Dates: Remote Rehearsals: 7th March (two days in this week, ideally incl 7th)

Production Week: 14th March (day off on 19th, shows on 20th)

Touring: 22nd March – 7th May

Returns: 9th May

Dens & Signals is based in Hastings. Our performances and events bring people together to create connections, shared moments and future possibilities. We make participatory and interactive work.

We’re currently recruiting a Stage Manager for our new performance – “Animals!” – for schools and families.

It is an uplifting show for 7-10 year old – it’s about wild animals, and humans, the impact which humans have on animals, and vice versa. It’s about the nature and biodiversity crisis, and how humans are really animals too. It’s about building connections and empathy between species.

The show will tour to a mix of venues, schools and community settings. There will be occasional two-show days. Performances will generally be during the daytime.

We open at Cambridge Junction, tour extensively in/around Coventry as part of Coventry City of Culture, followed by two weeks of touring in the south east, principally around Hastings/Rother.

The show is ~1 hour duration, including an audience discussion. There are three performers (playing five characters), a simple set and a basic PA.

The project is fully funded. It is supported by Arts Council England and is commissioned by Coventry City of Culture.


You will be a key member of the team, ensuring the smooth running of the tour. You’ll liaise with venues/schools, assist and support the performers in all aspects of the tour, including get ins, get outs, operation of sound cues, maintenance, and driving the van.


We want this project to be as safe as possible for everyone.

We will provide a Risk Assessment for the project (written with Coventry City of Culture production team), and everyone on the team will be required to agree to a Covid Safety policy.

Key Responsibilities:


  • To attend remote rehearsals/production meetings, as required.
  • To provide basic technical support for the install and running of the production during the technical rehearsals.
  • Help with any propping/sourcing as required.


  • To support the cast during the tour.
  • To ensure that all set, costume and props are kept in a tidy, clean and orderly manner and are well maintained.
  • To operate sound cues during the performance.
  • To drive the company vehicle.
  • To liaise with the venue manager / school staff as necessary.
  • To be an outstanding ambassador for the company at all times.
  • Help to ensure that the cast and creative team follow the prevailing Covid protocols.


  • To provide appropriate care and support to the company as required.
  • To undertake any other appropriate duties pertaining to the running of the tour which the Artistic Director may allocate.

Essential skills/qualities:

  • Able to perform the Key Responsibilities listed above.
  • An organised, proactive and flexible approach.
  • Excellent people skills.
  • An ability to make decisions and remain calm.
  • Full UK driving licence.

Desirable skills/qualities:

  • First Aid trained.
  • Confidence working with technical aspects of theatre.
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for wildlife/environmental issues (briefing provided).


We would love to hear from you whatever your background, gender, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation.

We will offer everyone on the team the opportunity to complete an Access Rider, and – while we are a small company with limited resources – we will do all we can to meet your needs.


£600/week. This is our parity rate across the project team.

Plus accommodation, travel and per diems.

How to Apply:

If you’re interested in this role, please contact including your CV if possible.

If you have any questions please let us know.

Deadline for applications: Monday 21st February 2022 at 5pm