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Oily Cart are recruiting a Head of Costume for new early years production HUSH-A-BYE

Oily Cart are looking for a Head of Costume to lead the creative team in producing clothes, textile props and scenic items for our new early years production HUSH-A-BYE. This contract is offered for one production initially but with possible scope to continue working with the company on a regular basis. Oily Cart has its own well appointed textile/ wardrobe production workshop in Tooting, and are known for a high level of costume quality and construction innovation. This video should give you an insight into our design work.

The postholder will be responsible for the realisation, to the highest possible standard, of the artistic vision of productions through close liaison with Oily Cart’s Creative Team: Artistic Director and Writer, Director, Character Designer, Set Designer, and Musical Director.


Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree-top, when the wind blows the cradle will rock… Nestle among branches and meet the neighbours in Oily Cart’s immersive tree-top world. The leafy canopy is home to some of the creatures you might expect, and one you definitely won’t – a tiny baby! How did the infant get up there? Who is looking after them? And how can we help? 

Experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of a woodland wonderland, the audience must explore to find answers. Hush-A-Bye is an interactive, multi-sensory production for the very young, with live music, puppets and an enchanting environment. 

Created by Oily Cart, a theatre company renowned for their innovation, the production is presented in three versions: one for babies and toddlers (6 months – 2 years), one for young children (3 – 5 years), and a relaxed version for young people aged 3 – 8. 

As Head of Costume, you will create the costumes designed by Nikki Pontin, a well-known children’s book illustrator. The Head of Costume, along with the set designer, will collaborate closely with the character designer to bring her creations to the stage. You must be skilled in pattern cutting and be well-versed in different garment styles and textile manufacturing techniques. The Head of Costume will work closely with the Production Manager in managing the budget of the production, adhering to deadlines and managing the schedules and workload of wardrobe crew.

Download the full job description and person specification here.

Contractual period: Monday 16th October – Wednesday 13th December 2017

Deadline for applications: Thursday 13th July 2017 at 5pm

Interview date: 20th July 2017

Fee: £700 per week.  Re-location is offered to candidates who live outside of London.

How to apply: To apply please send your CV and Covering Letter to Tim Webb at