Company Stage Manager

In the Night Garden Live

Company profile

Minor Entertainment was created in 2009 to create spectacular family theatre events in unique spaces. Over the last eight years our first production, In the Night Garden Live (ItNGL), has toured across the UK in a purpose-built inflatable theatre and has been seen by over 900,000 people. In 2018, ItNGL tours again to 4 venues – starting at The O2, before visiting Richmond, Birmingham and Manchester.

Role summary

ItNGL tours in an inflatable Showdome and we are recruiting for a talented, hard-working and dependable Company Stage Manager to manage and look after the touring company during a busy performance schedule. You will report to the Venue Manager and Executive Producer.

The touring company will be a principal cast of six, two swing performers and a touring crew of five including you. The other members of the touring crew are two ASMs, a wardrobe manager and a technical operator (the show runs to timecode). Additionally, we recruit two casual stage crew and a dresser at each tour venue. Working alongside the show team is the venue team, comprised of a touring venue manager, site manager, site crewperson, box office coordinator and front of house manager.

Dates and hours:

Contract dates would be Sunday 29 April to Sunday 19 August 2018. You’ll spend approximately three weeks based at each venue the tour visits. Rehearsals will be at the Union Chapel in Islington, London for three weeks from Monday 30 April.

Current tour dates are as follows:

  • The O2, London (Performance dates: Thurs 24 May – Sat 9 June)
  • Old Deer Park, Richmond(Performance dates: Sat 16 June – Sun 1 July)
  • Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham (Performance dates: Sat 7 July – Sun 22 July)
  • The Trafford Centre, Manchester (Performance dates: Sat 28 July – Sun 19 August)

When performing, the weekly schedule will include 4 shows per day with 1 day off per week (usually Tuesday). Show times are 10.00, 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00. Anticipated hours on site for the Company Stage Manager are 08.00 – 18.00 daily (breaks included in this period).

Person specification

Essential:

  • You have solid experience as a CSM and of looking after a touring company.
  • You’ll be great with people and can sympathetically but firmly lead your team through a busy touring schedule.
  • You’ll be technically competent and able to work with the technical operator to troubleshoot as needed.
  • You’re an excellent problem solver and enjoy a challenge.
  • You have a good sense of humour and you’re happy to muck in to get the job done.
  • You’re good with both spreadsheets and stage plans.
  • You’re skilled with prop maintenance.
  • You’re attentive to detail.
  • You care about the audience experience as much as we do.

Ideal:

  • You’ll ideally have worked on some children’s theatre productions.
  • You might have some experience with skin costumes and animatronics.
  • You might have some experience with puppet maintenance.
  • You may have some experience of working in temporary venues or at festivals/events.

Job description

You will report to the executive producer and venue manager.

Company management:

  1. You’ll manage the touring crew, performers and local show crew recruited in each city.
  2. You’ll manage the onstage and backstage schedule for all performances in each city, including the swing schedule.
  3. You’ll deal with all issues and requests from the touring company quickly and raise anything significant with the venue manager or executive producer as required.
  4. You’ll ensure a supportive environment and provide pastoral care to the touring company.
  5. You’ll participate in the touring company meeting at each venue.
  6. You’ll manage effectively, with tact and sensitivity the interests of the producers and the touring company.
  7. You’ll watch both shows (the Ninky Nonk show and the Pinky Ponk show) at least once a week and take action as necessary to ensure that standards are kept high.
  8. You’ll ensure that any physical concerns or potential injuries among the cast are monitored and dealt with appropriately, liaising with the company physiotherapist to ensure appropriate treatment is arranged.
  9. You’ll oversee the recruitment of local show crew at each venue.

Stage management:

  1. During the rehearsal period, you’ll manage the daily schedule, the rehearsal room and all performer / crew calls with the Associate Director.
  2. You’ll lead the rehearsal room get-in and get-out.
  3. You’ll lead the theatrical get-in and get-out at each performance city.
  4. You’ll be able to cover your team’s show plots in the event that they’re sick or otherwise unexpectedly absent.
  5. You’ll provide scheduled show cover for the touring crew as required.

Technical management:

  1. If running maintenance is required, you’ll make sure it is dealt with quickly and appropriately.
  2. You’ll manage the tech operator and ensure that any technical maintenance is carried out promptly as required, assisting with troubleshooting as needed.
  3. You’ll make sure that stocks of consumables are maintained and that reorders are noted in the daily report for the office to process as required.

Administration:

  1. You’ll make sure that the production bible is kept up-to-date (including crew and performer show plots).
  2. You will be clear on our health & safety policies and procedures and be able to communicate them well.
  3. You’ll maintain a petty cash float at all venues and record all expenditure, settling with the production office periodically.
  4. You’ll carry out all other duties as reasonably requested by the venue manager or the producers in order to keep the show running smoothly and ensure the effective management of the touring company.

Fee and expenses

For a standard 6-day week at the Showdome you will earn in the range of £700 – £800 per week, depending on experience.

When you are working in Birmingham or Manchester we’ll provide one standard, off-peak return rail ticket from the station nearest to your home address to each venue and pay a living away allowance of £35.71 per night subject to a minimum of 7 nights (equivalent to £250 for 7 nights). If you don’t live in London, we may also be able to pay a subsistence allowance to assist with accommodation expenses whilst you are working in London.

Holiday

You’ll usually have a few days off between performance venues so holiday dates will be designated throughout the tour in line with statutory entitlements. On holiday days you’ll be paid in line with your average earnings throughout the tour.

How to apply

Please email a covering letter (no more than 500 words please) and your CV to nightgarden.csm@minorentertainment.com with “Company Stage Manager application” in the subject line.

Deadline

Minor Entertainment will be holding interviews at our London office on a rolling basis over the next few weeks, so please apply ASAP to have the best chance of being appointed. If this job is still advertised on our website (www.minorentertainment.com) we are still open to applications.