2017 Freefall Stage Manager Recruitment

We are seeking a versatile stage manager with experience in small scale touring. You will support the sourcing and maintenance of props/costume/set and manage the delivery of our show in schools and a few venues across the east region. You must have a good understanding of setting up and operating a basic sound system and AV equipment.  A general knowledge of technical requirements and lighting would be advantageous to support the team at venue performances.

Freefall (freefalltour.uk) is a piece of contemporary theatre starring one actress as a young carer, telling the story of being a young carer.  It has been created with young carers over the past few years and most performances will be supported by a young adult carer who will be a part of the delivery team.  It does not focus on the ‘worthiness’ of the issue, but on the celebration of the work young carers do, encouraging young carers to access support, and enabling us to bring high quality art to young people & communities more broadly.

The production is being created by a team of exciting professionals including Choreographer Helen Parlor, Director Stuart Mullins, Sound Designer Simon McCorry and writer Anna Reynolds.  You will work with this team and others to ensure a productive rehearsal period leads to a realised show that you will manage the creative delivery of within artistic & school venues.  You will be supported by our team both in the office and on the road where needed, so must have excellent communication skills and experience of touring with remote office support for bookings & logistics.  

The role of the stage manager is to work with the director to keep the rehearsal period running smoothly, liaise with other creative team members to ensure the availability of equipment and required resources, seek out props and production items needed and to then operate any technical requirements during shows.

We are looking for someone who is sympathetic to the acting and devising process – I.e. Adaptable and happy to deal with constant change. You will need to be comfortable with technology, both audio and visual; with an ability to work with team to play around with it’s best use within the production.

Personal qualities important to us is someone who is calm and sociable, practical (can go out and find stuff cheaply!) and who has a desire to make a success of this continually developing project. You will be an all-round production support team member and work alongside a creative team that will also support you and collaborate at every stage.

Whilst on tour you will be in charge of the production, setting up & operating the technical equipment and ensuring all properties from the show are well cared for.

We will begin rehearsals on 6th February 2017 in Hertford before moving to Stowmarket (Suffolk) from 13th to 24th followed by dates across Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire until the 18th March 2017.  We also plan on further touring in early July 2017 and you must be able to start communications with the director as soon as possible to prepare for the start of rehearsals.

Fee:  £450 per week (time in pre-rehearsal preparation will also be paid).  Travel & Accommodation expenses are available in addition to the fee.

Please note: You must have a full UK driving license due to the touring nature of this piece.  You must also hold a recent (less than 3 months old), or be willing to undertake, an enhanced DBS check due to the nature of the work touring in to schools & working with young carers.

The deadline for applications is 5pm 29th December but we encourage applications as soon as possible.

How to apply:  Send your CV & a short covering letter telling us how your experience will make you ideal for this show to info@unittwentythree.co.uk

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held in early January via Skype or in London or Diss as appropriate.