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Assistant Director


Vanishing Point seeks an experienced Assistant Director, to assist Artistic Director Matthew Lenton on the development and creation of The Dark Carnival, a new show which will premiere in 2019.

In 2018/19 Vanishing Point will create The Dark Carnival in collaboration with the brilliant Glasgow band, A New International. The show will be a ‘darkly comic pop opera’ formed around songs written and performed by the eight-piece band, text written by Matthew Lenton, and a cast of up to eight performers. Two versions of the show will be created; a mid to large-scale version and a small-scale touring version (reduced to one singer/musician and a storyteller) designed to go almost anywhere.  The Dark Carnival will be presented in Spring 2019 around Scotland.

The Assistant Director will work closely with Vanishing Point’s Artistic Director Matthew Lenton on both the mid to large- scale and small-scale production, along with the creative team.

The role will involve observing rehearsals, responding to developments as required, assisting the director in the day-to-day running of the rehearsal room, working with performers under the artistic director’s instruction, keeping a rehearsal room diary and preparing and leading educational workshops to coincide with the production.

Candidates must have some prior experience of being a director or an assistant director in a professional context and must live in Scotland full time.

For a full job description, criteria and application details please refer to the Job Information Pack.  

How to apply

To apply, please send a C.V. and a covering letter (of no more than one side of A4) to by 5pm on 20th of April 2018. 

Please also complete an Equalities Monitoring Form and send this with your application.

Please detail:

  • Why you are interested in working as an Assistant Director with Vanishing Point
  • How this opportunity will contribute to your professional development
  • Your previous experience as a director and / or assistant director

We will select candidates for interview and notify them by Monday 30th April 2018. Please note that if you have not heard from us by this deadline, you should assume we will not be taking your application further.

Interviews will take place in Glasgow in May / June.

Vanishing Point is an equal opportunities employer. If you are invited to attend an interview and have any special requirements, please let us know so that we can cater for you.

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