People’s Panel and Creative Council to be launched

We are looking for people to help drive change and bring new ideas and initiatives to Royal & Derngate. Building on our commitment to inclusivity and access in our theatres and Filmhouse, we have announced our new Here To… Listen initiative.  The scheme will bring together members of the local community to sit on a People’s Panel and professionals from across the sector to form a Creative Council. Both bodies will play a key advisory role, helping steer the future direction of Royal & Derngate over the coming years.

The People’s Panel will be made up of people representing the town and county, and will champion, support and scrutinise the work of Royal & Derngate to help steer its direction over the coming years.

Everyone is eligible to apply – we are looking to bring together the most diverse group possible and so will try and make the recruitment process as accessible as possible to all. We are particularly looking for people from communities that may not have engaged with Royal & Derngate in the past, but can bring some ideas of how we might work together. We hope to establish a group that is representative of the local area and so will also very much welcome interest from:

  • Young people (aged 16-25)
  • People from varied cultural backgrounds 
  • People with disabilities
  • Neurodivergent people
  • LGBTQ+ people

All participants will be remunerated for their time.

For more information and how to apply click here

Royal & Derngate are looking to engage professional artists and practitioners from across the sector for the Creative Council, to help steer the direction of the theatre as we look positively towards the future.

The Creative Council will:

  • provide artistic, operational and programming support and scrutiny 
  • give freelance practitioners a key strategic voice within a building-based producing theatre 
  • strengthen existing relationships as well as developing new ones 
  • foster meaningful conversation and embed co-creation from the earliest stages of the planning process
  • inform how we welcome artists and develop workmeasuring Royal & Derngate’s culture against industry best practice

This is a paid role, based on Royal & Derngate’s fixed daily rate

For more information and how to apply click here

Royal & Derngate’s newly appointed Community and Inclusion Producer Emma Ling will be supporting the work of both groups.  Emma commented: “We are really excited to be launching our People’s Panel and Creative Council, both of which will be central to the new Community & Inclusion work that we are undertaking at Royal & Derngate. Over the coming months we want to reach out to a wide range of people to highlight the opportunity to get involved, to build on the relationships we already have across the sector and with our many community groups. If you are keen to have a say in how your theatre is run we would love to hear from you.”

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