th February 2020 in London
Tech week: Monday 16 March – Stockton on Tees
First Show: Thursday 19th March – Stockton on Tees
Final Show: Saturday 18th April – London

Remuneration will be in line with ITC / Equity rates.

To apply, please send us the following:

  1. Your CV
  2. A recent photograph / headshot

Please email the above to intouch@vitalxposure.co.uk.

If you would like to submit your application in alternative formats or if you have questions, don’t hesitate to email intouch@vitalxposure.co.uk, call 0208 123 9945 or text us on 07432421825.

Vital Xposure seek a Stage Manager and a Technical Stage Manager for our next production, Medicine’s Monstrous Daughters, Spring 2020, opening at ARC – Stockton Arts Centre on Thursday 19th March.

 

Job Title/s: Stage Manager and Technical Stage Manager (two positions)

Responsible to: Executive Director and the Production Manager

To apply please send a CV and brief covering letter to intouch@vitalxposure.co.uk including ‘SM’ (for the Stage Manager role ) or ‘TSM’  (for the Technical Stage Manager role) in the subject line, or by post to Vital Xposure, Empire 2, 291 Mare St, London E8 1EJ.

Please note there is no deadline, we will contact candidates upon receipt of their application and aim to fill these roles as soon as possible.  

 

Notable dates

Rehearsals Start: Monday 24th February 2020 – London
Tech week: Monday 16 March – Stockton on Tees
First Show: Thursday 19th March – Stockton on Tees
Final Show: Saturday 18th April – London

Returns: Monday 20th April

Contract and hours

These are full-time positions. Hours are dependent on agreed rehearsal times and show running times in line with ITC/Equity agreement.

 

Technical Stage Manager position

Dates:

w/c Monday 9th March 2020: 2 days (dates to be confirmed)

Monday 16 March – 18th April  2020 (locations as per schedule above)

Monday 20th April 2020: 1 day (returns)

Pay: £483 per week for 5 weeks plus overtime/holiday pay and subsistence on tour. Plus 3 extra days paid at £100/day (returns and 2 days during week beginning 9th March for introductions and pre-production week planning).

The role will involve working with our director, designers and production manager to stage manage the sound, lighting and visuals of the show. The TSM will be required to oversee all technical aspects on tour and to operate the show (potentially in conjunction with the stage manager). They will liaise with tour venues, in conjunction with the production manager, and will be responsible for relighting the show on tour.

They will also be required to drive a Luton van, to load and unload the set, and to assist the stage manager to fit up and strike the set in each venue.

We are looking for an individual with experience of touring in a similar position and someone with a through grounding in technical theatre. Experience in the Disability Arts field is an advantage.

We will pay £483 per week plus overtime/holiday pay for a total of 5 weeks. Per diems will be paid on tour. All accommodation and touring travel costs will be paid by the company.

 

Stage Manager position

Dates:

Monday 24th February 2020 – Saturday 18th April (locations as per schedule above)

Monday 20th April 2020: 1 day (returns)

Pay:

£483 per week for 8 weeks plus overtime/holiday pay and subsistence on tour. Plus 1 day for returns, paid at £100/day.

The role will involve overseeing rehearsals, including sending out rehearsal calls, preparing the venue, being on the book, distributing notes and assisting the Director and Production Manager. During the tour they will take charge of the set, costumes and props and general stage management. They may need to operate during the show.

They will be required to drive a Luton van, to load and unload the set and equipment, and will be responsible for the show reports. They will lead on fit-up and strike assisted by the TSM. We are looking for an individual with experience of touring in a similar position and someone with a through grounding in stage management. Experience of disability arts is an advantage.

We will pay £483 per week plus overtime/holiday pay for a total of 8 weeks. Per diems will be paid on tour. All accommodation and touring travel costs will be paid by the company.

 

Vital Xposure – SM and TSM Autumn 2019 (WORD)

Vital Xposure – SM and TSM Autumn 2019  (PDF)

We are seeking enthusiastic and dynamic individuals to join our Board of Trustees and support the company through the next stage of development.

We would like to recruit 2-3 new Trustees with a range of skills and experience that meet the organisation’s needs for strong governance and are able to devote the time required to play their role effectively. We are particularly interested to hear from people with knowledge and/or background in some of the following:

  • Financial Management
  • Arts, Innovation and Creativity
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Advocacy
  • Media and Communications

Interested individuals will be expected to submit a CV together with a supporting statement outlining their interest if the charity and how they believe their skills and experience match the requirements of the role by noon on Monday 16th September 2019 (extended deadline).

Interviews will be scheduled for late September / October 2019.

Please note these are voluntary positions to support our charitable activities and therefore they are unremunerated.

 

If you would like an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact Theresa Veith, Executive Director, via email on projects@vitalxposure.co.uk

For full information, please download the Trustee Pack by clicking the link below:

Vital Xposure Trustee pack – September 2019 (PDF)

Vital Xposure Trustee pack September 2019 (WORD)

 

If you require the Trustee Pack in an alternative format, please contact Foteini Galanopoulou, General Manager, on 020 8123 9945 or intouch@vitalxposure.co.uk.

We look forward to receiving your application.

 

Vital Xposure is in the process of developing an application for Arts Council England’s Change Makers Fund. If our funding application is successful we will be offering a senior leadership training and development programme which will offer mentoring in a professional role, on the job training, ‘go-and-see’ visits and the exploration of a range of models of best practice in disability-led theatre. A paid bursary would be available for the programme which would aim to start in November 2016.

The successful candidate would work closely with our Artistic Director Julie McNamara and would play a key role in shaping the future artistic programme and creative partnerships of the organisation.

This opportunity is open to Black, minority ethnic and / or disabled people as the purpose of the Change Makers Fund is to develop the leadership skills and experience of Black, Minority and disabled potential leaders.

The first part of the role is to work with Vital Xposure to develop a very short expression of interest for Arts Council England by 28th April 2016.

For further information please contact Vital Xposure’s Producer, Chas de Swiet. If you want an informal conversation to discuss your application please also contact Chas at projects@vitalxposure.co.uk / 0208 123 9945

Interested individuals will be expected to submit a CV together with a short covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role by 10 am on 15th February 2016.

 

We are seeking enthusiastic and dynamic individuals to join our Board of Directors and support the company through the next stage of development. We are particularly interested to hear from individuals who have, although not exclusively, some of the following skills and experiences:

– Finance

– Fundraising

– Communications

– Chairing not for profit organisations

 

For full information and a Board recruitment pack please contact Emilia Teglia. If you want an informal conversation with Vital Xposure’s Interim Chair to discuss your application please also contact Emilia.

intouch@vitalxposure.co.uk / 0208 123 9945

 

Interested individuals will be expected to submit a CV together with a short covering letter by 10 am on 9th February 2016.

 

 

Julie McNamara talks about the tour that put ‘Let Me Stay’ front page on Brazilian national papers earlier this year.

Going to Pernambuco with ‘Let Me Stay’ was one of the most extraordinary adventures of my career so far. It has genuinely changed the direction of my working practices. For example, we are currently looking to build a touring model of an Audio Description booth that we toured with across NE Brazil. I was so impressed with the one we worked with.

The tour presented me with fresh challenges – I don’t speak Portuguese but I was playing my Mother with Alzheimer’s. She has no social brakes, no boundaries. She will talk to anyone and everyone, so I had to swiftly learn a few key phrases of Portuguese so that the character – my Mother, could wander through her audiences and make genuine contact with her ‘family in the house’. I became briefly immersed in Brazilian popular culture via people’s loves and hates of television stars. I had to find well known characters to throw at the audience that would immeditaely connect us. I discovered Pedro Baiao, a Reality Television star who it was felt had ‘let the side down’; I fell for the charismatic Tony Tornado not ever to be confused with Tony Ramos (the hairy one – a delight to ‘sign’ across any culture!)

I was so impressed with the creativity of the team touring with us and the dedication to detail in reproducing the design on our behalf. My grateful thanks to Producers Marisa Riccitelli and Paula Lopez!

We made front page news and that came as a surprise. I suspect the show was so very well received because of our universal human connection with grief and loss. Those of us blessed to have a Mother, whether good enough or not, will always secretly harbour the terror of losing her. I work with my grief on stage. Naked and afraid, the fear of losing my Mother is laid bare. Let Me Stay presents the audience with the reality of that long goodbye that Alzheimer’s so cruelly throws at us. But what the audiences did not expect was the great sense of celebration my Mother presents us with. She is living well with her dementia. And so her story is full of joy and great vivacity. She dances with life. My Mother Shirley, affectionately known as ‘The Queen of the Mersey’ attracts new friends and new adventures everywhere we go. Connection is crucial. Whilst her energy and her heart is at the core of this creative work, that is true of the way that this production has been received. The work itself attracts new partnerships, new adventures everywhere we go.

The show is built with love, with comedy and compassion. This is what I found in the people who welcomed me to the many places we visited in Pernambuco, to Olinda, Recife, Goiana, Caruaru. We had good audience numbers wherever we went. But I will never forget the audience on the last night of our tour standing and yelling her name in celebration: ‘Shirley, Shirley, Shirley!’.

I do believe that the after show Q and A was as long as the show itself. We didn’t want to say goodbye.