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| Niamh Hicks

Come and work with us! We’re looking for a freelance Company Stage Manager

Brighton People’s Theatre is looking for a freelance Company Stage Manager to support the company through the process of bringing two research and development processes to the stage this summer. 

The shows are The Songbird Cafe and Born and Bread.

The Songbird Cafe is a family friendly musical about loneliness, isolation, and the crisis in mental health. It is under commission for Brighton Festival in 2023 and we have been funded by Arts Council England to R&D the concept over the last few months. The R&D process will culminate in a sharing to an invited audience at ACCA on 11 June 2022 for feedback and further development. 

Born and Bread is a show about food, identity, and belonging. This is the culmination of a year of exploration through our weekly workshops across the city, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The work-in-progress sharing will be held at ACCA on July 18 and 19 to a paying audience. 

We are looking for a Company Stage Manager for both productions. 

The role has responsibility for:

  • Stage managing and calling 3 performances
  • Overseeing the technical delivery of the sharings, including leading on the delivery of technical elements
  • Liaising with the technical team at ACCA and the creative teams for both shows
  • Scheduling and managing tech days
  • Mentoring and managing a student/BPT member as Assistant Stage Manager
  • Liaising with other BPT members involved on a voluntary basis who are helping to source costumes and props for both shows

We are looking for someone confident to take the lead on supporting both works as our Company Stage Manager. Ideally, the person will have experience working within a co-created process. The person will have excellent interpersonal skills and will treat both professional and non-professional artists within each company with equal respect. 


You must be available for the following dates and times:

The Songbird Cafe

  • Attend either the morning (10-1) or afternoon (2-5) R&D session at ACCA on Sunday 24 April to meet the creative team and BPT members and watch the R&D process to gain an understanding of the ambition of the show
  • Attend a rehearsal for The Songbird Cafe with the company on a Monday evening in May of your choice between 7 – 9 pm to gain an understanding of the material being shared on 11 June
  • Attend a meeting with the ACCA tech team, Songbird Producer and Directors at ACCA to discuss technical requirements time and date by mutual agreement
  • Liaise with the Songbird Producer and other BPT staff and members as needed
  • Schedule and manage the tech run on the morning of 11 June
  • Schedule and call the show on the afternoon of 11 June

Born and Bread

  • Attend one rehearsal on a Tuesday evening in late June/early July between 6 – 8 pm to gain an understanding of the show and meet BPT members
  • Attend a meeting with ACCA tech team and BPT creative team at ACCA – time and date by mutual agreement
  • Liaise with the Born and Bread Directors, creative team, and BPT members to ensure all technical requirements are in place
  • Schedule and manage the tech day on Saturday 16 July
  • Schedule and manage the dress rehearsal on Sunday 17 July
  • Stage manage and call the shows on the evenings of Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 July

Fee: £1700

To apply please send your CV and cover letter of no more than a page of A4 outlining why you are interested in this role by Wednesday 6 April at 1 pm to [email protected]

We will hold interviews on zoom on Thursday 7 April.

Brighton People’s Theatre strives to be an Equal Opportunities Employer and to ensure that no person is unfairly discriminated against in its current recruitment and selection policies and procedures. Applicants will also need to download and complete our equal opportunities monitoring form here.

Information collected is strictly confidential and kept securely prior to destruction in accordance with our Data Protection Policy. Information is used for monitoring purposes only and is not available to the recruitment panel.

Please help us to spread the word about these opportunities to anyone who you think might be interested. We would especially like to hear from people who are from less well-represented groups in the arts sector, including people from Working Class backgrounds, Global Majority, Deaf & disabled, and LGBTQIA+ communities.