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CHELSEA THEATRE FREELANCE THEATRE TECHNICIAN (FESTIVAL SEASON) NEEDED

JOB DESCRIPTION

A broad role encompassing theatre technician duties such as lighting and sound, and stage management for performances across the RBKC Festival at the Chelsea Theatre.

Summary of the Role

Take responsibility for all technical areas within the theatre and events spaces
Provide appropriate proactive and creative technical production support for the theatre performance and activities
Work across multiple teams to support the delivery of a number of performances over the summer


Term
of this Post

The initial term of this post is 12 weeks from earliest 10th June 2021 to the 31st of August 2021 to cover the month before and the full period of the RBKC Culture Festival. There will be 50-60 days of work over this period including some weekends.

Payment will be on a freelance day rate of £160.

Reporting to:  The general Manager

The candidate will have no direct line management responsibility, but supervision of casual staff or volunteers may be required.

Main General Duties – Applies to all in-house performances and events

Set up and stage manage performance / event spaces
Set up and operate lighting, sound and multimedia equipment
Liaise with relevant departments and individuals to ensure support is anticipated and provided
Provide technical support to all users of the theatre and event spaces
Assist during main festival production periods to ensure rehearsals and production meetings run smoothly
Ensure adequate event and technical support is in place when absent
Provide first-line maintenance support for all relevant technical equipment, machines, furniture, fixtures and fittings
Ensure all equipment is stored safely and is accessible to others when absent
Maintain an inventory of all equipment and materials held and used
To ensure that all incoming performers and crew are fully aware of the fire procedure and other emergency and safety procedures
To undertake lock-up duties as required, and act as Duty Manager if so requested by the Theatre Manager.


Health & Safety

Ensure all health and safety requirements are met for the use of the performances spaces and produce risk assessments for all theatre / event space activities
Regularly update and advise all users of the theatres and event spaces on the safe use of the area and equipment.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

Experience in stage and production management
Experience in sound and lighting design
Up to date knowledge of lighting systems, control apparatus, equipment and its maintenance
Up to date knowledge of digital audio and audio-visual equipment and its use in relation to live, recorded and play-back techniques
Excellent interpersonal skills, able to communicate clearly and consistently with all theatre and event space users, especially non-technical users
Highly organized with successful experience in meeting deadlines and managing conflicting priorities
Experience in implementing health and safety requirements and risk assessments
Confident in manual-handling/heavy lifting of theatre equipment, climbing ladders etc. and able to do so safely
Where required, the ability to provide technical assistance to external users

 

How to apply

The application deadline for this post is the 9th June 2021.

Please send your CV with a short covering letter to paul@chelseatheatre.org.uk  In addition, please download and fill out the attached The Chelsea Theatre Equal Opportunities Form.

 

 

NEW JOB OPENING AT THE CHELSEA THEATRE – FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER NEEDED

The Chelsea Theatre is looking for an experienced Front of House Manager to initiate and lead a culture of exceptional customer service and provide stand out experiences for our community wider audiences and build customer loyalty.

The role will also be a Personal licence holder for the venue – managing our bar and café, working with the General Manager to successfully set strategic direction and delivery of our food and beverage offer delivering excellent food and drink to audiences and visitors to the building and focusing on income generation.

To apply for the post please provide a CV and Covering letter of no more than two pages of A4 and equal opportunities monitoring form.

Email your application and The Chelsea Theatre Equal Opportunities Form (Download Here) to:

paul@chelseatheatre.org.uk

Please state FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER in the subject line.

Alternatively, you may post your application to:

Paul Adlam

The Chelsea Theatre

Worlds End place

The King’s Road

London

SW10 0DR

Deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 11th June.

Interviews will take place on W/C 14th June with immediate start where possible.

 

FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER Job Description

 

The Chelsea Theatre is a community Centre and Theatre at World’s End Place off the King’s Road in Chelsea. Built in the 1960’s as part of the iconic World’s end estate the Chelsea theatre serves the local community providing entertainment, education and well-being in a wide variety of forms. With a suite of six Studios and a 130-seat theatre we plan to re-open post Covid with a full timetable of events.

The Theatre was closed in 2018 for a full re-model and re-fit and opened again to much excitement in January 2020, only to close shortly after due to Covid-19. We relaunch the theatre post Covid in late June 2021 and are one of three hubs and the designated ‘Club House’ for the Kensington & Chelsea Festival in July & August 2021.

The theatre and community centre will offer a wide variety of programming to a diverse and ever-changing audience. The role covers all our catering, including managing the Community Café team, and the theatre bar and first floor terrace. This is an opportunity for a driven, creative and entrepreneurial individual bring out the best in this unique and exciting venue.

 

Purpose of the role

Lead the Front of House team and ensure the smooth running of the Front of House operation
Responsible for recruitment, induction, development and training of new staff
Ensure all Front of House staff have the appropriate training including: customer service and health and safety;
Creating staff rotas and providing payroll information, ensuring that the building is appropriately staffed at all times;
Provide excellent customer service to all visitors of the theatre;
Deal with any issues raised by visitors;
To be responsible for the set-up of the bar and Café (with Café team), sourcing of suppliers and equipment;
To be responsible for the day to day smooth and efficient running of the bar and catering operations;
To realise the potential for growth of the bar and catering at the Chelsea Theatre and ensure its financial success, developing and delivering a long-term strategic plan for its development;
To ensure an attractive and appetising menu of food and drink for audiences and visitors to the building;
Ensure all systems and procedures for security are followed at all times.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Bar and Catering

To be responsible for the sourcing of all hardware and equipment not already in place.
To be responsible for the day to day management of the bar and catering operations;
To lead on and have responsibility for the financial operations of the bar and catering functions to ensure efficient running and maximisation of profit;
To develop and deliver long term strategic business development of the bar and catering functions in collaboration with the General Manager and Executive Director;
To monitor, review and refresh the food and drinks menus at the Chelsea Theatre in order to provide all visitors to the building with interesting and appetising choices;
To lead on branding of the bar and catering offers at the Chelsea Theatre in collaboration with the General Manager;
To set and deliver profit and loss targets;
To be responsible for cash management including reconciliation of takings and cash banking;
To have overall responsibility for ordering of stock and receiving deliveries and to develop relationships with existing and new suppliers;
To be responsible for regular and accurate stock checks;
To work closely with the Finance team on providing clear and accurate financial information including sales and purchases;
To work with the General manager and Office Manager to provide excellent customer service to all audiences and visitors to the building;
To ensure that the bar and kitchen equipment is regularly checked, maintained and repaired where necessary;
To maintain high levels of cleanliness and tidiness within the kitchen and bar areas and that Food Hygiene regulations are adhered to:
To take lead responsibility for the safety and security of the building, ensuring that systems and procedures for security are followed at all times;
To assist the General Manager in implementing all environmentally sustainable initiatives including the waste and recycling for the organisation;
To be trained in front of house and box office procedures in order to provide cover when necessary;
To produce and distribute daily operational reports;
To act as a key holder and be on the emergency call-out list.

Staff Management

To lead our team of bar and kitchen staff, communicating effectively to ensure the motivation of these staff and the smooth running of the bar and kitchen operations;
To be responsible for the recruitment, induction, training, development and management of all bar and kitchen staff, including customer service, access, licensing and food hygiene where appropriate;

Health and Safety and Licensing

To be a personal license holder for the organisation in order to sell and authorise the sale of alcohol and to adhere to and enforce licensing regulations;
To keep up to date with and implement licensing regulations;
To ensure that the building conforms and exceeds Accessibility and Health and Safety requirements and to recognise and suggest opportunities for improvement;
To ensure that all bar and kitchen staff have adequate and appropriate training and in Health and Safety and incident and fire evacuation procedures;
To work with the Production Manager in developing risk assessments for the building and the productions;
Be a qualified first aider on behalf of the organisation.

 

General

Attend events, performances, previews, press and supporters’ nights and other Chelsea Theatre events as required;
Attend weekly company, operations and bar business meetings;
Actively deliver green policies and practices for the department;
Adhere to, and actively contribute to, Chelsea Theatre policies, including Equalities (including diversity, access, and equal opportunities), Environmental and Health & Safety.
To maximise income and minimise expenditure wherever possible without jeopardising the quality of the work or the reputation of the Chelsea Theatre;
To act always in the best interest of the Chelsea Theatre;
Carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required.

 

Person Specification:

Essential

An affinity for the mission, vision and work of the Chelsea Theatre and a passion to help achieve the theatre’s success;
Experience of managing a similar bar and catering operation including financial planning and management;
Proven experience of managing and motivating casual staff;
Proven ability in cash handling and stock control;
Excellent proven customer service skills;
A positive attitude with a high level of self-motivation and ability to work using your own initiative;
Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels, both internally and externally;
An understanding of equal opportunity and cultural diversity issues in the delivery of our services;
Excellent organisation and planning skills with proven ability to work flexibly under pressure, to prioritise and to meet deadlines and work within set budgets;
Knowledge of Licensing, Health and Safety and Food Hygiene regulations and experience of implanting and monitoring safe working practices;
An understanding of access and disability requirements;
A positive and solution focused attitude towards work;
Proven IT skills;
Flexibility in relation to duties and working hours which will require evenings and weekends.


Desirable

A personal license holder;
A valid first aid at work certificate;
Qualifications in health and safety and food hygiene;
An interest in communities and the arts
Attention to detail
Time management
Excellent customer service skills
Problem solving
Managing a team
Keep calm and manage stressful situations


TERMS & CONDITIONS

Hours:​​​40 Hours per week across at least five days

Salary​:​​£28,000 per annum

Holidays:​​20 days per annum (excluding bank holidays)

Probation:​​Three months

Contract type:​​Temporary Contract of Employment (twelve months).

 

KENSINGTON + CHELSEA FESTIVAL

The Chelsea Theatre will be joining KENSINGTON + CHELSEA FESTIVAL (K+C Festival) 1st JULY TO 31 AUGUST 2021

Creativity and culture is at the heart of resilience and recovery from the pandemic. For 2021 we want to reconnect and re-imagine our world together, in the boldest and most imaginative ways possible.

Kensington + Chelsea Art Week will expand throughout the summer season with a festival that elevates the magic and shared experiences of public art and live performance.

K+C Festival will bring people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.

We’ve been busy co-creating a diverse programme with local, national and international artists, our communities, organisations and the wealth of talent behind the scenes whose careers have been on hold for a year. The festival is inspired by the rich heritage, creativity, culture and innovation in Kensington and Chelsea and we’re welcoming all to come and explore with us.

https://www.kcaw.co.uk/kc-festival

We’re also delighted to be one of the Festival Hubs and the Festival Club House.

Not The End of the World – Arts Council England, Chelsea Theatre & West10Arts

The Chelsea Theatre in association with Arts Council England, West 10 Arts and The World’s End Estate is proud to present the first episode for a series of short films documenting the stories of the community and the people who live at one of the UK’s most iconic 1970’s inner city Tower Blocks – The World’s End Estate.

WATCH HERE:

https://www.nottheendoftheworld.co.uk

BAKE & PLAY SESSIONS

Free inclusive baking and playtime session for children aged 5-11 and their parents! Every Wednesday 4pm-5.30pm. For more information and to book your place contact gabby@londonsportstrust.org or call:02087351589

GET INVOLVED

We are looking for proposals on how best to run the Theatre Café with, and for, local people. If you have any suggestions or would like to be involved please drop me an email and we can arrange a chat to talk about your ideas + proposals.

Email: admin@chelseatheatre.org.uk

CULTURE RECOVERY FUND

Thanks to the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund we can continue to be #HereForCulture!

 

 

 

Join Our Board

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity in performance arts, if so come and join us.
In order to fulfil the full potential of the newly refurbished theatre and bring our community the best in the arts, entertainment, lifelong learning and well-being we need the support of a strong and enthusiastic board.
We are in the process of recruiting new board members and would like to hear from you! We are building a Board that understand and represents the local community.

The Board helps the staff team at the theatre in fulfilling our ambition to be: An exceptional incubation hub for the arts.

A home from home for the local community
A thriving enterprise that is financially secure and stable
A place to offer exceptional opportunity to all.

The ideal trustees will have most or all of the following features:
Strong community connection in World’s End and the Chelsea riverside area.
Strongly held views on the value of diversity in all aspects of society.
Enthusiasm for our mission
Time, energy and the desire to nurture and develop and exceptional and unique community asset.
You can find more information here:

Download Trustee Intro

Download Trustee JD and Application Form

Or email: paul@chelseatheatre.org.uk to talk things over.

 

LYG Virtual Dance

This is the final week of the LYG Virtual Dance competition!

LYG have teamed up with Nando’s and HomeBros to bring us this Afro Beats dance challenge which includes a specially created routine with four moves to learn. Watch the video here https://youtu.be/ErNu8dvt0sA

Confirm your participation HERE to earn points for Kensington and Chelsea. There is also a chance to win a £100 Nando’s gift card for four lucky MVP winners by submitting a video of your routine as well.

You have until Thursday 13th to confirm your participation for the final time!

Thanks for all your participation over the last 6 weeks, we hope you have enjoyed being a part of this virtual challenge and will get involved in future challenges!

The Great Big Art Exhibition

Date: 11 March 2021

The Great Big Art Exhibition invites people across the UK to make an artwork and display it for all to see. We want to show the world what amazing talent we have on the World’s End Estate. As residents of the estate do not have windows that can be seen from the street we are asking the community to submit work to us so we can display a selection in the windows of the Chelsea Theatre.

There is someone at the Chelsea Theatre Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.  Please feel free to drop off your art works during those hours. There will be a box outside the front door of the theatre during those hours where you can safely drop off you artworks. Alternatively  you can email a copy to for us to print out and display. Email to:

admin@chelseatheatre.org.uk

The Great Big Art Exhibition website gives you details of the current themes and how to best hashtag your work to display it on social media. Please remember to use our hashtag too #thegreatbigartexhibition

The Great Big Art Exhibition – Official Site – Firstsite


Santa in his Grotto


Visiting Santa at Chelsea Theatre
Local residents meeting Santa at his Grotto in Chelsea Theatre

Our thanks go to SLOANE STANLEY not only for their generosity, but also for their patience in supporting us with every twist of the way as ideas failed and the law changed.

We must also thank Kensington and Chelsea Council for their support, very rapid responses and advice as plans changed.  A simple plan of a small choir and a Grotto rapidly changed with moves into Tier 2, then Tier 3 and finally Tier 4 when, very sadly, we had to close on the Sunday to ensure Santa and everyone remained safe.

Finally, a big thank you to all the volunteers who made a great team to put on this event, be it front of house, or back stage in the Elves’ present wrapping department.

We wish you all well and a very Happy and Healthy New Year.  Please keep in touch for news of more events at Chelsea Theatre.

Not The End of the World – Arts Council England, Chelsea Theatre & West10Arts

Date: 23 November 2020

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This is an Arts Council England and Chelsea Theatre initiative to document the stories of the residents living and working at one of London’s most iconic housing estates. Read more..

Black History Month at Chelsea Theatre – Celebrating Our Unsung Heroes

Date: 26 October 2020

The Chelsea Theatre proudly celebrated Black History Month by organising a community project and exhibition championing the culture and achievements of local people of Black British, African and Caribbean descent who go about their daily lives working hard to help and empower our society. Read more..

A Day in Your Life – Photography Competition by Alison Jackson

Date: 5 October 2020

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Chelsea Theatre were delighted to exhibit the ‘A Day in Your Life’ photography competition, founded by BAFTA and award-winning artist Alison Jackson who is also a Trustee of our organisation. Read more..

Light Show at Chelsea Theatre

Date: 2 October 2020

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A spectacular light show from the roof of Chelsea Theatre marked the opening of Kensington and Chelsea Art Week, a Borough wide-celebration of the diversity and heritage of Art and Culture in Kensington and Chelsea. Read more..