Anansi The Spider Call-Out: Wellbeing & Mental Health Champion and Dramaturg/Artist Support

We’re looking for a Wellbeing & Mental Health Champion and Dramaturg/Artist Support to join the team for Anansi The Spider as the project moves in development.

The project will draw from research into West African, African American and Caribbean folklore but also the experiences of the creatives and participants involved, so we are particularly seeking female or non-binary individuals who identify as Black or from a Global Majority background. The roles are not age specific.

This is a new participatory project co-produced by Anansi Theatre Company and Unlimited Theatre for wxmen of colour to create new retellings of the Anansi Spider Story. The project is led by Anansi Artistic Director and Unlimited Core Artist, Lauren Nicole Whitter.

Anansi is an Akan folktale character. Taking shape as a spider, he is the Akan God of knowledge, wisdom and stories. He is one of the most important characters in West African, African American and Caribbean folklore. Originating in West Africa, these spider tales were brought to the Caribbean during the transatlantic slave trade. Anansi is most well known for being able to outsmart and triumph over more powerful opponents through the use of cunning, creativity and wit.

To create these retellings Lauren is working in partnership with ARC in Stockton and Derby Theatre to lead workshops with local wxmen of the Global Majority to develop ideas through personal stories, creative workshops and staged pieces of performance, unpacking the themes within the Anansi mythologies.

We’re not asking for a CV or for you to fill in an application form. We’ve put some simple instructions, as well as key production information and dates, into Call-Out Packs for each role below so the first step is to read/listen to this – various formats available:

Wellbeing & Mental Health Champion
PDF / Large Print / Audio Description (link takes you to YouTube)

Dramaturg / Artist Support
PDF / Large Print / Audio Description (link takes you to YouTube)

The application deadline for both roles is 10am on Wednesday 16 November 2022.
We anticipate holding initial zoom meetings with shortlisted candidates on Thursday 17 November. We will get back to you shortly after the deadline date to confirm whether we’d like to take the conversation further.

Unlimited is an actively anti-racist organisation (you can read more about our anti-racist work here), Disability Confident Committed and signed up to the Oil Sponsorship Free commitment.