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We are looking for an early-career Director to join us on our next children’s production, The Parcel, a brand-new play by Daniel Jamieson. The show will tour to Primary Schools throughout the South West throughout the autumn and spring and reach around 11,000 children.

The successful candidate will assist our Artistic Director, Nikki Sved, in the creation of The Parcel  and will be a key member of the team. They will gain insight into the entire production process; from pre-rehearsal planning to opening of the tour. We are looking for someone who can bring their own ideas and we are particularly interested in candidates from backgrounds currently under-represented in the arts. We are accepting written or recorded applications.

“A wonderful theatre company devoted to bringing the best of theatre to those who have experienced it least” – Michael Morpurgo


  • Application deadline:  9am, Monday 4th of July
  • Interviews will take place on the 12th and 14th of July via zoom or in person
  • The Assistant Director will need to be available from the 15th of August to the 16th of September
  • This is a paid opportunity; Theatre Alibi are ITC Equity Ethical Employers and we pay above the equity minimum
  • If needed, accommodation and some travel will also be covered within this contract


Theatre Alibi creates outstanding theatre for audiences of all ages. Over the years we’ve toured to a vast range of venues from the tiniest of village schools to the West End stage.

At our core is the belief that a story of great relevance, brilliantly told, using the wealth of means that theatre has to offer, opens up a welter of possibilities, allowing us to place ourselves in other’s shoes and giving a chaotic world some much-needed clarity. With imagination and a sense of our shared humanity, great change is possible.

Our intention is to create theatre that is accessible to a wide range of people, particularly those who might not consider themselves conventional theatre goers. We place enormous emphasis on how well we engage with others. This fundamentally affects the nature of the theatre we produce, the way we communicate with our communities, where we choose to perform, our management structure, how we relate to staff, sell to venues, build partnerships with other arts organisations and support emerging artists.

We are widely known and respected for our theatre work for young audiences and in most years we reach around 11,000 children in their school halls. There is no better way to make high quality theatre accessible to all children than to take it directly to them.

Our determination to reach a diverse audience has, more recently, led us away from traditional theatre spaces and towards creating work that draws on and is inspired by the stories of our audiences. This is particularly the case for the work we are doing in our own local community.


A giant parcel arrives at a Devon Primary school. And, as if that isn’t strange enough, it soon becomes clear that there are two people living inside it! They tell the children that this is their way of life – they simply put their finger on a map, choose an address and post themselves to their next destination.

They are wonderfully hospitable, letting the children explore their strange little home. And they have breath-taking stories to share of magnificent travels, friendships made and the many marvels of the postal service.

The Parcel is about curiosity, adventure, the notion of home and the simple pleasure of sending and receiving a good, old-fashioned letter.

As with all Theatre Alibi productions, we will be aiming for our practice to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. We will be following the Theatre Green Book’s baseline recommendations (www.theatregreenbook.com).


The Assistant Director will be an early career Director looking to gain experience in making high quality work for young audiences. They will be able to work effectively as part of a highly collaborative team, and have an interest in devising and developing new work, bringing their own ideas and creativity to the process.

The duties undertaken will be finalised in response to the particular interests and skills of the selected Assistant Director, but may include:

  • Providing general assistance to the Artistic Director whilst also sharing their own thoughts
  • Carrying out research that will inform and benefit the production
  • Observing and having input in discussions, in the rehearsal room and production meetings
  • Assisting the company in documenting the rehearsal process for the purposes of marketing, archiving and evaluating the project
  • Supporting the company during the first week of the schools’ tour, including attending and noting

We recognise that there are groups that are under-represented in our sector, and especially in our region, and we are dedicated to righting that wrong. We especially welcome applications from Global Majority directors and those who are Deaf/disabled. If there are any barriers to you applying for this post, please get in touch – we will do everything we can to accommodate your needs.

Please send a CV and a short covering letter, audio recording or video saying why you are interested and why you would like to be considered to debbie@theatrealibi.co.uk by 9am Monday 4th July.