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Job location: Bishop Auckland, UK
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
United Kingdom
Job sector: arts
06 Mar 2018
Job description:
Eleven Arches, the production company behind ‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’, the spectacular open-air live action show in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, is looking for a highly experienced and talented Technical Director to join the team as the show moves into its third season and we embark on our next exciting chapter.

Kynren is the UK’s biggest live production since London 2012 and is presented on a 7½ acre stage of land and water with a cast and crew of 1,000 professionally trained volunteers. Kynren was created with world-renowned Puy du Fou (winner of the prestigious Applause Award and the Thea Classic Award) as our artistic partner.  The next leg of our incredible journey is to follow Puy du Fou’s steps with the development of a new daytime theme park.


The role offers the successful candidate the opportunity to be involved in an inspiring, ambitious and unique project, working in a fast-moving, unpredictable, high-octane environment that accompanies the production of a world-class show. Reporting to the C.E.O., you will work at a strategic and operational level to design, plan and oversee the construction of new attractions as well as leading and delivering the technical operations of the show and site.

The Technical Director sets up, directs and runs Kynren with a passionate team that includes volunteers and a small team of employed Technicians. As we plan future shows, they will be run by a team of paid Technicians as part of season-long operations outside of Kynren nights.

You will be called upon to deal with a wide range of technical issues and will have a strong working knowledge of techniques, methods and procedures of show production gained in a visitor attraction, theatrical or outside broadcast environment.  

For a full job description and person specification, please click here.  


As a strong, “hands-on” leader you will:
- Work with the Senior Management Team to plan and develop our next phase of development
- Plan and deliver all technical requirements and resources needed on the site and stage area necessary for the Show or other performances including lighting, sound, staging and any other requirements
- Advise production staff, lighting and sound designers on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for each show and supervise the implementation of approved technical designs
- Plan and deliver training - ensuring that our volunteers involved in the Technical team have an extraordinary experience with Eleven Arches, all the while ensuring the professional quality of our show
- Monitor and swiftly resolve technical issues both on the show and for all the site
- Own of the technical yearly budget; scope business cases for Capital & Operational Expenditure whilst ensuring procurement best practice


- A strategic thinker with a ‘can-do’ attitude to delivery, you will be happy to get your hands dirty.
- An effective leader and team player, you will have experience of managing and motivating individuals to deliver to their full potential.
- With a proven track record in a similar role, you will have the ability to make informed decisions with confidence and will lead capital projects including the specification, planning and delivery of technical infrastructure.
- You will have strong “hands-on” knowledge of Electrical, Hydraulic, Lighting, Sound, Video and other systems.  


We would also love to hear from you if you are a Technician seeking your next opportunity. These positions are for an immediate start with our season running for 17 dates during the summer.

Various permanent and fixed term positions are available.  


Please forward a CV and covering letter, along with salary expectations below.
C£25,000 per annum
Job location: Barnstaple, UK
United Kingdom
Job sector: arts
26 Feb 2018
Job description:
Parkwood Theatres have answered the call to reopen The Queen’s and Landmark Theatres in North Devon. We are keen to recruit a competent and driven Sales & Marketing Manager to oversee both venues. This is an incredible opportunity for you to join Parkwood in reviving the fortunes of these wonderful venues.

The Queen’s and Landmark Theatres provide a key destination for the residents and visitors to the North Devon region. The Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple and the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe are the latest additions to the Parkwood Entertainment family of venues.
As a rapidly growing division within the Parkwood Holdings plc group of companies, Parkwood Theatres has annualised turnover of circa £8m, operating five theatre facilities in the south of England.

Working closely with the Regional General Manager and the Theatre Manager, you will be responsible for driving the ticket sales of all performances across the two venues. Critically, alongside ticket sales, your talents will be utilised in maximising the general profile of the venues to potential customers to rent the venues, including an events programme. The growth in ancillary spends, go hand-in-hand with ticket sales, and the successful promotion of food and beverage in the venues is vital in this role.

This is an exciting opportunity for high calibre candidates to play a key part in the mobilisation and continued success of these much loved and important regional theatres. Applicants must have relevant experience in a theatre or other arts venue environment, a bunch of energy and creativity and be financially literate. A commercial ability is essential.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a passion for the arts and a determination to drive growth at the venue.

If you believe you have the skills and knowledge required for the above role, please send your CV and Cover Letter by clicking Apply Now.

Closing Date: Friday 16 March 2018
Parkwood Creative is an equal opportunities employer.

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