Production Manager, MANIPULATE Festival 2022

  • Freelance contract
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  • Freelance contract
  • Anywhere

Website Puppet Animation Scotland

production manager

Production Manager, MANIPULATE Festival 2022
Fee: £3000

Dates of Contract: July 2021 to February 2022

Event Dates: 27 Jan – 6 Feb 2022 with one project continuing to mid-April

MANIPULATE Festival presents the very best of Scottish and international puppetry, visual theatre and animated film to adult audiences in Edinburgh and beyond. The Festival aims to engage and challenge our audiences with high-quality visually led work which pushes boundaries, plays with form and challenges perceptions.

We are looking for a Production Manager for our 2022 edition. This is a new position as the production of the festival has historically been managed in-house and in partnership with our venues, but given the complexities of planning a live event with unknown COVID limitations, we are introducing this role for the first time.

We are looking for an individual who is calm, empathetic and collaborative, with a strong track record in production management in the performing arts, and some knowledge of central Scotland production networks. The festival will be presented across Summerhall, the Festival Theatre Studio and the surrounding area.

We anticipate that the work over the first 6 months of this post will be remote and sporadic, manageable between other projects and contracts. The role will mostly involve facilitating conversations between companies and venues to accommodate technical needs, identifying any issues and proposing solutions. In the run-up to the festival in late January duties may become more practical and for this reason it would be helpful for the candidate to live within commuting distance of Edinburgh or have access to accommodation nearby.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

Checking through tech specs for proposed productions and ensuring that the most suitable venue is identified for each.
Liasing with companies and venues to ensure that technical needs are understood and being met, and finding solutions for any issues that may arise.
Ordering equipment and overseeing a small festival production budget.
Working closely with venue technical heads and the PAS team to ensure that there is a smooth planning process in place for the event.
Writing a general risk assessment for the event and collaborating with the PAS in-house team to contribute to COVID risk planning and contingencies.
Overseeing Health and Safety for the festival.
Attending the festival week and ensuring that in-house technical staff have access to the information and support that they need.

How to apply:

Please send an expression of interest, consisting of your CV and 100-200 words about why you are interested in and suitable for the role to Dawn Taylor at Please also complete our equalities and diversity monitoring form by following this link. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

If you require any assistance with your application, would like to apply in a different format, or have questions about the festival, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn on the email address above.

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