Technician (Lighting Bias)

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Terms and Conditions:

Technicians are employed on full-time, permanent contracts at 40 hours a week.

Hours will be worked flexibly over a 6-day week and include evenings and weekends; the theatre operates over a Monday-Saturday or Tuesday-Sunday weekly model.

This role is subject to a three-month probationary period.

Holidays: 30 days, plus 8 statutory Bank Holidays

Salary: £23,000


  • Overtime is payable for hours worked over 40 hours a week
  • Auto-enrolment into the NEST pension scheme
  • Complimentary tickets for our shows
  • Access to UK Theatre’s mentoring scheme
  • Use of available rooms at the theatre for personal projects where possible
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I would like to receive applications from residents in: 
Lambeth and Southwark
Job Description: 

Responsible to: Technical Manager

Responsible for: Casual and freelance Technicians, work experience placements and other volunteers, occasionally

Working closely with: Technicians, ASMs (permanent, casual and freelance), Head of Production, Technical Director and Company Stage Manager.


A multi-skilled technician with the ability to work across all disciplines, you will work as part of the Technical team, servicing the technical requirements of all work presented by the Unicorn Theatre.


This will include the operation of productions to a consistently high standard – maintaining the integrity of the production, delivering first-line maintenance of technical equipment, show-related maintenance and housekeeping anywhere within the Theatre and on tour. You will support the theatre’s dynamic and evolving programme of REACH Community projects and educational workshops, as well as commercial hires of the space.


Key Responsibilities

  • Operate lighting, sound, AV and stage equipment, including flying, as and when required.
  • Assist in the maintenance of the Technical Department’s equipment.
  • Participate in fit-ups and get-outs, working across lighting, sound, AV and stage as required.
  • Rig, focus, program and de-rig sound, AV, stage and lighting equipment.
  • Gain an overview and understanding of the capabilities of the Unicorn’s lighting department
  • Act as Production Electrician, working with the Production Manager, and Lighting Designer to deliver the lighting design within the agreed financial and physical constraints.
  • Assist in the preparation and set up of rehearsal and performance spaces.
  • Assist with the supervision, as and when required, of casual technicians.
  • Participate, as required, in the weekly building lamp round.
  • Ensure all technical areas and working environments are kept tidy and orderly, ensuring they comply with current licensing, fire and health and safety requirements.
  • Keep abreast of current technological developments, working practices and legislative requirements for the theatre.
  • Participate, as required, in the weekly building lamp round.
  • Attend Departmental and Production Meetings as required.
  • Act as Duty Technician as and when required.
  • Cover Stage Door breaks as agreed.
  • Fully conversant and aware of the health and safety requirements for the building and associated equipment, with particular emphasis and adherence to current licensing, fire safety regulations and evacuation procedures.
  • Adhere to all Health and Safety procedures in order to minimise the risk of injury and accidents.
  • Act as a designated key holder for the building.
  • Attend staff meetings as and when required.
  • Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required.


Person Specification



  • Experience of working in a theatre’s Technical Department.
  • Experience of Programming Etc Ion family lighting desks, and Audio and Video Systems.
  • Experience of professional Lighting: generic, LED and intelligent lighting fixtures.
  • Experience of scheduling and prioritising maintenance tasks.
  • Knowledge and practical experience of all relevant Health & Safety regulations with experience of implementing and monitoring safe working practices.
  • Basic theatre carpentry skills.
  • A flexible, proactive and solution-based approach to work, with good time management.
  • Able to undertake the physical demands required in this role, including lifting heavy materials, working at height and get-ins and get-outs.
  • Good verbal communication skills.
  • A commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity.


  • Experience of working in a producing theatre.
  • Experience of programming Sound and AV in Q Lab.
  • Experience in managing freelance and casual staff.
  • Experience of counterweight and hemp flying systems.
  • Clean Driving License with van driving experience.


To Apply

Forward your CV in the first instance and receive an application form which must be resubmitted to

Closing date for applications: 10 am, Monday 2 September 2019

 Contract: Full-time, permanent Salary: £23,000 

To apply for this job please email us a cover letter and your most up-to-date CV.

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