Wig Technician - Production Wigs

We are currently recruiting for an experienced Wig Technician to join our production wig team.

Wig Technician – Production Wigs 

Contract from 7th February 2022 until 28th October 2022.

We have a vacancy for an experienced Wig Technician to join our Production Wig team for this year’s Festival. You should have demonstrable professional experience in wig production as the role is primarily based within our production wigs team covering all aspects of wig making. You will work within the team and independently to produce wigs, pieces and facial to agreed standards and deadlines.  You will provide support to performances as and when required.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities 

  • Creation and preparation of wigs and postiche to include foundation making, knotting, weaving, sewing and fitting. Assisting with colour matching, blending and pre curling of hair.  Repairs and maintenance to wigs and postiche as required and agreed.
  • To maintain a high standard of operation, both personal and professional, in all working and performance spaces, with consideration to any shared facilities. 
  • Maintaining the organisation of hair, wigs, tools and equipment for 
  • storage, housekeeping and record keeping. 
  • To contribute to the efficiency within a team support system using document and photographic record keeping. 
  • To work and liaise closely with the Head of Wigs at all times and maintain positive departmental and interdepartmental relations across all areas. 
  • To be responsible for the artists’ final image and subsequent continuity using wig and facial applications, hairdressing and makeup techniques as required. 
  • Daily cleaning and styling of wigs and facial hair, their collection and distribution. 
  • Creation and updating of show running plots as required by the Head of Wigs. 
  • To maintain hygienic daily housekeeping routines. 
  • To carry out tasks as required in conjunction with costume. 
  • Highest standards of customer care must be upheld with all artists, creative teams, Glyndebourne company members and guests. 
  • To work with diplomacy and discretion with emphasis on safeguarding confidential information. 
  • The highest of standards must be maintained with regard to personal hygiene, professional application, and safe working practices.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience: 

Minimum Criteria 

  • A minimum of NVQ level 2 qualification in hairdressing 
  • HND or degree qualification in theatre/ media hair and make up 
  • Strong time management skills are essential, as is the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines. 
  • Commitment to working within hours as scheduled with a high level of responsible and reliable personal planning and time keeping. 
  • Demonstrable professional experience in wig production 
  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends and bank holidays as required  Resilience to maintain the long hours and workload as demanded by the Festival 
  • Flexibility to travel to other sites or venues as required 
  • Compliance with company, departmental and health and safety procedures 

Desirable Criteria 

  • Positive and flexible attitude to problem solving, administrative tasks and IT usage.
  • Proven wig dressing and make up experience 
  • Knowledge of hairdressing and wig styling to include cutting, colouring, perming, setting and dressing covering all periods and cultures, using various techniques. 

Note: This Job Description reflects the tasks and responsibilities that are currently required. It does not preclude change or development that might be required in the future. 

Salary and Benefits 

Your hours of work will be a minimum of 39 hours per week however you may be required to work long shifts during the busier periods. Overtime rates apply for any shifts longer than eight hours and Sunday working.  The pay for this position is £12.60 per hour (Grade 3). 

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 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. 

We have excellent on site catering facilities, can offer a beautiful working environment, the opportunity to see world class opera and for those without their own transport we have a free minibus service to and from Lewes railway station and a season ticket loan scheme.

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,

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

The closing date for applications is 25th January, with interviews to be held the week of 31st January. Applicants will be reviewed as they come in. 

Glyndebourne commits to protecting your privacy. We will only use information about you in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and other relevant legislation and regulations. Please see more information in our Company Privacy Notice on our website.

This job description reflects the current situation. It does not preclude change or development that might be required in the future

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