Assistant Production Manager, ETT and Michael Grandage Futures Bursary 2019

This bursary offers a unique training and mentoring opportunity to gain first hand experience as Assistant Production Manager on ETT’s upcoming touring production, Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig.

ETT create theatre of outstanding quality, imagination and ambition; work which interrogates and celebrates contemporary England and reflects the diversity of the nation.   At the heart of everything the company does is the passionately held belief that people wherever they are in the country, should have access to work that has meaning and relevance to their lives.  (

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, imagined for the stage by Jonathan Watkins and text written by April de Angelis is an English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres Co-Production.

ETT’s Production Manager is a crucial member of the touring team, working to imagine and deliver the highest quality work to venues across the UK. The Assistant Production Manager role, in partnership with MGCfutures, will allow ETT to meet and nurture an emerging Production Manager. The role will be involved in the production process from the earliest possible opportunity (from week commencing 8th July) and assist the Tour Production Manager in all aspects of delivering the show including working with our Co-Producers in Sheffield and remounting the show on tour.

We are keen to meet applicants from a range of experiences and theatre backgrounds – this could be an ideal role for a stage manager or technician looking to move into Production Management, a recent graduate looking for valuable experience or an emerging Production Manager looking to develop experience and knowledge of mid-scale touring.

The bursary recipient will be managed by Production Manager Matt Ledbury and will receive mentoring from Igor, Associate Head of Production at Elliott & Harper Productions and ETT Trustee.

It is expected that the schedule for this role will include prep days in advance of rehearsals, part-time attendance during rehearsal weeks (w/c 5th August – w/c 2nd Sept inclusive), full-time attendance during tech week in Sheffield (w/c 9th Sept) until opening, part-time prep for tour during w/c 23rd Sept and then the first tour moves during w/c 30th Sept and w/c 7th Oct. There is scope for this role to be carried out at a mutually agreed schedule alongside other work.

This bursary is £450 per week plus travel and accommodation expenses.

Applications to be made via the MGC Futures website:

To apply please tick the relevant box in the drop down menu, complete the application form and attach your CV. Please note you do not need to submit a budget. Please enter ‘NA’ in the box that asks you to specify the amount applied for.

Andrew Hughes
+44 (0)20 7450 1981

Two Trains Running

By August Wilson
Directed by Nancy Medina

Co-produced with Royal & Derngate & supported by a grant from the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award

UK Tour: 3 Sep – 26 Oct 2019

Reasons to Stay Alive

By Matt Haig

Imagined for the stage by Jonathan Watkins

Text written by April de Angelis

Directed by Jonathan Watkins

Co-produced with Sheffield Theatres

UK Tour: 13 Sep – 16 Nov 2019