Designer participant in TDA workshop

TDA My Name is Assistant Designer

Deadline: Friday 7 March, midday

A captivating new play about love, family and ever-shifting identities My Name is… tells the story behind a story that fleetingly hit headlines in 2006 and continues to resonate throughout the UK and beyond. This moving verbatim play reveals a cross-cultural love story that began in late 70s Glasgow, a world away from the frantic ‘tug of love’ well documented in the world's press. Writer Sudha Bhuchar travelled to Scotland and Pakistan in 2008 and was inspired by interviews with the real people behind the headlines - these testimonies sit at the heart of the play. For more info on the production, click here>.

"A deeply personal story, played out in a public arena; showing how two cultures relate and have shifted over time” James Macdonald

With the support of the The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we are offering the opportunity for a TDA artist to work as Assistant Designer alongside lead designer Miriam Nabarro.

The Assistant Designer will observe and input into the creative process of devising the overall design for our new production My Name is… - set, costume and props - working closely with the Miriam from initial ideas through to the actual staging of the show.            

We can offer the opportunity to:
* assist on the design for My Name Is…, being involved in the creative process and supporting the designer from concept through to staging, including creative input, possible research, sourcing and administrative tasks
* be involved in the broader process of producing a new production, including the relationship with the creative and production team and observing meetings as appropriate
* support the lead designer and technical team during production week at the Arcola

Your role as TDA Assistant Designer will include:
* observing, and inputting into the design during the production process, and will include attendance at key creative meetings, some of the rehearsals, the production week at the Arcola and up to the opening,
* working alongside Tamasha and the creative team, and acting always with discretion and in the best interests of Tamasha.

We are looking for artists who:
* are actively pursuing a career in theatre design and are able to demonstrate some track record in this are
* are passionate and inquisitive about theatre making and desig
* have a genuine desire to further develop their theatre making skill
* having some technical, practical research and design skills would be an asset

This opportunity is open to all; however, you must be able to demonstrate that you have some experience of theatre design and staging.  An understanding of, or demonstrable interest in, cross cultural theatre practice is also desirable.

We are able to offer a bursary of £1500 for the role to include creative meetings, attendance at rehearsals and during the production week at the Arcola. This includes related expenses. 

How to apply:
You should be able to available to start immediately, and to attend any creative meetings in March/April 2014 (dates tbc). You should also be able to attend some of the rehearsals in London, between 7 and 29 April, and to be present for the relevant days of the production week at the Arcola from w/c 28 April (opening on the 30th). Please write not more than 1 side of A4 about why you want to be the Assistant Designer on My Name Is…, with reference to the description of the role and person specification above:
* Why this assistant designing opportunity is important to you
* What is it that you want to gain from this? How will this benefit you and your professional work going forward?

Please include your CV, and complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form which you can download here. Applications should be received by 12 noon on Friday 7th March 2014 to: with ‘My Name Is… Assistant Designer’ in the subject line. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted after this date.

If you have any further questions about this role please ring Felicity at the Tamasha offices on 0207 749 0090 or email 

Tamasha gratefully acknowledges support from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.