Stute Theatre
Stute Theatre



Paid Opportunity For A Theatre Designer/Maker

Fairhaven Lake Story Stall
North West based Theatre-maker and performer Sophia Hatfield/Stute Theatre is seeking a set and costume designer/maker with a Lancashire base (or within commuting distance of Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire) to work in collaboration on an upcoming outdoor theatre project from May-August 2019.  

Project Description
Fairhaven Lake is an historic site and is currently being regenerated with Heritage Lottery Funding. The team at Fairhaven Lake have commissioned Stute Theatre to create ‘The Fairhaven Story Stall’ (working title).

This will be an open air theatrical encounter inspired by stories from the Lake, collected from the local community. The show will tell a selection of stories from the park’s past, present and looking towards its future. Audience members will attend the story stall, where they will be encouraged to select a story from the stall to sit down and enjoy – allowing audiences to experience up to 10 different stories in a flexible way at various points throughout the day.

The piece will be suitable for a wide audience including families, young people and older members of the community and will strive to offer an accessible, high quality theatre experience inspired by the community around Fairhaven Lake.

This show will be rehearse during July 2019, following workshops during May 2019. It will be performed by two actors on Saturday 3rd August.

Although this is currently a site-specific project, options for further performances at other venues are currently being explored.

What We’re Looking For:
We are seeking an enthusiastic, creative and collaborative theatre designer, who is comfortable making site-specific outdoor work, to design and build a flexible pop-up story stall in the park.

We would like to recruit a designer/maker who is able to:
-Work effectively as part of a small creative team.
-Design and create/build an inventive, flexible outdoor set that captures the heritage of the Fairhaven Lake site.
-Create a set flexible enough to tour to other community venues (potentially indoor).
-Manage a set/costume budget effectively.
-Balance the needs of a non-theatre space with the desire to create high-quality, visually engaging work.
-Welcome and engage with volunteers and members of the local community.
-Experience of working with non-theatre spaces and puppetry/object manipulation is desirable.
-Experience of working with multi-roling actors and actor-musicians is also desirable.

Dates, Budget and Fees:
The total fee for this project is £700 to cover all design fees, design and making time, meetings and site visits.

In addition to this fee, there is a set and costume budget of £700 and up to £200 towards travel expenses. A making space will also be available on-site at Fairhaven Lake.

Story gathering workshops are already underway and the final script will be available from late June.

Following design meetings and a site visit, we would like the final set to be built during the first week of rehearsals and completed no later than 30th July 2019 for final rehearsals, ready for the performance day on Saturday 3rd August.

About Stute Theatre

Stute Theatre shows are inventive, high energy, interactive storytelling experiences, which work in both theatre and non-theatre spaces. This work often attempts push the boundaries of what can be achieved with inventive storytelling theatre in unusual spaces and offers engaging theatre for new audiences.

Previous work includes ‘Just Soph’ – a one woman storytelling show for young children and families in libraries, ‘Common Lore’ – a multidisciplinary storytelling show for young adults featuring electronic and live projections and most recently ‘A Muddle In Messina’ – a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in collaboration with award winning Northern Broadsides - for young library audiences. All previous Stute Theatre productions have been ACE supported to date. The Fairhaven Lake project is being funded as part of a Heritage Lottery Grant. 

Sophia Hatfield will aim to meet with shortlisted designers on Monday 13th May. If you are unable to make this date, please indicate in your application email and, if possible, an alternative will be found.

To apply
Please email before 6pm on Wednesday 8th May with a CV and a cover letter telling us about yourself and why you’d like to work on this project, plus links to examples of your work.

If you have any further questions about this role, please get in touch!