Night automation & Flys Lead at Glyndebourne Copy

Application closing date: 21 Jan 2022 5:00pm

Salary: £40k-£45 dependant on experience

Position: Night Automation & Flys lead

Contract: Full Time


Job Purpose
The Night Automation and flys Lead is responsible for all areas of stage machinery related to the flys and automated elements on overnight changeovers, fit-ups and get outs.

The overnight work will occur for 4 -5 months of the year. The remainder of the year will be day calls.

Key Tasks/Responsibilities

  • To supervise flys and automation staff on night shifts (and day shifts at certain times of the year) leading the flown and automated elements of the changeovers and other night calls
  • To lead, along with the other supervisors on the planning, operation and maintenance of flys and all stage related automated equipment.
  • To maintain, inspect and troubleshoot automation equipment.
  • To ensure that all machinery, equipment and accessories are correctly rigged and used according to best practice including the integration of safety systems.
  • To act as Night Head of flys on tour.
  • To assist with the LOLER and PUWER inspections of stage machinery and equipment.
  • To ensure best practice regarding use of harnesses and working at height.
  • To cooperate with other departments in relation to their needs regarding automation and other effects.
  • To assist with the planning of stage effects for touring and hire Productions.
  • To communicate effectively on stage and safely integrate our work on stage with other departments including Stage Management
  • To have an in-depth understanding of the IQ based system and be able to successfully fault-find.
  • To participate in the in-house training of the automation desk.
  • To keep clear, accurate and accessible records of faults, maintenance and show plots.
  • To ensure that all scenery is maintained to the highest standard.
  • To maintain a clear flow of information between the stage, automation and other relevant departments
  • To organise the operation and rigging of special effects
  • To assist with fit-ups, get outs and all technical aspects of show production including loading and unloading lorries and other non-automation stage-related work.
  • To lead on the best practice of Health and Safety and to work alongside others in a safe and efficient manner
  • To develop a working knowledge of the Glyndebourne Repertoire
  • To undertake, if required, all manner of set refurbishment, painting, cleaning etc, and to assist in the maintenance of productions throughout their run.
  • To carry out all other duties where required

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Substantial flying experience
  • Knowledge of automation systems in Theatre
  • Solid supervisory and team leadership skills and experience; demonstrable ability to work effectively alone or as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with colleagues and staff at all levels
  • Excellent knowledge and practical experience of safe working practice within a theatrical environment
  • Working knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and regulations


  • Knowledge of Stagecraft
  • Knowledge of IQ and/or ‘Navigator’ based automation systems
  • Mechanical/stage engineering knowledge
  • Electrical/electronic knowledge.
  • Experience of inspection and use of rigging equipment
  • Industry certifications in Working at Height, Rigging, Health and
  • Safety and /or Electrical standards
  • Experience writing Risk Assessments and Method Statements


  • Ability to fulfil the demands of the rehearsal and performance schedule
  • To work calmly under pressure
  • Ability to organise and communicate
  • To participate in all allocated training programmes and initiatives

Special Requirements

  • Working long hours
  • Working night shifts
  • To be physically fit
  • To work as part of a large team
  • To travel, when required, on Glyndebourne business

This is a Permanent, full time position, the contractual hours of work are 48 per week,(40 average during the night periods) for which we offer a Highly competitive rate of pay.

We offer 5.6 weeks’ holiday inclusive of bank holidays per annum.
We can offer excellent working facilities in a beautiful country setting. For those without their own transport we have a free minibus service to and from Lewes railway station.

How to Apply
Please apply by e-mail to sending your CV and covering letter

The closing date for this role is 21st January 2022


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