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WARDROBE ASSISTANT: The Paddington Bear Experience

 

Job Title: Wardrobe Assistant

Reports to: Head of Wardrobe & Deputy Head of Wardrobes

Responsible for: N/A

Place of Work: Based at The Paddington Bear Experience, County Hall

Hours of work: A minimum of 4 x 4 hour evening shifts per week (approximately 16 hours per week in total), including weekends.

                        Please note we are looking to fill 3 part-time positions in this role

Additional Hours: To be agreed in advance and approved by Head of Wardrobe

 

The Path Entertainment Group:

The Path Entertainment Group (TPEG) partners with some of the world's largest brands, bringing their leading IP to life by producing first-class experiences across the globe. TPEG is comprised of two divisions, Gamepath, specialising in themed attractions, and Showpath focusing on live stage productions. As a company we work towards the vision to create innovative translations of much-loved titles for audiences to engage with in ways they never have before.

The Path Entertainment Group’s Live Experience Attraction Portfolio is produced under Gamepath. Their established track record of creative development, production, venue and space management, has produced award winning attractions and partnerships with Monopoly Lifesized (Hasbro) and Saw: The Escape Experience (Lionsgate) both in the UK and internationally.

In partnership with The Copyrights Group and Lionsgate, 2024 will see The Paddington Bear Experience open at London's County Hall.

 

Selladoor Worldwide:

Selladoor Worldwide are a UK Theatre Producer and General Management provider,
founded in 2009. Current projects include We Will Rock You (worldwide tour) and Madagascar (USA & UK Tour) as well as general managing the recently concluded, UK Theatre Award winning The Spongebob Musical! on behalf of sister company The Path Entertainment Group.
Uniquely Selladoor also provides General Management provision for live/immersive experience. We recently oversaw the year-long run of Saw: The Escape Experience at Tower Hill, are currently looking after Monopoly: Lifesized at Tottenham Court Road and are in pre-production for The Paddington Bear Experience. In addition we also have three rehearsal spaces in Deptford, South East London, which is where our main office is based.

 

The Role:

The Wardrobe Department is responsible for the sourcing, production and maintenance of costumes for 50+ Performers playing seven different characters, including a suit character, within the experience as well as handling the cleaning and upkeep of Customer Host costumes. 

The Wardrobe Asssitant is responsible for the daily laundry, ironing, maintenance and upkeep of the costumes and will actively contribute to the efficient daily handling of the full range of costumes within the live experience.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Carry out daily laundry and ironing (where applicable) of show costumes.
  • Basic hand and machine stitching repairs.
  • Resolve any costume malfunctions as communicated by the Head of Wardrobe.
  • Assist in sending relevant costumes for dry cleaning.
  • Assist with maintenance and cleaning of the Paddington Suit adhering to related guidance.
  • Communicate any issues or changes to Head of Wardrobe where relevant.
  • Actively support the Head of Wardrobe in training new staff.
  • Assist in costume fittings when required for new and current cast.
  • Communicate the need for ordering materials, wardrobe supplies and other consumables as required.

As this is a new production, the full nature of the role will evolve in line with the creative, operational and other requirements of the experience as well as the needs of other departments. You will therefore be expected to undertake any other duties as reasonably required.

 

Relationships:

  • Head of Wardrobe and Deputy Heads of Wardrobe for daily running of the Wardrobe department.
  • Company- and Stage Management teams for day-to-day operations across the experience.
  • Performers
  • Customer Hosts (Front of House staff)

 

Rollout:

  • Start Date: Week commencing 29th April 2024 (reduced hours hours, subject to schedule)
  • Initial 8-month Contract Term: 3rd June 2024 – 2nd February 2025
  • The experience is open 7 days a week with entry times between 10am and 4pm. Working hours will normally fall between 4pm and 8pm, with possible start times from 8am and later working hours expected during peak seasons and re-casts.
  • You will be scheduled to work approximately 16 hours per week at £13.75 per hour.
  • This is a self-employed 8-month fixed term contract, which includes holiday pay and SSP. After initial contract, there is potential to renew at 8-month intervals subject to performance and offer.
  • From the start of the engagement up until and including 9th June 2024 non-availability and holiday requests will not be considered and a leave embargo will be in place across the on-site staff pool.
  • You will be expected to be comfortable and able to move in rat runs and tight spaces within the experience.

 

Experience and Person Specification:

Essential:

  • Experience in a theatre wardrobe department or similar setting.
  • A keen interest in and passion for live/immersive productions.
  • Knowledge of costume maintenance and best practice for washing/cleaning costumes.
  • Basic hand and machine stitching skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • A flexible, confident and responsive approach to working while adapting to rapidly changing needs and requirements.

Desirable:

  • Experience in a Wardrobe Assistant role.
  • Experience in a live/immersive production setting.
  • Experience in supporting the pre-production of a first-time opening.
  • Knowledge of basic costume construction.
  • Experience in managing suit character costumes.

Please note that we actively encourage applicants who are looking to further progress their career within Wardrobe departments of immersive experiences and would support this progression, in time, for suitable candidates.

 

Application Process:

Please send your CV and covering letter (1-2 pages) outlining how you meet the essential criteria to [email protected] with ‘Paddington – Wardrobe Assistant’ in the subject line.

Deadline: Monday 5th March 2024 at 10am.

Interviews: Interviews will take place on zoom, on Wednesday 13th March 2024.

If you have any questions or want to discuss the role in further detail, please contact Nadja Bering Ovesen on [email protected]