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The Desire Paths York, 2021

Credit: Kirkpatrick Photography. The Desire Paths York, 2021

In partnership with Plymouth Culture, as part of the Heritage Active Zone Cultural programme HAZ, we’re very excited to be making a brand new version of our participatory, story-swapping, map-making performance for public spaces The Desire Paths in Plymouth this summer, and we’re looking for performers or artists who are based in, or have strong connections to Plymouth to be part of our team. 

The Desire Paths is a conversational, durational performance that involves drawing a street map on the floor with chalk, talking to the public and inviting them to rename a street after a hope or dream for the future. It also involves listening to any stories they tell you about themselves and/or the town, and maybe telling those stories back at the end of the project. You can see photos and video of indoor and outdoor versions of the show here.

We always research the history of street names in our new location, but we know from experience that it helps to have some people on the team who are already familiar with the city and its history. 

SO we are looking for 3 performers experienced or interested in engaging with the public, gathering stories (so listening and telling), drawing/writing in performance. You might be an actor or performer who wants to try some task-based work, a visual artist interested in installation and performance, a presenter, or anything else that uses those skills.


Credit: Chiara Mac Call. The Desire Paths Bedford, 2021

You’ll need to be available for at least one remote pre-production meeting in June, and then to work in person from Thursday 30 June to Sunday 3 July inclusive for rehearsal and performance, plus a little time on Monday 4 July to tidy up, collate and send over write-ups of the stories you’ve collected. We pay £130/day for 4 days minimum, 5 days maximum. Rehearsal and performance days are usually 6 1/2 hours plus breaks.

Interested? We would love to meet up and have a chat! We’d particularly like to hear from artists who have global majority heritage, d/Deaf or disabled artists and those from marginalised communities.

Our Co-artistic Director Alex Kelly will be in Plymouth on 25th of May for a site visit and to talk to interested performers. To book in for a conversation, please click here.

And if you have questions about the project in advance, drop him an email here

Do you want to change people’s minds about what theatre can be?

Inherited Cities, Crucible Studio 2018

Young Performers in Inherited Cities, performed at the Crucible Studio in 2018. Photographer Joseph Priestley

We are looking to recruit three new Trustees to the Third Angel board. No previous board experience is necessary, as training and support will be given where needed. What’s important is that Trustees can champion our values and bring different perspectives, skills and life experiences to our conversations and our work. 

We will be holding an open information session and Q&A on Zoom on Tuesday 18 January 2022 from 5 – 6pm for those who would like to know more.

We are committed to having a broad range of voices at the top of our organisation – different ages, different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, D/deaf and disabled voices, LGBTQ+ voices to ensure that our strategic thinking and decision making remain creative, lively and balanced.

We are particularly interested to hear from:

  • Artists, particularly those with experience of making small scale theatre
  • Community leaders and advocates, particularly those with connections to Sharrow & Nether Edge (S7)
  • People with good financial management skills
  • Marketing, communications or public relations (PR) professionals
  • Entrepreneurs, self-starters and original thinkers
  • People involved in education & young people’s provision
  • Leaders or influencers in the arts sector

The Journeys at Theatre Deli Sheffield 2017

Edenamiuki Aiguobasinmwin and Zoe Katsilerou performing The Journeys at Migration Matters in 2017

Our values guide our decision making and how we operate and work with others. Third Angel is:

  • Innovative and experimental
  • Playful
  • Collaborative
  • Open and transparent
  • Trusting
  • Inclusive, accessible and anti-racist
  • Socially and environmentally responsible

Third Angel is a theatre company led by founding Artistic Directors Rachael Walton and Alexander Kelly. We make shows and participatory events that tell stories, ask questions and invite conversations. We aim to create collective experiences that reflect and interrogate the ways in which we live in the world that surrounds us, now and in the future. We believe everyone should be able to access the arts and are committed to trying to break down the barriers, whatever they may be.

Please contact mail@thirdangel.co.uk for more information about the role or an informal chat. 

Cape Wrath minibus 2013

Alexander Kelly with the Cape Wrath minibus Photographer Elliot Roberts

We’re well into The Distraction Agents second run, and we’re labelling, stamping and posting as fast as we can, we thought we’d give everyone a little ‘making of’ time with Freya and Daphne, aka Rachael and Stacey. Over to them…


And don’t forget, you can still buy The Distraction Agents from this very website! And click before the 17th December, and you should even get it before Christmas. 


Shot and edited by Helen Varley, Digital Marketing Manager

We’re delighted that the second Big Reveal of our New Year, New Team announcements gives us the opportunity to introduce you to a familiar face, although in a different role. The fabulous Stacey Sampson is joining us as our Community Producer, helping us to find new ways for Third Angel to support people to express their own creativity, find their voice and tell their stories. Over to Stacey…

Stacey Sampson  |  Photo Nelly Naylor

Stacey Sampson | Photo Nelly Naylor

If you follow the work of Third Angel, you’ll know that last year marked their 25th anniversary, and to honour that they released a collection of work – There’s A Room. It’s a title that resonates with me because I feel as though I’ve been wandering in and out of that room for the past seven years.

I first worked with Third Angel in January 2014. I remember it vividly because it was my first day back in a rehearsal space after having a baby. I walked in, saw Rachael and Alex’s welcoming faces amid a constellation of dancing paper butterflies and thought – this is a room I really want to be in. That meeting sparked a conversation about birth, which eventually evolved into our ‘verbatim cabaret’ Partus. It became a huge part of my life, and I wrote a blog about it here.

Stacey in Partus

Stacey in Partus at The Crucible Studio, 2016 | Photo Helena Fletcher

Since then I’ve also spent an unforgettable month at Edinburgh with The Paradise Project; chalked city-streets on Desire Paths; delivered industry masterclasses for Future Makers; collaborated with sixty amazing young people to devise Inherited Cities; toured with The Department of Distractions; and proudly took part in the launch of There’s a Room.

So now… It’s 2021 and I’m walking back into that room, but with a different hat on. I’m taking up the role of Community Producer – a post that’s not only new to me, but to the company. They’ve always been committed to creating work that defies boundaries, transcends traditional theatre spaces and actively acknowledges their audiences; But this post will allow for even greater focus on Third Angel’s relationship with groups and communities, forging partnerships and designing projects together.

Stacey in Inherited Cities rehearsal

Stacey in rehearsal with the young cast of Inherited Cites 2018 | Photo JSP Photography

It’s something I’ve been doing for a long time – collaborating with people of all ages in schools, libraries, community centres and theatres; but also parks, take-aways, police stations and disused steelworks… It’s a cliché, but I really am passionate about the arts being for any time, any place, anyone. 

As well as my part-time role at Third Angel, I’ll continue to freelance as a performer, facilitator, writer and dramaturg. The role of Community Producer will give me chance to draw all of these threads together. I can’t wait to get stuck into working with fantastic organisations like Artfelt + Sheffield Children’s Hospital, finding inventive ways to deliver activities to young people during the pandemic and beyond, growing the reach of Future Makers and Desire Paths, and developing new ways of framing arts experiences that massively chimes with my ethos.

Stacey in Desire Paths

Stacey talking to contributors to The Desire Paths in Sheffield 2016 | Photo JSP Photography

Above all, I’m excited to become a more permanent member of this exceptional team. Third Angel are – as individuals, and as a whole, some of the most dedicated, innovative and supportive people I’ve ever had chance to work with. And this ‘Room’ that they’ve spent 25 years cultivating, is a really special place to be. I’m so happy that I now get to take off my coat, pull up a chair, and settle in.

2021 has got off to a cracking start at Third Angel HQ, with not one but TWO new members of staff joining us in January. The two posts, Digital Marketing Manager and Community Producer, are integral to the programme of work we’ll be delivering this year and we’re looking forward to telling you all about that very soon.  

So, without further ado, we’re delighted to introduce Helen Varley, who will be turbo-charging our digital communications. Let’s hand over so she can say Hi in her own words (and pictures. The pictures are important. You’ll see…)

I’m Helen and I’m SUPER EXCITED to be part of the Third Angel team in the role of Digital Marketing Manager.


I’m delighted be working for Third Angel. The arts have been such an important part of my life and personal development and I’m pleased to be in a role where I can share that with others.

A bit about me…

I’ve always been passionate about theatre, art and books. I made my first debut on stage at just nine years old. As I’ve got older, I’ve dabbled in loads of different mediums, from playwriting and crafting to photography, I just LOVE telling stories and experimenting with new ways to share them. Life is too short to have just one creative outlet!

I fell in love with digital content creation while studying for my MA in Journalism in London and turned this passion into my career. I have worked on some amazing factual and scripted shows and events, including the Radio 1 Teen Awards, Tracy Beaker Returns and my personal favourite, Blue Peter. I don’t like to brag, but some of the digital content I have produced has been nominated for awards, including a BAFTA! I’ve also done a presentation to HRH Prince William and met so many amazing people and celebrities, although I still feel a little embarrassed that I once mistook Justin Bieber for the office intern – oops!


I’m a bit of a geek at heart, and loved working with all kinds of stars and performers while on Blue Peter. Here I am with Boogie Storm, a Stormtrooper inspired dance troupe who placed third in Britain’s Got Talent.

I spent eleven happy years at the BBC, but I was made redundant from my post as Senior Content Producer last year as a result of the global pandemic. At the time, it felt utterly heart breaking and terrifying, but looking back it was a blessing in disguise as it meant I could rediscover my true passions exploring and supporting the arts. I’m so happy to be starting this new chapter with a company like Third Angel.

When I saw the Digital Marketing Manager role advertised, I knew straight away that I wanted it. I am very lucky to be working for a small company with big ideas and a bucketload of passion for telling great stories. As it is a part time role, I’m going to be spending the rest of my time working on my debut novel, which is currently on its second edit.

Although I’ve only been at Third Angel a couple of days, I’m itching to get started. I’ve already seen some of the TOP SECRET plans for upcoming shows and all I can say is I hope you are following us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as big news is heading your way and you don’t want to miss it! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list to be the first to hear about it all…


Llamas and alpacas are my favourite! In another life, I’d probably have been a llama farmer…



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