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One of the UK’s most innovative, Black-led touring theatre
and production companies

National Portfolio Funded Organisation with Arts Council England

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Black Men Walking, 2019
Photo by Tristram Kenton

About Us

Eclipse is one of the UK’s most innovative, Black-led touring theatre and production companies, inspiring new narratives about the Black and Global Majority experience. In partnership with venues and collaborators, we commission, develop, produce and present new work by Black and Global Majority creatives, whose voices are all too infrequently represented on the main stages across our country.

Rooted in the North of England, we are a Leeds based organisation with a national profile, touring our work across the country. We are proud to have proved that there is an audience for Black and Global Majority theatre outside of London.

We believe in the power of culture to connect people and to change lives.

We continue to reflect England’s diversity by championing and producing Black and Global Majority stories.
We prioritise the voices of those who were born, live or work in the North or who have a strong connection with the region.

"Richly textured, passionate and
enormously affecting. Beautiful.”

The Times on Princess & The Hustler

Princess & The Hustler, 2019
Photo by The Other Richard

Opportunities

We’re recruiting for a new General Manager.

Eclipse is looking for a positive and efficient individual with a love of theatre and experience in charity finance, HR and/or system coordination to join the company as General Manager during a period of transition. This will be an opportunity to play a vital role in the organisation as it develops and instigates an exciting and ambitious new set of plans. This means you will gain experience in strategic planning and organisational development, working directly with senior leaders and trustees while also utilising strong administrative and financial skills to coordinate the charity’s finances and day-to-day operations.

The ideal candidate will bring an understanding of budgets or finance management as well as administration, along with a passion for theatre and culture to be made by and resonating with Black voices and the communities of the North of England.

For more details and instructions on how to apply, please download the job pack below.

  • Full time, with part time options available.
  • Fixed term 6-month contract, with a view to extend.
  • £35,000 gross salary pa (pro rata if applicable).
  • Able to work from or travel to Leeds with reasonable notice – hybrid and remote options possible.
  • Expected start date is as soon as possible.

"Nightclubbing is a show of grit and glitter: an
uncompromising original tornado.”

The Stage on Nightclubbing

Nightclubbing, 2019
Photo by Marcus Hessenberg
Eclipse Award Recipent

News

The Eclipse Awards

Eclipse Theatre and Summerhall announce the recipients of the third annual Eclipse AwardFaizal Abdullah, Subira Joy, Lula Mebrahtu, Mwansa Phiri, Blink Dance Theatre and Journey to the East. In an amplified return of the Eclipse Award, the six new productions, which have been supported by Eclipse Theatre, will be presented at Summerhall during this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

For the first time the Eclipse Award will be going to multiple Black and Global Majority artists or companies, providing the recipients with a nurturing artistic community whilst performing in Edinburgh, opportunities to network, and over £50,000 worth of support. The productions from this year’s winners are the live art protest piece Kill The Cop Inside Your Head by spoken word and performance artist Subira Joy; OommoO by vocal artist Lula Mebrahtu; Faizal Abdullah’s love letter to Singapore, Siapa Yang Bawa Melayu Aku Pergi? (Who Took My Malay Away?); Mwansa Phiri’s spoken-word theatre with Zambian oral traditions, waiting for a train at the bus stop; Elvis Died of Burgers from Blink Dance Theatre; and performance installation Weathervanes by Journey to East Productions, in association with Summerhall and Tramway.

The Eclipse Award, an initiative by Eclipse Theatre and Summerhall aims to help UK Black artists and fellow artists who are also marginalised for their race, and who make boundary-pushing performance work, to undertake an Edinburgh Fringe run.  Our previous recipients are Rachael Young in 2019 and Initiative.dkf in 2020/21. 

“That rare thing: a truly original piece
of theatre, innovative in both form &
content”

The Guardian on The Gift

The Gift, 2020
Photo by Ellie Kurttz

Leadership

Lekan Lawal
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Lekan Lawal is an award-winning director, and theatre maker.

Prior to joining Eclipse, Lekan worked as Creative Associate Director at HOME Manchester, Co-Artistic Director (Up Next) at Battersea Arts Centre, Derby Theatre (Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme) Old Vic (Old Vic 12), and the Young Vic. Alongside his role at Eclipse, Lekan is currently an Associate Artist at Hackney Showroom.
Lekan Lawal, artistic director of Eclipse Theatre Company

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Lekan Lawal is an award-winning director, and theatre maker.

Prior to joining Eclipse, Lekan worked as Creative Associate Director at HOME Manchester, Co-Artistic Director (Up Next) at Battersea Arts Centre, Derby Theatre (Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme) Old Vic (Old Vic 12), and the Young Vic. Alongside his role at Eclipse, Lekan is currently an Associate Artist at Hackney Showroom.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Lekan Lawal is an award-winning director, and theatre maker.

Prior to joining Eclipse, Lekan worked as Creative Associate Director at HOME Manchester, Co-Artistic Director (Up Next) at Battersea Arts Centre, Derby Theatre (Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme) Old Vic (Old Vic 12), and the Young Vic. Alongside his role at Eclipse, Lekan is currently an Associate Artist at Hackney Showroom.

The Board

Ben Cooper-Melchiors | Fi Joseph | Maxwell Mutunda | Nick Ahad |
Rob Alderson | Simone Kelly | Sophia Parker

OUT, 2019
Photo by Marcus Hessenberg

eclipse slate launch photos

Slate, 2017 - 2019
Photo by Ashley Karrell

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