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Deputy Head of Lighting and Sound, Northampton



Northampton, United Kingdom 

Job Category:

Arts & Entertainment


€27,621.60 - €28,621.60

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Job Description:

Are you an experienced technical theatre professional with a passion for lighting, sound, and AV services? We are seeking a Deputy Head of Lighting and Sound to join our dynamic team at Royal and Derngate.

In this role, you will lead a team of technicians, support the delivery of diverse productions, and oversee the maintenance of venue spaces and technical equipment. You'll have the opportunity to collaborate with the Head of Lighting and Sound and other departments, ensuring the highest technical standards are met.

If you have industry experience, a strong understanding of live performance, and exceptional organisational and communication skills, we want to hear from you. Join us in delivering outstanding technical theatre services and become a vital part of the team in our award-winning venue!

Job Purpose

* To provide technical theatre services for Royal and Derngate in the delivery of our received, produced, and creative learning programme with an emphasis on lighting, sound, and AV services.
* The upkeep of venue spaces and technical equipment.
* To deputise for the Head of Lighting and Sound (Royal).

Key Duties

* To support the Head of Lighting and Sound in the general duties of the department and operation of lighting, sound, and AV equipment and systems and to undertake additional technical duties as required.
* Under the direction of the Head of Lighting and Sound and Technical and Maintenance Manager, ensure that safe working practices are observed in line with the department's RAMS policy and procedures.
* To assist with show fit-ups and get-outs, and the running of rehearsals and performances, and to lead these sessions as required.
* To assist the Head of Lighting and Sound in the organisation and supervision of the Lighting and Sound department and to deputise for the Head of Lighting and Sound as required.
* To work as required across the venue spaces and, where necessary, associated spaces.
* To support and collaborate with Technical, Production, and Creative Learning departments.
* To support the management and organisation of the theatre’s stores.
* Promote and provide excellent Customer Service.

For the full job description for this Deputy Head of Lighting and Sound role, please see our website.

Essential Skills


* Minimum of three years of professional industry experience
* Proven experience working in a technical role in a busy receiving house, production house, or large-scale touring experience
* Proven experience in managing full & part-time staff


* Understanding and commitment to live performance
* Knowledge of lighting and sound equipment, networking, and consoles
* Lighting/sound and/or AV equipment use and maintenance
* Effects equipment use and maintenance
* Theatre & licensing requirements
* Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and other legislative requirements
* Lighting and Sound Board Programming & Operation


* Computer literate
* Excellent organisational skills
* Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
* Good people management skills
* Ability to use access equipment and work at height
* Ability to carry technical equipment
* Ability to read and understand technical drawings and lighting plans
* Flexible approach to working hours
* Calm under pressure
* Customer-orientated

Desirable Skills


* Proven experience at supervisory level in either Electrics or Sound
* Working within a venue with a large and active education programme
* Proven experience in technical delivery of produced work in repertory theatre
* Experience in delivering large corporate events
* Lighting and/or sound design experience
* Experience of technical delivery in a medium to large performance space


* An understanding of subsidised/commercial theatre.
* C & G 236, or 1820; NVQ or other appropriate electrical qualification
* First Aid at Work certificate
* Fire Marshall training
* Anti-terrorism training
* Electrical qualification/experience working at component level
* IOSH/ RAMS training
* Operational and maintenance experience in building plant and HVAC
* Stage, flying systems, and rigging techniques
* Recognised relevant technical qualifications e.g. ABTT
* Driving Licence


* Managerial skills
* Sound design
* Lighting design
* Staff training and development skills
* Diplomacy

How To Apply

Please submit a covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) stating your relevant experience, knowledge, and skills for this Deputy Head of Lighting and Sound role, along with your CV.

Closing Date: Monday 15th July 2024
Interviews: WC-22nd July 2024

About Company

Royal & Derngate Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire and one of the major regional producing theatres in the country, with its acclaimed Made in Northampton work touring nationally and internationally.
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