Paisley Radicals: free, creative online workshops if you live in Renfrewshire

Posted: 3rd April 2020

As part of the Paisley Radicals project, Civil Disobedience and Renfrewshire Council are running a series of free, creative online workshops, starting in April 2020.

The workshops are open to anyone 14+ with a Renfrewshire postcode and will cover:

  • Heritage
  • Creative writing
  • Acting
  • Physical theatre
  • Design

You’ll be asked to take part in group video conferencing online, so you’ll need access to a PC, laptop or smartphone with WIFI/data. Each session will last no longer than 90 minutes.

There’s no cost for the workshops; you’ll simply need to fill out and return an evaluation form after the close of project.

If you take part in the workshops, you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in the live performance elements of Paisley Radicals later in the year. (More details and dates to be confirmed as soon as we have guidelines from the authorities around public gatherings.)

Want more information?

For more information and to sign up for the workshops, please contact Civil Disobedience Director Barry Church-Woods.


Illustrator/graphic design job – CLOSED

Posted: 7th March 2019

We’re looking for a fantastic illustrator/graphic designer to make us a striking, possibly retro-feel poster/leaflet for a show we’re producing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. We want to kick off ASAP, with a preliminary delivery deadline set for later this month.

The show (created by PNME, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble) is called The Gray Cat and the Flounder, and although it’s (mostly) not about an actual cat and flounder, these two characters are very central to the narrative.

Another distinctive feature of this work, which makes it quite unique in a Fringe context, is that it uses binaural technology – meaning all audience members are supplied with special headphones to wear during the show.

Motif and design notes

Our top idea for the motif is a striking image of a cat under a full moon (perhaps even just a silhouette), wearing a set of headphones.

We’re thinking a “retro” look would work well for the marketing collateral, perhaps with a nod to Art Deco or a vintage Hollywood film poster. We reckon something a bit more quirky/playful could also be a good fit…possibly a homage to 1950s retro kitsch, or even Keith Haring.

We’re not 100% set on any one style at this stage, so we’re open to ideas and suggestions from any designer we commission.

The colour lime green (pantone 375c) needs to be incorporated somewhere in the image, as this is part of PNME’s brand identity.

We’re currently considering two options:

1) Illustrator and graphic designer
We commission an illustrator to create original artwork for the poster/leaflet and prime it for graphics, then get a graphic designer to build the poster/leaflet/advert design around the illustration. Ideally, we’d like to find one person who can do both these elements (or an established team who can collaborate to get it all done), but we may also hire an illustrator to create the original artwork, then work with a separate graphic designer to create the marketing collateral.

2) Graphic designer only
We commission a graphic designer to create a strong poster/leaflet design, based on the above brief, but without any original illustration (presumably using stock illustrations or other techniques to build the image).

End product: delivery requirements

In terms of the finished product, we’d be looking for print-ready files of a poster design (A3), a leaflet design (A5), and 4-6 other variations of the final image in different dimensions – at least one landscape – to be used for railing boards, banner etc. (dimensions TBC when the job starts).

If possible, we’d also be keen to factor in a little bit of post-delivery work in the quote, in case we need additional versions/file formats.


If you want to be considered for the job, please send us an email specifying what you could deliver (illustration only; an image based on graphic design work only; both illustration and graphic design work), along with:

  • any ideas/suggestions you have on the image/design
  • a ballpark quote (for your total fee)
  • links to work samples (if you haven’t already submitted this)

When quoting, it would be really helpful if you could provide an estimate of your fee as a whole (assuming a reasonable amount of feedback/edits), not just an hourly rate.

Please send the above info to:

Application deadline and delivery

Please get in touch by Sunday 10th March 2019. We are hoping to start work on this w/c 11th March, with the aim to have the finished marketing collateral artwork finalised and delivered by 31st March.

Casting call for ‘Bugle Boys’ – CLOSED

Civil Disobedience is currently casting triple threat male (and male-identifying) performers for our 2018 co-production with Moira Bennett, Bugle Boys: A salute to The Andrews Sisters.

Industry rates apply.

Key words: Drag. Dames. Singer. Harmonies. Comedy Chops. Ad-lib

A bit about the show

Long before The Spice Girls, Bananarama, and The Supremes, The Andrews Sisters ruled the charts. As the original girl group they were a global sensation during their heyday in the late 1930s and throughout the 1940s, selling records by the millions.

In Bugle Boys, a side-splitting celebration of The Andrews Sisters’ legacy, Patty, Maxene and LaVerne are played by three over-the-top men, frocked-up to the nines. Singing live, the “girls” perform some of the group’s most beloved classics, complete with sassy dance moves and epic eyerolls. Between numbers, they bitch and squabble, delivering a ludicrously fictitious tale of their life and career, as well as a generous side of shade.

Bugle Boys: A salute to The Andrews Sisters is an original Australian production, conceived and written by John Livings.  

Bugle Boys invade the UK

Building on the show’s Australian success, a UK production of Bugle Boys is currently in development, due to hit Edinburgh stages this summer for a scratch night run, followed by a full run at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Edinburgh show will star an all-new cast of UK talent, and a freshly adapted script by John.

The show’s original Australian producer Moira Bennett is leading the development, with the Civil Disobedience team on-board as co-producers. Barry Church-Woods is directing the UK production.

Casting call

We’re currently casting for the three leads.

We’re keen to hear from male-identifying triple threat performers with great singing voices and excellent comedy chops. You’ll need to have a good ear for harmonies and be used to playing in tight ensembles.

Think: Scotch & Wry, Victor and Barry, Ginger Minj, bawdry, vaudeville, dames, glamour, vintage, 1930s, theatre for the masses.

Initial availability: July-September 2018 for Phase 1

Expressions of interest:

Keen? Send an email to Barry Church-Woods telling him why you should be considered for audition with links to supporting materials.

Civil Disobedience is an equal opportunities employer and as such welcomes applications from any performer who feels they can fulfil the criteria creatively. We particularly welcome applications from the BAME community.


Edinburgh Fringe Street Team – CLOSED

We’re currently recruiting a street team to support the marketing of shows across our entire Fringe portfolio. A fun, energetic and engaging personality is essential. As is a love of art.

Our programme…

This year at the Edinburgh Fringe we are presenting an ambitious season of work, including drag superstars, misunderstood monsters, digital aficionados, a German, accordion-wielding pop icon, deliciously freaky songbirds, international sex symbols, 1960s zombies with a modern twist, an immersive theatre happening that is already taking the US by storm, and a Grammy-nominated music legend. Add to that world class new theatre addressing social justice, digital addiction, and forgotten icons, and you’ll understand why we’re so proud of what we do.

You’ll find a full listing of the shows we’re producing on our live projects page.

We genuinely believe our 2017 Fringe portfolio is one of the best on the Fringe, with something to suit all types and tastes – but we need help letting people know about it.

Who we’re looking for…

We’re want to recruit a team of freaks, geeks and uniques who will get to know the work, and then be willing to pound the pavements 6 hours per day chatting about it (while flyering individual shows and our programme as a whole).

You’ll need to be outgoing, positive, and enjoy chatting to strangers. You don’t necessarily need lots of experience to do this job, but a keen interest in all things art, comedy, music, cabaret, and theatre is a given.

It’s also essential that you’re punctual and reliable, as we are working with a whole host of artists who will be paying for your services and depending on your help to push their shows.

Contracts and pay…

Contracts are for 36 hours per week over 6 days, though we are open to negotiation. A standard fee of £300 per week applies.

How to apply/deadline…

Apply in the way you think is most appropriate, by emailing Barry Church-Woods on:

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 19th of July 2017.

Face to face/Skype interviews will be held on July 21st.

Location: Edinburgh

For further information, please contact Barry Church-Woods), or have a look around our website:

About Civil Disobedience

Meet the team

Shows currently on sale

Our services

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 19th July 2017 at 17:00.


Musicians/chorus wanted: Sasquatch, The Opera – CLOSED

Roddy Bottum (film composer and founding member of rock group Faith No More) is debuting a new, experimental work, Sasquatch, The Opera, at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Produced by Civil Disobedience, it will be playing a full run at Summerhall this August and is currently casting for musicians and chorus members.


Roddy himself will be playing synths along with the MD, Victoria Falconer. We are looking for the following musicians:

  • A timpani player
  • Two trumpets or french horns

Artists must be available 20:30 – 22:30 nightly, 2-27 August, and for some rehearsal time in the days leading up to the 2nd. A negotiable show fee will be paid, no but accommodation provided.

Ideally we’d like to work with performers either based in Edinburgh, or who will be here for the Fringe anyway.


Principal singing roles have been cast in NYC, but we’re now casting for the chorus. Again, we’d like to draw from local artists, or those already presenting at the Fringe. You need to be a competent (but not necessarily trained) singer, and keen to push yourself towards the avant-garde. Diversity is key here.

Artists must be available 20:30 – 22:30 nightly, 2-27 August, and for some rehearsal time in the days leading up to the 2nd. Per diems will be paid, but no accommodation provided.

There is potential for the Edinburgh cast to be involved with further touring opportunities, both within the UK and abroad, later in the year and beyond.

Aesthetic key words: Talent, Diversity, Unconventional, Meth Lab, Experimental, Trailer Trash.

We are looking to fill the following roles:

  • 2 x bass/baritone
  • 2 x tenor
  • 2 x alto (non-gender specific)


Please email expressions of interest and supporting materials to MD, Vicky Falconer:

Title the email ‘Sasquatch Ensemble’.


Live auditions will be held in London for both musicians and singers on Monday 5th / Tuesday 6th June, but filmed audition clips will also be accepted until Monday 12th June.

Fore more details, contact Vicky (see above).


This modern opera is a drug-fuelled and surreal take on the tale of the Sasquatch – a tragic myth retold, in which Bottum holds a mirror up to his own experience as the first openly gay man in the extremely macho world of rock and roll.

It’s also a dark love story that revolves around a backwoods family who make a living selling the story of the Sasquatch to willing tourists – and what happens when they come across the real monster.

Here’s what Roddy has to say about it:

“The impetus for my opera is a theme I’m particularly fond of – that of the misunderstood monster. I reference the Elephant Man, Frankenstein, King Kong and a 100lb four-year-old I one saw on Jerry Springer as characters of inspiration… It’s not your typical opera and I’m looking for unorthodox creatively adventurous types, even newcomers to the world of theatre. Definitely seeking a queer-friendly cast, as culturally and racially diverse as possible.”

Some further words from Roddy on the project can be viewed here.


Models wanted for St Andrews runway show – CLOSED 

We’re currently working with BID St Andrews to help deliver the live elements of the St Andrews Fashion Festival (STAFF) in February 2017, including a multimedia runway show, ‘FASHION’, on Saturday 11th Feb.

FASHION is an exciting showcase of some of the best collections in town, and we want to make it as much a live performance as a runway show. We’re looking for 10 interesting models with a theatrical flair to take part. Being a professional model is not a requirement.

Model brief

Catwalk talent is about personality, and comes in many different shapes and sizes, so we’ll consider all healthy body types. The ideal candidate should be graceful and physically fit, with the ability to take direction, interpret a creative concept and deliver a confident runway walk.

We’d like to hear from actual models, as well as actors, dancers, or anyone else with relevant skills and experience. We welcome notes of interest from candidates of all ages and gender identities.

Dates and how to apply

This is a one-off freelance contract. To apply, you’ll need to be available on the following dates, in Edinburgh and St Andrews:

  • Casting in Edinburgh on Friday 3rd of February.
  • Rehearsal in Edinburgh on Wednesday 8th February (if successful).
  • Runway show in St Andrews on Saturday 11th February, all day (if successful).

(Please note that you must have the right to work in the UK to be considered.)

To apply, please send your expression of interest, along with a head shot, body shot, and your stats to:

Or just come along to our open casting… 

It’s at 1pm, Friday 3rd February 2017, at Summerhall in central Edinburgh.

Feel free to just show up at 1pm on the day. Once you get there, the lovely people in reception will be able to direct you to the casting.

At Civil Disobedience we are committed to making sure that all of our opportunities are accessible to all. If you have specific access requirements, please contact us on 07920 142 827 or the above email address to discuss what we can do to support your submission.


FASHION – Expressions of interest – CLOSED

Civil Disobedience Productions are currently working with BID St Andrews in the delivery of the St Andrews Fashion Festival in February 2017.

FASHION is a multi-media showcase of some of the best collections in town and we are offering 2 national designers the opportunity to show their complete collections as part of the event.

Expressions of interest are sought from cutting edge contemporary fashion designers from across Scotland for 2 shows, both happening on Saturday 11 February in St Andrews.

We’ll provide everything you need to show your work including:

  • A collaborative session with our show director to develop your runway concept
  • A video artist to realise your vision
  • Tech team
  • Models
  • Styling including hair and make-up
  • Marketing & PR

All you have to do, is provide a complete collection – be it ready to wear, avant-garde or costume.

Check out for more information on who we are and what we do.

To apply, simply send an expression of interest to with a CV and a little bit about you.

Civil Disobedience are committed to ensuring that all of our opportunities are accessible to all.  If you have specific access requirements, please contact us on 07920 142 827 or email to discuss what we can do to support your submission.


Freelance Project Coordinators, £26k pro rata – CLOSED

Civil Disobedience Productions are currently seeking project workers for a number of short-term self-employed contracts to support us in realising our ambitious portfolio of events in 2017.

We are all about art. We love managing great shows or events and helping talented performers reach new audiences. In addition to producing theatre, stand up, cabaret and performance art, we stage awesome events with a creative twist.

We offer service packages to small and large companies, including:

administrative support

marketplace and venue consultations


marketing / PR / social media / content support

pastoral care

In 2017 we’ll be delivering the live elements of St Andrews Fashion Festival, producing a short run of Joe’s NYC Bar in New York, booking tours for a number of international artists, producing new work and programming a queer venue in Edinburgh’s city centre for the Edinburgh Fringe.

We’re currently looking to expand our team with a number of short-term freelance contracts, starting in January 2017.

Check out for more information on who we are and what we do.

To apply, simply send an expression of interest to with a CV and a little bit about you.

Civil Disobedience are committed to ensuring that all of our opportunities are accessible to all. If you have specific access requirements, please contact us on 07920 142 827 or email to discuss what we can do to support your submission.

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