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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 to announce the appointment of our new Trainee Community Producer, Liliya! Liliya will be helping out with our participation work, including the Future Makers workshops which are now in full swing!

Liliya actually started a few weeks ago, so we’re handing over to her to introduce herself and tell us how it’s been going so far.

I first learned about Third Angel when I was nineteen and retaking my A-Levels, seeing promo for ‘The Department of Distractions’. Sadly, I couldn’t see the show due to school and other commitments, but the following year I was lucky enough to be offered a place on an ‘Introduction to Directing’ course created by the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme and facilitated by Third Angel.

By that point, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the performing arts, and after the eight-week course, I felt a strong pull towards Third Angel as a company. I really admired how dedicated, ambitious and welcoming the team was. Now, almost three years on, I am really happy to be working on that team as the Trainee Community Producer!

Most of my creative past has been on stage. Acting is my deepest passion and I’ve been auditioning to drama schools for the past few years. My most memorable performance so far was playing Nora Helmer in a production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House with the Lantern Theatre. I like to think I still have some of Nora’s individualism, awareness and boldness after embodying her. 

Recently, I performed with Walk with Amal with Sheffield Theatres which was such a joy to be a part of, and again so fulfilling to see so many people engaged with the performance and message of the event! Alongside performing, I love facilitating theatre in one way or another: from stage managing a production of Twelfth Night to creating costumes, I enjoy many different elements of theatre production.

Being Third Angel’s Trainee Community Producer is a real honour: I get to encourage other people to explore their creativity and passion through creating new work. Facilitating Future Makers has been so wholesome. We recently collaborated with The1Devotion (Dominic Heslop) for the rap and spoken word workshop, and seeing young people engaging so wholeheartedly with expressing themselves through spoken word was beautiful. I feel really lucky that I get to give what younger me would have loved to experience.

It’s difficult for me to accurately say what my realistic expectations are for this position, being a raging perfectionist! Some days it seems like I’m always thinking “I could have done x better” or “why didn’t I think to say y?” Or “I shouldn’t have done z in this way, what was I thinking?” But one thing I can say is that I’m really looking forward to how this environment fosters my confidence, self-belief and connection to the arts in a new perspective among a team which feels like home.Third Angel is a company which has highlighted to me just how performance arts are crucial to feeling connected to ourselves, to others and to wider issues in our communities.

Outside of Third Angel, I’m working with the Sheffield Theatre’s Young Company, getting music lessons in Yellow Arch Studios or going to acrobatic, yoga and dance classes amongst other creative, holistic and freeing endeavours. I’m excited to see where these six months take me! 

 


Win a copy of our limited edition challenge experience!

Following a successful first run of The Distraction Agents in the summer, we’re delighted to give you another chance to play. And to celebrate, we’re giving away three boxes for free!

The Department of Distractions, a clandestine organisation that claims its job is to plant stories in the world “to make life more interesting”, is on the search for new recruits… and they think YOU might be just what they need.

The Distraction Agents is a game, a puzzle, a challenge, and a story that can be enjoyed from home in your own time. The experience includes a mysterious box delivered to your door containing five tasks set by the Distraction Agents themselves. Immerse yourself in the world of this top secret organisation, follow the video instructions sent by your recruiter, and then complete the challenges to reveal the secret code and unlock your prize! Here’s a little taster…

This competition is open to UK residents only and as it is a free draw, it’s free to enter!

How to enter:

The competition opens on Wednesday 17th October (10am) when our first posts will go out on our social media channels. 

Enter on Twitter – Like and retweet any of our ‘competition’ posts. You get an entry for every retweet, so the more posts you retweet the more chances you’ll have!

Enter on Facebook – Like and comment on any of the ‘competition’ posts tagging someone who you think would like this experience. You’ll get an entry for each person you tag.

Enter on Instagram – Like and comment on any of the ‘competition’ posts tagging someone who loves puzzles, mysteries or board games (one tag per entry, so the more you tag, the higher your chance of winning). You can also get an extra entry if you share the post to your stories. Make sure you tag us @third_angel_uk or we won’t see your share!

How the winner is chosen:

There is one winner per platform. For each retweet/share/tag you receive one entry, each additional retweet/share/tag will earn you an additional entry. So the more you share, the higher your chance of winning!

The competition closes 8am on Wednesday 3rd November 2021. Any shares after this time will not be counted.

All the entries will be entered into draw and the winner will be picked at random. There will be a draw for each platform, so three chances to win!

We will contact the winner by direct message on the social media platform they entered on.

The prize:

The prize is a free copy of The Distraction Agents experience.

If you aren’t lucky enough to win the prize, you can still buy The Distraction Agents from early November, but you’ll need to be quick as we only have a limited number of boxes available.

Questions? Contact us at mail@thirdangel.co.uk

EDIT: DEADLINE EXTENDED! Contact your Work Coach to discuss a referral. 


Exciting news! We are hiring a new Trainee Community Producer to join Third Angel for a six month placement. This is a Kickstart position open to 16 - 24 year olds in receipt of Universal Credit. If that sounds like you, and you are passionate about theatre, drama and performance, keep reading…

Third Angel’s community projects are at the heart of what we do. We provide support for the next generation of artists, as well as delivering creative workshops in Sheffield with the goal of making theatre and performance accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. As part of our programmes, we encourage individuals to explore their own creativity, express themselves and learn new skills relating to drama, performance and production.

We are looking for someone with enthusiasm and confidence to work alongside our skilled team and deliver our busy schedule of creative workshops for young people and community groups in Sharrow and Nether Edge in Sheffield over the coming months.

Young people enjoying some of our previous workshops.

The Trainee Community Producer will gain hands on experience in designing and delivering engaging creative activities and exercises for different people, be trained in safeguarding and creative evaluation, and gain skills in leadership, administration and project management. They will be supported by a mentor and buddy within the company, and through training and 1-1 advice from our partners Creative Access.

In order to apply, you must be:

  • Aged 16 - 24
  • In receipt of Universal Credit (and not have had any paid work in the last five weeks)
  • Available mid-October to March next year
  • Able to work in-person in Sheffield

This is a paid, part time opportunity (25 hours per week, including some weekend work) starting in mid October.

There is a simple application process involving answering three questions in a short video or voice message, but applicants must be referred to us by a Work Coach at Job Centre Plus in order to apply. No prior experience of this work is required as full training will be given; we are looking for someone who is excited by the work and eager to learn.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from people that have personal knowledge of the Sharrow and Nether Edge area of Sheffield, or of the communities that live there.

More details about the job and how to apply will be sent directly to applicants after we’ve received a referral from their Job Centre Plus Work Coach. The closing date is Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 5pm.

We’re really excited to be able to have a new creative voice on our team to help us complete this valuable work. If you know anyone that might be suitable, please do share. We welcome

If you need any help with applying, please contact our office on mail@thirdangel.co.uk or 0114 272 4974.

Bethany Wells performing in The Desire Paths: Sheffield. Photo by Joseph Priestly.

We are looking for performers or artists who know Bedford to be part of our team for The Desire Paths from 2nd - 5th September. 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.

In Bedford we are working in partnership with The Place to present the performance in Church Square [sometimes known as Pigeon Square] so it will be an outdoor version, right in the town centre by the bus station. As visiting artists Third Angel will do some research into the history of the street names in Bedford, but we know from experience that it helps to have some people on the team who already know the streets and areas of town.

We are looking for up to 4 performers interested and/or experienced in engaging with the public, gathering stories (so listening and telling), drawing/writing in performance. You might be an actor interested in exploring more task based performance, a visual artist interested in installation and performance, a performance artist, or anything in between.

It’s 3 - 4 days work: one prep day, then two days performing, the final day will open the space up to passersby, and encourage them to use the chalk to draw their own pictures/maps/memories on the ground - probably 6 hours a day plus breaks! We can pay £120/day for freelance performers, with per diems for food and drink on top. If you’re interested, we would love to meet up and have a chat.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in joining there is an initial meeting with The Place Bedford and Third Angel teams on Thursday 8th of July - exact times/location TBC (expected between 11am-6pm depending on availability). We will be running a site visit in the town centre, talking to interested performers and finalising the plans for the event in September. If you’re interested in joining us please get in touch directly: al@theplacebedford.org.uk, or reach out to The Place team on Social Media.

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