The Squid and the Sea



Performer / Puppeteer

Freelance employment period and locations: 

  • Monday 4th - Saturday 9th July 2022
    (rehearsals in Newcastle upon Tyne) 

  • Friday 15th - Sunday 17th July 2022
    (performances in Beverley, East Yorkshire)


Fee: £800 total
(£500 rehearsal week, £150 per day for Beverley performances)


Tatwood Puppets is looking for two Performer/Puppeteers for The Squid and the Sea - a devised walkabout show about the environment, which features a giant squid puppet made by Judith Hope Puppet Maker. The Squid and the Sea will be rehearsed/devised across 6 days in Newcastle upon Tyne with director Kathleen Yore of Odd Doll before debuting at Beverley Puppet Festival 2022 in East Yorkshire.


Beverley Puppet Festival has become a firm fixture in the East Yorkshire events calendar and is a key event for puppeteers nationally and internationally. The public event will span 15th - 17th July 2022 and will include a programme of indoor and outdoor theatre performances for adults, children and families.


The project has been made possible by Arts Council England.

Essential requirements/skills


  • Must be fully available for all of the dates listed above

  • Must be based in the North East of England

  • Some performance/movement experience and a desire to develop skills in puppetry

  • Enjoys teamwork and can respond well to direction 


Desirable skills

  • Puppetry experience

  • Outdoor theatre experience

  • Please note that we welcome applications from those who might not have worked with puppets before but it would be useful to have some experience with performing/movement. If you are an emerging artist looking to get into puppetry then please consider applying.


Additional provisions to fee

  • Accommodation* and travel covered to attend Beverley Puppet Festival

  • Food provided on performance days at Beverley Puppet Festival

  • Artist passes to access the rest of Beverley Puppet Festival (ticket holders given priority over artist passes)

*Please note that accommodation at the festival may be in twin rooms with other The Squid and the Sea company members. 


Tatwood Puppets is especially keen to hear from those who consider themselves from underrepresented groups within the creative industries workforce, including people with disabilities, Global Majority artists and LGBTQIA+ people.


Please send the following to Kerrin Tatman at with SQUID PERFORMER CALL OUT in the subject heading: 

  • a single-side A4 cover letter explaining why you are interested in the role and any previous performance experience (if any) that you have. This could include links to videos, pictures etc.

  • An up-to-date CV including where you are based in the North East of England


Deadline: Please note that this opportunity has now closed for applications.