Assistant Directing Opportunity - Medea

The JMK Trust in partnership with Bristol Old Vic is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK & Bristol Old Vic Directors' Group. The bursary is an arts scholarship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust that will provide a learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director, based in the Bristol area who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

The role

We are looking for an assistant director for George Mann's upcoming production of Medea.  This production of Medea is a Bristol Old Vic production.

The assistant director will need to be available for:

Rehearsals: From 27 March 2017
Technical Rehearsals: From 1 May 2017
First Preview: 5 May 2017
Press: 10 May 2017
Closes: 27 May 2017


A version combining Euripides' play translated by Robin Robertson, with a modern story devised by George Mann and the company working with playwright Chino Odimba. 

For love, Medea sacrificed everything - only to suffer the ultimate betrayal at the hands of her husband, Jason. As he prepares to marry his new bride, Medea plots the ultimate act of revenge to free herself from him and immortalise those she holds dear, finally taking control of her own destiny. 

Medea will weave Euripides' ancient world together with the modern day story of one single mother's fight for the custody of her children. As she begins to lose control of her future - an old copy of Euripides' play, Medea, offers the inspiration she's been searching for...

Performed by an all-female cast and using the cathartic power of song and the visceral power of movement by director George Mann (Pink Mist at BOV, and Light, Translunar Paradise and Odyssey with Theatre Ad Infinitum), this retelling will attempt to reclaim Medea as a powerful female character who fought against injustice, at all costs.

As Assistant Director you would:

  • Have a combination of skills and experience of/or a strong desire to learn about:devising theatre fromimprovisation, working withpoetictext, researching relevant topics fortheirapplication within a theatrical context, movement (not just as an additional element to a production, but as something that is integral and at the heart of theatre in its essence), and song.
  • Be open andresponsive to the creative process, honest, hard-working, committed to the artistic aims of the production.
  • Have the ability to take on relevant tasks and complete them as required, and being at the service of the play everyone is dedicated to staging.
  • Be required to work after or before rehearsals with or on behalf of the director.
  • Have an intuitive, positive and conscientious approach to the role.
  • To assist the company in documenting the rehearsal process for the purposes of marketing, archiving and evaluating the project through blogs, social media and other forms as agreed.
  • To attend and participate in post-show discussions by mutual agreement with the Producer.
  • To support the company whilst the play is in performance as agreed with the Director and Stage Manager, including attending and noting the production.
  • Any further duties as required by the Director.

The bursary recipient will demonstrate a commitment to living and making theatre in the Bristol area and will also be or become a participant of the JMK Bristol Old Vic Directors' Group and as part of the bursary will also be responsible for working with the JMK Artistic Coordinator, and Bristol Old Vic to support and facilitate the group until next year's bursary recipient is chosen.


The Leverhulme Bursary consists of £2,350 inclusive of all expenses.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter no longer than one page of A4 to by 3 February.

Please detail:

  • Why you are interested in working with George Mann the director on this production of Medea at Bristol Old Vic.
  • Your relevant experience, what you can bring to the role and what you hope to get out of the role.
  • How this assisting opportunity and involvement in the Bristol old Vic / JMK Trust Directors' group will contribute to your professional development
  • Your commitment to living and making theatre in Bristol.

Interviews will be held on 21st, 23rd or 24th Feb and you may also be asked to attend a workshop w/c 27 Feb.

If you have any questions please contact or