Quarantine seeks Technical Collaborator

Closing Date: 30 April 2021


Location: Manchester

Remuneration: Fee: £1,725


Quarantine in white capital text on a black 'banner' background, slanted from bottom left upwards to top right

Quarantine are seeking an experienced Technical Collaborator for our new live work, 12 Last Songs.

Quarantine’s rehearsal process is rarely about repetition or arrival at a fixed version of the work, but rather about preparation for the live encounter with others. We expect and encourage everyone we work with to have a voice in the creation of the work.

To get an idea of what it might be like to be part of Quarantine’s production team, please read this entry on our website by Greg Akehurst, our Production Manager. It gives a good flavour of how we work…

We’re looking for a Technical Collaborator to join us initially for a period of development, culminating in a series of ‘open rehearsals’ with members of the public, where we try out certain aspects of the production.

What we’re looking for:

An experienced technician with a background in LX
Sound, AV and/ or digital experience desirable but not essential
Must have the ability to multi-task, manage multiple jobs at varying stages of production, problem solve where necessary and remain calm under pressure
A positive attitude and flexible approach are key
The role is unlikely to be suitable for someone who likes to work with a script and arrive at a fixed way of running the production. It will never arrive at a ‘finished’ version, will be different every time we do it, so there’s a significant amount of problem-solving and ‘thinking on your feet’ during each performance; and this is part of our process
Must be willing to appear “on stage” during open rehearsals. You would be present in your role as Technical Collaborator
The Technical Collaborator will work alongside our Production Manager during rehearsals to get ready for the open rehearsals; and will also work with the rest of our creative team and production personnel at HOME
May be required to programme and operate LX/sound/AV
May be required to assist with the preparation of Risk Assessments, PAT testing if necessary
To carry out all duties in line with Quarantine’s Health & Safety Policy, and uphold other policies and adhere to any specific Health & Safety and Covid related guidance and requirements from HOME
Represent Quarantine as part of the production team when we have a public audience

3 weeks’ work across w/c 14 June, w/c 21 June, w/c 28 June & w/c 5 July 2021, at T2, HOME, Manchester, including Open Rehearsals (accessible to a public audience) from Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 July. Exact schedule to be arranged in liaison with our Production Manager.

The Technical Collaborator would be engaged on a freelance contract and would be responsible for their own Tax and NI. Ideally, we’re looking for someone based in Manchester or the North West, but if the person we recruit does not live within 25 miles of Manchester, we can discuss accommodation and subsistence allowances.

This period during June/July 2021 is part of a process of developing this new work. Our aim is to do further work on the project and premiere it in the autumn (probably end September/October), most likely in Manchester, and we would hope that you would be available for this work too. Over the next 2 years, it will be presented in Manchester, Leeds, Cambridge, Brighton and Gateshead, and at additional UK and international locations.

Access and inclusion are at the heart of how Quarantine operates. We recognise that institutional racism, discrimination and inequality exists in our sector and we are dedicated to helping to address this. We particularly welcome expressions of interest from people with lived experience of racism or marginalisation. This includes working class, disabled, LGBTQIA+, people of African and Caribbean heritage, people of Asian heritage, and other marginalised groups, as well intersectional individuals. We also welcome applications from people with dependents and those who have had unconventional career paths.

Quarantine will support any access requirements you may have during this process, and if you are selected, we will discuss any adjustments to ensure you can carry out the role. If you are invited for an interview/conversation, we will cover reasonable travel costs.

If you require any access support relating to the application process, or require further information, please contact ali@qtine.com.

To apply, please submit your CV or equivalent and a 1-page supporting statement, explaining your interest in the role and your relevant experience. This can also be submitted by short (3 mins max) audio or video submission. Please also complete and return our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Please submit this by email, to: ali@qtine.com by 6pm, Friday 30 April 2021. We’ll short-list and arrange conversations/interviews via Zoom or in-person (Manchester city centre), which will take place on 4-6 May.

If you haven’t been short-listed, we’ll let you know by Monday 3 May.

Interviews/auditions, development/rehearsals and public presentations will take place in line with current government guidance in relation to Covid-19 to ensure the safety of everyone we work with and members of the public. Full risk assessments will be carried out prior to each activity.