This is an Opportunity through Bristol Old Vic directly. 


Built in 1766 as a place where the people of Bristol could come together, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world. Their front of house has recently undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment. Their new building boasts a brand new Studio Theatre, relaxing and fully-accessible front of house space, with a bar and kitchen serving everything from tasty treats with a morning coffee to an evening meal, alongside a new interactive heritage offering – opening up the 250-year-old history of this unique building for everyone to discover and enjoy at their own pace. They strive to be welcoming, professional and boundlessly curious; playful, ambitious and rigorous; resourceful, honest, and generous; collaborative, Bristolian and world class.


Bristol Old Vic is seeking an Assistant Producer to support activity related to Bristol Old Vic’s New Work strategy, supporting artists in the South West to develop their projects and practice through the Ferment programme and associated activity.

Ferment is Bristol Old Vic’s programme of collaboration with artists in the South West. Every year we work with artists and companies in a variety of ways to support and develop their work and practice. Ferment has been running for over 10 years. In that time, we have developed a number of artists to make work here in the South West that has then toured nationally and internationally.

This is a full time post, however they are happy to consider job shares and flexible working for the right candidates.


Key Responsibilities: 

  • To work alongside the New Work Producer, supporting their line-producing the delivery of Ferment projects ranging from R&D and in-house workshops to work-in-progress, previews and performances across the Ferment programme
  • To lead on producing specific Targeted Projects as agreed with the New Work Producer
  • With the support of the New Work Producer, to lead on contracting and agreements for New Work projects
  • To lead activity around the Forum, Ferment’s open access artist network, producing and delivering all related activity connecting with this broad community of South West artists in the post-pandemic landscape
  • To give notes & offer guidance to individuals & developing creative projects as required Assistant Producer (New Work) – Job Description Version Date June 2021 Page 3 of 5
  • To work alongside the New Work Producer & the Head of Fundraising & Investment Partnerships to devise and implement the development & fundraising strategy around Ferment and New Work
  • Support the New Work Producer & the Senior Reader in their work with writers, reading and reporting on scripts and projects in development as required. • 
  • To develop and promote the work of the Forum, ensuring that the opportunities are reaching & inclusive of a range of artists across the region and that the network is accessible at all times
  • To implement new ideas around the function of the Forum, and how it can better utilise the existing resource at Bristol Old Vic, in conversation with Forum artists
  • To be a part of the creative life of Bristol Old Vic; attending programming meetings, watching and reporting on creative projects, sharings and live performances
  • To act as the first point of contact for general enquiries relating to Ferment & administrating Ferment’s room booking process & induction of new artists and companies into the building


  • Experience in arts producing or project management 
  • Good communication and coordination skills, with the ability to effectively work across multiple priorities
  • Personable, adaptable and flexible
  • Good problem-solving skills and the ability to carry out tasks efficiently and effectively
  • Quick learner with a strong motivation to develop their career in the cultural sector
  • Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Some experience in creative process and the development of early and mid career artists (not essential)
  • Experience & interest in dramaturgy, with the ability to give clear and sensitive notes on creative projects as required (not essential)
  • Some knowledge of the funding ecology, particularly the processes of Arts Council England & Trusts and Foundations (not essential)
  • Experience in budgeting and financial processes (not essential)
  • Experience in contracting and negotiating agreements (not essential)


Hours: 35 hours per week. (They are happy to consider job shares and flexible working for the right candidates)
Contract: Permanent Salary: £22,000 per annum
Holiday: 5.6 weeks per annum (28 days) including bank/public holidays rising to 6.6 weeks following one complete year of service
Probation: Three months’ probation period (during which there is one week’s notice on either side)
Pension: Bristol Old Vic provides an auto-enrolment pension scheme in line with UK employment legislation.
You will automatically be enrolled after 3 months of employment, unless you meet the exemption criteria or wish to opt out.
Notice period: One month’s notice following successful completion of probation period

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