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Mercury Theatre/Concrete Youth:

About Concrete Youth

Concrete Youth is a charity dedicated to enhancing the lives of people labelled as having profound and multiple learning disabilities through cultural provision. Consistently making trailblazing work, the touring department offers exceptional, specially designed, live sensory theatre productions for audiences labelled as having PMLD. To date, Concrete Youth’s touring productions have reached over 4,500 audience members across 5 continents since its launch in 2019.

Winner of the Corporate Vision Best Sensory Education Award for 2023, Concrete Youth’s Education & Engagement Department is the only department in the UK linked to a theatre company to offer curriculum-focused, sensory education for people labelled as having profound and multiple learning disabilities. The department offers sensory stories, sensory workshops, sensory parties, and story massage sessions, as well as training and consultancy for theatres, schools, and care settings. 

About The Whispering Jungle

The Turtle, the Monkey, and the Bird have all lost their home. Men in big, bright, yellow jackets came and chopped down all the trees. Now they’re forced away to fend for themselves, make their own new homes, and pick up the pieces of the mess that the humans have left behind. How will the animals cope on their own? What can humans do to make the world better for the animals of the rainforest? And why is the Turtle so clumsy?

Concrete Youth’s new multi-sensory theatre production, The Whispering Jungle, brings together ASMR, sensory play, and sensory puppets in an immersive touring production for young audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Come and help the animals of the rainforest rebuild their home and realise that home really is wherever you’re with your family.

The Whispering Jungle was developed off the back of Concrete Youth’s pioneering, The ASMR Project, an international research project that brought together UK, US, and Singapore academics, artists, and professionals to explore the impact of autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) on people labelled with profound and multiple learning disabilities for the very first time. The ASMR Project’s research findings and this subsequent production of The Whispering Jungle was developed in collaboration with 750 people labelled with profound and multiple learning disabilities across the UK.

The Whispering Jungle is in association with Mercury Theatre, Colchester, and supported by Arts Council England, Hull City Council, and Back to Ours.

About the Role

Concrete Youth is looking for a Re-lighter to join its National Tour of The Whispering Jungle. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for: 

  • Supporting the Production Manager and Stage Management Team in adjusting the lighting design for each tour venue
  • Supporting the Production Manager and Stage Management Team during the tech period
  • Ensuring that the touring team has all resources they require to tour once the tech period has ended
  • Liaising with the lighting designer in all matters pertinent to the lighting design
  • All other responsibilities relevant to the role.


Tech (at Mercury Theatre Colchester): 25th-27th September + production meetings weekly throughout the rehearsal period (4th-22nd September). Pre-production administration time is also available, if appropriate.


Please apply with your fee expectations. Travel and accommodation can be provided if the successful candidate lives outside of Colchester. 

How to Apply

Please send a covering letter and CV to by 6th September at midday. If you would prefer to apply in a more accessible format, you are welcome to do so.

Creative BasildON:

£50,000 – £55,000 pro rata dependent on experience, 4 days per week. Fixed term contract to March 2025 with the possibility of extension.

BasildON Creative People and Places seek a new Director to lead the programme at an exciting time of growth and development.

The work of Creative People and Places (CPP) organisations is rooted in ideas of co-creation, working closely to empower local communities and audiences as an integrated part of the conceptualisation as well as the delivery of its programmes. The ideal candidate for Director will be an exceptional creative leader and an enabler of others, providing strong, ambitious and imaginative leadership. The Director will have experience in developing and managing teams, setting strategy and the ability to implement an artistic vision in true collaboration and partnership with multiple stakeholders. They will believe in the value of art and culture in people’s lives, want to make a difference and be a strong public advocate for this work.

Download the role description for further information and details on how to apply

If you would like to discuss the opportunity further, please email

Deadline: 11.59pm, 12th September 2023

£37,500 per annum, pro rata, 3 days per week. Fixed term contract to March 2025 with the possibility of extension.

The Business Operations Manager will oversee and manage the effective running of the programme and all the operational processes within it. The role will offer solutions, and ideas, and make judgements and decisions on behalf of the Programme Director, Things Made Public and the programme Board when required. You will be a key interface between funders, finance, HR and contractors

Download the role description for further information and details on how to apply

If you would like to discuss the opportunity further, please email

Deadline: 11.59pm, 12th September 2023

£ depending on experience

Creative BasildON is on the lookout for freelance professionals across arts & culture, communities, events and media to work with us on our ACE-funded Creative People and Places programme alongside communities across Basildon Borough.

Download freelancer call-out

For an informal conversation about being a freelancer with us, please contact to arrange a time.

Deadline: Rolling