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Technical Stage Manager


Application deadline: May 20th 2019

OperaUpClose is looking for a Technical Stage Manager to join the production team on our new opera for 3-5-year-olds, based on Jill Murphy’s much-loved picture book, Peace At Last.


This new 30-minute opera will premiere at Gallions’ Summer Festival (Newham) in July 2019 and follow with a national tour to schools and theatres in the summer and autumn terms. 


We are looking for an experienced and organised touring Technical Stage Manager, with excellent interpersonal skills, a clean driving licence, experience of working in school settings and re-lighting theatre/opera productions on tour. 


The Technical Stage Manager will join in the second week of the rehearsal period. They will work closely with the directors, designers, production manager and company stage manager throughout the final weeks of rehearsals, sourcing props and costumes, and creating and updating the appropriate touring paperwork in regard to the LX design. 


On tour, the Technical Stage Manager will be responsible for transporting the set (in our van), getting in and out of each venue, relighting and operating the show from a lighting desk. Throughout the tour, the Technical Stage Manager will need to keep the technical paperwork up-to-date. They will also need to circulate show reports.


Creative Team

COMPOSER                              Joanna Lee

LIBRETTIST & DIRECTOR             Robin Norton-Hale

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER       Sophia Lovell Smith 

LIGHTING DESIGNER                 Will Evans

PRODUCTION MANAGER          Callum Finn


Person Specification:

Minimum 2 years’ experience as a technical/stage manager for touring productions 

Experience of taking theatre or opera into school settings 

Experience of touring theatre or opera to studios 

Experience of working on children’s shows 

Excellent understanding of lighting, ability to re-light on tour 

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

Experience of driving a van 

Working knowledge of current Health and Safety legislation

Excellent time management skills

Excellent team worker

Excellent problem-solving skills

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

Holds an enhanced DBS certificate, ideally on the online update service


Please send a cover letter and CV to Amy at amy@operaupclose.combefore 10am on Monday 20th May. 


Interviews will be held in London on 21 & 22 May. 


London and Touring E8 1FT

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