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Deputy Stage Manager

(Temporary Pantomime Contract)

Information Pack

October 2015
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The Deputy Stage Manager is responsible to the Technical Stage manager for the 2015/16 Pantomime, Aladdin. The annual Oxford Playhouse pantomime runs for 75 performances, opening on Friday 27th November with the last performance on Sunday 10th January 2016. Rehearsals start on Monday 9th November. The pantomime is written and directed by Steve Marmion of Soho Theatre, who has written and directed pantomimes for Lyric, Hammersmith. The Oxford Playhouse Technical Manager, Tim Boyd, is also Production Manager for the pantomime.
Period of Engagement: Monday 9th November 2015 to Sunday 10th January 2016

Terms and Salary: In line with UK Theatre/Equity agreement and commercial rates

Hours: Maximum of 46 hours per working week

Please email your CV and any covering letter with a completed equal opportunities form (attached to this pack) to recruitment@oxfordplayhouse.com

Or drop it in to the Ticket Office, Stage Door or Foyer Bar at the theatre.
Or send it to: Jane Hornsby, Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW

To ensure fairness to all applicants, any decision to shortlist you for interview will be based solely on the information you supply in your CV and any covering letter. Ensure you read the job description and person specification before you write a cover letter. Please send the completed Equal Opportunities form with your application.

If you have any difficulty accessing the pack please let us know and we will arrange an alternative means of application with you please contact Jane Hornsby at recruitment@oxfordplayhouse.com.
Please do not include references or educational certificates with your application.
Applications should arrive by 12 noon Wednesday 21st October 2015

Interviews will be held on Friday 23rd October

We are a Playhouse for everyone - diversity in our workforce is crucial to our success.
Job Title Deputy Stage Manager for Oxford Playhouse Pantomime (Temporary)
Department: Technical
Reports to: Technical Manager


• To cue all relevant actions in accordance with the Director’s instructions.

• Maintain a thorough show report.

• Call all relevant people to the stage.

• Maintain communication with the acting company and relay any issues to the Company Stage Manager.


• Create a ‘book’ through presence in rehearsals and by communication with the Director, Lighting Designer, Composer, Choreographer or any other creative team members.

• Maintain excellent communication between the rehearsal room and the rest of the organisation, by the use of rehearsal notes and Production Meetings. Particularly with matters relating to Health & Safety and which directly affect other departments.

• Monitor actor hours and inform the Stage Manager / Director of any related issues which arise.

• Maintain the rehearsal room in a suitable condition, and ensure rehearsal props / furniture is in place.

• Assist in the creation / realisation and sourcing of props and furniture for the production within the budgets allocated, ensuring items are well looked after and returned in good condition.


• Insure that Health & Safety legislation is adhered to and that safe working practices are observed in the rehearsal room and on site

• To assist in the pastoral care of the acting company, and to communicate issues as they arise.

• To assist with the set up and maintenance of all back stage areas. Ensuring a well organised and safe physical working environment is maintained at all times.

• To deputise for the Company Stage Manager in their absence.

• To undertake any other duties which may be reasonably required by the Company Stage Manager or Production Manager.

Jobholder Specification

Essential Skills and Attributes (must have)

2 years previous experience in stage management with knowledge of stagecraft, flying and carpentry gained in a similar mid-scale theatre background.

A good working knowledge of health and safety requirements and legislation.

Proven ability to both motivate and lead a team and work as member of a team.

Pro-active approach to problem solving and the ability to work well under pressure.

A proven ability to multi-task and work with complex systems to deliver a high quality of work.

Clear and effective written, verbal and IT communication skills.

A Flexible approach to hours of work.

Desirable Skills and Attributes (should have)

IOSH or other Health & Safety training/qualification.

An interest in both professional theatre and supporting non-professional companies.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software including Outlook Word and Excel.

About Oxford Playhouse
A Playhouse for everyone
Positioned at the cultural heart of Oxfordshire, with the drive to inspire, engage and entertain a wide-reaching and diverse audience, Oxford Playhouse brings together artists and audiences to experience great live performance.
The Playhouse plays an active role in the arts ecology within Oxford, the wider region and national cultural sector; presenting, producing and touring the highest quality middle-scale, small-scale and off-site theatre, developing relationships and partnerships which enable artists to make work and develop their practice, creating imaginative and ambitious opportunities for children and young people and embracing involvement by all in exceptional cultural experiences.

Oxford Playhouse is a flagship presenting and producing theatre in the South East. The Playhouse has an outstanding record of success as a receiving house for productions offering an ambitious programme which includes the finest local, national and international touring drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, circus, comedy and poetry and provides a platform for local amateur groups. The curated programme is enhanced with debate and discussion at 'Friday at 5' events and pre and post show talks to engage and appeal to a broad audience. The theatre also programmes Playhouse Plays Out shows, designed to reach new audiences, and to give local residents the chance to see unexpected theatre in unexpected places. Shows have taken place around the city and county in pubs, cafes, allotments, on barges, in University locations and on a rugby pitch. With a breadth of appeal to audiences, artists and touring companies alike, audience attendance for the high quality, wide ranging programme is above the national average.

Increased Arts Council funding from 2012 has enabled us to strengthen our producing activities, creating off-site shows for new audiences and specialising in producing and touring excellent work for young audiences. Each year, two new family studio productions are created and toured, and two new off-site productions are made have included The Wright Brothers, Bath Time, Tea Time, Bicycle Boy, our Father Christmas trilogy for families written and directed by Helen Eastman, The Story of the Four Minute Mile by Jake Oldershaw on the Iffley Road running track and STAND our collaboration with Chris Goode at West Oxford Community Centre and on national tour (including an extended run at BAC in London). The Playhouse also produces its own pantomime, which reaches over 37,000 people and is a vital source of income. This year’s pantomime Aladdin will be written and directed for the first time by Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre.
Autumn 2015-16 sees two Oxford Playhouse productions on the main stage - the premiere of Paterson Joseph's play Sancho - An Act of Remembrance; and a co-production with Northern Stage and Improbable Theatre of The Tempest, directed by Phelim McDermott. Both productions are planned to go onto national and international tours in 2016.
Oxford Playhouse has undertaken touring co-productions of Brontë and Mary Shelley with Shared Experience; The Ministry of Fear, The Crowstarver and Curiosity Shop with Theatre Alibi; The Playboy of the Western World with Druid Theatre; The Ethics of Progress with Unlimited Theatre, and

Oxford Playhouse manages the Burton Taylor Studio for the University of Oxford. This flexible 50 seat venue is used for student productions during the three eight week University terms. For the other six months each year, Oxford Playhouse presents a strong programme of small scale touring shows including work for families, new writing, experimental performance and work by local artists.

Oxford Playhouse works across the city and county to reach new audiences, and is committed to providing accessible performances, and initiatives such as free and subsidised ticket provision, workshops and tours, activities for families and groups, work placements, volunteering and learning opportunities. As well as supporting the diverse range of visiting companies at the Playhouse and Studio, there are learning opportunities for Playhouse productions and co-productions, and a broad range of schools and holiday workshops. The Playhouse runs three young companies spanning ages from 7 to 25.
The theatre also supports a number of other theatre-makers and companies including Shared Experience who became the Resident Company at Oxford Playhouse in 2011. Associate Artists receive long-term support, space and opportunities from the Playhouse, and include director and choreographer Fin Walker, composer Ben Park, visual artist Michael Gabriel, physical theatre company Idle Motion and new opera company The Opera Group. The theatre works in partnership with Magdalen College School, supporting the training and development of an emerging Director and Producer each year, and a Technical Apprenticeship from September 2015. The Playhouse is a founder member of Dance Touring Partnership and house and works hard to support touring on the middle and small scale across the country.

The Playhouse's artist development scheme EVOLVE was launched in 2013, and provides a yearlong package of support for artists including funding, space, mentoring and support. EVOLVE artists have included Caroline Horton, Ellen Havard and Flintlock Theatre, Hannah Ringham, Tucked In Productions, Anna Bruder and Jack Bennett, Mike Tweedle and Dot & Ethel.

The Playhouse achieves a high proportion of earned income, and has a successful track record in fundraising and reasonable levels of reserves. The theatre is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, and has a good relationship with its stakeholders, including The University of Oxford and Oxford City Council, and with its landlords, St John's College.
The Playhouse's annual turnover for 13/14 was £3.7million

  • Box Office sales provided 65% of the gross income.

  • Commercial operations including the bar and ticket agency generated 14% of total income.

  • 14% of income was derived from three core funders:

  • Arts Council England 10%, The University of Oxford 3%, Oxford City Council 1%

  • Fundraising from individuals, corporate supporters trust and foundations and catalyst provided 7% of income.

The Playhouse employs 52 full-time equivalent staff and has over 100 volunteers.

The Oxford Playhouse Trust is a company limited by guarantee No: 2397373 and a registered charity No: 900039.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Oxford Playhouse is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity in employment and to taking action to avoid discrimination within the organisation. All applicants for employment are considered only on the information given in application regarding their ability to undertake the job for which they are applying.

This information is used for monitoring purposes only, and is removed from the application prior to the short-listing process.
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