20 Stories High

20 Stories High on the Beeb!

Following hit success in on stage at Contact in Manchester, the Contact and 20 Stories
High co-production “I told my mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” was broadcast on BBC
Two on 20th January as part of the Performance Live strand of programmes.
“I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” is a frank drama told through the voices of four
young female performers, based on interview material gathered from over 50 different people;
including young women who have had abortions, young parents, health professionals and
campaigners. These stories are interwoven with song and spoken word to portray the real
experiences of these women.
The show deals with challenging themes but filmed on the 50th anniversary of the legalisation of
abortion in Britain, writer Julia Samuels explores the way in which society treats this subject and
how this impacts on women today. And importantly asks what would happen if we started to talk openly about it.

iPlayer link    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09pqvxl/performance-live-i-told-my-mum-i-was-going-on-an-re-trip/,


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20 Stories High – Participation Manager

20 Stories High – Participation Manager

Salary: £23-£25,000 – Full-time

Founded in 2006, 20 Stories High, has established itself as one of the leading young people’s theatre companies nationally, and has won a series of prestigious awards and commissions.

20 Stories High tours to theatre venues and community spaces, delivers commissioned projects and runs a range of participatory activities. We are part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio of funded organisations, and are a registered charity.

We are looking for an experienced individual who will take a lead on the management of the participation programme and the wellbeing and safeguarding of young people. They will feed into the planning, strategic development and management of 20 Stories High and report to the Executive Director.

The Participation Manager will lead the Participation Team (comprising of the Participation Support Worker) and work closely with other staff, freelancers and young people.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • An experience of engaging young people from excluded communities in arts activities
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills including the ability to manage multiple priorities in order to meet deadlines
  • At least 2 years experience of managing arts projects in a third sector organisation
  • Up to date knowledge of legal requirements relating to working with young people
  • The ability to engage and communicate with young people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures and maintain discipline in a fair, friendly and firm manner
  • Excellent IT skills and knowledge.

For a full job description, person specification and application form please visit our website here http://bit.ly/29remED or request the information from Tina Taylor at 20 Stories High, tina@20storieshigh.org.uk or 0151 708 9728. Deadline for applications 12 noon 9th January 2017

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Lemn Sissay MBE to become a patron for 20 Stories High

20 Stories High are pleased and proud to announce that the amazing poet, author and theatre maker Lemn Sissay has agreed to be the theatre company’s first patron.

The company have been talking with Lemn for a few years about their work and their shared connections; political, artistic and social.

During a meeting in Manchester last week with three of 20 Stories High’s young artists and Co-Artistic Directors Julia Samuels and Keith Saha, Lemn agreed to become official patron.

Great news for 20 Stories which is warmly welcomed by COoL.

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JOB: Project Manager – Writing on the Wall

Project Manager – Writing on the Wall

The post holder must be an energetic and experienced professional with strong organisational skills to manage and monitor festival and project partner organisations, sale staff and volunteers.

It is essential that the applicant:

  • Has experience of project management and delivery
  • Has experience of working in partnership with other agencies to deliver successful collaborative projects

It is desirable that the applicant is

  • Educated to degree level, decease or equivalent qualification
  • Has experience of working in an arts organisation or an arts related industry environment

Application deadline:    Midnight, Wednesday 4 January 2017
Shortlisting takes place:  Thursday 5 January 2017.
Interviews: Project Manager – Friday 13 January 2017 (venue tbc in Liverpool)


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Digital sharing day

Last Friday the great 20 Stories High team organised a digital sharing day for several COoL members.

Held at First Take’s office on Maryland Street, the in-depth session looked at current social media practice across COoL organisations and how practical discussions on how this could be improved. Examples of best practice were shared and suggestions for future digital collaborations discussed.

The session was a fantastic example of COoL members collaborating and sharing skills (not to mention biscuits!) – we look forward to future sessions.

Image: 20 Stories High Twitter


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JOB: Freelance Participation Associate

Award-winning, Liverpool-based theatre company 20 Stories High are creating a new play in a co-production with Contact about young women and abortion – “I told my Mum I was going on an RE Trip”. We will present the real voices of a host of different people: those who are new to thinking about abortion; young women who have had abortions; young parents; sexual health clinicians and educators; campaigners and religious leaders. We explore young people’s ideas and perspectives within the framework of broader cultural, religious and political contexts. The play will tour nationally to theatre venues and schools.

We are looking for a freelance Participation Associate who will coordinate and contribute to the development of a national participatory programme around the show including workshops, post show discussions and post show events.

They will work in partnership with national venues to ensure that all activities and participants are fully protected by safeguarding practice and pastoral support and will be line managed by 20 Stories High’s Participation Coordinator.

Fee: £3000 at £80 per day Duration of work:approximately 37 days between September 2016 – March 2017

If you would like to apply please contact Tina Taylor tina@20storieshigh.org.uk or 0151 708 9728 for a job pack or follow this link http://bit.ly/2bLJLRF

Deadline: Monday 19th September

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