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A mentoring and development programme for Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse creatives, as part of TALKING BODIES - a Hot Coals production.  This programme is supported by Ramps on the Moon and Arts Council England. 


The Backstage Bodies programme will run alongside the creation of Talking Bodies, a collection of 7 short films by Hot Coals Productions showcasing work from Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists in immersive digital installations.  The work will culminate in the installations being featured as part of the Busting the Bias festival at the BFI.   

Find out more about Talking Bodies here:   

The programme offers 6 early to mid-career, Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse creatives the opportunity to learn from professionals and gain practical experience.

Each participant will work alongside a creative attached to the making of Talking Bodies, who will mentor them and offer them hands-on experience in their chosen department. The programme offers:

  • one-to-one advice

  • networking opportunities

  • Talks/Q&A's from industry guests

  • future placements

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Areas of mentoring include (but not exclusively): 

  • Casting

  • Production Design - set & costume

  • Art department - set build & props

  • Post-Production – editing & sound

  • Production Management - project coordination & supervising


Participants would need to be available for 12 days within the period: 27th September 2021 - 5th December


Each participant will be paid a daily stipend of £100.  Travel and accommodation expenses will be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Access costs will be covered.  

Talking Bodies will be made in London and the South East however this opportunity is available to anyone over the age 18 living in England and we can consider people working remotely. Where in-person participation is required on location, expenses will be covered. 

We will have an Access Manager and a Programme Manager on-hand to offer guidance and support throughout the programme. 





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A bit more about the programmeAudio
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The 6 participants will engage with the programme in 5 main ways:

Hands-on Mentoring
12 days working alongside their mentor gaining hands-on experience in their specialism. They will observe their mentor during the making of Hot Coals' TALKING BODIES, be able to ask questions and get involved.

Guest Speakers
A series of Talks and Q&A’s with industry professionals designed to guide and inspire.

Networking opportunities
Each participant will gain valuable contacts within the industry and an opportunity to begin relationships with the partners involved.

Regular slots timetabled throughout the process for participants to drop-in on other departments that are not their specialist area, allowing them to gain an understanding of the whole creative process.

Future Placements
At the end of the programme we will be arranging placements with a selection of our partners in theatre and film, allowing participants to continue to develop their knowledge and experience. 

A Bit more About the Programme


If you'd like any more information from us, please drop us an email or voice-note to: 

If you'd like to put yourself forward for this opportunity, please see below the ways in which to express your interest.

Please include the following in your submission of interest:   

  • Phone number & email address (and preferred method of communication)

  • Where you are based (please note, due to funding stipulations, this opportunity is only open to those based in England)

  • What experience have you had working in screen (TV / film) or stage - be it amateur, professional, whilst studying, work experience or volunteering.  Please tell us what your role/job title was and a little bit about what this entailed.  

  • Please tell us a little bit about what motivates you to want to work in theatre / film / mixed media performance.

  • Please tell us which department / discipline you'd like your placement to focus on (you can choose more than one)


Possible formats to express your interest:

  • a voice-note 

  • a video (in BSL or if this is your preferred method of communication)

  • a free-form page of writing (no longer than 2 pages please)

  • CV & biog 


We will be looking to contact people in between now and 20th September in order to have further conversations about the programme. Please contact us as soon as you are ready but no later than 20th Sept. We will respond to everybody who gets in touch.  

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Data protection:
Hot Coals Productions are committed to ensuring protection of all personal information that we hold, and to provide and to protect all such data. We recognise our obligations in updating and expanding this program to meet the requirements of GDPR.

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