Creatives

The Customs House is invested in nurturing North East talent.
Our current open opportunities are below:

We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.
We also encourage first time applications, whether that is because you are new to the industry or haven’t heard of The Customs House before, we’d love to meet you.


Call Out Writers – Play 2

We are thrilled to be able to be able to bring back PLAY, an opportunity for five writers to have 15 minutes of their play performed as a rehearsed reading by professional actors as part of an evening of new writing on Monday 3rd October at 8pm.

We are seeking submissions to unearth a treasure from the heart of the North East which are inspired or informed by the quote below:

“Someone with such a flame in their heart and mouth that at last they could set the Tyne on fire.’ 
J.B.Priestley, English Journey, 1934

We are particularly keen to hear unheard stories and voices, from anyone who has a story to share, not only those who have previous writing experience.

There will be four actors available for each play, so you may prefer to write for these or for the option of multi-roles. Successful writers will be given a written report on the script following the rehearsed reading, and each will be offered the opportunity to have a meeting with The Customs House to support the work’s development or progression, with the potential to commission the full-length play.

One of the PLAY pieces of writing will also get the Peter Lathan Prize for New Writing with £2000 worth of in-kind support from the venue. This may be, but isn’t exclusive to, rehearsal space, staff time, or use of facilities.

Writers will need to be from or reside in the North East of England.

Interested writers should submit the following:

Name, location, and a brief bio.
Title of play, a brief synopsis, cast break-down and up to 15 minutes of their play.

The deadline for submissions is 5/9/22 and entrants should be sent to Andrew Walker, Participation and Engagement Producer: [email protected].


Call Out Director – Play 2 

We are thrilled to be able to offer an exciting new opportunity for an emerging director to work on the extracts of five new plays, to be performed as a rehearsed reading at The Customs House on Monday 3rd October at 8pm.

Each extract will be 15 minutes in length and there will be four actors to work on this project and can be used in each of the five plays, if required.

Rehearsals will take place on 1st, 2nd and 3rd October from 10am-4.30pm at The Customs House.

The fee is £875.

The submission window is still open, so the plays have not yet been decided, however we’re seeking submissions to unearth a treasure from the heart of the North East which are inspired or informed by the quote below:

“Someone with such a flame in their heart and mouth that at last they could set the Tyne on fire.” –  J.B Priestly, English Journey, 1934.

Auditions will be held at The Customs House on 14th September and the successful applicant will need to be available for the whole day to attend the auditions alongside a small panel from The Customs House.

Directors will need to be from or reside in the North East of England.

Interested directors should submit the following:

Name, location, a brief bio, and an email/letter outlining relevant experience and providing one reference, to Andrew Walker, Participation and Engagement Producer: [email protected]

We will be inviting shortlisted applicants to have a face-to-face/zoom meeting.

The deadline for submissions is 26th August at 5.00pm.


Call Out Assistant Director- The Wasp

We are thrilled to be able to offer a new opportunity for an Assistant Director to work on The Wasp, by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, working alongside director, Jake Smith.
We are looking for applicants who are committed to working in the future as a director, with a proven interest in regional theatre and new writing.
Interested applicants would need to have experience of one professional production, in any role.
The role will focus on to assisting in rehearsal and to actively take on the role of production support.
Rehearsals will take place on 5-23 September (14 days in total, Days off TBC) from 10.00am-5.00pm at The Customs House, and the total fee is £1255.

Interested applicants should submit the following:
Name, location, and a brief bio, and an email/letter outlining the following:

  • Relevant experience
  • What this role would mean in terms of your career development
  • What excites you about this opportunity
  • Why regional theatre is important to you and your practice
  • Including one reference

Please submit your email/letter to [email protected]

We will be inviting shortlisted applicants to have a meeting, either in person or on Zoom.

The deadline is Friday 19 August at 12.00pm (midday).

Our Promise to Our Creative Community

In March 2021, we reached out to our community and asked how we could better serve our creatives, these consultations were kindly facilitated by Sarah Brigham, Artistic Director/Chief Executive of Derby Theatre, and we were delighted with the generosity given by these creatives in terms of their time and willing to drive change.

Based on these discussions we have implemented the following:

  • We were asked to make it easier for people to find out about how they can engage with us, we’ve added a page on our website where opportunity for creatives are posted as a central place of focus for people to easily find information.
  • We were also asked better support a culture of transparency, since April 21 we have advertised and appointed two director roles and 24 acting positions (via the Creatives page), with over 50% of the actors being new to the venue.
  • We also noted suggestions that we need to offer opportunities for writers; we advertised for PLAY; the opportunity for five writers to submit up to 15 minutes of their play, and these were performed in the Main House in June as rehearsed readings with four actors, and director Emily Collins. Each writer was given a recording of their piece, and a report from The Customs House on suggestions for development. This is something that we plan to do annually.
  • Creatives asked that we offer open auditions, as well as recruiting through agents, and we saw over 50 young actors (aged 17-25 years old) to be part of Cherryade Supernova that was performed in June as part of Takeover, all eight actors were new to TCH with several making their professional acting debut.
  • We have made a partnership with South Tyneside Arts Festival and we will be giving opportunities for artists and performers to access the venue for free (for a week in August) in order to share their work in the Main Gallery, as well as for their workshops across the venue in visual art and musical theatre.
  • In January 22, we will programme Community Focus Groups to gain feedback on our Theatre, Cinema and Learning and Participation offer, and continue to reach out and to listen.

To view previous creative opportunities at The Customs House,
Please click HERE to visit our archive