Technical Designer

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Plymouth, Devon
£20,000 - £25,000
08 Mar 2018
31 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

TR2 Production and Learning Centre is the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s purpose built workshop facility based in Cattedown, Plymouth. Since opening in 2003, TR2 has provided state of the art workshop facilities for the creation of scenery, props and costumes for a global theatre industry.

TR2’s extensive engineering, timber fabrication and assembly facilities can support the simultaneous construction of two full-scale productions. The Technical Design Office is at the epicentre of this construction activity, taking design concepts through to technical solutions.

The post holder will work as part of the technical design team in the realisation and production of theatre scenery. They will serve as a point of contact for the client, providing quotes, producing technical drawings and disseminating information to the workshop.

As we continue to diversify beyond theatre scenery, exciting opportunities to work in exhibition and site-specific art installations are developing, requiring an increasing level of design input from the post holder.


  • Formulate design solutions for the construction of scenery
  • Apply suitable material selection when designing
  • Use appropriate construction methods and build methodology
  • Consider the logistics of built scenic items
  • Communicate proposed design solutions to project stakeholders
  • Produce detailed construction drawings for scenic elements using AutoCAD
  • Disseminate supporting design information to relevant parties using photographs, design references, and storyboards
  • Work closely with workshop staff to facilitate the successful delivery of scenery
  • Order specialist items and liaise with suppliers
  • Procure the services of external companies where appropriate
  • Act as an intermediary between the client and workshop
  • Work with the concept designer to implement their design as closely as possible within the existing budgetary constraints
  • Assist with the creation of quotations for clients and then working within these financial limitations
  • Maintain ordered and comprehensive digital records for all projects and provide clients with pre-agreed deliverables
  • Extensive collaboration with clients, other workshops and sub-contractors
  • Flexible working hours and travel to London and other parts of the country for meetings

About You

  • Take pride in achieving excellence
  • A background in scenic construction or prop making would be desirable but not essential
  • Knowledge and experience operating AutoCAD
  • A broad understanding of engineering and construction
  • Able to effectively manage your own time and work to project deadlines
  • Willingness to engage in learning new skills
  • An understanding of parametric modelling software such as Solidworks or Inventor would be desirable but not essential
  • A basic understanding of mechanical engineering automation and control systems
  • A basic understanding of structural engineering principles
  • Basic skills in Photoshop, Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Strong visual communication skills
  • Able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally with a range of internal and external contacts
  • Able to work collaboratively within a design team and have the ability to work under your own initiative
  • Ability to effectively communicate design concepts to others
  • Ability to communicate technical construction information clearly to members of the construction team and external sub-contractors through technical drawings
  • Flexible, open-minded and imaginative approach to design
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, handling multiple projects to differing deadlines
  • Ability to embrace challenges that requires creative and innovative problem solving
  • Ability to creatively articulate your design rationale
  • Develop your skills through a continuing process of critical analysis
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully communicating with a wide variety of colleagues from senior staff to casual employees
  • Substantial and demonstrable experience of communicating visually to a range of audiences
  • Experience of working closely with local, regional and national theatres
  • A professional attitude with ability to be tactful and diplomatic

Interviews: 9th April 2018 in London and 10th April 2018 in Plymouth (the latter to include a tour of TR2.)