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Script Advisor for Situation Comedy 

Are you a TV scriptwriter? Do you have comedy experience? Would you like to mentor an emerging artist?

Open Theatre are looking for a freelance script advisor to support our emerging artist Rob Bate with his new situation comedy – Ronnie and Johnny! 

About the role: 

We’re looking for an experienced TV comedy scriptwriter that would be excited about supporting the artistic development of an original comedy voice. 

The ideal candidate would also have stand-up comedy experience. 

As script advisor you would support emerging artist Rob Bate to develop his individual comedy voice. 

You would also work with Rob to fine-tune the scripts for Ronnie and Johnny. The scripts have already been written, but Rob would very much appreciate an extra pair of expert eyes to enhance the work he has created. 

The role is for three days work at a rate of £300 per day – inclusive of:

  • 4 meetings over Zoom
  •  2 half days of script development in-person

This in-person work will be in Birmingham once lockdown measures permit it. 

Interested? Read below to find out more about Rob Bate and the Ronnie and Johnny series. 

About Rob Bate and ‘Ronnie and Johnny’:

Rob Bate is an emerging comedy writer and actor from Birmingham. He has been working with Open Theatre as a member of our adult theatre group ‘One Of A Kind’ and is now developing his professional career as an actor, comedian, and writer. 

‘Ronnie and Johnny’ is a pilot sitcom series made of 6 mini-episodes. The sitcom is a light-hearted look at the lives of two disabled friends and their relationship with their carer. Rob is a wheelchair user and has written ‘Ronnie and Johnny’ based on his real-life experiences. 

It’s unique, real, and outrageously funny! 

How to apply: 

If this sounds like the perfect role for you – we’d love to hear from you! 

To apply send a short letter outlining your interest and CV to Marlien at and fill out the equal opportunities form by 3rd March. 

Conversations with potential candidates will be held in the week of 15th March to establish whether there is a chemistry between writer and advisor.    

For more information download the job brief: 

A young man in a wheelchair wearing a black jacket is looking through the lense of a camera. The camera is being held up by a man wearing a black jacket and satchel. The man in a wheelchair is accompanied by an older man in a beige shirt. The wall behind them has multi-coloured squares.


We are interested in hearing from creative practitioners and artists working in visual and 3D arts, performing arts, digital art and media, music, literature and art-forms that don’t necessary fall into those categories, or artists working across disciplines.

We are also keen to hear from creative practitioners (emerging or established) who are interested in training in the non-verbal physical theatre practice that is at the core of our work in special schools in Coventry and across the West Midlands

If you are a Coventry-based artist and are interested in finding out more about future opportunities to work with us please email with the subject ‘Coventry Artist – Expression of Interest’ and:

– Tell us a bit about you and your work
– Attach your CV
– Include links to, or attach documents showing, examples of your work

Whilst artists should always feel welcome to get in touch, we would encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible so we can start conversations about all the exciting opportunities.

This Opporunity Will Close on Friday 12th February 2021

Open Theatre recognises the long-term systemic barriers which have prevented black artists & cultural workers from thriving in the industry.

As part of our commitment under the More than a Moment initiative to combat these barriers, we are operating a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for any applicants from black* backgrounds who meet the Essential Criteria in the Personal Specification.

* We have adopted the Black Ticket Project‘s definition of ‘Black’: as of Black African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and African-American heritage, including those of mixed-Black heritage who identify as such (More Than A Moment).

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