Company Stage Manager / Relighter

Bing Live

Company profile

Minor Entertainment was created in 2009 to create spectacular family theatre events. 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, we are launching Bing Live, a new stage production of the incredibly popular BBC children’s television series Bing, which will tour to theatres across the UK from June to December. The production is directed by Will Tuckett.

Role summary

Minor Entertainment is recruiting for a talented, hard-working and dependable Company Stage Manager with relight experience who will look after and manage the touring company, advance technical requirements with venues and relight the production on tour.

The touring company will be a cast of five, plus three touring crew who we expect to be a DSM (who also ops sound), an ASM (who also looks after puppet and wardrobe maintenance) and an understudy/ASM. The production will tour in a single vehicle up to 40’ and haulage will be handled separately (you will not be expected to drive the van).

Schedule

Contract dates would be Sunday 20 May to Monday 31 December 2018, although the contract may finish a few weeks earlier in November.

The tour will be split weeks, most commonly visiting two venues per week with a day for travel / get-in followed by two performance days of up to three shows per day and one day off per week. Occasionally, the production may visit three venues per week. The show will be approximately 75 minutes long, including an interval.

Rehearsals will be in London for four weeks from Monday 21 May and the production opens at the Alban Arena in week commencing 18 June.

Person specification

Essential:

  • You have solid experience as a CSM and of looking after a touring company.
  • You’ll have relighting experience and take pride in maintaining a lighting design at venues of varying technical capacity.
  • 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 confident in advancing the production’s technical requirements with venues.
  • 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 may have some experience of production management on any scale.
  • You might have some experience with puppet maintenance (all characters in the show are represented by puppets).

Job description

You will report to the executive producer.

Company management:

  1. You’ll manage the touring technical crew, performers and venue technical staff.
  2. You’ll manage the onstage and backstage schedule for all performances in each city.
  3. You’ll ensure a supportive environment and provide pastoral care to the touring company.
  4. You’ll hold regular touring company meetings to ensure that there is a structured forum for any issues to be raised.
  5. You’ll manage effectively with tact and sensitivity the interests of the producers and the touring company.
  6. You’ll deal with all issues and requests from the touring company quickly and raise anything significant with the executive producer.
  7. You’ll watch the show at least once a week, taking action and liaising with the associate director as needed 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 and ensuring that any appropriate treatment is arranged.

Stage management:

  1. You’ll lead the rehearsal room get-in and get-out.
  2. You’ll lead the get-in and get-out at each tour venue.
  3. During the rehearsal period, you’ll manage the daily schedule, the rehearsal room and all performer & crew calls with the director.
  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 technical team as required.

Technical management:

  1. You’ll relight the production at each tour venue.
  2. You’ll advance the production’s technical requirements with each venue according to an agreed technical rider, managing the venue technical contra charges with a watchful eye for cost implications.
  3. If running maintenance is required, you’ll make sure it is dealt with quickly and appropriately.
  4. 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 oversee the creation of the production bible and make sure that it 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 will act as the representative of the producer to the venue whilst at the venue, dealing with any contractual and settlement issues that arise at the venue, informing the executive producer as required.
  4. You’ll make sure that there is a clear, written and agreed record of any technical or other contras at the venue.
  5. You will manage a petty cash float for running expenditure and keep an accurate record of all petty cash expenditure (including ensuring VAT receipts are retained), settling periodically with the production office.

Fee and expenses

The salary range for this role is £800-£900 per week depending on experience

For the right candidate, there may additionally be the opportunity to production manage the show throughout the preproduction period for an additional fee.

When you are on tour you will be paid a touring allowance of £35.71 per night at each tour venue (equivalent to £250 per week). Travel whilst you are on tour will also be either arranged at the producer’s expense or you will be paid the cash equivalent for such standard off-peak rail fares as may be required to fulfil calls for the production. No travel or accommodation expenses are paid when you are required to work in London for rehearsals or in the event that the production sits down in London for a period longer than one week.

Holiday

Holiday will be designated throughout the contract which will always be subject to a minimum of three days for each period designated.

How to apply

Please email a covering letter (no longer than 500 words please) and your CV to binglive.csm@minorentertainment.com with “CSM/Relighter application” in the subject line. Please let us know in your application where you saw the job advertised.

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.