Job title:
Technical Stage Manager

Puccini’s LA BOHÈME

Rehearsal period           £50 p/session (total £500)

Performance Period      £250 p/performance (total £3,250)

Reports to:
Production Manager

Management to:
Assistant Stage Manager
Costume Assistant

Key Dates:
Rehearsal period:
18 Feb – 28 Feb 2019 (London)

5 Mar: Theatre Royal Wakefield
8 & 9 Mar: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
13-Mar: Broadway Theatre, Letchworth Garden City
23-Mar: Worthing Theatres
27 Mar: Nuffield Theatres, Southampton
30 Mar: artsdepot, London
25 Apr: New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
2-May: Theatre Royal Winchester
31 May: Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
3 & 4 June: Bristol Old Vic
27-28 Sept: Guernsey (normal fee + £50)

Production details:
OperaUpClose present the revival UK tour of their inaugural, Olivier Award-winning La Bohème as part of the company’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations this year.

This new English version of Puccini’s much-loved weepie is a favourite with critics and audiences alike. One of the most accessible and moving operas ever written, La Bohème charts the ups and downs of a group of idealistic graduates as they bicker, party, try to make ends meet and follow their dreams.

Aspiring novelist Rodolfo discovers a harsher reality when he falls for immigrant cleaner Mimi, while his best friend Marcello's tempestuous relationship with his on-off girlfriend Musetta brings humour and fireworks to the stage. The comic elements of this hugely popular production heighten its tragic ending, with audiences saying this 21st century Bohème affected them like no other. 

Creative Team

Librettist & Director                   Robin Norton-Hale
Original Musical Director           Andrew Charity
Tour Musical Director                 Elspeth Wilkes
Costume & Set Designers         Kate Guinness & Lucy Read
Original Lighting Designer          Christopher Nairne 
Tour Lighting Designer               Richard Williamson

Key Duties
Rehearsal period

  • Responsible for the smooth running of the rehearsal room, clearing and keeping the Rehearsal Spaces as safe working environments

  • Ensuring the rehearsal process keeps on schedule as set out by the Director

  • Sourcing any props, set dressing and costumes still needed

  • Attending production meetings

  • Reporting to the Production Manager and Producer

  • Transporting the set (if needed)

  • Updating and maintaining the SM Book, setting and running notes, consumables lists, risk assessments etc.

  • Providing a weekly time sheet to OperaUpClose’s Company Manager for staff payments

On Tour

  • Responsible for the Get In, Tech, Dress and Get Out at venues

  • Leading the venue crew through the LX Focus

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

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

  • Ensuring consumables are in stock

  • Operating lights from desk during the performance from the musical score

  • Assisting with scene changes when required

  • Reporting any concerns, wear and tears to the Production Manager/Producer

  • Driving the set (Luton Van) from London to the tour venues (crew will do load/unload from storage unit)  

Person Specification:

  • Professional experience as a stage manager/ technical stage manager on touring productions

  • Experience focusing lights

  • Experience managing a team of stage and LX crew during a Get In / Get Out

  • Experience operating a show from the Lighting Desk

  • Can read music / operate lights from cues in a musical score

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

  • Experience of driving a Luton Van

  • Working knowledge of current Health and Safety legislation

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Excellent team worker

  • Excellent problem-solving skills

  • Ability to maintain a positive working attitude on long hours

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.