Composer/Musical Director


We are seeking a Musical Director, based in the South West of the UK, for the world premiere production of Sarah Dickenson’s play The Commotion Time.

More Details

The play is set in Cornwall and Exeter, telling the incredible story of three women and their community as they fight to save their livelihoods, their way of life, and their precious Gildhouse.

The play will be professionally produced on the main stage of the Northcott Theatre, directed by Creative Director Martin Berry, and will include a large community cast led by a professional actress in the leading role. Design is by Fi Russell.

Key Dates

Rehearsals will take place Monday and Thursday evenings from July – October, plus occasional Saturdays.  The MD will be needed for about three quarters of rehearsals, and we can create a flexible schedule accordingly.

The production and performance period will run 15th – 23rd October 2024.  These dates are vital and cannot be negotiated.

Key skills

We are seeking a dynamic, experienced musical director to write music for the show, to play live in the show itself and to lead the teaching of music to the community cast.  Therefore, composition skills, performance accompaniment skills and confidence working with professional and community performers are vital.


We are offering a fee of £3000 plus all expenses for this role.

How to apply

Please send a CV (maximum 2 pages) and short covering letter (maximum 250 words), outlining why you are excited by the role and what skills and insight you would bring to the team.  Please note we will ONLY consider applications from artists based in the South West of England.

Send to with ‘Commotion Time MD’ in the subject line.

Deadline for applications is Friday 26th April @ 5pm.


Exeter Northcott Theatre

Location Type

Specific location

Salary Type

Fixed fee

Fixed Fee Amount


Closing Date


Contract Type

Fixed Term, Part Time

Job Type

Creative & Direction

Link to application details

Join our network of theatre professionals