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Production Manager, MANIPULATE Festival 2022

Fee: £3000

Contract: Freelance

Dates of Contract: July 2021 to February 2022

Event Dates: 27 Jan – 6 Feb 2022 with one project continuing to mid-April

MANIPULATE Festival presents the very best of Scottish and international puppetry, visual theatre and animated film to adult audiences in Edinburgh and beyond. The Festival aims to engage and challenge our audiences with high-quality visually led work which pushes boundaries, plays with form and challenges perceptions.

We are looking for a Production Manager for our 2022 edition. This is a new position as the production of the festival has historically been managed in-house and in partnership with our venues, but given the complexities of planning a live event with unknown COVID limitations, we are introducing this role for the first time.

We are looking for an individual who is calm, empathetic and collaborative, with a strong track record in production management in the performing arts, and some knowledge of central Scotland production networks. The festival will be presented across Summerhall, the Festival Theatre Studio and the surrounding area.

We anticipate that the work over the first 6 months of this post will be remote and sporadic, manageable between other projects and contracts. The role will mostly involve facilitating conversations between companies and venues to accommodate technical needs, identifying any issues and proposing solutions. In the run-up to the festival in late January duties may become more practical and for this reason it would be helpful for the candidate to live within commuting distance of Edinburgh or have access to accommodation nearby.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Checking through tech specs for proposed productions and ensuring that the most suitable venue is identified for each.
  • Liasing with companies and venues to ensure that technical needs are understood and being met, and finding solutions for any issues that may arise.
  • Ordering equipment and overseeing a small festival production budget.
  • Working closely with venue technical heads and the PAS team to ensure that there is a smooth planning process in place for the event.
  • Writing a general risk assessment for the event and collaborating with the PAS in-house team to contribute to COVID risk planning and contingencies.
  • Overseeing Health and Safety for the festival.
  • Attending the festival week and ensuring that in-house technical staff have access to the information and support that they need.

How to apply:

Please send an expression of interest, consisting of your CV and 100-200 words about why you are interested in and suitable for the role to Dawn Taylor at [email protected]. Please also complete our equalities and diversity monitoring form by following this link. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

If you require any assistance with your application, would like to apply in a different format, or have questions about the festival, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn on the email address above.

Creative Fund

Please note that slightly amended guidelines for this fund were released on 24 June – the updated link is below.

Applications are now open for our annual Creative Fund!

Scottish-based artists of whatever discipline can apply to explore elements of their working practices which relate to puppetry, object manipulation, visual theatre and animated film.

The award enables successful applicants to use specific, time-limited research and development to explore imaginative and compelling new creative ideas which have not yet seen the light of day. Artists can also apply for support to develop new technical skills and expertise.

For 2021-2022 Puppet Animation Scotland will award a total of £18500 in project costs. The maximum that you can apply for is £5,000.

The closing date for submissions is: Friday 16 July 2021 at 12pm. We will not accept applications after this date and time. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the process by: Friday 23 July at 5.00pm.

You can see previously successful applicants on our Creative Fund webpage, here.

Find the Creative Fund guidelines here.

Download your application form here. To apply please email this form in PDF format or your video to [email protected] by Friday 16 July 2021 at 12pm.

We’re looking forward to receiving your application!


International Artists’ Exchange Programme 

Please note that this previously advertised opportunity has been indefinitely postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Funding has been secured for the programme and therefore it is expected to proceed at a time in the future when it is safe and possible to do so. The opportunity will be re-advertised via our website and social channels when it is live once again.


If you have any call-outs or opportunities that you would like us to share with our community, please email [email protected]

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