Deputy Head of Wardrobe

Royal & Derngate
Northampton, UK
12 Aug 2019
25 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want a new and exciting opportunity?

Have you got a minimum of 2 years experience in theatre costuming?

Job Purpose

To act as the principal cutter for the department whilst deputising for the Head of Wardrobe.

The daily duties of this role include:
  1. To cut and make costumes for R&D's productions, and other projects in which the Theatres have an interest.
  2. To otherwise source costumes and fabric by purchasing or hiring.
  3. To alter, adapt or repair stock costumes as required using personal and creative skills finding solutions to problems and employing different construction techniques when required.
  4. To maintain costumes.
  5. To assist the Head of Wardrobe in efficient and effective management and administration of the department, including scheduling, makes and all other management aspects of the department.

Additional Information

This post will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Check with the Criminal Records Bureau.

To apply please submit your CV and when you receive your application acknowledgment email, please follow the link to submit your Covering Letter and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Closing Date: Friday 26th July 2019

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Essential Skills

  • Experience in a diverse range of textile handling
  • A Minimum of 2 years experience of theatre costuming ideally with proven experience in a producing theatre and/or Repertory Theatre system.
  • Wardrobe scheduling
  • Material sourcing

  • Good working knowledge of relevant costume making tools and machinery
  • Theatre costume cutting and making skills to a high standard
  • A recognised qualification in pattern drafting
  • History of fashion

  • Able to deputise for the HOD in his / her absence
  • Able to plan work effectively
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to work creatively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good Communication skills
  • Staff Training and Development skills
  • Initiative to work alone with a minimum of supervision
  • Efficient time management with the ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Positive and flexible approach to problem-solving with attention to detail
  • Computer Literate
  • Flexible and friendly manner at all times

Desirable Skills

  • Budget control
  • Managing a Team

  • First Aid at Work certificate
  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • Driving Licence
  • Health & Safety At Work Act 1974 and other legislative requirements

  • Wig Dressing
  • Makeup
  • Millinery
  • Flexibility with working hours to suit business needs

About Company

Royal & Derngate, Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire, welcoming more than 378,000 show and film audience members last year. Our diverse programme of drama, music, dance, comedy and film, and our co-produced work was seen by 115,000 people across the country. We were named Regional Theatre of the Year by the inaugural Stage 100 Awards in 2011 and was nominated again in 2016. We also won the Management Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre in the 2015 UK Theatre Awards for our Made in Northampton work. The Herbal Bed (a co-production with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston) won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production. Other recent highlights include nationwide tours of The Jungle Book, Love from a Stranger and Death of a Salesman. Previous acclaimed productions have included Shakespeare's King John, world premieres of Arthur Miller's The Hook and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. As a registered charity, we remain ambitious about ensuring that our theatres are for everyone. We encourage young people to take part in our creative learning opportunities via bespoke schools partnerships and weekly activity at the theatres. This weekly programme, reaching more than 21,000 participants last year, attracts a broad section of our community and also offers opportunities for nurturing new talent through our commitment to artist development.

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