Opportunities at China Plate

Associate Producer (x 2 Freelance, part time)

  • Icon/Artist Copy 3 Created with Sketch. Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Closing date: 10:00am, 6th January 2021

A full job pack is available to download below.

Contract: Mid-January – 31st May 2021
Fee: £3,600 (calculated as £120 per day for 30 days)

China Plate Theatre are seeking to appoint two Freelance Associate Producers (part time) to scope out community partnerships and lead on the development of a programme of co-designed activities and events with local partners and contributors from communities in Birmingham (West Midlands), with a particular focus on residents of Perry Barr and Ladywood.

The Associate Producers will develop a co-curated programme alongside the development of a new musical, “Bus Boycott” (working title) which we currently have in development, in association with Birmingham Hippodrome. Written by Roy Williams OBE, with music and lyrics by Tim Sutton, “Bus Boycott” is a brand-new outdoor production, with soul shaking music and heart pounding politics, based on the true events of the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott – a pivotal event in British Civil Rights.

These roles are supported by Birmingham City Council’s Arts Activity Cultural Diversity Scheme with a focus on engaging with residents and communities in North Birmingham of Black and South Asian Heritage.

China Plate aim to be representative of the communities we work with, therefore we particularly encourage candidates of Black and South Asian heritage who are currently unrepresented in our organisation. In the context of this project we are looking for candidates who have a direct or deep understanding of, the lived experience of Black and South Asian people.

This role includes training/and or mentoring opportunities (including a place on China Plate’s Optimists producer training programme and access to Independent Theatre Council training sessions if applicable) and would suit an early-mid career producer/community organiser seeking progression routes into cultural leadership positions.

China Plate is open to hosting this opportunity as a secondment. All candidates will be notified by phone or email to confirm whether they have been shortlisted.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held week commencing the 18th January 2021 via Zoom.

Once appointed we would look for the Associate Producers to begin work on the project right away, start date to be discussed.

How to apply

More information can be found in the full job pack.


Please submit the following as attachments or hyperlinks to info@chinaplatetheatre.com

Either: Written statement (no more than 2 sides of A4)

Or a video or audio file (no more than 5 minutes duration)


  • Why you are attracted to this opportunity
  • The art forms (or areas of the arts) you are most passionate about/excited by
  • An arts and/or community project or event you have helped to produce, co-ordinate or manage
  • How you feel best placed to identify and engage target communities, and your experience to date
  • Any other experience that shows how you meet the person specification


  • Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form – Available to download from the Opportunities box.

You are also welcome to send a CV (no more than 2 sides of A4) though this is not an essential requirement.

If you would like this information in an alternative format, or would like to discuss any questions you have about the role,
please contact Producer Tamara Moore on tamara@chinaplatetheatre.com

The Optimists 2021

  • Icon/Artist Copy 3 Created with Sketch. Online
  • Closing date: 10:00am, 11th January 2021

Application Guidelines and FAQ’s are available to download below.

COURSE DATES: 2nd March – 29th April 2021

The Spring 2021 Optimists is being delivered online. The course is free of charge and aimed at freelancers working in the theatre sector whose opportunities to produce work and gain practical experience as a producer have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This foundation course will consist of ten x3 hour long online webinars taking place over 9 weeks, for up to 20 participants.

Successful applicants will be notified on email by Monday 18th January 2021. 

Spaces on our Optimists courses are usually oversubscribed, and due to the number of applications received, we are unfortunately unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

How to apply

You can apply for a place on The Optimists course using one of the options below:

Please ensure that you have read the application guidelines in full before applying.