Theatre Troupe is offering a unique opportunity for 9 compassionate and creative people to join our close-knit artistic family and fulfil a crucial role in supporting young people who would normally miss out on any kind of clubs or activities of any kind due their challenging circumstances.

Theatre Troupe uses the radical nature of participatory theatre to change the lives of children and young people aged 9 to 19 with acute and complex mental health issues as a result of trauma.  We  offer all our young people a chance to be an alternative creative family – the ‘Troupe.  We base our work on attachment theory as we believe that theatre relationships and communities have the power to heal and change lives.

Our flagship workshop programme, Southwark Youth Troupe, offers 30 young people in Southwark with the very highest emotional need, to take part in quality supported workshop activities and to benefit from therapeutic mentor inspired intervention.   Our young people have a range of needs as a result of trauma including, suicidal ideation and attempts, self-harm, and complex behavioural difficulties.  Several children are out of mainstream education, some have not been engaged in any other activities with their peers for a year or more and some seldom leave their houses.

We offer passenger assistance to every child who asks for it, so that young people who would normally be unable to access anything fun and positive, can have a rightful place in their community.  Not only does this mean very vulnerable people can take part, it also provides essential care so no child has to face the end of the workshop alone and has a dedicated person to inspire them and show them that relationships can be safe and valuable, which is where our Footsteps Inspirers come in.

The role 

We are offering a unique opportunity to 9  compassionate and creative people to join our close-knit artistic family and fulfil a crucial role in supporting young people who would normally miss out on any kind of clubs or activities of any kind due their challenging circumstances.

You will act as a door to door travel companion (Creative Journey Assistant) working with one or more young people to keep them safe and felt cared for as they travel to and from the workshop.  As part of this role, you will be a crucial member of our friendly troupe community, helping out in our theatre workshops in different ways, from supporting workshop activities, to being on hand for pastoral support should a young person need to leave the workshop.  

This is an ideal role for someone starting out on their professional journey (or about to in the case of students) looking to gain experience in our sector and to enjoy the challenge of practising innovative community theatre techniques on the move.  It might also suit someone looking to gain experience in working therapeutically in a one to one capacity, such as those on psychotherapy courses.  A genuine passion for the arts as a change and able to commit to an evening’s work, once a week to help people in their community.

As part of this position, you will be offered ongoing training in Theatre Troupe’s unique and celebrated research-informed attachment-based methodology and professional development opportunities from our Artistic Director, helping you build skills for your future career or for your own knowledge and interest.

Times

Thursdays in term time, 5.30-8.30pm  This includes a break in the middle.  

There will also be some summer holiday sessions, but these will be mutually agreed with the whole team.

The initial contract will be until August 2022, but we hope to extend this for a year from September 2022.

Fee:  £33.15 per session (London Living Wage).

Due to unexpected demand we are looking for Creative Journey Assistants who can start right away, or imminently.  We will be processing applications and offering interviews as they come in, up until 28th February 2022 which will be the closing date for all applications.

For more information, please feel free to contact emily@theatretroupe.org