The Elgiva
Chesham, Buckinghamshire
Closing Date
Employer The Elgiva

Theatre Technician

  • Duration: Permanent
  • Salary: £24,294 plus £689 (Outer Fringe Allowance) per year
  • Working Hours: 37 hours per week (Including evening and weekend working)
  • Period of Notice: One month
  • Annual Leave: 25 days per year, plus statutory holidays
  • Additional Benefits: Paid sick leave and a generous local government pension scheme

What is The Elgiva?

The theatre is at the heart of the arts in the Chilterns and is proud to spotlight a wide range of shows, films, comedians, musicians, produce a professional family pantomime and showcase the very best of local talent. It has a 300-seat auditorium (which can also be used for everything from craft fairs to weddings), a multi use community space, bar and friendly café. The ethos ‘Elgiva for Everyone’ runs through everything the theatre does – welcoming both performers and customers to experience one of the best and most varied venues around.

What is the Theatre Technician role?

The role provides professional technical support to the wide ranging Elgiva programme plus the recently acquired Little Theatre, to ensure our events are delivered to the highest possible standard.

As a key member of the technical team you will help coordinate our team of casual technicians to support the incoming professional touring shows including the annual family pantomime, local amateur dramatic companies, cinema screenings, dance schools, community groups and exhibition events. The aim is to create the best, top quality performances and events possible with the resources available. In the role you need to be an all-rounder, providing the full range of technical theatre support covering lighting, sound, stage management and projection to meet the needs of our diverse programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Be a keyholder for the theatre (as Duty Technician)
  2. To be responsible for the building and visiting companies (as Duty Technician)
  3. To assist Senior Technician to manage and oversee technical matters relating to hirers and touring artistes (as Duty Technician)
  4. To work with hirers, customers, visiting production personnel and artistes to deliver the optimum level of quality for their production within the budgets available
  5. Preparation and screening of films (as Projectionist)
  6. Preparation and operation of lighting and sound equipment to a professional touring level, as per artistes’ technical riders
  7. To assist the technical department with its building maintenance responsibilities
  8. Working at height on a regular basis
  9. Act as one of the theatres appointed First Aid providers training provided
  10. To ensure compliance with all Health and Safety legislation
  11. To comply with the theatre’s financial regulations with specific reference to purchasing and petty cash as appropriate.
  12. Support the Senior Technician with event and safety administration.
  13. To adhere to the Town Council’s equal opportunities policy.
  14. Such other duties as may be commensurate with the grade.

Personal Specification


  • GCSE Grade 4/C and above in Maths and English.
  • Technical Theatre related qualification is desirable
  • First Aid qualification desirable
  • Full UK Driving License desirable


  • A good understanding of theatre lighting, sound, stage management and projection 


  • Working in a live performance venue
  • Working with theatre lighting, sound and projection equipment
  • Stage management for live performance
  • Using office-based software applications


  • Ability to manage your time and prioritise work
  • Ability to use own initiative and problem solve
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and in person, with hirers, promoters and theatre staff and volunteers
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office products as well as other sound, lighting and projection applications.

Personal Attributes

  • Demonstrates commitment, enthusiasm, and self-motivation
  • Demonstrates a professional and friendly demeanour
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Works well under pressure
  • Ability to work unsociable hours
  • Ability to work at height

Click here for more information and to apply

Deadline for applications: Sunday 30th June 2024

Interviews to be held: w/c Monday 8th July 2024