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Summer Season Vacancies

SET DESIGNER – Iris Theatre

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Summer Repertory Season 2019
Iris Theatre are recruiting a SET DESIGNER for the upcoming summer production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.


We are a small, friendly and ambitious team and are currently looking for a Set Designer to join us to work on our summer, promenade production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Iris Theatre was created in 2007 to produce work at the world-famous St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. Growing year on year, Iris gained full charity status in October 2009 with a mission to support the development of the next generation of professional theatre practitioners and to produce a fresh and vibrant repertoire of varied work resulting in affordable and accessible theatre.

After the success of 2017, with the productions of The Tempest and The Three Musketeers receiving critical acclaim and Off West Award nominations, Iris Theatre returns for its 12th year with Hamlet and a new adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, directed by Vanessa-Faye Stanley. The script is currently in development but will be transporting the classic Victor Hugo story into the Victorian era as a dark gothic fairytale. It will be told by a performance-loving troupe of traveling players who will weave an atmospheric story of tormented misfits, outsiders and immigrants who just want to be loved and find peace and refuge in Notre Dame.

The productions are created in the grounds of a Grade 1 listed site, and as such the main structural elements of the set will be shared with between the two productions. Applicants should be aware that this role, and the regulations of working within a heritage and religious site, means the main structure of the set must be confirmed in March.


The Set Designer will:
Design the set for The Hunchback of Notre Dame working in collaboration with the set designer for Hamlet on the main structural elements.
Work closely with stage management team to design and where appropriate make, or source props.
Work closely with the show’s Director and Costume Designer in order to fulfill and complement the artistic vision.
Manage the set budget
Lead a team of volunteers to deliver the scenic art.

Production Dates (For reference)
Rehearsals: 1st – 26th July
Get-in: 28th – 31st July
Previews: 1st – 4th, 6th August
Press night: Wednesday 7th August
Runs until: 1st September

This is a freelance position with a fixed fee of £1000.
The successful candidate will be responsible for their own tax.


This is an ideal opportunity for a Set Designer who would like to experience the unique challenges of designing for an outdoor, promenade production of a classic tale.
Previous experience of designing and delivering set for a show and relevant training in design / making would be desirable.
Recent ambitious and talented design graduates are welcome to apply.
We can consider combining this role with the Costume Designer for the production – additional fees and responsibilities would be included for this combined role.

Please send your CV, a cover letter (2 sides of A4 max) and a link to your website, or attached portfolio / images of past work to:
Emma Murton, Senior Producer, Iris Theatre

Please insert SET DESIGNER – HUNCHBACK as the subject.
Deadline: Monday 11th February at Midday.

General Opportunites

Iris Theatre have ongoing schemes for Emerging Artists to get involved with us as well as rolling work experience opportunities in theatre administration, production and marketing. Check out our Volunteering page to find out more.

In general we work with emerging artists across all fields of production in theatre, music, dance, cabaret, circus and opera. If you have suggestions of other ways in which you would like to get involved why not drop us a line and tell us more.

Co-Production Opportunity

Spring 2019 Submissions now open

Have you got a new piece in development?

Ready to showcase your work and take the next step towards a full production?

Iris Theatre supports up-coming artists by showcasing new shows, often musicals, at The Actors Church. Performances often run for one or two nights at the 254-seat venue located in the heart of central London in Covent Garden. Due to the nature of this space the work presented is often musical/sung work, highly visual or engaging performances rather than spoken word.

With no upfront rental cost, working on a first call followed by a box office split, we offer support-in-kind and advice in the areas of marketing, administration, technical and front of house as well as producing advice in the form of Producing Surgeries. Our co-productions at the Actors Church are a low risk opportunity to get your work seen.

We provide these opportunities from January – May and September – November annually.

This is a great ‘first step’ platform for emerging writers, producers and companies to perform their work in central London before committing to a full production.

To apply please complete this application form 

For more information please feel free to e-mail our General Manager at



Ideal for recent design graduates, we strive to match the next generation of theatre markers with our team of emerging designers through these volunteer opportunities:

Construction Placement –
A skill-based placement for emerging and aspiring set designers, our construction placement programme is a four week placement. Taking place in May, June and July this placement enables you with the practical skills involved in building mid-scale sets suitable for outdoor, promenade productions.

Scenic Art Placement –
Ideal for emerging designers who can’t commit for a full four weeks and more interested in applying scenic art experience and learning about designing for 3D spaces.

Costume Assistant Placements –
A skill and practical based placement, costume assistants work closely with the designer at our workshop to realise designs for up to 6x multi-rolling actors. This placement is ideal for costume and fashion students or recent graduates.

Production Assistants –Interested in the inner-workings of theatre productions? Our Production Assistant placements are ideal for those interested in being in the thick of the action!

Assistant Producers and Marketing Assistants –
An administrative and office based placements, we have a select few opportunities annually for aspiring producers, general managers, marketers and anyone else interested in theatre administration. Suited for graduates and final-year placements or theatre professionals interested in learning skills in producing.

Front-of-House Volunteers –
Be a part of the show team! If you’re interested in gaining any work experience in customer-facing roles, theatre management or just want to be a part of the fun this summer then front-of-house is a great, low commitment option for those who are interested in a bit extra but don’t want to commit to set hours. Ideally suited for work-experience and recent school leavers.

For more information please contact:

Emma Murton
General Manager
Iris Theatre

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