Assistant Designer Job Opportunity

Are you an emerging designer, maker, artist, tailor, or craftsperson or perhaps you have an interest in design and children’s theatre? Are you based in Yorkshire?

Are you an individual who identifies as being BAME/PoC, D/deaf and/or Disabled**?

We are offering a unique opportunity for a creative person to develop their design skills by taking up role as Assistant Designer on our next play for children Sweet Dreams by Mike Kenny

We keenly encourage applications from the widest of backgrounds that reflect the diversity of the UK today or those who are new to theatre.

What is the show?

Sweet Dreams is a new play about the wonders and benefits of sleep. If you cannot sleep, won’t sleep or love sleep there is something in this show for you.  With sublime music and beautiful design, tutti frutti invites you to their new show made of dreams.

Working with partners; The Children’s Sleep Charity and Sheffield Children’s NHS Trust this magical new show is underpinned with research about sleep behaviours in children and families. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and Garfield Weston.

Sweet Dreams is a new play by award-winning playwright Mike Kenny. The play is intended for audiences of children aged 3-7 and their families, will be performed by 2 performers and will tour to arts centres, small scale studio theatres, community venues, sports halls, schools, midscale venues and potentially international venues. The play will tour nationally from 16 May 2020 until 21 June 2020.

What’s the deal?

  • You get to work with a leading children’s theatre designer on a new national touring theatre production to observe and support the ideas as they emerge
  • You will receive mentoring and support from the tutti frutti team
  • You will support the designer step by step through the creative process, from ideas to completion, to design and create the set, costumes and props
  • You will have the opportunity to attend tutti frutti design meetings for future shows
  • You will receive a fee of £1800 plus travel expenses and some accommodation if required.
  • You be must be based in Yorkshire to be eligible.
  • You must be available to attend:
Mon 7 Oct 2019 Informal Interview for the position (Leeds)
Mon 14 Oct OR Weds 16 Oct 2019 Short induction at the tutti office  (Leeds)
Weds 30 & Thurs 31 Oct 2019 Research & Development** (R&D) in Leeds
3 days TBC* between Nov 2019 – May 2020 Model Meetings (location TBC)
2 days TBC* between Nov 2019 – May 2020 To work with the designer (location TBC)
Mon 20 April – Fri 15 May 2020 (6 days in total – 2 days a week) In rehearsals in Leeds
5 days TBC between Mon 11 – Sat 16 May 2020 Production Week** and opening of the show (location TBC)

*Any days that are TBC will take account of your availability

Who are we looking for?

  • We would like to offer this opportunity to someone who is either early in their design career OR someone who enjoys making, designing, crafting, tailoring OR someone who has an interest in children’s theatre design
  • Someone who likes developing and working on imaginative, thoughtful and meaningful ideas and would like to work on a design from conception through to completion
  • Someone who is helpful, engaged, interested and willing to learn
  • Someone who agrees with our core values of embracing and learning from diversity and differences in one another; and that all children deserve to experience and enjoy meaningful experiences
  • Someone who identifies as being BAME/PoC, D/deaf and/or Disabled**

How to apply

You can apply in a variety of ways – you can write to us or show us visually or other creative digital platforms, as long as you cover the following areas:

  1. Please download the full emerging designer call out document and read the further information.
  2. We want to hear about you. Tell us briefly about yourself and what you have been doing to date.
  3. Please explain why you think you might be the right person for this opportunity. Make sure you consider the ‘What we are looking for’ section above when answering this question.
  4. Please share with us why this children’s theatre design opportunity would be exciting or useful for you. We ask this because we want to understand how this opportunity could help you develop your career or interests.
  5. Complete the equal opportunities form.

Please make sure your application is not more than one page of writing, if it is a video or recording no longer than 3 minutes, and no more than 3 pages of visual work.

If you have any questions about the application or you would like any other information about the role, please feel free to call Mosa for an informal chat on 0113 388 0027 or email

Send your application to: Mosa Mpetha, by email to, or by post to tutti frutti, Shine, Harehills Rd, Leeds, LS8 5HS


The deadline to send your application is Monday 30 September at 9am



tutti frutti is an exciting and dynamic touring theatre company specializing in work for children aged 3-7 years and their families. We tour newly commissioned plays regionally, nationally and internationally. We work with artists that are specialists in making work for children and creating visually exciting, engaging and meaningful theatre for children. We have recently developed our touring profile abroad and are currently on our first tour of the US.


To delight children with meaningful, imaginative, visual, story-based theatre.


We are a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and funded by LCC. We are a charity and a company limited by guarantee and we have reserves of eight months operating costs.

We are seeking new Trustees to complement the experience of our existing Board and to work closely with the core team to realise tutti frutti’s artistic programme and determine the development of the company over the forthcoming years. We are looking for passionate, individuals who are willing to share their energy and skills to help us navigate a challenging climate and come on an exciting, creative journey. We are particularly keen to welcome as Trustees individuals who represent the diversity of modern Britain and who can support the company in better creating work for diverse communities and audiences. Board members are required to champion fundraising and diversity.


What will you get out of it?

  • A rewarding experience – helping a creative company prosper and be successful.
  • Being ‘at the centre of the action’, helping to support strategic decisions about the things that matter and enable the company to thrive.
  • Putting your skills and experience to good use by supporting the company’s mission and vison.
  • The personal learning and satisfaction that comes from applying your skills and experience in a new context.
  • Attendance at tutti frutti performances and events.
  • Training to be a Trustee


If you would like to find out more, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Emma Killick 0113 3880027 for an informal discussion.