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Deputy Technical Stage Manager/Flyman

Date Added
17 January 2023
Theatre Royal Plymouth
£26312 per annum plus overtime and TMA Fit Up & Get Out rate
Job Specification
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Application Details
Theatre Royal Plymouth is a registered charity, inspiring a lifetime of creativity for audiences, artists and participants throughout Plymouth and the wider region. As the principal home of performing arts in the Southwest, we engage and inspire many communities, creating memorable experiences for people from all backgrounds. TRP do this by creating and presenting a breadth of shows on a range of scales, with their extensive creative engagement programmes, by embracing the vitality of new talent and supporting emerging and established artists, and by collaborating with a range of partners to provide dynamic cultural leadership for the city of Plymouth. 
Reports to: Technical Stage Managers 
Responsible for: Stage Technicians & additional Flymen 
Salary: £26,312 per annum for show related work, plus overtime including TMA get out rate – earning 
                               potential circa £35,000 per annum 
Contract:       40 hours per week 
Inclusion and Diversity 
We are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion at TRP with a workforce, participants and audiences that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. 
The collective power of each team member’s life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent creates the very best environment for us to achieve our ambitions and lead the sector.   
In recruiting for our team, we recognise the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and beliefs. 
How to Apply 
We are happy to receive either a TRP application form or you CV and a Covering Letter in application. Speculative CVs accepted; other technical roles may be available. 
Closing date for applications: Monday 20 February 2023 
Interview Date: Friday 10 March 2023 
We’re here to talk! We’re available to speak to you before you make your application so, if you’re not quite sure if your skills match the role, want to talk about how flexible working could support you, or just check any of the details in this document, please do email us on with subject line ‘Deputy Stage Manager/Flyman’ to arrange a chat. 
The Role 
The Deputy Technical Stage Manager/Flyman will assist the Technical Stage Managers (TSMs) in leading the stage team as part of Theatre Royal Plymouth’s (TRP’s) technical department. Extensive flyman experience and experience of working on large scale shows is essential. The role will be focused on delivering an effective and flexible service to ensure the delivery of stage and flying requirements for all in-house, co-productions and the visiting programme. The Deputy Technical Stage Manager/Flyman must ensure delivery to the highest standard of work and to oversee the delivery of the Health and Safety Policy with regard to the TRP stage facilities. 
• Shows and production processes: in conjunction with the TSMs facilitate the smooth running of all performances and production work. To take responsibility for the safe operation of all stage equipment including the TRP single-purchase, counterweight flying system and to provide leadership and organisation of stage and fly floor teams for shows, fit ups and get outs. 
• Premises, equipment: responsibility for the maintenance, improvement and good housekeeping of areas and equipment to high standards under LOLER and other health and safety legislation. 
• Inspections: In conjunction with the TSMs to coordinate and facilitate insurance and safety inspections for all TRP lifting equipment. 
• Personnel: the development of flymen/stage staff through recruitment, mentoring, training and appraisal. 
• Budgetary: to deliver technical projects within budgets as agreed with managers. 
Principal Tasks 
• To participate in get ins and get outs of productions in house, co-produced and of visiting companies as required, contributing to the safe and efficient operation of stage and flying equipment within current theatre practice. 
• To be involved in show- running as required with a particular focus on effective running of the fly floor to provide a high and consistent level of show flying. To provide duty technical management as required. 
• To deputise for the TSMs in all stage department operations. 
• To carry out general maintenance within the department as required to facilitate high performance standards, managing maintenance, repairs and improvements to stage, flying and rigging equipment. 
• Regular contributions to technical staff meetings 
• To assist in the forward planning of technical activities in venues within TRP as necessary in conjunction with relevant managers. 
• Involvement in learning and self-development opportunities including Engagement and Learning activities, support of Apprentice schemes and training courses as appropriate. 
• Any other reasonable duties as may be requested from time to time including cross-venue working, support of toured work externally, and courses or reconnaissance work outside of Plymouth 
• To be aware of the Health and Safety policies of the company and ensure compliance with all relevant legislation in areas of control. 
• To help implement and upkeep TRP’s values-based system built on Quality, Collaboration, Creativity and Diversity. 
• Flyman experience of working on large scale shows 
• Some experience of running a fly floor for fit ups, get outs and shows in a commercial theatre environment. 
• Good communication/people skills. 
• A helpful, team orientated approach and a willingness to take responsibility. 
• A committed approach to health and safety in the workplace. 
• Stage carpentry skills. 
• Good housekeeping skills. 
• Some rigging experience and to have undertaken some rigging training with a recognised organisation. 
• Experience of running shifts on stage. 
It is expected the post holder will eventually live in Plymouth or the surrounding area. 
The Deputy Technical Stage Manager/Flyman will be expected to undertake some overtime to help facilitate the demands of busy periods of TRPs programming as required. 
The Person 
Our Values are at the heart of everything we say and do, and our people demonstrate these values in every aspect of their work.  To be successful in this role, you should be able to demonstrate the following skills, experience, and behaviour in line with these values. 
Taking pride in achieving excellence.  We take responsibility for and pride in what we do, recognising each other’s good work.  We set consistently high expectations and ensure that everyone has the skills to achieve excellence.    
Valuing each other in the way we work, communicate, and spend time together:  We communicate regularly with each other, listening and understanding people’s needs.  We value and respect the relationships we have with colleagues and partners, and we celebrate shared successes. 
• Is accountable for own work ensuring it meets expectations and agreed standards 
• Shows energy and enthusiasm in achieving personal and team objectives 
• Understands and delivers in line with relevant legislation, policies, procedures, and instructions 
• Enjoys exceeding expectations of customers and colleagues • Is friendly and welcoming 
• Actively seeks, encourages, and acts upon feedback 
• Contributes to own department’s achievement of objectives 
• Works with colleagues to deliver the highest possible standards 
Being imaginative in everything we do:  We use our knowledge, experience, and judgement to explore doing things differently.  We aim to empower everyone in the organisation to adopt a flexible, open-minded, and imaginative approach. 
Embracing the diversity among our people and community:  We embrace and value difference and individuality treating everyone as equally important.  Together we are stronger and more effective. 
• Adopts a flexible approach to their work taking the circumstances of others into account 
• Listens to information and asks questions to improve knowledge 
• Adapts approach to provide customer with an experience tailored to the purpose of their visit 
• Thinks about different options when solving a problem  
• Confidently welcomes and embraces people from all areas of the community/backgrounds 
• Seeks to understand others and respects views and opinions 
• Adapts communication to suit individual needs and listens with empathy 
• Engages with TRP’s community activities and programmes 
Closing Date
20 February 2023
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