Could Polka Theatre be looking for you?
• Would you like to work for a pioneering national theatre for children?
• Do you love working in a venue or theatre but would prefer mainly daytime hours?
• Do you have strong technical management skills and are you practical and hands-on?
This is an exciting time join Polka Theatre’s busy and ambitious team, in the role of Technical Manager, as a key member of the production department, you will manage all technical aspects of Polka’s productions and events and provide the highest standards of technical support to all activities. This role is a full time, permanent role. As part of the interview process we’re open to discussing flexible working and jobs sharing.
We want to help people achieve their potential while working at Polka. We prioritise our mental health and the culture of working at Polka by having regular team days to share and learn from each other and a range of social events. We invest in our people through training opportunities which help us learn and understand more about working together.
Salary £30,000 per year.
A full-time normal working week is 35 hours over 5 days Tuesday to Saturday (excluding 1 hour for lunch). This role requires a flexible approach to working hours and days which will include evenings and weekends (Polka is open to public Tuesday to Sunday). We operate a Time of In Lieu (TOIL) system for additional hours worked. As a children’s theatre we are generally open during the daytimes and weekends, rather than evenings.
What would you be doing?
This is a ‘hands-on’ role, working closely with Polka staff and the freelance creative teams who make all shows and events. With strong technical management skills, you will support the Head of Production to deliver our own productions, facilitate visiting companies, private hires and events, and drive commercial revenue through external hires of technical equipment. You will manage Polka’s Theatre Technician as well as casual and freelance technicians and contractors.
Polka produces between 5 and 8 new in-house productions each year across its two theatre spaces. Around half of these are co-productions and partners have previously included Complicité, Little Angel Theatre, Royal and Derngate and The Royal Opera House. We undertake some touring and also receive companies to our Wimbledon home, although the majority of the year is presenting our home produced work. Having our own workshop means we build all our own sets as well as sets for other theatre companies. The production team also facilitate various projects (including education activities and community and fundraising events) which take place in other areas of the building or at other venues.
For a Recruitment Pack with more information about who we are and what we’re looking for in this role plus how to apply please visit our website. We accept CV and cover letter or audio/video file.
Deadline Rolling – we will contact you within 2 weeks of applying if we would like to invite you to an interview.
Ideal start date September/October 2022
Polka’s commitment as an equal opportunities employer means we are keen to encourage applications from the Global Majority, people across the gender spectrum and people who self-identify as disabled, who are underrepresented in our sector. Polka is funded by Arts Council England, London, registered charity number 256979.