Wig Assistants (Show Staff)

We have a vacancy for show staff to join our Wigs team for this year’s Festival

2 May – 27 August 2023
We have a vacancy for show staff to join our Wigs team for this year’s Festival

Working as part of a team your primary responsibility is to assist with the running of shows. You will carry out all creative and artistic work relating to wig and hair styling, to agreed standards, for all Glyndebourne productions.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • The application and removal of wigs, facial hair and postiche work for preparatory, rehearsal and show related purposes. Hairdressing and long hair styling as required.
  • Daily maintenance and cleaning of wigs and facial hair 
  • Preparation of wigs and facial for storage 
  • Creation of Running Plots 
  • Assisting in the setting up and maintenance of quick-change areas and housekeeping 
  • Ensuring the tidiness of all work areas and the safe operation of equipment 
  • Assisting in other areas  if required by Head of Costume 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A relevant qualification in hairdressing 
  • Theatre wig running and dressing experience 
  • Repertory and large scale company experience 
  • Ability to work as part of a team 
  • Able to demonstrate high standards of customer care with all artists, designers, production related staff and visitors 
  • Knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety and Departmental procedures 
  • Stage make up experience 
  • Wig making experience 

Special Requirements 

Applicants must uphold the highest standards of hygiene and technical application in dealing with artists and should be able to work afternoons/evenings flexibly between Monday and Sunday as required within the festival schedule (and tour schedule if applicable).

Rates of Pay, Hours & Benefits

This is an hourly paid position at (Grade 4) £11.97 per hour, plus a non-consolidated 2% and any other agreed increases for 2023.

There will be a five hour minimum call per day but the hours of work will be variable depending on the number of productions worked. Overtime rates will apply for any hours worked on a Sunday.

You will receive half a day’s paid holiday for each week worked (6.8 weeks holiday per annum pro rata inclusive of bank holidays). 

We can offer a beautiful working environment, and the chance to see world-class opera.  For those without their own transport we have a free minibus service to and from Lewes railway station. 

We also offer : 

  • Free Pilates and Zumba classes, once a week
  • Corporate Gym memberships
  • An onsite Physiotherapist 
  • Subsidised electric car charging
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Subsidised dining at our onsite restaurants
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Discount at the Glyndebourne shop
  • Free on-site parking 
  • Free minibus service to and from Lewes train station and Ringmer
  • Discount at various highstreet retailers through the Glyndebourne benefits hub

How to Apply

Glyndebourne is an Equal Opportunities Employer and a Registered Charity. We promote equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace and actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply for vacancies, including ethnically diverse and disabled candidates, who are currently under-represented in our workforce.

To help us monitor the effectiveness of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our supporting policies and procedures, we ask all job applicants to complete our anonymized and confidential Equal Opportunities monitoring form .

Please then email your CV and covering letter to Sam Stonard, Administration Assistant at  

Please note; we are only able to consider applicants who are available for the entire contract period. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 March 2023 

As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for our vacancies. If relevant to you, please inform us of this in your covering letter. If you have any questions in relation to this please contact a member of the HR team at

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