The Play That Goes Wrong

Kenny Wax Productions are recruiting for a self-motivated Dresser to join The Play That Goes Wrong at The Duchess Theatre. The successful candidate will have relevant experience as a Dresser on similar productions, and must have the right to live and work in the UK. The Dresser will assist the Head of Wardrobe in the maintenance of costumes on the West End production.

Salary: SOLT/BECTU Minimums

Benefits: Employee Assistance Programme, First Aid Training if needed, Wellbeing and Resilience programmes, access to physiotherapy

Contract: Full-time, fixed term, 19 December 2023 - 14 December 2024.

Responsible To: Head of Wardrobe, Company Manager, General Manager and Production Coordinator

Job Description

  • To pre-set the costumes before each performance of the Production.
  • To assist the cast with costume changes during the performance.
  • To be responsible for dealing with emergency costume repairs or malfunctions during performances.
  • To be responsible for collecting together costumes for the cover actors, and helping to dress them during a performance if required.
  • To be a pro-active member of the technical team, and to support the wider team.
  • To support the Wardrobe Department in cleaning and laundering all costumes in the manner and frequency required to maintain the appearance of the costumes.
  • To learn and follow the dressing plots as set out by the show.
  • To acquire a familiarity with all plots/tracks within the wardrobe department in order to provide holiday or absence cover for other members ofthedepartment.
  • To assist the Head of Department in compiling and keeping updated cue sheets and other relevant show paperwork.
  • To support the Head of Wardrobe in maintaining the department COSHH record/Health and Safety,and to maintain good house-keeping procedures.
  • To ensure your working environment is kept clean, tidy and safe.
  • To work collaboratively with all other departmentsto ensure the smooth running of the production.
  • To pro-actively identify costume maintenance tasks and take responsibility for completing them.
  • Any other reasonable duties that would normally fall within the remit of a Dresser based on industry norms and practice.

Person specification

  • Demonstrable professional experience of wardrobe maintenance and dressing actors on production of a similar scale on tour/West End.
  • Respectful approach and consideration of others, bearing in mind the potentially sensitive nature of wardrobe/costume work.
  • Basic sewing skills.
  • The ability to work closely with actors and handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written with excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively.
  • A calm and practical approach to technical trouble-shooting.
  • Knowledge of SOLT/BECTU union agreements.
  • Awareness of current Health & Safety legislation including COSHH

To apply, or for further information, please send a CV and one-page Cover Letter to [email protected] by 3pm on Friday 1st December.