Deputy Head of Lighting & Sound

  • Location : Northampton , United Kingdom

  • Salary : £25000.00 per annum

  • Posted : 01/07/2022

  • Position: Full time

Job Description

We have a fantastic opportunity for a motivated leader to join our talented technical team in this key role of Deputy Head of Lighting and Sound.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience of technical delivery within a busy receiving theatre, have a track record of managing successful teams, have good knowledge of the use and maintenance of lighting, sound and AV equipment and will be committed to producing a high quality level of work to uphold Royal and Derngate's standards.

Job Purpose

Working with the Head of Lighting & Sound, to ensure the practical organisation and provision of production lighting, sound and AV services, for Royal and  Derngate performances and events, and where necessary, associated spaces ensuring that technical services are delivered to a high quality.

Essential Skills


  • Proven experience of working in a busy receiving house
  • Proven experience of technical delivery of presented work in receiving theatre
  • Supervision of technical staff


  • Understanding and commitment to live performance
  • Lighting/sound and or AV equipment use and maintenance
  • Effects equipment use and maintenance
  • Theatre & Licensing requirements
  • Health & Safety At Work Act 1974 and other legislative requirements
  • Lighting Board Programming & Operation


  • IT literate (Word, Excel)
  • Stage, and flying systems, rigging techniques
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Good people management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Team Player
  • Flexible approach to working hours
  • Calm, particularly under pressure
  • Courteous & enthusiastic
  • Problem solver
  • Customer orientated
  • Motivated leader
  • Supportive
  • Proactive

Desired Skills


  • Proven experience at supervisory level in either Electrics or Sound
  • Working within a venue with large and active education programme
  • Proven experience of technical delivery of produced work in repertory theatre


  • An understanding of subsidised /commercial theatre.
  • C & G 236, or 1820; NVQ or other appropriate electrical qualification
  • First Aid at Work certificate
  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • Operational, maintenance experience of building plant, HVAC


  • Managerial skills
  • Sound design
  • Lighting design
  • Staff Training and Development skills
  • Diplomacy

Closing Date: Friday 21st January 2022
Interviews: WC-24th January 2022 

How To Apply

Please submit a Covering Letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) stating your relevant experience, knowledge and skills for the role along with your CV.

We are an inclusive organisation, committed to fair recruitment, and equality of opportunity. We particularly welcome applications from those whose backgrounds are currently under-represented in our workforce and in the Arts more widely. We want to encourage socio-economic diversity, as well as representation from ethnically diverse groups, people who identify as D/deaf and disabled and/or those who identify as LGBTQ+. 

As part of our commitment to being an inclusive employer, we would like you to complete an equal opportunities monitoring form. You will receive an email from us to acknowledge your application which will include a link to complete this.

Royal & Derngate are a PIPA (Parents and Carers in Performing Arts) Charter Partner, striving towards creating a more family friendly working environment. We encourage proposals from anyone who requires flexible working/job share/remote working around caring responsibilities, and anyone looking for a positive work/life balance.

For further information about Royal & Derngate and the role, please see our website (Large Print & Audio available).


About Company

Royal & Derngate Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire, with attendances for live events and films numbering 358,000 last year, and an additional 119,000 seeing its work on tour at over 100 venues. Named Regional Theatre of the Year in The Stage Awards in 2011 (and nominated again in 2016), the theatre won the UK Theatre Awards for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre in 2015 and Best Touring Production in 2016 for The Herbal Bed, and The Stage Ensemble Award and a Fringe First for Education, Education, Education in 2017.

In 2019 Royal & Derngate was nominated for the UK Theatre ‘Excellence in Inclusivity’ Award. Alongside touring nationally and internationally Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton productions have transferred to the West End and Broadway as well as Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre, The Southbank Centre and the Lyric Hammersmith. Productions transferring to London recently include Education, Education, Education, The Worst Witch, Our Lady of Kibeho, The Singing Mermaid and Touching the Void.

The venue also presents a diverse range of visiting productions on both the Derngate and Royal stages, featuring musicals, dance, comedy and music, including a residency from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Last year the venue hosted the UK Musical Theatre Conference, Devoted & Disgruntled 14 and the International Teach First conference. Royal & Derngate’s award-winning, nationally recognised Get Involved programme engages with over 20,000 participants each year, including schools, families and communities in Northamptonshire and beyond, and its two-screen cinema welcomed over 78,000 audience members to the best in world, independent, British and mainstream fi lm. Meanwhile, the theatre’s Generate artistic development programme supports hundreds of local and emerging artists and practitioners each year.

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