Running Wardrobe Assistant

29 August – 15 December 2017

We have a vacancy for an Assistant to join our busy Running Wardrobe team for the 2017 Tour, working on various productions for the duration of our Tour both at Glyndebourne and our Touring venues throughout the UK.

Previous experience is essential including Dressing and general maintenance, along with excellent machine and hand sewing skills and a sound knowledge of fabrics and period costume with the flexibility to work long hours and weekends as required.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Report to and liaise with the Running Wardrobe Manager on a daily basis.
  • Assist with the preparations of rehearsal costumes and assist as required during the
  • Rehearsal periods on all productions, as directed by the Running Wardrobe Manager.
  • Assist the Production Costume departments with preparations of Operas as directed by the Running Wardrobe Manager; including labelling, shoe fitting, costume organisation and setting.
  • Keep clear and detailed notes of costume amendments and changes, informing Running
  • Wardrobe Manager on a regular basis and during rehearsals.
  • Assist with maintenance, repairs of costumes, shoes, jewellery and accessories.
  • Assist with costume Laundering, Ozoning and Dry Cleaning.
  • Assist with the daily changeover of costumes for respective Operas.
  • Ensure the good organisation of dressing rooms at all times in regards to costume and accessories.
  • Supervise/assist/ cover Laundry and Dressing staff, as required.
  • Ensure a high standard is constantly maintained, in all aspects of the Running Wardrobe.
  • Assist with all Costume get ins and outs.
  • Assist with the final clean of Operas.
  • Assist with packing of costumes for storage, as directed by the Running Wardrobe Manager; including boxing and moving costumes to the Costume Storage unit onsite and at other locations.
  • Assist the Running Wardrobe Manager with Touring Operas to different venues, working as part of a Touring company.
  • Other duties as required by the Head of Costume.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Previous Touring experience
  • Previous experience in Dressing and general maintenance
  • You should be able to demonstrate excellent machine and hand sewing skills, as well as a sound knowledge fabrics and period costume
  • A flexible attitude to work and resilience to work long hours and weekends

Hours of work

The basic working week is 39 hours per week however there is a requirement to work overtime, unsocial hours and weekends, having the necessary resilience required to do so.

Rates of Pay & Benefits

The rate of pay is £9.85 per hour with enhancements for longer shifts, sixth day or Sunday working.

Touring allowance and subsistence is paid whilst out on Tour, according to the Glyndebourne agreement.

6.8 weeks holiday pa pro rata inclusive of bank holidays.

We offer good 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 firstly clicking here to complete our online monitoring form and then e-mail your CV and covering letter to Lucy Harris , Running Wardrobe Manager,

The closing date for applications is Friday 28 July 2017, with interviews scheduled to take place on 3, 4 & 5 August.

We are an equal opportunities employer