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Costume Cutter (Deputy Head of Wardrobe)

Date Added
08 December 2021
Birmingham Rep
Job Specification
We’re all about the live experience – whether you’re coming to see a show, taking part in a workshop, or dropping in for a coffee. We work with partners across the UK and internationally on creating brand new productions and community projects.   
You can find us performing live on our three stages here in Birmingham (The House, The Door and The Studio), in the West End, or touring globally. We might pop up on your doorstep in local streets, in schools and colleges, in shops, parks and city squares.   
We nurture artistic talent through new writing, directing, technical and casting programmes with young professionals and up-and-coming names. While results can take years, we know it’s worth the wait as we believe diversity to be a strength in our society, with art and culture belonging to all. We are a theatre for everyone. 
Looking out over Centenary Square’s fountains, extensive work on our building will soon be completed making us even more accessible. With our allies at the spectacular Library of Birmingham, our neighbours at Symphony Hall, our new friends at the University of Birmingham Exchange plus the vast social and commercial whirl of Paradise and Brindley Place, there’s never been a better time to consider joining us. 
The Costume Cutter (Deputy Head of Wardrobe) is a key role in the Wardrobe Department. They work with the Head of Wardrobe to produce high quality costumes for all productions, events and activities in and out of the building.  They will ensure that digital technology and sustainability are at the heart of every project. 
Main duties and responsibilities 
o Deputising for the Head of Wardrobe in their absence and as required 
o Cutting, making and sourcing of costume and accessories to designers’ brief 
o To maintain and repair costumes 
o Carry out costume measurement and fittings wherever rehearsals are located 
o Close liaison with costume designers to ensure design realisation 
o Maintenance of costume during performance runs and as required 
o Research of design and costume history to ensure authenticity in delivery 
o Liaison and collaboration with other production departments 
o Maintenance of wardrobe department equipment and stock 
o Contribution of proposals for the improvement of the wardrobe department and its processes 
o Effective management of resources, maximising income and minimising expenditure wherever possible 
o Support and develop new and/or junior members of the Costume team 
o To maintain standards of quality in all areas of work 
o To ensure excellent communication between departments and teams 
o To actively contribute to the running of the wardrobe department 
Key relationships 
This role forms part of the Wardrobe team 
You will be managed by the Head of Wardrobe. 
You will be responsible for managing: 
• Apprentice Costume Makers 
This structure may change from time to time based on business need, but reflects the broad areas of 
• Head of Wardrobe 
• Head of Production 
• Wardrobe Assistants 
• Designers 
• Production Managers 
• Suppliers 
• Makers 
Person specification 
You must have 
If you do not demonstrate that you meet all these criteria you may not be shortlisted. 
• Extensive knowledge and experience of costume construction 
• Strong knowledge of costume history 
• Excellent organisational and communication skills 
• High standard of professional cutting and making 
• Experience of working in a producing theatre or similar environment 
• Positive, proactive, self motivated and flexible approach 
• Genuine interest in the Arts 
• Ability to manage time effectively 
• Ability to work alone or as part of a team 
• Ability to cope with physically demanding work 
• Be a logical and effective problem solver and decision maker 
• Ability to carry out work under pressure and maintain good humour and diplomacy 
It’d be great if you had 
If we need to choose between candidates who meet the essential criteria, we may take these factors into account. 
• IOSH training or equivalent 
• First Aid Certificate 
• Full Clean Driving License 
Terms & Conditions 
Costume Cutter (Deputy Head of Costume) 
Period of work 
This is a permanent contract, subject to successful completion of a probationary period of three months. 
£24,538.80 per annum; pro-rata if part-time. 
39 hours per week 
Some evening and weekend work will be required. 
We don’t encourage or expect over time, however, in the event that over time is worked, this may be taken as time off in lieu to be agreed in advance with your line manager. 
20 days per year plus public holidays/25 days, plus bank holidays 
The holiday year runs from 1 September to 31 August each year. 
Notice period 
The notice period will be 12 weeks 
Location of work 
Your main place of work will be The REP in Birmingham, but you may be required to work permanently or temporarily at other locations locally 
Other benefits 
• Contributory staff pension, 5% employee and 3% employer 
Non-contractual benefits 
• Free-to-use employee assistance service 
• Staff ticket discount 
• Staff discount in The REP food and drink outlets (when available) 
• We want all staff to see as many of our shows as they can and share in the excitement of being one of the first audiences to see a new production come to life on stage. To ensure everyone has a chance to attend shows, every staff member is invited to attend press night for all The Rep's own productions along with further complimentary tickets to most shows as well as competitive discounts throughout the year. 
Application Details
To apply for this post please go to our website and complete the online application process. 
We accept alternative forms of application such as audio or video. Please use this job description and the application form on our website to provide up to 5 minutes of content as your supporting statement. 
If you would like to request any adjustments to enable you to apply for this post or to fully participate in an interview, please contact 
The deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday 25th January 2022 at MIDDAY 
If shortlisted for interview you will hear from us by Friday 28th January 2022 
Interviews will be held on Thursday 3rd February 2022 
There’s no such thing as perfection… 
At the REP we don’t expect or look for the ‘perfect candidate’, instead we look for people who can positively contribute to our team. In return you will be given support, encouragement and all the right conditions to grow, succeed and be your best. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where difference is a strength and every unique voice and skill is recognised and valued. 
For us, recruitment is more than a match against a job description, it’s about feeling excited to come to work every day and being proud of who you work with and for. We believe The REP is for everyone, so however you identify, whatever your background, if you feel excited about this role then we urge you to please apply. 
It’s important to us that The REP reflects the communities we serve and therefore we particularly welcome applicants from the global majority and D/deaf & disabled communities as these groups are not as well represented as we want them to be. We want our REP to be culturally informed and accessible to all, so we encourage you to celebrate and share your own cultural experience and knowledge of our city proudly in your application. 
We guarantee to interview anyone from these under-represented groups whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application form which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required for each competence (or could with reasonable support), as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential in the person specification. 
Closing Date
25 January 2022
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