Bursary for Sound Designer Placement on Snowflake Production

As part of the Federation of Scottish Theatre’s Future Proofing Programme, The Network will be offering a bursary for a recent graduate to work on placement as a Sound Designer on The Network’s production, Snowflake.

Snowflake will be a World Premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, written and directed by Mark Thomson, it will run at Pleasance Above from 2 – 28 August, 1pm. The Sound Designer will be required to work with Mark and the technical and creative team between 17 July – 5 August inclusive.

Jax is twenty and battling with reality. Nothing is clear, not even where or who she is. A play of how to find human connection and certainty in a universe of endless notifications and conflicting knowledge.

Job Description

This role requires a motivated, recent technical/production graduate, looking to gain experience in an intensive, performing arts festival environment. The successful candidate will be the Sound Designer for The Network and Pleasance Theatre who are co-producing Snowflake. The candidate will be supported and mentored through the placement with additional, appropriate input from other industry professionals within the venue and similar organisations /companies. The show will be performed at Pleasance Above as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. There will be ample opportunity for developing diverse skills and gaining invaluable industry experience, with input expected from the graduate in terms of their professional focus and progression. Learning goals will be agreed to identify key skills development areas and career progression.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assisting and observing the Production Manager, venue staff and The Network technical and creative team in ensuring the strategic planning, set up and smooth running of all sound aspects of the production Snowflake during development and Production Weeks at Edinburgh College, Granton Campus
  • Working with the Production Manager during Production Week for Snowflake, on how to optimally implement the Sound Design to best effect at Pleasance Above
Liaising with the Production Manager in the planning, hire requirements and technical set up at Pleasance Above.
  • Assisting the Production Manager and Pleasance Venue Technician on the Get-in/Technical Day, Preview Performances and first two performances at Pleasance Above (30 July, 2-5 August)
With support, ensuring the sound set-up hand over is in place for the Pleasance Above Venue Technician to set up and operate the sound design
  • Assist with the Get-in and Technical Day of the show at the Pleasance Above as agreed with the Production Manager
  • To comply with all company policies, such as health and safety and equal opportunities

Person Specification

Candidates must have the following essential skills and attributes and be able to evidence these within their CV, covering letter and at interview stage, however, the most important qualities are a good, open, inquisitive attitude and a willingness to learn and become a part of the team.


  • Have completed a qualification at FE or HE level in a Technical or Production skills subject
  • Have graduated from a Scottish Institution (or elsewhere if now based in Scotland) less than two years before 12 June 2017
  • Some previous backstage or technical experience in either a professional, educational or performance environment
  • A working knowledge and use of common theatre sound systems, including recording and operation
  • A developing knowledge of technical theatre practices
  • Able to listen to and act upon instructions within a given time frame and in a busy, supported working environment
  • Literacy, computer literacy and numeracy as appropriate to the requirements of the post
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Experience of working as part a team
  • Reliable, with a flexible and pro-active attitude


  • An understanding of theatre and entertainment protocols, in terms of on and backstage etiquette, and common technical acronyms (such as Pro Tools etc)
  • An understanding of health and safety within a touring and performance environment
  • An understanding of sound requirements in a technical/busy environment
  • Experience of working within a busy festival situation
  • Interest in and/or experience of theatre
  • Available to work during unsociable hours
  • Able to travel to Edinburgh for rehearsals, previews and first performances.
  • An idea of career progression and expectations within the entertainment/performance industry

To apply, please email your CV and Cover Letter to Production Manager Abigail McMillan,  abigail@sdtn.org

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 12 July, and interviews will take place by Friday 15 July.



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