Fee:  £150/day – estimated 13.50 full days or equivalent hours where 1 day is equivalent to 8 hours

Contract: Freelance/self-employed

Location: Pre-show meetings virtual/hybrid, rehearsals London/Manchester (in-person attendance required). Where in-person work is required, we will cover hotels, travel and per diems for people outside a reasonable/accessible commute.

Key dates (provisional):

Pre show meetings: (8.5 days)

  • Mid-late July: Meet with Director (0.25 days)
  • August: Create mood board for show (2 days)
  • Mid-late August: Director meeting (0.25 days)
  • Early Sep: Creative Team meeting (0.25 days)
  • w/c 7 December: Paper Tech (0.75 days)
  • Design work est. 5 days

Rehearsals: (2 days)

  • 27 – 29 Feb (10am-6pm) London, (location TBC) (1 day)
  • 4 – 8 March (10am-6pm) Manchester (location TBC) (1 day)

Show week: (3 days – get in, build, tweaks)

  • Monday 11 March, 10am-6pm
  • Tuesday 12 March, 10am-6pm
  • Wednesday 13 March, 10am-6pm

The Production

We are looking for a Set Designer to work alongside the Director and creative team to create an integrated set design for the 2023 CRIPtic Showcase [Production name TBC]. 

The production (name TBD) comprises 4x 30 minute mono/dialogues by disabled performers with integrated access elements. They explore themes of relationships, culture, dis/connection, intimacy and identity. It is the culmination of our Launchpad disabled artist development programme. Please read more about the pieces here [LINK].

Each of these monologues will be set in a different, physical location, and we are looking for a modular or flexible set design that can be easily transformed to move between implied locations.

Some key information we know at this stage is:

  • The show will contain projection throughout 
  • The show will be performed at HOME Theatre in Manchester (Studio Theatre)

The Role

The Set Designer will be responsible for all aspects of designing and building/managing the

build of the set for the CRIPtic Showcase. They will work alongside the Director Jamie Hale and a wider creative team and report to the CRIPtic Arts Producer. The Set Designer will be a core part of the design team, and will attend production and design meetings as required. The set will need to be thematically and functionally appropriate for the performers, and be accessible for all performers.

They will also be consulted on costume and props, to ensure these are appropriate for the show and set.

 Main duties will include: 

  • Design and oversee the purchase and/or making of sets
  • Design and oversee the purchase and/or making of costume and props
  • Work alongside the creative team and participate in design and production meetings as required
  • When designing the set, to ensure that it meets with the access requirements of the performers 
  • To collaborate with the Director to ensure the set is thematically and functionally suitable 
  • To attend technical and dress rehearsals and take responsibility for issues concerning the set design
  • To be present at rehearsals and performances on dates agreed in advance with the Director and Producer.
  • To make site visits if required
  • To lead or assist in any reasonable requests in line with the role of a Set Designer


  • You must be disabled (to see what that means to CRIPtic, click here)
  • Experience of set design on at least one professional show
  • Able to work closely with the director, creative teams and artists to come up with creative ideas 
  • Willingness to learn about creating accessible set design, if you do not have pre-existing knowledge


  • Qualification in set design or theatre with significant design component
  • Experience in creating accessible set design and understanding of potential access issues for disabled audiences and performers with set design

To Apply

Please email team@cripticarts.org with a portfolio of your work and CV. Your CV can submitted as a 2 page document in written English, or a 4 minute audio or video clip (video clips can be in English or BSL) Please include the job title of the job you are applying for in the subject line.

We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who cannot work without wheelchair access, BSL interpreters (when working with non-signers), or 1:1 support, as part of our commitment to ensuring we are creating opportunities for those whose needs may not be met elsewhere. We are also particularly keen to hear from applicants from the global majority.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 28th June.

We are interviewing for this position on a rolling basis. We may hold interviews and appoint the role before the application deadline. We therefore advise you to apply quickly. We will update the CRIPtic Arts website if we fill this position before the application deadline.