Hiring Assistant Director

Role:  Assistant Director

Schedule: one day preparation prior to week commencing 20th March (four days) with performance at Flare on 24th March – total 5 days

Location: London

Fee:        £443

Job Description

Clay & Diamonds are looking for an Assistant Director to contribute to the development and realisation of the artistic vision for the production of Orlando: The Queer Element at BFI Flare on 24th March 2017.

This will include a number of roles and responsibilities:

  • support the Director in developing the artistic vision for the work
  • support the Director in scheduling and managing logistical details regarding cast during rehearsals and performance
  • support the Director through sharing their expertise in music, dance, or movement

We actively encourage members of the trans community to apply for this role.


Orlando: The Queer Element

Orlando: The Queer Element is an immersive performance that explores our understanding of sex and gender from a scientific as well as cultural and historical perspective and will be performed to an audience of sixth form and university students as well as the general public alongside discussion and a screening of the film.

Directed by Andy Dawson, Artistic Director of Clay & Diamonds, time travelling audiences will step inside Orlando’s story as it unfurls across history to explore what it means when we call ourselves woman, man and those spaces in between.

Interviews will take place in London on 8th March with rehearsals and performance in week of 20th March (4 days). Assistant Director will support the Director remotely in lead up to rehearsals (1 day) with the performance on the day of 24th March totalling 1 week at Equity minimum rate of £444 per week.

Should we gain funding for this role in the full production (rehearsing 15th May-3rd June), the successful candidate here will be offered that 5 week position

Key Dates

Deadline for applications  17:00, 6th March

Interview for Assistant Director  09:30-10:30

Casting Workshop (London venue)  10:45-12:15, 8th March

Rehearsals (North London)  21st – 23rd March

Call time at BFI Southbank  09:00, 24th March

Public Performance  13:00-16:00, 24th March



Please send your application to Producer George Macpherson (george@clayanddiamonds.com) by 17:00 on 6th March 2017.

Include your experience and motivation for the project.


Clay & Diamonds

As educators & theatre makers, we seek to ask questions & evoke curiosity in our partners & audiences. Our work allows us to explore humanity & strengthen our communality through open and frank collaborations between artists & scientists.

Drawing together the artistic & scientific method offers a rich opportunity that comes out of their contrast & compatibility. While one looks for questions & the other for answers, both science & art look to examine & express nature with practitioners in each thriving off creativity & precision. At Clay & Diamonds, we bring together artists, scientists & audiences to explore the whole picture. Through unusual collaborations, we create space for full & open discussion around the nature of life. This defines the work that we make.

George Macpherson