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Theatre Technician

Job Description

The Kenton Theatre is a stunning Georgian venue which first opened in November 1805 and is one of the oldest working theatres in the UK.  Seating 240, the theatre today offers a varied programme of music, drama, dance, talks, comedy and family work and is regularly hired by a number of community groups and private events. Boasting over 230 performances a year, with an annual income of c£500k.

Reporting to the Technical Manager, we are seeking to appoint a skilled and adaptable Theatre Technician with a passion for the Arts.

Purpose of role

To assist in the running of the technical theatre department and to ensure the smooth running of the performances and events.

Collaborating with visiting companies and the Technical Manager to translate their show needs into reality. Set up lighting, sound, and video equipment according to specifications, ensuring seamless transitions and flawless execution.

Working with the Theatre and Manager and Technical Manager to maintain our vibrant and historic theatre ensuring technical spaces are tidy and well organised and upholding strict health and safety protocols.

Main duties and responsibilities

Production

  • Act as duty technician during performances.
  • Carrying out work fitting up and packing down shows.
  • Operating fly and winch systems for safe loading of equipment.
  • Working as part of the technical crew for the annual pantomime.
  • Providing first line support for technical support in the building to other departments.
  • Assisting with recommendations for buying or hiring equipment for the artistic programme according to the scheduling, budgeting and technical needs of the theatre.
  • Assisting the freelance technicians and coordination of backstage volunteers.
  • Ensuring equipment is returned to be stored safely and securely.
  • Promoting good working practices and maintaining high production values at all times.

Building

  • Undertaking basic maintenance duties as required to ensure the workplace adheres to health and safety requirements.
  • Ensuring good housekeeping around the building focusing on technical spaces.
  • To be familiar with and comply with current Health & Safety regulations relevant to the industry or mandated by local or national regulations and to keep abreast of any changes.
  • Inspecting and basic maintenance of equipment plus updating records including asset tracking.
  • PAT testing of electrical equipment – training can be provided.

Person Specification

Required Skills

  • At least two years of technical and production experience in theatre, events or AV production including operating performances.
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Strong IT skills including use of Microsoft Office 365 including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and SharePoint.
  • Great communication and teamworking skills
  • A passion and commitment to delivering the arts
  • Good timekeeping
  • Availability over peak seasons including Christmas
  • Due to working with children, an enhanced DBS check will be carried out.
  • Availability to work flexible and unsociable hours.
  • Ability to safely and confidently work at height on ladders.
  • Availability to work unsupervised and under your own initiative.

Preferred Skills

  • Driving licence and vehicle preferred due to unsociable hours
  • Understanding of lighting and audio systems including DMX, Show Cue Systems, ETC Element lighting desks and Allen & Heath QU digital sound desks
  • Rigging experience including knots and safe practices.
  • Experience in theatre productions is preferred but training can be provided.
  • IT skills including networking.
  • Experience with Artifax, our bookings software, and Spektrix, our ticketing software.
  • DIY skills such as sawing, drilling and/or painting.

Terms

Hours:             20 hours per week (shift based dependent on Kenton Theatre programme of events).  Possible peak overtime available or hours in lieu.  This role will involve unsociable hours including weekends and evenings

Holiday:           20 days per annum plus bank holidays on a pro rata basis

Probation:       Six months

Contract type: Permanent

Location:         Based at the theatre and a driving licence is preferred due to late shifts

 

Application Process

Please email a CV and cover letter to: recruitment@kentontheatre.co.uk ensuring that Theatre Technician is included in the subject line.

For further information please contact Lottie Pheasant, Theatre Manager at theatremanager@kentontheatre.co.uk

Deadline for applications: Friday 1 March 2024 at 5pm

In-person interviews to take place: week commencing: Monday 4 March 2024