Stage Manager – Job Specification

Deadline for applications EXTENDED:  Wed 8th December, 10am
Interviews: Mon 13th December

Exeter Northcott is looking for a Stage Manager (On The Book) who will play a key role in the Production team for The Beat of our Hearts, ensuring good communication between the rehearsal room and the rest of the production team, calling technical and dress rehearsals and all performances, and playing a key role in maintaining high production values.

Key Dates

  • Rehearsals: 4 – 28 January 2022
  • Tech/dress rehearsals: 31 January – 2 February 2022
  • Performances: 3 – 5 February 2022, 7.30pm, Matinee Saturday 2.30pm

All activity will take place in or near Exeter.

Person Specification

Personal Qualities
  • Self-disciplined, organised and self-motivating
  • Ability to work as part of a flexible team, responding to challenges, contributing ideas, supporting other team members and leading teams as required
  • Ability to remain calm and work under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to build rapport with people at all levels
  • Able to problem solve
Professional Competencies (Essential)
  • Experience as Deputy Stage Manager, to include rehearsals and calling technical rehearsals (this could be within a training setting)
  • Good working knowledge of Health & Safety practices within theatre
  • Excellent IT, administrative and organisational skills
Professional Competencies (Desirable)
  • Professional experience as Deputy Stage Manager and/or Stage Manager working with a producing theatre/company
  • Experience sourcing and maintaining props
  • Good working knowledge of the UK Theatre/Equity agreement for Performers and Stage Management contracted by Subsidised Managers
  • Full UK driving license
  • Based within commutable distance of Exeter
  • First Aid qualification

Fee & Expenses

5 weeks payable at £500.00 per week

Subsistence Allowance of £181.05 per week if required to stay away from home. Associated travel costs will also be reimbursed.

Diversity & Inclusion

There continues to be a significant lack of diversity across the arts, with a pressing need to provide progression routes for talented people from backgrounds that are under-represented. Exeter Northcott Theatre is committed to playing its part in addressing this by putting inclusion at the heart of our recruitment processes, finding new ways to share the power and resources we have at our disposal, and fostering a working culture that is welcoming for all our team. We actively encourage people with different backgrounds to join us and positively impact our teams and working practice. We are particularly keen to receive applications from LGBTQIA+ people due to the themes of the project; it is important that the diversity of our recruitment for this role is intersectional and we also particularly keen to receive applications from people of African and Caribbean heritage, people of South Asian, East Asian and South East Asian Heritage, D/deaf and disabled people, or those experiencing barriers due to their socioeconomic background.

About the Project

The Beat of Our Hearts is a new play about LGBTQIA+ loneliness and belonging, commissioned by a research team at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter, and scheduled for production at Exeter Northcott Theatre in early 2022, alongside the production of associated digital assets/resources, and the possibility of a programme of accompanying ‘festival’ events organised by the Wellcome Centre. The play represents the culmination of work that writer, Natalie McGrath, and researchers from the University of Exeter, have undertaken with LGBTQIA+ people in the South West to explore histories and experiences of isolation, community, and intimacy. The overall project is supported by the AHRC, with additional funding from Arts Council England.

About our Writer

Natalie McGrath (she/her). Playwright, poet, lyricist, producer of arts and cultural heritage projects, Co-Director of Dreadnought South West.

Work includes; Coasting and Wild Doves (Bristol Old Vic), Rift (Brewhouse Theatre Taunton), Scottish Kiss (Paines Plough’s Come to Where I’m From), Metal Remains (Theatre West) was shortlisted for the Meyer Whitworth Prize, Exodus (Box of Tricks NWxSW Tour), Oxygen and The Cause touring productions (Dreadnought South West) published by Methuen & Co. Electric Spaces (Exeter Phoenix, Exeter Bikeshed Theatre and Barbican Theatre, Plymouth). The Sound RnD supported by ACE SW and Theatre Royal, Plymouth. All the Things We Grieve was an Exeter City of Literature Compact Commission.

A Writer on Attachment to the Traverse Theatre in 2019 after coming to their attention though Open Submissions. We’ll Meet In Moscow was part of Shift Scot’s Pride Plays in collaboration with the Traverse Theatre, LGBT History Month 2020 and is now an on demand audio drama by Traverse Theatre Company for Traverse 3, part of their summer festival 2021.

Currently under commission by the University of Exeter’s Wellcome Centre for the Cultures and Environments of Health (WCCEH), in partnership with Exeter Northcott Theatre, writing a new play; The Beat of Our Hearts, about LGBTQIA+ loneliness. Writer in Residence on Out and About Queering the Museum at RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum). Her play Exodus is being published by Slate Publishing as part of a wider collection of writing about Dartmoor.

About our Research Partner

Intercom Trust is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ charity working across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and the wider South West, providing; Help and Support, Advocacy, Counselling, Training, Information, Support Groups, Online Directory, Community Surveys, Conferences, Consultancy.

About Exeter Northcott Theatre

Opened in 1967, Exeter Northcott has established itself as a key regional centre for theatre and the performing arts, with a programme of drama, dance, music, opera, musicals, family shows and comedy that attracts around 100,000 people a year. In recent years it has also begun to develop a thriving programme of projects & participation with South West-based artists, children & young people, supporting under-served communities to realise their creative projects and ambitions. As part of this, they’re currently working on the development of a new city-centre creative hub at the Barnfield Theatre.

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