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Apply To Dress the Stages at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival

Are you a passionate creative that is looking for a new challenge to showcase your stage dressing and interior design talent?

We’re on the look-out for someone who can inject some added brilliance into our Festival Theatre and Tips & Tricks Theatre for the 2024 RHS Malvern Spring Festival, setting a beautiful foreground for our special guests. The stages at the show are a key focal point, where your work is sure to be seen by thousands.

Because of time constraints during the setup phase, we anticipate having one applicant assigned to dress each stage. However, applicants are welcome to express interest in dressing both stages if they wish. If there is one stage you would prefer to dress then please make sure to clearly indicate your first choice in your application.

About the stages

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival theatres are home from home for our horticultural experts and celebrity special guests. Here, visitors can hear tales from decorated careers and behind-the-scenes stories as well as gaining valuable, practical advice and inspiration from the best of the best.

Festival Theatre

The Festival Theatre welcomes gardening royalty and celebrity favourites to the stage to inspire visitors with expert advice, lively talks and fun and informative demonstrations. Visitors will also be able to take home expert advice from the much-loved Gardeners’ Question Time Sessions.

Tips & Tricks Theatre

The Tips & Tricks Theatre features a range of expert demonstrations that include how to fix, make and create things for your home and garden as well as discussing topics around growing, harvesting and maintaining flowers and vegetables.

A key theme for this stage is upcycling and reusing, this should be translated into the stage dressing design.

Find out more about the Festival Theatre here.

Important information

As the RHS Malvern Spring Festival is a true celebration of all things gardening and greenery, we require the design to have strong horticultural elements that will last for the entirety of the four-day festival. The build up will begin on Monday 6 May and must be completed by Wednesday 8 May. Breakdown will begin at 6.15pm Sunday 12 May and must be cleared by Monday 13 May.

All exhibits must be maintained with watering and fresh plant material. Replenishing times are 7am – 8.15am each morning and 6.15pm – 8pm during Show Week (Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th May).

How to apply

We’re asking all those eager to apply to submit their designs to Shows Executive, Charlie Gwynne

This should include:

  • Proposed furniture and props
  • Flower/plant list including colours and/or themes
  • An explanation of how you will achieve a design without floral foam
  • Sketch/moodboard (optional)

Please ensure no banned plants/flowers are included in your design. The banned plant list can be found here.

If you know someone who would be ideal for this opportunity, or you think you could be the perfect fit, then click here to download the full factsheet.

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