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Lighting Technician

Calling all aspiring technicians! Prop yourself up for this shining opportunity to join one of the leading theatres in the UK…

Situated within London’s cultural hub on the South Bank, the National Theatre aims to bring an eclectic mix of new and classic plays to a diverse audience. They constantly strive to research and develop new work and offers a range of learning and public engagement programmes, which tour and broadcast in the UK and internationally.

They are looking for a Lighting Technician (Grade 5) to join them on a 22 Month Fixed Term Contract. This entry-level role provides opportunities for Lighting Technicians with a reasonable level of technical ability to gain professional experience within a large organisation, as well as on-the-job training from the National Theatre’s Lighting team.


  • Develop and become skilled in the identification, rigging, checking, focusing and operation of all lighting equipment to then effectively participate in fit-ups, rehearsals, changeovers, performances and get-outs on productions and events
  • Learn to ensure good housekeeping by making sure that working areas are clean and tidy
  • Participate with first-line maintenance for productions and non-productions (work lights and house lights) under supervision
  • Learn how to build electrical, mechanical and electronic lighting effects & props including pyrotechnics, as required to specified designs under supervision
  • Learn how to connect equipment to power (‘plug and play’) used on stage or in rehearsal rooms for productions and rehearsals under supervision
  • Learn how to prepare and maintain accurate plots and records detailing all aspects of performance-related equipment
  • Understand inventory requirements by checking against lists and plans to identify loss or damage of lighting and associated items, and notify as appropriate
  • When required, to appear on stage in appropriate clothes to carry out specific lighting activities; and appear in costume to carry out a move or effect on stage
  • Participate in NT training as required for this role
  • Liaise closely with other technical departments and work together to promote a safe working environment and provide a positive Health and Safety Culture



  • Some previous experience or training in a Lighting Technician role
  • The desire to improve and broaden your skill within Lighting
  • A basic understanding of electrical theory
  • Basic competency in the use of tools for fabricating electrical props and maintenance
  • Awareness and experience of health and safety legislation and practice
  • Good IT skills including Operation of Microsoft packages and other related software
  • Demonstrable ability to work as part of a team and on your own initiative
  • Creative and resourceful in problem-solving


  • Working knowledge of theatre lighting for production and an understanding of their operation and control systems
  • The ability to read lighting plans and ground plans
  • The ability to work at height

Salary Details:

  • Grade 5 Level 3 – £29,320.51 per annum (pro rata where applicable)
  • Grade 5 Level 2 – £32,078.59 per annum (pro rata where applicable)
  • Grade 5 Level 1 – £35,070.05 per annum (pro rata where applicable)


  • Follow this link to apply
  • In your application, state that you heard about this vacancy through the Creative Access website