opportunity: Assistant Director, Jess and Joe Forever


We are looking to appoint a passionate Assistant Director to support Derek Bond through the rehearsals and premier and regional tour of Jess and Joe Forever by Zoe Cooper. Present for rehearsals, technical performances, press night and the subsequent tour the role of Assistant Director will be to manage the smooth transition of the production for touring, and ensure the quality and energy of each touring performance.

We are looking for directors with some experience and interest in regional touring, who are collaborative, team players, and would benefit from the experience as well as being able to undertake all the duties required. Please apply with a CV and covering letter explaining why assisting Derek on a tour of this scale would be helpful to you at this stage of your career.

Project dates:

Rehearsals begin:               Monday 15th August

Production week                 w/c Monday 5th September

First preview:                      Thursday 8th September

Press night:                        Monday 12th September

Run Ends:                           Saturday 8th October

Tour rehearsals:                   Monday 10th October

Tour begins:                        Thursday 13th October

Tour ends:                          Sunday 6th November

Please note that a specific schedule of dates required will be created in partnership with the appointed Assistant Director.


£2,100 (plus an allowance for travel and accommodation on tour)

Making an application:

Please send your CV (no more than two pages) and a covering letter (no more than one page) by email to Sarah Wilson at sarah.wilson@farnhammaltings.com

Appointment schedule:

Deadline for submissions – 12 noon on Wednesday 3rd August 2016

Interviews – Monday 8th August 2016


The premiere of Jess and Joe Forever will take place at Orange Tree Theatre in a co-production with Farnham Maltings. Jess and Joe Forever was originally commissioned by Old Vic New Voices.

A Nation’s Theatre Debate: ‘I liked it but I couldn’t book it’ – by Thomas Thomasson

Following on from the latest A Nation’s Theatre live debate (held here last week), guest writer Thomas Thomasson shares the key points of the discussion in his first blog for Farnham Maltings.

Thomas is a freelance performer, previously working with The Graeae Theatre Company and StopGap Dance Company. He is a newly appointed associate artist for the Mercury Theatre in Colchester. He is currently developing his first play Tent  in collaboration with Helen Bendell from StopGap.

‘I liked it but I couldn’t book it’ – an afternoon conversation about the future of contemporary theatre in rural England was held at Farnham Maltings on 03 March, presented by Battersea Arts Centre and the Guardian.

This work may not include radishes (or tractors)

If you were to wake up tomorrow as the producer of a great new rural show: Seven sonnets in six and a half supermarkets (yes, I made the title up), what would you need to consider to ensure that your excellent production continues to be seen? Last week’s conversation held at Farnham Maltings offered a host of valuable questions for producers, directors, artists and promoters alike. These questions all stemmed from a central one:

How can we ensure that the very best theatre is being made and shown across the country?

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Hair Peace – 15 minutes with the inimitable, Victoria Melody

Victoria Melody and Farnham Maltings present:

Hair Peace

Hair Peace is an experimental show that is political, ethical and very relevant to many social and global issues today.  Touring nationally between March and June 2016, reaching Oxford, Brighton, Leeds, Cambridge and London.

One of the UK’s most entertaining actors and genuinely funny girl Victoria Melody loves to go on a quest. She has morphed into a beauty queen previously and gone undercover in the world of dog shows.  Her boundless curiosity takes Hair Peace’s live audience from the temples of India to the shopping malls of Russia, via hair salons and forensics labs on a humorous, moving and serendipitous journey around the world.

With dramaturgy from Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin (The TEAM) and directed by Paul Hodson, Hair Peace is a comedic exploration from an unlikely sleuth whose personal odyssey provides astonishing insights into ethics, diverse cultures and the personal realities of the global economy.



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