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Deputy production manager (paid training programme)

Deputy production manager (paid training programme)

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 26/08/2022
Production / Post-Production & Technical
£20,000 to £30,000 per year

Closing date: Friday 26 August 2022 at 12 noon

Salary: £25,000

Start date: October 2022 (ideal but negotiable)

Status: 24 months fixed-term, full-time

First interviews: w/c 12 September or w/c 19 September 2022


We’re looking for a full-time, early career Deputy Production Manager to join our busy team for a fixed term of two years.

This opportunity would suit someone interested in the work and mission of the Unicorn, who has a background in stage management, technical theatre or production management, and who would welcome the training and support this opportunity offers while also working as a key part of the Unicorn team.

The role combines practical, artistic and administrative elements with the opportunity to independently lead on the production management of Unicorn shows in year two of the programme.

The traineeship includes regular mentoring by industry professionals, and training personalised to you, alongside Health & Safety, carbon literacy, disability awareness and creative access training sessions, to further build on and consolidate your skills and experience.

The Deputy Production Manager will be part of all the artistic activity at the Unicorn, including in-house shows, co-productions, touring and digital projects as part of Unicorn Online. There’s also the opportunity to work across the organisation, to gain understanding and insight into the operations, programming and project development of a dynamic producing venue.




Production management

Support the Technical & Production Director and Freelance Production Managers in:

  • Assisting in realising events, visiting work and co-productions, taking the lead on some productions in year two of the placement
  • Devising, co-ordinating, and managing the production and performance schedule for productions and projects ensuring all performances and events are provided with appropriate technical resources.
  • Initial planning and accurate costing, for all production and staffing requirements, ensuring that designs can be delivered within budget and schedule.
  • Liaising with directors and designers to draw up plans and schedules to realise the productions; to arrange for the construction, purchase and/or hire of all design and technical elements; and provide expertise and other specialist technical help as required.
  • Ensuring all productions comply with the Unicorn Production Health & Safety Policy. Provide risk assessments of both design elements and performance conditions, advise and instruct the Company (performers and operators) on safe procedures, provide and supervise any training required, and provide Health & Safety reports on each production or project.
  • Ensuring that designers are fully aware of the restraints of budget, staffing, Health & Safety requirements, sustainability policies and Theatre Green Book, and the constraints of the theatre.  Be available during all fit up and technical periods.
  • Attending all previews to ensure productions are fully realised on time and on budget, and that all technical notes arising are passed on and acted upon.
  • Support fit-ups, production periods and get outs for productions, events and co-productions.
  • Attending relevant production or project meetings, liaising and assisting with provision of their requirements.


Administrative & financial

  • Provide general administrative assistance, including preparing paperwork, collating reports, scheduling, attending and minuting meetings, assembling touring information, responding to enquiries, formatting documents, and undertaking research as required.
  • If required, manage booking specialists for Access performances and budgets; this might include captioned performances, audio-description services, or British Sign Language interpreters.
  • If required, administrate timesheets, payroll for stage management, casual technicians, and technician overtime.
  • Process invoices and credit card bills, and update ledgers for the department as assigned by the Technical & Production Director, ensuring smooth liaison with the Finance team in processing, timesheets, coding and tracking payments and updating cashflow.
  • Manage the email inboxes relating to invoices and props hire and managing this process.
  • Prepare contracts for Stage Management, Wardrobe and other production freelancers.
  • Attend Building and Production meetings, taking minutes when required.


  • Adhere to Health & Safety rules, and industry legislation and standards, including the Unicorn Safeguarding Policy and Data Protection, and to be mindful of the theatre’s commitment to Equal Opportunities.
  • Provide occasional cover for Stage Door – the Unicorn’s Back of House reception desk.
  • Attend internal and external readings, sharings and workshops
  • Join the senior team and occasional board meetings as appropriate for strategy sessions
  • Attend all company annual ‘away-days’, press nights and development events as reasonably required
  • See work in the UK as required (ticket and travel costs beyond London covered by the Unicorn)
  • Attend and become an active member of internal sub-committee working groups: Health & Safety, Sustainability, IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, Access)


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Practical experience in technical theatre, stage management or production management in a professional and/or fringe theatre context
  • A recent BA / MA qualification in technical theatre, production management or stage management
  • A passion for theatre and commitment to building a career in the arts.
  • An understanding of and interest in the artistic vision of the Unicorn and its work.
  • The discretion, sensitivity, interpersonal and communication skills to be able to work effectively with a wide range of freelance artists, production teams, and staff across artistic projects.
  • Interest in and knowledge of sustainability and accessibility issues and a commitment to improving and implementing good practice across productions.
  • A willingness to work flexible hours and travel occasionally.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • A commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity.
  • Experience of working on productions in a learning environment, fringe and/or professional context.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Experience of running efficient administrative or production processes/systems.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills.

Because of the nature of this role, we would hope to meet in-person at the Unicorn building for interviews. If this is not possible, a Zoom interview can be arranged. Travel costs beyond the M25 will be reimbursed.

If you need this information in an alternative format, please contact in the first instance.

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please state in your application that you found this role through Creative Access.

Salary range

  • £20,000 to £30,000 per year