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Recruitment: Work Placements

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Anna Himali Howard Trainee Director 2016 (Cred. Helen Murray)

We are currently recruiting for autumn 2016 university placements in the Production and Administration teams. Please see below for more information on the scheme and how to apply.

WORK PLACEMENTS

We offer a flexible programme of work placements designed to support the study of students on university and drama school theatre courses at a BA or MA level.

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You can choose to work in either the Administration or Production team supporting the teams as described in the sample job descriptions below. These may be altered on discussion of your particular fields of interest and Paines Plough’s current needs.

Timeline
Placements last three months and you will be in PPHQ 3-5 days per week, subject to your personal study requirements, 10am-6pm with a one-hour break for lunch.

Expenses
We offer £10 per day worked to cover travel expenses, as well as occasional theatre trips and touring opportunities.

“There’s not really a better place to be… They gave me a platform where I could grow as an artist and a theatre-maker, and I wouldn’t be going to New York without them.”

Hugo Timbrell, Production Placement 2015-16 Hugo is now managing the New Works Lab at Playwrights Horizons

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a CV and one-page covering letter detailing your experience, why you are interested in Paines Plough and what you hope to gain from the placement to simone@painesplough.com.

Application deadline Thursday 25 August
Interviews Noon Thursday & Friday 1 & 2 September
Start date Wednesday 7 September
End date Friday 16 December

If these dates are not quite suitable for your course, please do send in your application anyway as we will be open to discussing alternatives.

 

ADMIN PLACEMENT

The Admin Placement works closely with the Administrator and Finance & Admin Assistant supporting day to day administration of the company the company and will have the opportunity to take responsibility for the co-ordination of specific projects. Duties include but are not limited to:

Office Administration:

-  To act as a welcoming and helpful first point of contact for all enquiries and visitors, either in person, by telephone or by email
-  To support the Administrator with the co-ordination of meetings, including minuting, purchase and preparation of refreshments, welcoming guests, etc
-  To be responsible for general office management including routine correspondence, filing and archiving, opening and distributing mail, general housekeeping, monitoring and ordering stationery supplies and consumables when running low
-  To work with the Finance & Admin Assistant on the administration and promotion of rehearsal space including welcoming hire clients, delivering H&S briefings, marketing the facilities and co-ordinating bookings
-  To manage the invitations database and regularly inform the company of recent invitations to other productions
-  To co-ordinate and arrange theatre tickets for permanent and freelance staff
-  To arrange couriers and other deliveries as necessary
-  To liaise with suppliers and visitors as appropriate
-  To provide general assistance to all staff as necessary without neglecting core duties

Press, Marketing and Digital:

-  To assist with the maintenance of the company website
-  To assist with the proofing of newsletter and website copy
-  To assist with the maintenance of company CRM and database, Salesforce
-  To collate audience feedback (on and offline) in the company’s central database
-  To generate reports on this information as required

Literary and Open Auditions:

-  To be responsible for company’s unsolicited script submission processes and databases, being the first point of contact for the writers, informing them of the progress of their submission, maintaining the script database and distributing scripts to be read
–  To support the Administrator and Finance & Admin Assistant with the Open Auditions processes and systems, arranging venues, coordinating the publicity of the Open Auditions, managing communication with actors, arranging audition timeslots and acting as front of house as necessary

General:

-  To attend company previews, events and press nights as required
-  To be an enthusiastic advocate of Paines Plough and have a thorough understanding of the company’s mission, vision and aims
-  To uphold and implement Paines Plough’s policies including but not limited to equal opportunities, health and safety and the staff handbook

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Candidates need to possess the following attributes/skills to be considered for the position of Admin. Placement:

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
-  An enthusiasm for theatre, particularly new writing
–  A friendly and welcoming attitude
– Excellent oral and written communication skills
– A capacity to operate and understand IT packages and databases (affinity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience:
-  Experience of working in an administrative role
-  An understating of the theatre industry as a whole, in particular the subsidised sector

 

PRODUCTION PLACEMENT

Responsible to: Assistant Producer

The Production Placement works closely with the Production team, supporting the delivery of Paines Plough’s full programme of work. Duties include but are not limited to:

Productions:
The following components of the role sit across all Paines Plough’s programme (Small Scale, Mid Scale and Roundabout):

-  To have an understanding of the company’s programme and activities
-  To assist the Production Assistant to book any travel and accommodation required for Creative and
– Production Teams as well as Paines Plough’s core staff for each production
-  To assist with the co-ordination of production meetings, including collation and distribution of papers, preparation of refreshments, greeting guests
-  To support in all administrative elements of the casting process, including availability checks, scheduling meetings and maintaining lists.
-  To compile production contact sheets, print scripts and general production office administration

Press, Marketing and Digital:
-  To assist with obtaining biographies and any other relevant programme information from members of the Cast, Production and Creative Teams
-  To assist in the compilation and printing of play texts and programmes
-  To assist with the proofing of promotional print/copy and play texts when necessary
-  To assist in the compilation of Marketing Packs and Schedules for each production
-  To collate and input audience data and feedback from tour venues
– Insights, The Big Room and Open Auditions
-  To assist with administrating the company’s unsolicited script submission processes and databases,
-  To assist with administrating Open Auditions, co-ordinating the publicity of the Open Auditions, managing communication with actors and arranging audition timeslots

General:
-  To attend weekly company meetings
-  To attend company previews, events and press nights as required
-  To be an enthusiastic advocate of Paines Plough and have a thorough understanding of the company’s mission, vision and aims
– To work with Paines Plough’s core staff in all pastoral aspects of production and day to day running of the company

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Candidates need to possess the following attributes/skills to be considered for the position of Production Placement:

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
-  An enthusiasm for theatre, particularly new writing
-  An ability to work well within a small team
-  Excellent oral and written communication skills
-  A capacity to operate and understand IT packages and databases (affinity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience:
-  Experience of working in the arts
-  An awareness of the current theatrical landscape in the UK

 

We look forward to hearing from you,
Team PP.

Recruitment: Company Stage Manager for Broken Biscuits by Tom Wells

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We’re on the lookout for a friendly and dedicated Company Stage Manager on the book to go on tour with BROKEN BISCUITS and team PP this year. Must be able to drive a van. Could it be you? Details below:

COMPANY STAGE MANAGER on the book
BROKEN BISCUITS by Tom Wells

To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to
harriet@painesplough.com

Application deadline: Tuesday 2 August at 10am

About the play:

A Paines Plough and Live Theatre Newcastle production
BROKEN BISCUITS
by Tom Wells

“The point is: we’re losers. Nobodies. Carry on like this, we’re losers forever. And we don’t have to be. Fresh start, two months to completely one hundred per cent reinvent ourselves. And I know exactly how we can do that.”

Megan, Holly and Ben are definitely not the cool kids. But Megan has a plan. One long summer holiday to change their lives. One sure path to coolness. One amazing transformation, through the power of song.

Holed up in Megan’s garden shed, three old friends try to change their fortunes in a beautiful, heart-warming, laugh-out-loud coming-of-age story for our times. Rock on.

Dates: 5th September – 3rd December

5 – 24 September: Rehearse, London

26 September – 1 October: Rehearse, Newcastle

3 – 5 October: Tech, Newcastle

6 – 10 October: Previews, Newcastle

11 October: Press, Newcastle

12 – 24 October: Run, Newcastle

25 October – 3 December: Tour

Job Purpose:

To support the Director and manage the BROKEN BISCUITS 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. To call and operate all performances on the BROKEN BISCUITS tour.

Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

– 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 manage the petty cash budget within the parameters set by the Producer.
– To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by 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.
– To drive a van on tour.
– To support the TSM with the fit-up and strike at each venue
- 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.
- In conjunction and liaison with the Technical Stage Manager, to complete any day to day maintenance that may be required of the set, props, furniture and dressing for the production 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.
– Cover the running and/or operating of the production whilst on the road.
– 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 may be allocated by the Producer.
– Be in attendance at post-show discussions, press/photo calls and interviews for the Insights programme as notified
– To deliver rehearsal and show reports for the production to the co-producers and the creative team.
– To support and manage the company during rehearsals, production, in Edinburgh and on tour

Person Specification

Essential:

Previous experience of the role, preferably within a similar-sized venue or production company

– Able to drive and hold a full UK Driving License
– 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

Desirable:

– First Aid trained

Fee:

£447.50 p/w plus relocation allowance of £95 p/w in Newcastle and subsistence allowance of £282.70 p/w on tour, in line with ITC minimum rates of pay.

To apply please email a CV and brief cover letter to harriet@painesplough.com with the subject heading: BROKEN BISCUITS CSM APPLICATION

Application deadline: Tuesday 2 August, 10am

Interview dates: Skype interviews w/c 1 August 2016. Let us know if you are up in Edinburgh this week as we may be able to meet you there.

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

We’re recruiting for Roundabout in Edinburgh

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WANTED: Enthusiastic and motivated people to join Team PP in Edinburgh.

Listen up. This August we’re super pleased to be returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with ROUNDABOUT. From 5 – 28 August, ROUNDABOUT will pop up in the courtyard of Edinburgh’s Summerhall and house a season of extraordinary work all performed in a thrilling 360 degree setting.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We’re seeking people who are engaged, open and fans of new writing to work across two teams for the duration of the festival. These teams are:

- Visitor Services
- Street Team

WHAT WILL YOU NEED TO DO?

Street Team

– Flyering and postering around Edinburgh (come rain or shine).
– Talking to the public about the shows.
– Sticking up and stapling reviews.
– Being an enthusiastic ambassador for Roundabout and the shows.

Visitor Services

– Welcoming audience members into Roundabout.
– Taking tickets and seating audience members.
– Managing latecomers.
– Troubleshooting and being the point of contact in the event of an evacuation.

HOW MUCH WILL YOU BE PAID?

You will be paid an hourly rate depending on your age:

– £6 per hour for 18- 20 year olds.
– £7 per hour for 20- 25 year olds.
– £7.20 per hour for 25 and over.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

– We pay above minimum wage.
– Training from Paines Plough’s and Summerhall’s dedicated and experienced Fringe team to perform your role to the best of your ability.
– A Summerhall Pass, which permits the holder free entry to all shows in the Summerhall programme, provided they’re not sold out. This gives access to over 120 shows. Pass holders also receive discounts at the Summerhall cafe, restaurant, concessions and bars. As usual the Summerhall programme is excellent. You can check it out here. All that for free.
– Free playtexts for all of the Paines Plough Roundabout plays.
– An end of run party with us so you can celebrate your achievements together before finishing for the season.

WHAT ARE THE ROUNDABOUT SHOWS?

Paines Plough, Sherman Cymru & Theatr Clywd present
LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris

Paines Plough present
GROWTH by Luke Norris

Paines Plough & Half Moon present
I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas

Paines Plough and Pentabus present
EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Prime Cut productions presents
SCORCH by Stacey Gregg

Walrus presents
LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS LEMONS by Sam Steiner

Jonny & the Baptists
EAT THE POOR

Katie Bonna and Paul Jellis in association with SOHO Theatre present
ALL THE THINGS I LIED ABOUT by Katie Bonna

Ghost Quartet presents
GHOST QUARTET

Fly By Night Productions presents
DES CLARKE’S ALL STAR COMEDY IN AID OF STV CHILDREN’S APPEAL

EARLIER / LATER

A series of early morning and late night one-off shows and events. Coffee and croissants with readings, talks, workshops, debates, insights and special guests. Get your fix of fresh ideas, brave new work and rip-roaring performances.

HOW DO YOU APPLY?

Send a cover letter, CV explaining your relevant experience, and your availability during the festival to office@painesplough.com with the subject ‘EDINBURGH FESTIVAL TEAM/[STREET TEAM or VISITOR SERVICES]’. You are more than welcome to apply for both teams in one application, in which case, please use the subject line ‘EDINBURGH FESTIVAL TEAM/BOTH’.

Although we would prefer team members to be around for the whole festival season we are still happy to accept applications from those with a limited availability.

Deadline for applications: Monday 13 June, 12pm

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to our recruitment day in London Thursday 16 June. or in exceptional cases be interviewed by Skype or phone if they cannot attend the recruitment day.

All staff are required to attend one of our training days in either London or Edinburgh. This will be a key opportunity to meet fellow staff and get to know our exciting venue. The training dates are as follows:

- Hackney Showroom, London – Sunday 17th July
- Summerhall, Edinburgh – Friday 29th July

Please note you must be over 18 to apply for this position.

To access the full job description visit the ‘Get Involved’ section on our website.

We look forward to hearing from you!