The Arrival student showcase at Circus Space,  2011

The Arrival TDA Assistant Lighting Designer

With the support of the The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we offered the opportunity to work as TDA Assistant Lighting Designer alongside lead designer Andy Purves on The Arrival (for Andy’s biog click here). The Assistant observed and inputted into the creative process of devising the lighting for a new production, from initial ideas through to the actual staging of the show.    


We offered the opportunity to:
•    assist on the lighting design for The Arrival, learning about the creative process and supporting the designer from concept through to staging, including creative input, possible research and administrative tasks
•    be involved in the broader process of producing a production, including the relationship with the creative and production team and observing meetings as appropriate
•    support the lead designer and technical team in rigging the lighting and re-lighting for the production during the tour

The role as TDA Assistant Lighting Designer included:
•    observing, and inputting into the design during the production process, and will include attendance at key creative meetings, some of the rehearsals, technical set-ups and runs and the tour performances.
•    working alongside Tamasha and the creative team, and acting always with discretion and in the best interests of Tamasha
•    blogging about your experience to share with other artists through the Tamasha website

This opportunity was open to all; however, you must have been able to demonstrate that you have some experience of theatre lighting, and technical theatre.  An understanding of, or demonstrable interest in, intracultural theatre practice was desirable.

We were looking for artists who:
•    are actively pursuing a career in lighting design and are able to demonstrate some track record in this area
•    are passionate and inquisitive about theatre making and design
•    have a genuine desire to further develop their theatre making skills
•    are proactive, hard-working individuals, with excellent communication skills
•    are organised and efficient, able to prioritise and take initiative
•    are discreet, and with the ability to keep calm under pressure
•    are a team player who are sensitive to colleagues’ pressures and instinctively supportive

We were able to offer a bursary of £1800 for the role to include creative meetings, attendance at rehearsals, attendance during the production week in Southampton (w/c 18 March) and some tour performances.  This equated to approximately 14 days work and includes an allowance to cover any necessary travel and other expenses.  


Tamasha gratefully acknowledges support from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.