The Unicorn is a fast-paced, innovative and extraordinary theatre with big ambitions and big ideas. We programme exceptional theatre for young audiences and work with the most exciting talent in the UK and beyond. We share great theatre with around 90,000 children and young people every year, and we work hard to reach the widest possible range of audiences.

Every role matters, every contribution is valued and needed. We're a great team and you will get to make a difference.

The Drapers’ Company Costume Placement

This is an exciting opportunity for a person under 25 to join the Unicorn Theatre on a completely new, paid placement in the Wardrobe department.  Funded by the Drapers’ Company, the placement will enable an applicant with a real appetite to work within costume or textiles, and to be completely embedded in the Unicorn Technical department.  You’ll assist across all areas of theatre costume, developing vital practical, creative and commercial skills.  You’ll learn fast, in a real and demanding hands-on environment.  You’ll see professional productions develop from beginning to end, work with professional Designers and Directors, and be developed and supported by one of the strongest Technical teams around. 
It is a requirement of the funding that the applicant is under 25 years old throughout the length of the placement.  This is a 15 week placement, averaging out as four days a week; we are seeking people who show fearless passion and commitment, especially from backgrounds typically under-represented in the theatre sector. 
To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to
Closing date for applications: 10am, Thursday 21 November 2019
Interviews: Thursday 28 November 2019
Contract dates: Monday 10 February – Tuesday 26 May 2020
Salary: £345 a week

Work experience opportunities

Work experience applications for 2019 have now all been allocated.
Applications for work experience placements throughout 2020 will open in January 2020; please get ready to email us then with your CV, or an email outlining why you'd like to come to us. Please mention the dates you'd like to be with us (we offer week-long placements here). We prioritise people who live or study in the borough of Southwark, and people who study at our partner schools.

Shadowing Opportunities

We want to help more people think about a career in theatre, and experience the process of putting together a show.

The Unicorn offers opportunities to shadow certain roles whenever our schedule allows. You might be interested in learning more about:

  • Directing
  • Movement Directing / Choreography
  • Lighting Design
  • Set Design
  • Sound Design

You'll observe rehearsals or technical sessions led by our creatives, and see how they run the space and work with the team. These sessions are usually a single morning or afternoon, but could be as long as two days. You must be over 18, and you can be at any stage in your arts career.

0 / 0