Purpose Of The Role
To contribute to the smooth running of the Wardrobe Department, delivering a service to Theatr Clwyd of productions of the highest possible standards.
Theatr Clwyd is a cultural hub, producing world-class theatre in the hills of North Wales. Since 1976 we have been serving our communities and delivering the highest quality theatre and arts experience for the people of North Wales and beyond.
Our mission is increasingly important to us in all that we do.
To make the world a happier place, one moment at a time.
We are fortunate enough to be one of very few theatres in the UK to build sets, make costumes, paint scenery and create props inhouse. These essential theatre making skills ensure that we can push theatrical boundaries to create stunning shows from the seed of a writer’s imagination. Since 2018 this has been recognised by the theatre industry with awards from UK Theatre, The Stage and the Olivier’s.
The development of theatre makers in our community is key to sustaining Wales and the UK’s cultural sector. We have spaces for writers and companies dovetailed with technical apprenticeships and trainee directors to create a building which supports emerging creatives in developing artistic excellence.
We use our skills to underpin social transformation in our communities. We creatively address social and educational challenges such as youth justice while bridging social and economic divides. We recognise the immediate impact and long term benefits the arts can provide to aid psychological and physical wellbeing. We collaborate with Wales’ largest NHS health board and local social services to meet the challenges facing health and social care by supporting our communities.
We have a recent annual turnover of around £7m and are funded by a combination of Arts Council Wales, Flintshire County Council, box office ticket sales, commercial income and fundraising from individuals, trusts and foundations and corporate sponsorship.
Hours: Fixed term from 11th Nov 2021 - 15th Jan 2022. Average of 32 hours per week (ideally to be available for tech week 15th - 20th Nov and all performances)
Salary Range: £19,122 pro rata
Responsible to: Wardrobe Manager
Responsible for: N/A
Closing Date: Tuesday 26th October 2021
Duties and Responsibilities
- To help ensure that costumes are presented to the highest standard, to uphold the design of each show and our reputation for world class theatre.
- To assist company members to dress during the half if required and assist with the application of wigs, hairpieces, body make-up and mics as necessary.
- To create and maintain accurate costume change plots, and preset and running lists
- Responsible for ensuring smooth hand-overs to cover/touring staff by providing accurate information through lists, photos and demonstration
- To liaise with the acting company and backstage staff in plotting and choreographing costume changes
- Organise the building and setting up of Quick Change areas
- To work get-outs and strikes, taking full responsibility for the transference of all items of costume
- To set out every part of each costume, including accessories, in the dressing rooms and other parts of the Theatre where costume changes are to occur.
- To undertake dressing and quick changes during performance.
- To undertake any necessary costume maintenance between shows, and any necessary post show maintenance.
- To conduct emergency repairs to costumes during performances.
- To make a note of any repair work that needs to be carried out and to communicate this effectively to Wardrobe Maintenance and the Wardrobe Manager.
- To return costumes to wardrobe maintenance for laundering after performance.
- To ensure a cheerful and professional attitude and a high standard of service to visiting productions is maintained.
- To be flexible in working hours, and able to commit to working all show calls through a production run where required.
- To carry out other duties as requested by the Head of Production or Wardrobe Manager.
- Previous experience of the role, preferably within a similar-sized venue or production company.
- Competent in hand-sewing and running repairs.
- Extremely well organized yet flexible approach and ability to remain calm under pressure
- Ability to work unsupervised
- Demonstrable ability to work as part of a team and under own initiative.
- Ability to be creative and resourceful in problem solving.
- Ability to be sensitive, tactful and discreet when working closely with cast members.
- Good working knowledge of UK theatre.
- Proficiency in written and verbal communications.
- Physically fit and prepared to work long hours during production weeks.
- A high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
- Sense of humour.
- A commitment to artistic excellence.
- Qualifications in costume design or performance costume making.
- Written and spoken Welsh.
- Full, clean driving license.
- Proficient in the use of sewing machines and overlockers.
- Understanding of Costume Construction, Wigs, Make up
The purpose of the Production Department is to create and run to the highest standards, all aspects of Theatr Clwyd’s productions and related projects, in partnership with directors, designers and project leaders. The department is responsible for ensuring creative teams achieve their artistic vision within agreed timescales and budgets.