Hours and pay: 25 hours per week, 6 months fixed term contract, national minimum wage (subject to review)

Location: Working from home with meetings in and around Wolverhampton and the West Midlands (when it is safe to do so). A laptop and support with broadband connection will be provided. Travel expenses will be paid for meetings and events.

Deadline to apply: Midday Thursday 1st April 2021

Purpose of the role

This role will support the coordination and delivery of Curiosity Productions’ projects and events, including work by Babies’ Adventures in Music (BAM) and Cloud Cuckoo Land (CCL), with a focus on production and stage management and stage design.

Main Responsibilities

The Performance Production Assistant will be responsible for supporting the development, planning and delivery of projects and events for Curiosity Productions and our partners BAM and CCL, including supporting basic technical requirements at both live and online events, rehearsals and training sessions. They will also be responsible for small set/ prop design, making and maintenance tasks, and supporting the companies with other stage management duties as required (eg. scheduling, noting rehearsals, operating live effects).

Core Duties:

  • Stage management of live and online performances & rehearsals (working within current social distancing guidelines)
  • Supporting technical delivery of performances & rehearsals, including communication with venue technical teams, and supporting technical requirements of live streaming and other online events.
  • Audio, film and photography documentation of performance, rehearsals and training sessions
  • Assisting in the planning and coordination of performances & rehearsals, including communication with partner venues
  • Design, make and maintain small set, prop and costume items
  • Find, acquire and deliver any props, items or materials required by our events and projects
  • Loading/packing equipment for live performances/rehearsals in collaboration with other team members (this task can be adapted if necessary due to candidate’s access needs)

General Duties

  • Adhere to company processes, policies and procedures, particularly Equity, Access and Inclusion, GDPR data protection legislation and health and safety best practices around social distancing.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant funding conditions and reporting requirements
  • Act as a point of contact for external enquiries and communication
  • Work in a way which celebrates diversity, prioritises inclusion and challenges discrimination and racism
  • Act as a positive advocate of the company and our partners at all times
  • Undertake relevant training which will be provided (including First Aid and Safeguarding)
  • Ensure that safeguarding and health & safety policies are observed and positively implemented
  • Carry out any other reasonable duties as required and agreed with your line manager

Entry Requirement

Applicants should be literate and numerate. Grade C/4 and above in English, Maths and IT are preferable

Skills Required

Essential:

  • Creative problem solving
  • Good communication skills as you’ll need to talk with audiences, participants, venues, artists and other team members in person and in writing
  • Basic knowledge in using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Practical design, making and problem solving skills (do not have to be specific to performing arts experience)

Desirable:

  • Experience in technical theatre would be desirable
  • Photography or film making or audio/video software/hardware skills would be desirable

Personal Qualities

  • Interested in the arts, particularly theatre and music
  • Interested in work for children and young people and working with communities
  • Interested in kick starting a career in stage/production management, producing, or event management
  • Adaptable, flexible and diplomatic
  • Able to communicate enthusiastically and generously with a wide range of people
  • Organised, punctual and reliable
  • Confident and able to contribute your own ideas within a team

Future Prospects

We are in the process of applying for funding that will help to extend the role beyond the current 6 month period, but we cannot guarantee that at this stage. There could be the opportunity to extend the role into an Events Assistant Apprenticeship. We hope to increase the pay to National Living Wage, dependent on funding and completion of successful appraisals.

How To Apply

This role is supported through the government Kickstart Scheme. All applicants must be aged 16 to 24 and claiming Universal Credit. You must apply through your Job Centre

You will need to submit a CV with a cover letter outlining how you meet the skills required and personal qualities on the job description.

We also ask that you complete our Equity, Access and Inclusion monitoring form to ensure we are being accountable against our principles.

Curiosity Productions is committed to positive action to tackle systemic marginalisation. If you meet the entry requirement and essential skills required and you identify as D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, LGBTQI+, or as a person of African, Caribbean or Latinx heritage, South Asian, East Asian, or South East Asian heritage, Romany or Irish Traveller heritage, or Jewish heritage you will be guaranteed an interview for this role.

If you need any further information about this role or require any access support during the application process please email Jenny on jenny@curiosityproductions.co.uk or you can call or text Jenny on 07967 187822.

We will do everything we can to meet your access needs and remove any barriers to the recruitment and interview process. We will put measures in place to ensure that successful candidates are supported within their roles, including flexible work arrangements and provision of equipment, training, information in alternative formats, and any other support required.