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Bedford Desire Paths Team
Photo: Chiara Mac Call, Desire Paths Bedford 2021 with The Place Bedford

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

Recruitment is now closed for this post. Thank you for your interest! 

We’re creating the new, full-time permanent role of Projects & Communications Co-ordinator. Could that be you..?
The Desire Paths: York (2021). Image: Kirkpatrick Photography.
The Projects & Communications Co-ordinator will be key to the successful delivery of Third Angel’s plans over the coming years, updating our project management processes to keep everything on track, and turn our Communications Strategy into a deliverable plan.We’re looking for an enthusiastic team member with experience of successful project management and marketing and communications approaches.
You’ll be skilled at scheduling and co-ordination, a great communicator, and confident using social media for professional purposes. Your experience could be gained through employment, voluntary work or through hobbies or passion projects. We believe that diverse teams make the best decisions and are always looking for opportunities to bring new ideas, perspectives and life experiences into our team.

Inherited Cities (2018). Photo: Joseph Priestley.
We’d particularly love to hear from applicants who have global majority heritage and from those who are d/Deaf or disabled. We’re striving to be an inclusive and supportive employer, and would welcome any conversations about how we can make our workplace accessible to you.
The role is full-time (35hrs / week) and annual salary is £22,000 per year (equivalent to £2,050 per month before tax).
The closing date for applications is 9:00am on Monday 16th May and interviews on Thursday 26th May 2022. 
Unfortunately, we’re unable to be flexible on the interview date so please ensure you would be able to attend on that date.
You can download the Information Pack HERE [link now disabled]
If you have any questions please email us on or if it would be helpful to have an informal chat you can call us on 0114 274 4974 and ask for Laura Holmes (our Executive Director)


photo credit: picturesbybish

    what dya need books for, ur homeless.
    a “support-worker” once asked us this.
    this show is our reply.

Back in 2019, we invited gobscure to be one of the participants on the BOOST mentoring scheme. We were aware of gobscure as a writer, sean burn, having heard great things about their play joey, produced by greyscale earlier that year. 

They had approached us with their project provoked 2 madness by the brutality ov wealth, an autobiographical show about their experiences of homelessness, and an incisive take-down of various aspects of UK government and local council policy.

Over the course of a week we were able to shape about three quarters of the show, and share it with an invited audience. After that showing I think we were all sure that the project had legs. So we were delighted when gobscure was awarded funding by Arts Council England to finish making and then tour the show, and invited us to mentor the completion of it. Of course, everyone’s plans had to be rethought in the year that followed, but we were still able to open the show in a socially distanced set up at Slung Low’s brilliantly welcoming venue The Holbeck in autumn 2020.

We talked about documenting the whole show on video, but there are sections that really only work in the room live. Third Angel had recently really enjoyed working with Brett Chapman on thirteen short films for The Distraction Agents, and so we asked him if he was interested in collaborating with gobscure on making some short chapters from the show as stand-alone films.

The result is four ‘filmed-jewels’ from the show, created by gobscure, Brett Chapman, Lara Kardas, Alexander Kelly and Lindsay Nicholson at The Holbeck in autumn 2022, with the support of Third Angel and Slung Low. We launched the films online earlier this month and are proud to be able to share them here. We hope you enjoy them.

1. kicking the bucket

2. red tape saves lives

3. magic money trees

4. housing contains the word sing


Sunday, 13 March 2022

Jamie Iddon 1975 - 2022

We are deeply saddened to hear that Jamie Iddon passed away this week, aged 46. Jamie worked with us as a deviser performer in 1997 - 98 and was integral to the creation of our shows Experiment Zero and Senseless. He was a pleasure to work with, a charismatic performer and great company. He was also a man of many parts, going on to become a chef and a member of the RAF. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in peace, Jamie.

Image: Jamie and Rachael in the publicity image for Senseless, by Rob Hardy.

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 for more information about the role or an informal chat. 

Cape Wrath minibus 2013

Alexander Kelly with the Cape Wrath minibus Photographer Elliot Roberts

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