Jens is a founder member of Just Jones & and is resident designer.
He trained at Wimbledon School of Art and Design & London College of Furniture. He was a finalist in the Linbury Prize and was awarded the Arts Council Bursary for Design at Northern Stage.
Here’s a gallery of some of Jens’ designs – see the full gallery here
Jens Demant Cole
Theatre includes An Enemy of the People (Just Jones & ) Mole in the Hole (Oily Cart/Unicorn Theatre & tour), In the Night Garden Live (Set and auditorium for bespoke touring tent, Minor Entertainment/Ragdoll Productions), Flying Chairs for Something in the Air (Oily Cart/Ockhams Razor/Manchester International Festival), Pool Piece (lighting design Oily Cart), Baking Time, Blue, String, If All the World Were Paper (design collaborator Oily Cart); Mother Goose (Exeter Northcott). Sick! Almeida Theatre; Romeo og Julie world premiere of new Danish translation in Odense Denmark, Thief of Lives, Bert’s Big Night Out, Hogwash (NorthernStage), 666 (The Pleasance Edinburgh, Riverside), The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Tempest (Bridewell), The Flats (Chelsea Theatre), Landscape of the Body (Southside Productions, Southwark), The Story of an African Farm (Young Vic Studio), Entertaining Mr Sloane (London Classic), Keeping Mum (Brockley Jack)
Opera: The Magic Flute, Wagner’s Ring Cycle (for Longborough Festival Opera), Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried & Gotterdammerung, transferring to the Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Site-specific productions of The Nativity for Theatre Royal, Bath, Adventures into the Unknown, (Discovery Museum, Newcastle), We Want to Meet the Architects (Gulbenkian Studio, Newcastle Playhouse), where he also converted the auditorium into the round for Grimms’ Tales.
As JDC Design, he creates conversions and refurbishments of period buildings and bespoke furniture for buildings and people of all ages.
“Jens Cole’s creativity and practical ability made a huge contribution to nearly all the Oily Cart shows produced between 2003 and 2011. The high point of Jens’s designing for us was probably Something in the Air at Manchester International Festival in 2009. Jens designed the “flying seating” that made that show so remarkable. The seats were made to his design and hoisted the audience on the same rig as the aerial performers. It was 360 degree theatre for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. The show was a highly acclaimed production that was truly unique.
The set that Jens designed for Mole in the Hole in 2010 is another success that stays in the memory of our audiences. The set was an amazing multi-sensory delight with an interactive trail, a huge dome and a gantry for the moles and lots of puppets. I am very happy to support JJ&’s collaboration with Jens Demant Cole. AMANDA WEBB/AKA CLAIR DE LOON HEAD OF DESIGN OILY CART”