Casting call (Christmas Comes to Moominvalley)

Come and join us this winter!

Jacksons Lane is looking for four ensemble performers for this year’s in-house production of Christmas Comes to Moominvalley at Jacksons Lane. The production will be produced by Jacksons Lane, and written and directed by Kaveh Rahnama. It has been commissioned especially for the Moomins 80th anniversary by Moomin Characters in Finland.

Rehearsals begin on the Monday 11th November and the show runs from Friday 6th December – Sunday 5th January. There will also be two R and D days in September dates TBC. Each performer will be paid an inclusive fee of £5600 for the R and D, rehearsals and run. The show is being produced in collaboration with Moomin Characters and will use gentle circus – we are particularly interested in juggling, acrobalance, and floor acrobatics – to tell the story.

The show will be using a combination of ensemble work, physicality, circus, and puppetry to tell the story – along spoken text. It will be aimed at all ages from 3 upwards. We are open to performers from a variety of skill sets. Experience working with devised theatre is essential and a strong level of physical work is desirable. The show will be devised and adapted around the finalised cast using the book as the source (the original story by Tove Jansson – The Fir Tree).

If any of the following apply to you please get in touch:

  • Circus, dance, physical theatre background
  • Actor/ musician
  • Ensemble work
  • Work with young people/families
  • Experience in devised work
  • Puppetry work
  • Good level of acrobatics/gymnastics/ hand balancing

How to apply

Deadline for applications: Friday 14 June 

Auditions will be held on the Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June at Jacksons Lane in Highgate.

Please send one side of A4 (CVs welcome also) stating why you are interested and suitable to [email protected]


Better representation of the world we live in is important to us, so we particularly welcome applications from artists and performers from Global Majority backgrounds, or from backgrounds which are not seen or heard enough on stage and screen.

We are a PiPA (Parents and Carers in Performing Arts) partner. PiPA enables and empowers parents, carers and employers to achieve sustainable change in attitudes and practices in order to attract, support and retain a more diverse and flexible workforce. We are always happy to discuss solutions that allow people to balance their caring responsibilities with their working lives, for example through job shares or flexible working arrangements.