ASM/ Wardrobe Assistant

Job Description

Job title:
Wardrobe Assistant & Assistant Stage Manager (ASM)

Donizetti’s MARIA STUARDA     

Rehearsal period           £450 p/week
Performance Period      £2,025 (total fee)

Reports to:
Stage Manager & Production Manager 

Key Dates:

Rehearsal period:
18 March – 29 March 2019

1 – 13 April       The Old Church, London
23 – 29 April     The Charterhouse, London
1 May               Blackfriars Priory, Gloucester
3 May               Exeter Guildhall, Exeter
4 May               Poltimore House, Exeter
22 June            Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury

Production details:
OperaUpClose bring two ferocious Tudor Queens to the stage in their new English version of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (Mary, Queen of Scots).

Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I go head-to-head in this historical tragedy, culminating in a fictitious meeting between the rival queens, which sizzles with vocal fireworks.

Donizetti's powerful melodies will tour to unique and evocative venues across the UK, performed in a new orchestration for six singers, accompanied by piano, clarinet and violin. Opening with two weeks at Stoke Newington’s The Old Church, the only surviving Elizabethan church in London, followed by a week at the Charterhouse in Clerkenwell, where Elizabeth I held her first Councils of State, this riveting opera will continue its tour to spaces our Tudor monarchs visited, loved and destroyed.

Creative Team
Orchestrator & Musical Director Paul McKenzie
Librettist & Director Robin Norton-Hale
Set & Costume Designer Kate Lane
Production Manager Marco Savo 

Key Duties
Rehearsal period

  • Preparing, clearing and keeping the Rehearsal Spaces as safe working environments

  • Sourcing props, set dressing and costumes

  • Sending out rehearsal reports (when the SM is unable to)

  • Attending production meetings

  • Minuting production meetings (circulating these minutes to the production team)

  • Reporting to the Stage Manager, Production Manager and Producer

  • Transporting the set (if needed) 

Production period

  • Assisting with the Get In, Tech, Dress and Get Out at venues

  • Laundry, post-show clearing

  • Preparing and maintaining the dressing rooms and backstage areas

  • Ensuring the cast are well-looked after and their concerns are addressed appropriately

  • Pre-setting the props and costumes

  • Ensuring the set, props and costumes are well maintained throughout the run

  • Ensuring consumables are in stock

  • Working backstage during the performance

  • Assisting with scene changes when required

  • Reporting any concerns, wear and tears to the Stage Manager

Person Specification:

  • Professional experience as an assistant stage manager

  • Wardrobe experience

  • Working knowledge of current Health and Safety legislation

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Excellent team worker

  • Excellent problem solving skills 


  • Experience of working on an opera production

  • Experience of working on a touring production within non-theatre venues

  • Experience of dressing

  • Can read music / work from a score

  • Full, clean driving licence (held for at least two years)

  • Experience of driving a Luton van  

Please send a cover letter and CV to Helen at before 10am on Monday 28 January.  

Interviews will be held in East London on Wednesday 30 January.