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WORK WITH US

Supported by Belfast City Council

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Amadan is delighted to announce that having been awarded the Pathfinder Award from Belfast City Council, we are now seeking to appoint a Bookkeeper.

 

Amadan Ensemble is husband-and-wife team Jude Quinn and Gemma Mae Halligan, who have been creating edgy and physical theatre since 2013 predominately using the styles of clown and bouffon.  Now a registered charity, we have been engaging their audiences with theatre that is visceral, entertaining, relevant and, at times, confrontational.  Amadan has been completely self-reliant and has only been in the receipt of funding since 2020. 

 

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic individual; the bookkeeper is a key position, responsible for managing the core finance functions of the organisation. The primary role is the preparation and reporting of accurate and timely management accounts for the board of trustees.

 

 

Bookkeeper

Belfast, Northern Ireland / Remote position

4hrs per month @£15 per hour

Freelance post: Starting in Jan 22

REPORTING TO - Creative Director

 

RESPONSIBLE FOR - The finance function

 

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To support and work closely with the Creative Directors to provide accurate, timely and informative financial information.

 

Financial Management and Control

  • Timely and accurate preparation of quarterly Management Accounts for Amadan Ensemble and funders, as required:

    • Reconciliation of all balance sheet accounts, including bank reconciliations

    • Preparation and posting of necessary accounting adjustments including prepayments, accruals and deferred income

    • Preparation of management reports of actual against budget for presentation to the Board of Trustees and Creative Directors

  • Budget preparation and variance reporting

  • Cash flow management, to ensure adequate working capital is available.

  • Management of financial processes, recommending and implementing improvements

  • Management and preparation of Sales Invoicing and Credit Control.

  • Supervision of Petty Cash

  • Management, control and processing of fixed assets within the company including additions and disposals 

  • Management of creditors payments and review of monthly supplier statement reconciliations 

  • To be responsible for maintaining all mechanisms of financial control, and ensuring adherence, by all staff, to the financial policies and procedures.

 

Other

  • to observe the strictest confidentiality at all times;

  • to comply with policies and practices on health and safety, and equal opportunities;

  • to undertake other duties as may reasonably be required.

 

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

  1. Minimum of three years’ experience working independently as a bookkeeper.

  2. Qualified Accounting Technician or part-qualified accountant or a minimum of 5 years’ experience will be accepted in lieu of a qualification.

  3. Experience of preparing budgets and reporting budgets to funders

  4. Experience in producing quarterly management accounts, and making the necessary accounting adjustments.

  5. Experience of using computerised accounts.

  6. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, including intermediate or advanced Excel Skills;

 

DESIRABLE CRITERIA

  1. Experience of management of a finance function

  2. Experience of developing, implementing and managing policies and procedures

 

PERSONAL QUALITIES

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate the following qualities

  1. Strong interpersonal skills, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  2. An enthusiastic and flexible approach to work

  3. A natural problem solver with the ability to multitask

  4. The ability to prioritise and manage time effectively

  5. Natural aptitude for figures and attention to detail.

 

LOCATION

This position can be a remote position.  However, attendance may be required at the Amadan studio for resolution of queries or for attendance of board meetings which would necessitate the bookkeeper to reside in the surrounding area.

 

PAY SCALE

Hourly rate £15 - 4hrs per month

 

CONTRACT

The position is a freelance post of 4 hours per month, due to the nature of this position some degree of flexibility is required from the post holder to meet the demands of the business.  We would expect this position to start immediately upon signing of contract.

 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply please submit your CV by email along with a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the essential and desirable criteria (if applicable) to Gemma Halligan at amadanensemble@gmail.com.

 

CLOSING DATE

The closing date for receipt of CV’s and Cover Letters is 5pm 10th Jan 2022

Failure to complete and submit a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria will result in your application being disqualified.  Canvassing will disqualify. Late applications will not be considered.

 

INTERVIEWS

It is proposed that interviews for this post will be held on Friday 14th January 2022.

NEW SPEAK

RE-IMAGINED

BROADCAST DATES

Episode 1 - 24th April
Episode 2 - 1st May
Episode 3 - 8th May
Episode 4 - 15th May

“I can see what the future will look like.” 

Amadan was due to take part in a showcase of brand new work on the Lyric stage in mid April but in the last few weeks the world has changed utterly.  Thankfully, the team at the Lyric decided that the work should continue in a new form and asked us if we could revise our ideas and do something new, something we've never done before.  We jumped at the chance and landed in a world of social distanced delivery of technical equipment, solitary filming, Zoom production meetings and remote editing. 

 

The Lyric say 'From an age of solitude, seven NI-based artists & directors are responding to the Covid-19 crisis while in lockdown. We've moved our artist-led initiative New Speak online and into your homes, with compelling, invigorating and urgent new work that speaks to where we are right now; from Amadan Ensemble, Dominic Montague, Katie Richardson, Lata Sharma, and Zara Janahi, and directed by Emily Foran and Oisín Kearney.

These artists have each created a dynamic short performance piece that seeks to engage with the urgent questions raised by our current political, social and economic moment; reflecting on how we got here, and imagining where we go next.'

New Speak: Re-Imagined is available to view for free from 24th April – 22nd May. Due to the nature of the material, the production age recommendation is 14+. 

 

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AMADAN

AT

VAULT FRINGE

Amadan will be taking part in the first ever Vault Fringe on 1-2 June.  This will be a mad mix of dance, comedy, visual art, axe throwing, crazy golf, music & heaps more!  Amadan will be show casing their new show 'Harmony Saves The World' as well as taking part in the super circus cabaret, featured our beloved Mr. Mess.  We'll also be giving you some of our delicious walkabout & introducing you to 'Tech' by Rob Kane.  Tickets & more information is available here

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AMADAN

1 MONTH

RESIDENCY

Do you have something theatrical you want to create?  A play, a performance, a script, a series of sketches?  Do you need some space and/ some help?

 

Amadan are offering a one month residency in our fabulous studio & office so you can do just that!  Come & join us in our eagles nest at the top of the awesome Vault Artist Studios & let’s make some ART.  This is an expansion of our Share The Love initiative to help artists create & play.

What we are offering –

  • 1 month of any time access to our office where you will have a desk and chair, WIFI, many posters to look at & many electrical sockets to plug into.

  • 15hrs per week of access to our studio over the 1 month period – lots of light, the best view of Belfast & a whole wall of mirrors, white board, chalk board, fridge & tea & coffee making facilities.

  • 2hrs per week of access to Amadan staff to help you with your project – we can watch stuff, talk through things, critique or just have cups of tea, it’s up to you!

  • You can decide how you want to use the space & there are no expectations for you to produce anything at the end of your time with us.  This is space to PLAY.

 

What we need from you –

  • £70 – this includes a month long Vault Artist membership fee.

  • To abide by Vault Artist membership rules & procedures, including an induction session to the building.

  • To take care of the space, yourself & be mindful of our Vault community & our neighbours.

If you are interested please apply to amadanensemble@gmail.com by 24th Apr 19.  Decision will be announced 29th Apr 19 & residencies will start on 6th May 19.

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SHARE THE LOVE WORKSHOPS

Share The Love is back!  Amadan's playful series of workshops are returning in April & this time we have extended them.  Over three weekends we will focus on Clown (intro & intermediate) & Bouffon.  These workshops are geared towards professional arts practitioners & anyone with an interest in exploring their performance abilities, expanding their thought processes & growing their confidence.  For further information please click here

PINK & BLUE

Amadan is delighted to announce clown show PINK & BLUE will be on tour in October 2019.   Dates and venues will be announced soon.

 

Is it true that girls and boys are so different?

Three clowns explore and play with what it means to be a boy or a girl… or maybe both… or maybe neither!  With silliness and fun, this show aims to find out if we can all be who we want to be and accept others as who they are too!

Suitable for age 4 years +