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*JOB* BeatBoxer / Rapper / Sound Artist wanted – Ragroof Theatre Co, Brighton

Ragroof Theatre are a Brighton-based theatre company, specialising in site-specific and outdoor work, engaging and collaborating with the community in which the productions are realised. We are looking for an artist with the following skills:

• Beatboxer / Rapper

• Sample/scratch/mix DJ – technically proficient with decks and sound equipment

• Sound artist/designer

• Ability to perform and improvise live to large audiences

From May-August 2009 we engaged in a research and development project within the boxing community of Brighton and East London. The result was a site specific showcase performed in boxing clubs in those areas respectively. In the research process we worked with young boxers in the area who went on to be involved in the performance themselves. From March-May 2010 we will redevelop the show for an outdoor audience which will tour thereafter. Gloves On is touring in 2010 as a night time, outdoor show. Set in and around a full size, floodlit boxing ring, the audience are invited to take the side of either the champion or challenger. Stories drawn from interviews with boxers and their families are retold onstage, conveying the emotional and physical challenges a boxer experiences. Ideas about masculinity, courage and honour, ritual and spectatorship are explored in the performance. Gloves On investigates boxing and its place in the British psyche; from the early days of the travelling fairground boxing booths through to its place today in modern society. Gloves On utilises this sense of rhythm and energy to make the connection between boxing and urban dance music, rap and beatboxing. The aesthetic and style of the show is also influenced by contemporary urban culture. We will be looking at creating the sound track of the show from various sources:

• Recorded sounds from boxing bouts, training sessions etc

• Recorded interviews from the boxing community

• Live beatbox and rap

• Live scratch/beatmixing

• Other relevantly sourced sounds

Watch the demo video of the showcase event in 2009. [youtube]JHHpJbwhgoo[/youtube] If you have at least one of the skills we are looking for please email We will be interviewing in mid February, rehearsals April and touring from May 2010.