Job Opportunity: Set & Costume Designer, Hero & Leander

We are looking for an experienced, friendly and creative Set & Costume Designer to work with us on new gig theatre show Hero & Leander.

About The Company

Jack Dean & Company is a new non-profit organisation based in Exeter, set up to deliver the artistic projects of Jack Dean and his collaborators. We work with exceptional and inspiring artists to tell stories of how things could be. Find out more about the company and its projects here.

About Hero & Leander

Hero & Leander (or, I Love You, But Everything’s Under Water) will be the debut outdoor show by Jack Dean & Company. We will invite audiences around the UK to sing, dance and cry with us in a bittersweet gig theatre epic that tours with its own portable bandstand. Six multi-instrumentalists will tell an epic seaside tale through songs encompassing folk, indie, hip-hop. sea shanties and choral music. You can hear the original cast recording here.

Hero & Leander Commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Farnham Maltings and Arts Council England.

The Role

– Consulting with the Director and Lead Artist on the visual concept of the show.

– Designing and procuring / making costumes for the full touring team.

– Working on the (already built) bandstand to improve its decoration and visual aesthetic.

– Creating or sourcing versatile props & set elements that can work both on the show’s portable bandstand and in more conventional outdoor & rural touring venues.

Key Dates

The show will rehearse in Exeter Monday-Friday from 21st June to 9th July, including preview performances happening on the 8th & 9th July. The company won’t be available for pre-production meetings, so the creation & delivery of the design will need to take place within this period, and be completed by the end of it. The Designer doesn’t have to be present at all rehearsal days, but must have very good availability within this period.

Person Specification


– An empathic, collaborative and exuberant attitude to making art with others.

– Experience of creating and delivering costume & set designs for small-scale touring theatre shows.

– Understanding of the demands and challenges of outdoor touring.

– Ability to make & design quickly and independently.


– Ability to commute to Exeter.

– Access to car and clean driving license.

– Experience of designing for gig-theatre shows.


£1775 (based on 15 days’ work at the company rate of £117 per day), plus travel, accommodation and a materials budget of £1500.

How To Apply

Send a CV and portfolio to Jack at

Deadline for applications: 11:59 pm Thursday 20th May.

Interviews will take place online over the week of 24th May.


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