Recruitment: Administration and Finance Manager

Wanted: New member of Team PP

Exciting times at PPHQ. We’re on the search for a talented new Administration and Finance Manager to join Team PP within a new core team structure from January 2019. We’re looking for someone with excellent administrative and financial skills to support our busy programme of work. Someone who is highly motivated and passionate about new plays and touring.

You’ll be joining Team PP in our London office and will occasionally find yourself on trains up and down the UK seeing our work on tour.

Up your street? Excellent. We can’t wait to hear from you. Details below.

Who are we looking for?

The Administration and Finance Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Paines Plough’s financial, administrative and HR processes. They provide vital administrative and financial support across the programme of work, whilst leading on all financial reporting, reconciliation and systems.
The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic member of our dedicated team of employees based in London. They will have a passion for new plays and touring and experience of working in an administrative and finance role. Training and support will be provided for the right candidate if required.

Guidance Notes for Applicants

Application Pack: Job Description and Person Specification

The purpose and main duties and responsibilities of the post are set out in the job description and the knowledge, skills and experience we are looking for in the successful candidate are listed in the person specification.

Completing the Application Form

The Application Form is your opportunity to tell us specifically why you wish to apply for the vacancy and what makes you a suitable applicant. It is important that you provide us with evidence to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills and experience required as set out in the person specification for the role.
Please do not attach any additional information to your application form. CVs will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: Friday 16th November 2018 at 12pm
Applications should be submitted by email to recruitment@painesplough.com.
Please address applications to recruitment@painesplough.com and clearly mark the email subject: ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE MANAGER APPLICATION.
If you have any questions about the application process or would like the application pack in a different format please contact Charlotte Walton, Administrator on charlotte@painesplough.com or 020 7240 4533.

 

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE MANAGER Application Pack

AAFM – Paines Plough Application Form

 

Recruitment: Production Placement

Production Placement Application Pack

Here at Paines Plough we are always looking for ways to demystify the way we go about commissioning, producing and touring new plays in order to provide support for theatre makers at any stage of their careers through a programme called Insights.

As part of Insights we offer a flexible programme of work placements designed to support the study of students on university and drama school courses at MA or BA level with practical work experience of a busy touring theatre company. Please see below for information on how to apply for our Summer/Autumn 2018 programmes.

“There’s not really a better place to be… [It] allowed me to develop both my creative, logistical, and administrative skills. I read and read and read, and being surrounded by new work and the people and processes making it has helped me in astronomical ways.”
Hugo Timbrell, Production Placement, Spring 2016

OVERVIEW

Timeline
The Autumn period will run for 12 weeks from 10 September to 07 December.

You will be in PPHQ 3 days per week, although this can be flexible depending on the placement and your personal study requirements, 10am-6pm with a one-hour break for lunch.

Expenses
We pay for travel expenses within London, as well as occasional theatre trips and touring opportunities.

Content

As our Production Placement you will gain experience in: tour logistics, casting/rehearsal administration, audience development and day to day running of the office and productions we have on the road. This placement is suited to anyone looking to work in a producing role.

As well as the work experience and training specific to your placement (see below), there will be opportunities to participate in company-wide training. Previously Placements have received training in:

  • Office skills and time management
  • Consultative selling
  • Data management
  • Tone and style
  • Budgets and accounting
  • Tour-booking
  • Networking
  • Public Speaking
  • Captioning

Previous placements at Paines Plough have gone on to work for companies such as: Donmar Warehouse, National Theatre of Scotland, Lyric Hammersmith, Les Enfants Terribles and Young Vic.

“The passion for new writing and fostering new talent was there every single day  …  and it made the whole experience completely brilliant.”
Alice Rush, Production Placement, Spring 2018

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a CV and one-page covering letter detailing your experience, why you are interested in Paines Plough and what you hope to gain from the placement, as well as which placement period you wish to be considered for, to charlotte@painesplough.com.

Application deadline                                  12noon on Wednesday 29 August
Interviews                                                      Tuesday 04 September
Placement dates                                           10 September – 07 December

If these dates are not quite suitable for your course, please do send in your application anyway as we will be open to discussing alternatives.

We want to meet Stage Managers

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Open call for brilliant stage managers

Stage managers make the world go round. Everyone knows that. They are the all-knowledgeable, indefatigable, unflappable superheroes that make everything alright. 

We love stage managers. We work with some of the very best in the business like Caitlin and Wes and Carrie and Ben. And we’re always on the look out for more superheroes to join our team and help us tour new plays the length and breadth of the UK, everywhere from the Old Vic to the Isle of Eigg. 

As we’re sharing Edinburgh with half of the population of stage managers for the month of August, we thought we’d take the opportunity to meet some new people. 

If you’re here at the Fringe and you share our passion for new plays and touring, we’d love to say hello and hopefully find a way of working with you in the future. 

Whether you’re an ASM, CSM, DSM, TSM or all of the above, send your CV and a quick note to our Producer Sofia sofia@painesplough.com with the subject line STAGE MANAGER CALL OUT, and we’ll try to find time for a cup of tea.

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Recruitment: Technical Stage Manager

We’re recruiting a Technical Stage Manager for ROUNDABOUT.

About Paines Plough

History

Paines Plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays. We commission and produce the best playwrights and tour their plays far and wide. Whether you’re in Liverpool or Lyme Regis, Scarborough or Southampton, a Paines Plough show is coming to a theatre near you soon. Paines Plough was formed in 1974 over a pint of Paines bitter in the Plough pub. Since then we’ve produced more than 130 new productions by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly and Mike Bartlett. We’ve toured those plays to hundreds of places from Manchester to Moscow to Maidenhead.

Current

Over the last two years we’ve produced 22 shows and performed them in 180 places across four continents. We tour to more than 30,000 people a year from Cornwall to the Orkney Islands; in village halls and Off-Broadway, at music festivals and student unions, online and on radio, and in our own pop-up theatre Roundabout.

Our current season consists of new work by Zia Ahmed (I WANNA BE YOURS), Anna Jordan (POP MUSIC) and Isley Lynn (ALBATROSS). As well as these, there will also be some reprised work from Brad Birch (BLACK MOUNTAIN), Elinor Cook (OUT OF LOVE), Sabrina Mahfouz (WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK) and Sarah McDonald-Hughes (HOW TO BE A KID). The world premiere plays which will be performed in rep in Roundabout this year will be by Georgia Christou (HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN), Simon Longman (ISLAND TOWN) and Vinay Patel (STICKS AND STONES).

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About ROUNDABOUT: The world’s first pop-up, plug-and-play theatre.

We built Roundabout because we’re passionate about new plays and we want as many people as possible to be able to see them. Many places in the country don’t have theatres. Now we can take a theatre to them.

Since its launch in 2014, Roundabout has toured the length and breadth of the UK from Brighton Festival to Edinburgh Festival fringe, to London’s Southbank Centre to the hills of North Wales. In 2016 we received three-year funding from the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund to partner with eight national organisations and present a mini festival every weekend between September-October in Margate, Salford, Stoke-on-Trent, Kendal, Poole, Luton, Darlington and Lincoln.

In it we present a rep of three brand new Paines Plough plays, one specifically for young people, performed by a company of three actors. And in partnership with our hosts we programme a wider festival of local theatre, music, comedy and a range of activities in the space.

The aim is to use the Roundabout space as a resource for local communities to engage with its possibilities, with the ultimate aim to increase footfall from a wider audience and encourage theatre going. Now in 2018, we’re preparing for another epic tour and we’d love you to join us.

Up your street? Excellent. We can’t wait to hear from you. Details below.

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Guidance Notes for Applicants

Job Description and Person Specification
The purpose and main duties and responsibilities of the post are set out in the job description and the knowledge, skills and experience we are looking for in the successful candidate are listed in the person specification.

Application

To apply send us a CV and covering letter.

CV, Covering Letter & Equal Opportunities Form should be submitted by email only to charlotte@painesplough.com. 
The covering letter is your opportunity to tell us specifically why you wish to apply for the vacancy and what makes you a suitable applicant. It is important that you provide us with evidence to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills and experience required as set out in the person specification for the role.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 18 July 2018 at 12pm

Please address applications to Sofia Stephanou, Producer and clearly mark the email subject: ROUNDABOUT TSM APPLICATION.

If you are unable to submit your CV, Covering Letter & Equal Opportunities Form by email, please contact Charlotte Walton on 020 7240 4533.

Shortlisting and Interviews

Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date. When shortlisting we are making an assessment of how closely your application meets the selection criteria set out in the person specification.

You will be notified of whether you have been shortlisted or not via email.

Interviews: Friday 20 July 2018

If you are shortlisted, we will contact you by phone to invite you to interview and follow up with an email.

Offers
All offers are made subject to receipt of satisfactory references, proof of identity, address and eligibility to work in the UK.

For any more information email charlotte@painesplough.com.

We hope you find the above helpful and good luck with your application.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER

Responsible to: Producer

This is an exciting and varied role with strong prospects for skills development and career progression into the role of a Production Manager.

The Technical Stage Manager is a key member of the team, working closely with the Technical Director, Company Stage Manager and the Producer. The Technical Stage Manager will liaise with the Visiting Companies on tour and plays a crucial role in supporting on technical elements in absence of the Technical Director.

Dates: 03 September – 21 October 2018

w/c 3 September:       Roundabout @ Ordsall
w/c 10 September:     Roundabout @ Grasmere
w/c 17 September:     Roundabout @ Margate
w/c 24 September:     Roundabout @ Bournemouth
w/c 01 October:          Roundabout @ Lincoln
w/c 08 October:          Roundabout @ Stoke
w/c 15 October:          Roundabout @ Luton

The Technical Stage Manager Duties include but are not limited to:

SCHEDULES

  • To write and manage the TSM rota on tour.
  • To manage tech schedule for Paines Plough and Visiting Companies.
  • To deliver the rota to the Producer.
  • To strictly monitor and adhere to the weekly schedules as provided by the Producer.

VISITING COMPANIES

  • To send out and administrate technical questionnaires for all Visiting Companies in Roundabout and to report back to the Producer and Technical Director weekly.
  • To ensure that all known technical elements of Visiting Company shows on tour are signed off by the Producer and Technical director.
  • To be the first point of contact for all technical questions from Visiting Companies performing in Roundabout on tour.
  • Supporting Visiting Companies on tour.

HEALTH & SAFETY AND SECURITY

  • To be responsible for safe working methods within the Roundabout’s specific H&S procedures.
  • To ensure the safety of public in Roundabout at all times in line with Roundabout’s specific H&S procedures.
  • To ensure that Roundabout complies with regulation fire safety guidelines and is fire safe in line with Roundabout’s specific H&S procedures.
  • To report any issues which contravene Roundabout’s H&S procedures in a timely manner to the Technical Director and Producer.
  • In conjunction and liaison with the Technical team & Company Stage Manager, to ensure that all equipment, set, props, furniture and dressing is accounted for and kept securely at all times.
  • To adhere to the Health and Safety Policy of the company, undertaking such duties as are required, and ensuring that reasonable care is taken to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.

AUDITORIUM

  • To take joint responsibility with the Company Stage Manager on all aspects of the Roundabout Auditorium whilst on the road, including sole responsibility of all technical elements of the Roundabout Auditorium.
  • To support the Technical Director with fit-up and strike of Roundabout including lifting and crew work.
  • To be jointly responsible with the Company Stage Manager for the daily power-up and power-down of the Roundabout.
  • In conjunction and liaison with the Company Stage Manager, to ensure that all working and public areas are kept tidy and clear of waste material and that equipment is maintained to a safe and proper standard.

ACCESS

  • To communicate with Front of House daily on any audience access requirements.
  • To ensure the venue is accessible by restoring wheelchair spaces in a timely manner and supporting Front of House staff in quick turnarounds between shows.
  • To assist in setting up ROUNDABOUT captioning units for any captioned performances

ON TOUR

  • To be the first point of contact for all local technical departments whilst on tour.
  • Supervising local crew and local Technical Managers and train individuals in the use of Roundabout
  • To be the first point of contact for all local technical departments whilst on tour.
  • As directed by the Producer and in conjunction with the Company Stage Manager take responsibility for the Roundabout site whilst on the road including maintenance and site dressing.
  • Support the Company Stage Manager in the management of Venue Front of House as necessary

MAINTENANCE

  • To complete day to day maintenance-work as required and report any maintenance issues to the Producer and Technical Director.
  • To ensure that tools and all fit-up equipment is kept in a tidy, complete, adequately stocked and secure state at all times and to replace any consumable items within budgets and parameters agreed with the Producer.
  • In conjunction and liaison with the Company Stage Manager, to complete any day to day maintenance that may be required of the set, props, furniture and dressing for the production according to the Director’s and Designer’s requirements and within budgets and parameters agreed with Producer.
  • In conjunction and liaison with the Company Stage Manager, to ensure that all work undertaken on the set, props and furniture etc. is completed to the high standards agreed with the Producer.

BUDGET

  • To manage a petty cash budget within the parameters set out by the Producer and Technical Director.

OTHER

  • To send out a daily Roundabout Venue Report.
  • In the absence of the Company Stage Manager, cover the running and/or operating of all three Paines Plough productions within the Roundabout as per weekly touring schedule drawn up by the Production Manager & Producer and as mutually agreed.
  • To provide tours of Roundabout to industry and members of the public as requested by the Producer
  • To liaise and co-operate with all other departments and individuals within Paines Plough.
  • To attend production meetings
  • To act as a credible ambassador for the company at all times.
  • To undertake any other appropriate duties which may be allocated by the Producer.

Person Specification

Candidates need to possess the following attributes/skills to be considered for the position of Technical Stage Manager role:

Essential knowledge, skills and experience

  • Minimum of 4 years professional mid to large-scale touring experience, preferably with temporary, demountable structures.
  • Demonstrable ability to perform the duties listed above
  • Demonstrable experience of supervising crew during get ins and get outs.
  • Working knowledge of lighting control especially with regards to LED technology and pixel mapping
  • An organised yet flexible approach and calm under pressure
  • Dedicated and committed with excellent focus and organisational skills
  • Ability to be creative and resourceful in problem solving
  • Proven ability to work within allocated budgets
  • A working knowledge of the ITC/Equity Subsidised Repertory Agreements
  • Awareness and experience of health and safety legislation and practice.
  • Experience of and ability to operate QLab
  • Good team player
  • Bright, proactive and energetic, with an evident record in the delivery of productions at the highest technical level.
  • Good working knowledge of industry H&S regulations Experienced in monitoring and enforcing H&S regulations and ideally H&S trained (IOSH certified)
  • Rigging qualification
  • Able to demonstrate a recognisable level of credibility within the industry.
  • IT and AutoCAD literate.
  • Degree in technical theatre practice or equivalent qualification.
  • First Aid trained

Terms and Conditions

Salary:                         Buyout of £550 p/w plus subsidence of £297p/w on tour, in line with ITC minimum rates of pay.

Contract:                     Fixed Term.

Pension:                      3% employer contribution and 2% employee contribution to the pension scheme that you are enrolled in.

Holiday:                       Holiday paid at ITC rate.

Paines Plough strives to be an equal opportunities employer.

Registered charity: 267523.

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Download the application pack: Technical Stage Manager Application Pack

Download the Equal Opportunities form: Equal Opportunities Form 2018

Recruitment: Trainee Administrator

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We’re recruiting! Are you passionate about theatre and new writing? Looking to put your expert organisational skills to work? Come and join Team PP! 

In collaboration with the brilliant Creative Access, we’re looking to find a bright and talented Trainee Administrator to support day to day administration of the company.

You’ll be joining PP from July for 9 months and will have the chance to work across projects such as Roundabout in Edinburgh and on tour, small-scale touring and lots of other bespoke projects.

You can find the full job description and application information on the Creative Access website.

Learn more about PP here.

You can find out more about Creative Access here.

The application deadline is 17 June with a start date of 02 July.

Please note, this traineeship is only open to candidates from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background.

Recruitment: Festival Team

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Roundabout. Photo: The Other Richard.

Team PP is packing up and moving to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe and we are looking for a team of hard working theatre lovers to help us deliver a packed programme of shows in our beautiful pop-up theatre Roundabout. Once again this August Roundabout will be in the courtyard of Edinburgh’s Summerhall housing a season of extraordinary work in a thrilling 360-degree setting.

Roundabout will host more than 200 performances over 26 days with over 30,000 available tickets for 300 hours of theatre ranging from world premieres to international award winners. Roundabout is the place to be at EdFringe 2018. You can see all 11 shows in our bumper programme here.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We are seeking people who are engaged, open and fans of new writing to join our Festival Team and work across two roles for the duration of the festival. These are:

  • Visitor Services
  • Street Team

Working in the Festival Team is flexible so would suit students living in Edinburgh, anyone who might be working on their own shows at the fringe – whatever brings you to the festival we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage all team members to see as much as possible whilst at the festival, and offer shifts at varying times to allow this.

“You really are the loveliest venue at the fringe. You enhanced my fringe experience, my shifts were good and being given different timed shifts made it great to see all shows over the month…You just create a really relaxed and friendly environment, which is so productive in enhancing an audiences experience. I’d recommend you to anyone wanting to work for a company at fringe next year.”  Natasha Ravenscroft, Festival Team member 2017

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Hasan Dixon performs Black Mountain by Brad Birch. Photo: The Other Richard.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The venue is open to the public 1-26 August inclusive. Shift lengths will be between 4 and 5 hours, and will be available between 10:30am and 1am each day, depending on your position and availability. You can expect to work no more than six shifts a week during this period as dictated by our rota.

You will be paid an hourly rate of £7.83.

Additional benefits of working as part of Paines Plough’s Festival Team include:

  • Training from Paines Plough and Summerhall’s dedicated and experienced Fringe team to perform your role to the best of your ability.
  • A Summerhall Pass, which permits the holder free entry to all shows in the Summerhall programme, provided they’re not sold out. This gives access to over 140 shows.
  • Free playtexts for all of the Paines Plough Roundabout plays.
  • An end of run party with us so you can celebrate your achievements together before finishing for the season.

“Summerhall’s 2017 programme was as eclectic and invigorating as we’ve come to expect over the past few years, and nowhere more so than in the Paines Plough Roundabout; it’s not just one of the fringe’s most exciting venues, but one of Britain’s.” The Stage

“Paines Plough’s travelling Roundabout Auditorium is probably the loveliest venue at the Fringe.” The List

“Summerhall has effectively rewired the Fringe, becoming home to some of the most exciting work at the festival.” The Stage

Jonny Donahoe performs Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan. Photo: The Other Richard.
Jonny Donahoe performs Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan. Photo: The Other Richard.

WHAT DOES THE JOB INVOLVE?

Visitor Services

  • Welcoming audience members into Roundabout, including assisting any patrons with access needs.
  • Taking tickets and seating audience members.
  • Assisting with the set up for accessible performances.
  • Managing latecomers.
  • Selling merchandise.
  • Updating any signage and maintaining the appearance of the site.
  • Troubleshooting and being the point of contact in the event of an evacuation.
  • Being an enthusiastic ambassador for Roundabout and the shows, which includes wearing our branded uniform.

Street Team

  • Flyering and postering around Edinburgh (come rain or shine).
  • Talking to the public about the shows.
  • Sticking up and stapling reviews.
  • Watching the Roundabout productions so you can confidently promote the shows when flyering.
  • Being an enthusiastic ambassador for Roundabout and the shows, which includes wearing our branded uniform.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • Experience in a customer services role.
  • An ability to work independently with the stamina to keep going at the world’s most vibrant arts festival.
  • Extremely friendly, enthusiastic and comfortable with talking to anyone.
  • An interest in and passion for theatre, performance and visual arts.
  • Natural ability to think on your feet and use initiative.

Desirable

  • Front of House experience.
  • Street Team experience.
  • An understanding of Fringe audiences and how the festival operates, even if you have not previously attended.

“I really enjoyed working with such a lovely, inclusive bunch of people…my Edinburgh experience was a lot of fun, largely due to everyone I met working with Paines Plough. It was fantastic to feel like an important part of a large team…I had a ball, basically.” Rory Horne, Festival Team member 2016-17

 

TO APPLY

To apply just fill out this form. We can only accept applications through this form. If you have any questions or problems just give us a ring on 020 7240 4533 or drop Charlotte an email on charlotte@painesplough.com.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 31 May, 10am.

Recruitment day in London for shortlisted applicants: Tuesday 12 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

If you are successful, you must be able to attend our training day Edinburgh. This will be a key opportunity to meet fellow staff and get to know our exciting venue. The training day will be Tuesday 31 July at Summerhall, Edinburgh.

In order to apply we require all applicants to have a UK bank account and required visas to work within the UK. Please note you must be over 18 to apply for this position.

Although we would prefer team members to be around for the whole festival season we are still happy to accept applications from those with a limited availability.

Paines Plough is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

Recruitment: Placement Students

Here at Paines Plough we are always looking for ways to demystify the way we go about commissioning, producing and touring new plays in order to provide support for theatre makers at any stage of their careers through a programme called Insights.

As part of Insights we offer a flexible programme of work placements designed to support the study of students on university and drama school courses at MA or BA level with practical work experience of a busy touring theatre company. Please see below for information on how to apply for our Summer/Autumn 2018 programmes.

We’re looking for placements to join Team PP for either the Summer or Autumn:

  • The Summer placement period will run for 11 weeks from 15 May to 27 July.
  • The Autumn period will run for 12 weeks from 10 September to 07 December.

You will be in PPHQ 3 days per week, although this can be flexible depending on the placement and your personal study requirements, 10am-6pm with a one-hour break for lunch.

We have three placements on offer:

  • Production Placement
  • Administration Placement
  • Marketing Placement

You can apply for as many roles as you feel you are qualified for.

Please detail the following in your cover letter:

  • Your experience
  • Why you are interested in Paines Plough
  • What you hope to gain from the placement
  • Which role or roles you are applying for
  • Which period (Summer or Autumn) you are applying for

The deadline for applications is 10am 9 April.

You can download application packs for all three roles here:

Production Placement Application Pack

Administration Placement Application Pack

Marketing Placement Application Pack