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Open Auditions: North Wales 2017

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Thursday 09 March 2017

Theatr Clwyd, Raikes Lane, Mold, CH7 1YA
10am – 5pm

We’re really excited to announce our next round of open auditions in collaboration with Theatr Clwyd, Mold on Thursday 09 March.

We’re looking to meet actors previously unknown to Paines Plough with a passion for new writing. You can apply in pairs from now until 10am on 23 February and then we’ll randomly select 30 duos to see. We hope this means that everyone who wants to apply is able to, and that the selection process is fair to everyone.

Sounds good? This is how to apply…

– Find yourself a partner – we’re auditioning people in pairs.
– Register by filling in this form by 10am on Thursday 23 February. There’s no need to send in anything else in advance!
– If you are selected to audition, we’ll get in touch with you by Friday 24 February with an audition time – make sure you let us know if you can make it or not.
– If you’re not selected to audition this time, we will keep you on a waiting list and may offer you an audition if a slot becomes available.
– Once everything’s confirmed, please prepare a three-minute duologue from a play written in the last 15 years.
– On the day, all you need is your Spotlight/CV printout and your partner. Break a leg!

Some things to bear in mind:

– If you have auditioned at our previous Open Auditions, unfortunately we won’t be able to see you this time round.
– We don’t accept applications from agents to give everyone a fair shot, agent or not, so if you have an agent, please apply using your own email address.
– Places are all allocated in advance. Due to high demand we normally can’t accommodate requests for a different time, and we will be unable to see people on a walk-up basis.
– If for any reason you can’t make your audition please let us know ASAP by emailing If you don’t turn up to your audition without letting us know in advance, you won’t be able to apply for future Paines Plough Open Auditions.
– We can only accept applications made with this form before the deadline.
– Due to the large volume of people we’ll be seeing, we unfortunately won’t be able to offer feedback.
– We aren’t casting for a particular show at the moment – we just want to meet some new actors so that we can bear you in mind for future productions. So don’t be disheartened if you don’t hear back from us after your audition.
– Check out our FAQs for more information about the application process and what to expect on the day, or ping us an email at if you’re not sure about anything.
– Don’t worry if you don’t live in the area – we try to hold as many Open Auditions as we can throughout the year all around the UK. Join our mailing list or keep an eye on our social media for details of the next ones…

Hope to see you there!

Team PP

You can download our FAQs here: Open Audition FAQs.

Recruitment: Company Stage Manager for Roundabout 2017

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​​We’re in search of a dedicated and friendly Company Stage Manager to join us on the  touring dream that is ROUNDABOUT and be a part of Team PP this year. Sound like something you’d be up for (or know someone who would)? Have a read below for details:



To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to

Application deadline: Tuesday 14 February

Interviews: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February


Rehearsals, London: 8 May – 18 June
Tech and previews, Theatre Clwyd, Mold: 19 June – 16 July
Rehearsals, London: 17 – 30 July
Edinburgh Festival: 31 July – 28 August
UK Tour: 4 September – 29 October
Kendal, Margate, Lincoln, Luton, Poole, Salford, Stoke-on-Trent
Further UK: 22 Jan – 11 March 2017

About Roundabout:

“A beautifully designed masterpiece in engineering…a significant breakthrough in theatre technology.” Theatre Building of the Year 2015 -The Stage Awards

Roundabout is Paines Plough’s pop-up in-the-round theatre. It offers a unique 360 degree theatre experience with 168 -seats wrapped around the stage, state-of-the-art LED lighting and surround sound. Roundabout flat packs into a lorry and pops-up across the UK bringing the nation’s best playwrights and a thrilling atmosphere to audiences everywhere.

This year Roundabout will host three brand new plays co-produced by Paines Plough, Theatre Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre, previewing at Theatre Clwyd and premiering at the Edinburgh Festival before heading out on an eight week UK tour funded by Art Council England’s Strategic Touring fund followed by a further run in early 2017.

In Edinburgh, together with the Paines Plough programme, Roundabout will host world class companies from the UK and internationally as part of the Festival.

At each tour venue, alongside Paines Plough’s productions, Roundabout will present a mini-festival of local led community events, alongside professional work, from a baby sensory class to a local business AGM, a stand up comedian or a local band. Roundabout will empower communities to think of the theatre as their space and aim to encourage new audiences from some of the most underserved areas of the UK through its doors.

Job Purpose:

1. To support the Director and manage the Roundabout company during rehearsals and on tour ensuring the efficient running of the rehearsal room and productions in tech and performance and the well being of the company.
2. To operate all Paines Plough shows.
3. To support the Producer and with the Technical Stage Managers act as joint venue manager for Roundabout on tour, ensuring that a safe, tidy and welcoming environment is provided for all audiences.

Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):


• To support and manage the Roundabout company during rehearsals, production, in Edinburgh and on tour.
• To send out weekly and daily calls and rehearsal and tour schedules as appropriate.


• Operate of all 3 Paines Plough productions within the Roundabout as per weekly touring schedule drawn up by the Production Manager & Producer and as mutually agreed.
• To source and buy any props and costume for the productions as requested by the Director and Designer, within the budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer
• To ensure that all set, costume and props are kept in a tidy, clean and orderly manner and to replace any consumable items within the budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer.
• In conjunction and liaison with the Technical Stage Managers, to complete any day to day maintenance that may be required of the set, props, furniture and dressing for the productions according to the Director’s and Designer’s requirements and within budgets and parameters agreed with Producer.
• In conjunction and liaison with the Technical Stage Managers, to ensure that all work undertaken on the set, props and furniture etc. is completed to the high standards agreed with the Producer.
• To deliver rehearsal and show reports for all Roundabout productions to Paines Plough staff, co-producers and the creative team.


• As directed by the Producer and in conjunction with the Technical Stage Managers take responsibility for the Roundabout site whilst on the road including maintenance and site dressing.
• To take joint responsibility with the Technical Stage Managers on all aspects of the Roundabout Auditorium whilst on the road.
• To be responsible for the set up of the company dressing room whilst on the road.
• To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by the Producer.
• To be jointly responsible with the TSM’s for the daily power-up and power-down of the Roundabout.
• With the Producer be the first point of contact for the venue FOH and brief FOH staff at each tour venue (not Edinburgh) and in conjunction with the Technical Stage Managers liaise day to day with the FOH at each tour venue to ensure the smooth running of the shows and Roundabout auditorium.
• In conjunction with the TSM’s to ensure that all working and public areas are kept tidy and clear of waste material and that equipment is maintained to a safe and proper standard
• To liaise with visiting companies, if required by the Producer
• In conjunction with the TSM’s to ensure that all working and public areas are kept tidy and clear of waste material and that equipment is maintained to a safe and proper standard


• To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by the Producer
• With the Director and Assistant Director manage the rehearsal schedule
• With the Director and Producer manage the schedule and running of technical rehearsals.


• To manage the petty cash budget within the parameters set by the Producer.


• Cover the running/operate of additional Paines Plough productions in Roundabout in Edinburgh in the event of Stage Management absence.


• To liaise and co-operate with all other departments and individuals within Paines Plough.
• To act as a credible ambassador for the company at all times.
• To adhere to the Health and Safety Policy of the company, undertaking such duties as are required, and ensuring that reasonable care is taken to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.
• To undertake any other appropriate duties which the Producer may allocate
• Be in attendance at post-show discussions, press/photo calls and interviews for the Insights programme as notified

Person Specification

This is an ideal role for someone who is passionate about new plays and looking to gain experience in a senior, multifaceted Stage Management role. The Roundabout CSM will work across multiple departments with core staff, the creative team, FOH personnel, Roundabout’s Technical Stage Managers and venue technical teams whilst developing venue management skills in tandem. The role will play a crucial part in the smooth delivery of Roundabout with the CSM working at the heart of Paines Plough.


• A passion for theatre and in particular, new-writing
• Previous experience of the role, preferably within a similar-sized venue or production company
• Demonstrable ability to perform the duties listed above
• An organised yet flexible approach and calm under pressure
• Dedicated and committed with excellent focus and organisational skills
• Ability to be creative and resourceful in problem solving
• Proven ability to work within allocated budgets
• A working knowledge of the ITC/Equity Subsidised Repertory Agreements
• Awareness and experience of health and safety legislation and practice
• Experience of and ability to operate QLab
• Good team player


• First Aid trained

Salary and Subsistence

Rehearsals: £447.50p/w
Tech, Previews and on tour: £550p/w
Relocation allowance in Mold: £95p/w, plus accommodation
Per Diem in Edinburgh: £20p/d, plus accommodation
Subsistence on tour: £282.70p/w

To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to with the subject heading: ROUNDABOUT CSM APPLICATION

Application deadline: Tuesday 14 February

Interview dates: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February

Please note you must be available on both of the interview dates.

You can download the full job description here.


For those of you who haven’t seen a Stage Manager before… here’s the brilliant Caitlin, last year’s Roundabout CSM.