This autumn Contact Young Company will work with raw multidisciplinary company Theater Degasten. Co-produced by SICK! Festival this show will strive to answer the main question proposed by this year’s festival. What is the value of a life?

Our young artists will explore the commodification of happiness. How have everyday milestones in life been affected by materialism in today’s society? How much pressure are we placing on young people to conform to society’s norms, and to associate happiness with material goods and success? How does this relate to race, disability and mental health? And how does the younger generation feel about wanting to have children? Can they afford to? Do they even want to?

Join us for an intimate performance that zooms in on loneliness, happiness and bonding.

The process will involve a five week workshop period (11 sessions in total)
(2 or 3 workshops per week, 6pm-9pm (some times TBC))
30th & 31st Jul
6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 27th & 28th Aug

You will work closely with a lead artist, visiting workshop facilitators and the directors, Theater Degasten.

DEGASTEN is an Amsterdam based youth theatre group which creates raw interdisciplinary montage theatre.


• To offer creative assistance to the lead artist, visiting artists and directors in the workshop process of the show scheduled above.
• To assist in the planning, delivery and evaluation of a series of workshops with Contact Young Company with the lead artist, visiting artists and directors.
• To work with participants/members of CYC to create an environment that is dynamic, fun and stimulating creative process, empowering individuals to develop their own creativity.
• Ensure that CYC become a fully bonded group who understand the mission of the company and Contact’s theatre-making process as a whole.
• To assist the lead artist in taking notes from the session to document work and breakthroughs which can be taken into the devising process and be made available for directors to refer to.
• To produce regular blogs on the progress and development of the company and publish on the Contact website.
• To take the group register at every session.
• To support young people at all times and keep the young people’s producer updated on any pastoral or safeguarding issues.
• The fee for this role is £500.
• This role is suitable for someone interested in developing skills in facilitation and working with physical theatre and research as a part of the devising work.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to an alternative structure of the creative team on this production, the assistant artist role is a smaller role than usual and should not been seen as an equivalent to an assistant director role.


Please respond to my email: keishathompson@contactmcr.com by 6pm on Wed 26 Jun with a short cover letter OR a video OR a voice recording expressing your interest, briefly explaining:

1) Any relevant experience you have as part of a creative process – this could be within Contact or externally (e.g.: this could be about your performance, directing, facilitating or devising experience).

2) Why you would like to do the role (e.g.: this should be about the development it could offer, interest in theme and the director)?

3) Confirm your availability for the process as outlined.

The selection process may involve either a phone or Skype interview with the young people’s producer and creative team members. If you would like any more information or guidance, please email (above) or call – 01612740613 or 07825739048.