Set Design Volunteer Position


Set Designer required for Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich

Status: Voluntary Worker

Whether you’re completely new to the Maddermarket Theatre or looking for an opportunity to re-ignite your involvement, this exciting production role is the perfect opportunity to play an integral part in the creation of one of our productions, within a supportive, structured set-up.

The Norwich Players are looking for someone to take on the role of set designer on their forthcoming production of Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick which explores the truth behind the legends of the Carry On film stars.

The role offers an opportunity to use initiative, express creativity and take on responsibility whilst working alongside a welcoming production team made up of both professional and volunteers. The Maddermarket Theatre is set up to develop and facilitate volunteers in all areas of its operations. Many of our volunteers work on a number of productions a year and a number use us as a springboard into professional theatre.

The role is open to people from wide variety of design backgrounds. You might be:

• An experienced designer or production team member within amateur theatre seeking to work with the Norwich Players for the first time.

• Someone who has designed sets at the Maddermarket in the past and is looking for a route back into regular volunteering.

• A budding theatre designer with ambitions towards professional work who needs to build up a portfolio.

• A multi-skilled creative with design experience from outside theatre, interested in applying your skills to set design.

Whatever your route into the role, once on board you will be afforded full support appropriate to your particular experience and skill-set.

Experience required

The role requires an informed understanding level of knowledge of theatre production operations and the theatre design process. This will enable the designer to work confidently with the rest of the team, including close collaboration with the production’s director John Mangan, and the theatre’s set builder James Utting.

The design brief

The play is set in and around Sid James’ caravan on location of four Carry On films. The play is an accurate representation of the period and the culture of the films and is naturalistic in style. The director will bring a wealth of information regarding the tone of the films and the era, and it is anticipated that the designer will work closely with him to ensure the most accurate realisation of tone, materials, furniture and props as possible. The production will greatly benefit from a design process that embraces research and attention to detail.

The Maddermarket will provide:

A fully equipped workshop onsite

A professional theatre carpenter

A  set budget and support for realising your design within budget

A team of volunteers with a wide variety of skills

A professional production manager to coordinate the process and oversee planning and production costs.

Access to professionally taken production images for portfolio use

A props store on site

A furniture store.

A dynamic and stimulating volunteering environment.

The Set designer will take the lead on:

Interpreting the text and the directors vision to create a naturalistic set and communicating this to the production and creative team.

Communicating their ideas through any or all of scale drawings, a model box or digital design programme. 

Attending production meetings and an agreed number of rehearsals,

Attending the build week during the day.

Sourcing materials and dressing to create a fully period piece.

Supporting the theatre carpenter in the construction process and leading the dressing and finishing process with a team of volunteers.

Working with the production manager to ensure the set is finished in time and on budget.


Rehearsals commence:14th May

Build week commences: 11th June

Tech Rehearsal: Sunday 17th June

Opening night: 22nd June

Get out: TBC

To apply

Send an email to our production manager with the subject header: DESIGN CCED. Deadline is 10am on the 30th April


A brief letter of introduction explaining your interested in the project

Attach your CV or link to a website

An outline of your ideas for the production, this can be visual or written

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