Deputy Head Of Stage

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Job Ref.: 
Deputy Head Of Stage
Job Location: 
London SE1
Recruiting For: 
a full time job position
Job Duration: 
Exact Salary: 
c. £41,000
Salary Range: 
£20.01- £25.00 (£39,020 - £48,750pa
Salary and Benefits: 

BECTU contract

Number of vacancies: 
Job starts now: 
I would like to receive applications from residents in: 
Lambeth and Southwark
Job Description: 

We are looking for a Deputy Head of Stage who will have active involvement in the setting up of shows, fit-ups, dress rehearsals, technical rehearsals, get-outs and events. They will play a key role in the running of the Stage and Carpentry Departments, ensuring a high standard of support for the creative teams during the production process. They will also supervise and manage teams and deputise for the Head of Stage when required, prioritising work and managing delivery of requirements in line with Health & Safety legislation.

The post requires an active involvement in the setting up of shows including weekly show cover, fit-ups, dress rehearsals, technical rehearsals and get-outs.


Areas of Responsibility

To comply and model The theatre’s Culture Statement, Dignity at Work, Diversity, Sustainability, Safeguarding, Health & Safety and all other Staff Handbook policies at all times.

Key Responsibilities

·Assist with running the Stage and carpentry departments and ensure high standards of support for creative teams during the production process.

·As directed by the Head of Stage, carry out any day-to-day building maintenance as is customarily the responsibility of a theatre Stage department.

·Undertake any other required building maintenance work where possible within the department rota.

·Ensure that all owned and hired equipment is used and maintained to a high standard.

·Work as required on the pre-production set up and running of productions either at the theatre or at other venues throughout the UK and the world as required.

·Work on outside hires of the stage and auditorium as and when required.



  • In the Head of Stage’s absence, assist the Risk and Technical Director in setting maintenance and show budgets and obtaining costings for specific projects.
  • Be familiar and act in accordance with the Theatre’s accounting and ordering procedures.


  • With the Head of Stage, organise and distribute the weekly staffing rota.
  • With the Head of Stage, recruit and induct casual and freelance staff as and when required.
  • In the Head of Stage’s absence, complete and submit time sheets for department staff and ensure that no unauthorised overtime is incurred and, with the Risk and Technical Director, that breaks are adhered to in accordance with the team’s contracts of employment and the SOLT/BECTU agreement as appropriate.
  • With the Head of Stage, supervise freelance and casual production and performance staff and contractors working under the Stage department’s remit.

Production & Administration:

  • Deputise for the Head of Stage in their absence.
  • Produce and maintain performance and department related paperwork for running, archive, maintenance and health and safety purposes.
  • As directed by the Head of Stage, undertake maintenance of all stage and rigging tools, equipment and specialist equipment hired in for productions.
  • Play an active role in the running of the shows, staff supervision and undertaking cues as and when required.
  • Act as standby building cover for performances, if required, according to the department rota.
  • Order supplies as required for productions, general department and building stock.
  • Ensure that the props, furniture, scenery and other technical elements of each production are maintained to a high standard.
  • With the Production Director, ensure that production designs are achieved within budgetary and technical parameters.
  • Liaise with performers and stage management on all Stage & carpentry related matters to ensure that problems are dealt with quickly and efficiently.
  • Attend first day of rehearsal, production, technical, and attend and participate in staff/team meetings as and when required.
  • Work fit ups, change overs and get outs as determined by the rota in advance.
  • Produce and maintain performance and department related paperwork for running, archive, maintenance and health and safety purposes.
  • Construct scenic elements, props and furniture for productions and rehearsals as and when required.
  • Work as and when required on outside hire events programmed on stage or in the auditorium.
  • Support the rehearsal and production process as required.

Education and Community:

  • Work on Education and Community team productions as and when the schedule allows and as agreed.


  • Provide support for touch tours, liaising with Theatre Administration.

Events and Hires:

  • Work as and when required on external events / Sunday hires.

Health & Safety:

  • Attend health & safety meetings.
  • With the Head of Stage, take responsibility for health and safety in all aspects of the work of the Stage department.
  • Ensure good housekeeping is maintained in all work and storage areas and work with other departments to ensure all technical areas are clear and well organised.
  • With the Head of Stage and Risk and Technical Director, carry out risk assessments for all activities undertaken by the Stage department or under the Stage department’s control.
  • Report any unsafe practices, incidents or concerns regarding health and safety to the Head of Stage or the Production Manager.
  • Comply with all health and safety requirements implemented by the management and ensure that all staff working for the department work in accordance with risk assessments and health and safety instructions.
  • Be familiar with the theatre’s emergency and evacuation/invacuation procedures.


  • Undertake training courses as may be required by the management to improve health and safety and skills base. 

This is not an exhaustive list of duties and the Theatre's management may, at any time, allocate other tasks which are of a similar nature or level.


Person Specification:          

Our working culture at the theatre is open, proactive and collaborative. As an organisation we prize creativity and the bravery to be led by that. We all bring passion and an entrepreneurial spirit to our roles. We work hard and take a ‘can do’ approach, and we have as much fun as we possibly can in the process.

For this role, we are looking for someone who has a proven track record of working in a Stage department for a similar sized theatre who is adaptable, energetic, engaged and personable.  Experience working on largescale productions including elements of automation and flying, or on a large scale regional Number One tour would also be advantageous.

Successful candidates will have proven experience of casual staffing and will be able to train, delegate and take control when needed, listening to and valuing others’ contributions.

They will demonstrate confident communication skills, diplomacy, discretion, professionalism and a positive approach, acting as a motivated and enthusiastic self- starter and team player who enjoys working with directors, designers and actors and cross-departmentally.

The role holder will be an excellent lateral thinker and problem solver, with attention to detail, experience of drawing up and managing relevant budgets, and proven knowledge of health and safety procedures and policies within a theatre of a similar size.


The role holder will have demonstrable experience of the following:

  • Working in a producing theatre with/as a production carpenter on fit ups, change overs and get outs.
  • Manual counter weight flying systems
  • Rigging within a theatrical environment
  • Deployment and use of chain hoists and associated control systems
  • Strong making and practical skills with experience of constructing practical props/FX for productions.
  • Good IT literacy, preferably with experience of Auto CAD.
  • Clear understanding of current health and safety legislation ideally with IOSH managing safely
  • Flexible attitude to working hours as evening and weekend working will be required.
  • Training and experience of working with harness and rope access systems

The role holder will ideally have at least a Level 2 qualification in bench joinery or welding


Closing date: Saturday 22nd December 2018

Interviews: w/c 2nd January 2019


Please send your CV and Covering Letter to apply for this role.

To apply for this job please email us a cover letter and your most up-to-date CV.

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