Summer Residency 2021: Developing a New Musical

Are you aged 18-25? Do you love musicals?

Applications are now open for The North Wall’s annual ArtsLab Summer Residency and we are looking for performers, designers and technicians to collaborate with Harry Blake and Jennifer Fletcher on the early development of a brand new piece of musical theatre.

The residency will take place from 12 – 25 July 2021. It’s free to take part and accommodation and all meals are provided.

About the Project

Harry and Jen say: “We’ve spent the past year developing an idea for a musical comedy and we can’t wait to explore the material for the very first time with ArtsLab this summer. We’ll be focusing on the role of music and dance, exploring some prepared material and creating new work to share in a public performance.

The residency will involve a mixture of training exercises, testing new work and creating new material, culminating in an evening of performance at The North Wall. We are looking for creative performers with an interest in music and dance in any form. You don’t have to be a triple threat to apply!”

About Harry and Jen

Harry and Jen are theatre-makers with specialisms in music and movement. They work together to make innovative and contemporary musical theatre that blurs the boundaries between genres and has something to say about the world we live in.

They have collaborated as creatives on a wide range of productions including The Sandman (Southwark Playhouse), THOR & LOKI (HighTide) and The Beggar’s Opera (Storyhouse). Other credits include Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (West End and national tour), As Long as the Heart Beats (National Theatre Wales) and Wild East (Young Vic).

How to Apply

All applicants must fill out the application form and provide additional information depending on which role you are applying for.


Please include a sharing link to 2 videos (ie. Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox):

  • A song of your choice
  • A clip of you dancing – this could be a showreel, footage of you doing some choreography or improvising at home to a song that makes you want to move (Suggested length of up to 2 minutes)

Please state your name, age and current location at the beginning of both videos, and make sure that your link is viewable and not locked. Material will not be shared outside of the application process.


Please send us some examples of your work – this could be a website link or digital portfolio if you have one. Please ensure whatever link you add that it is viewable and not locked.


Please include a link to your CV or paste a short biography (maximum 250 words)

The North Wall celebrates diversity and fosters inclusion, and is committed to equality of opportunity for everyone in our community, regardless of class, age, disability, gender, race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We actively encourage applications from individuals who are under-represented in the cultural sector.

To take part you must be:

  • aged 18-25
  • resident in the UK at the time of the project
  • be available for the full length of the residency (12 – 25 July 2021)

Click here to fill out the application form

Application deadline: Sunday 16 May

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to an informal interview on the 29 or 30 May over Zoom.

We aim to inform candidates by 7 June 2021.

If you have any questions please get in touch with Amelia Thornber, our Assistant Producer, on

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