The Wyvern Theatre and Arts Centre are exciting places to work and we are always looking for talented and enthusiastic people to come and join us in a range of roles across different departments. We are extremely proud of our venues and enjoy working in an ever-changing environment with people who have true passion and drive. If you're looking to work in unique surroundings and drive your interests and ambitions forward, we may have just the job for you.
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Why work with us?
A career with Swindon Theatres is never dull, often challenging but at the same time fun and rewarding.
Working with the Wyvern Theatre & Arts Centre is popular with students as we offer a range of casual opportunities within hospitality, technical and marketing that can work around your studies.
Types of Roles
Providing an innovative dining, drinking and conference facilities with theatrical flair requires a range of talented chefs and friendly servers over a range of levels and employment types.
The approachable Ticket Office team provide excellent customer service while proactively selling tickets in this customer-facing role offering fun and flexibility.
Often the hidden function of a theatre, these heroes make the show happen from assisting with the ‘get-in’ to managing the sound and lighting.
The marketing and promotions teams ensure our customers know about the broad-range of incredible events within the venues' many spaces in this busy but exciting department.
Administration and Management
Off the stage a gifted group of administrators, finance and management teams ensure the venues run smoothly.
Full Time Chef
We are recruiting 1 full time Chef, to be based at the Wyvern Theatre. You will be an experienced, hands-on chef with a genuine zest for great, forward thinking food and the drive to successfully lead and develop our food offer and the kitchen team.
Basic hours are 40 per week over 5 days out of 7, subject to variation to meet business requirements. Working hours will include evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.
c.£25,000 pa dependent on experience, ability and potential, with a yearly bonus opportunity.
Send your CV and a covering letter to email@example.com by 5pm on Wed 30 January. Tell us why you think you are suited to this role, why it interests you and how we’ll benefit from having you on board.
We are recruiting for 4 Hospitality Assistants (age 18+) to join our team. As well as having excellent presentation, communication and F&B knowledge, you will be able to demonstrate a real passion for food and service and have bags of enthusiasm.
Kitchen Team Members (x2)
We are looking for a flexible and hands-on cook or kitchen team member who has a keen interest in theatre hospitality. You will have kitchen awareness and cooking ability.
You will work as part of a team to ensure that every aspect of the kitchen operation is delivered efficiently.
The successful candidate will maintain and support our thriving menu and provide food excellence to our customers. They will support the chef and always represent the venue in a positive and professional manner.
Send your CV and a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us why you think you are suited to this role, why it interests you and how we’ll benefit from having you on board.
Food Production and Cooking Apprenticeship
We are looking an ambitious and organised self-starter who is keen to get started with a career in hospitality. With training and support, you will develop the skills and techniques to prepare, produce and present dishes and menu items in line with business requirements.
The successful candidate will have an enthusiastic and positive approach to providing excellent food service. They will support the theatre management team and always represent the venue in a positive and professional manner. They will learn to actively promote the unique selling points of the business and special offers available and promotions to customers.
Do you love theatre and the arts?
Have you ever considered Volunteering?
There are lots of reasons why people volunteer. It may be that you want to make use of your skills (or learn new ones). Perhaps you would like to broaden your work experience, give something back to your community...or perhaps you simply want to meet people and make new friends. Whatever the reasons, volunteering with Swindon Theatres is a really rewarding experience!
As a Swindon Theatres Volunteer Usher you’ll be the face of the theatre, meeting and greeting our guests and ensuring that they have a fantastic experience when they visit us. We’ll train, guide and support you so that you can volunteer for us with knowledge and confidence. We know that everyone has commitments in their lives, so we’re flexible about when you volunteer.
Volunteering with Swindon Theatres is an opportunity to taste, first hand, life in a theatre environment. If you have time to spare and would like to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.
Meet the team
We’re committed to training and developing our staff, preparing them for their next step in whichever direction that might be. Here’s the proof.
Chris started at the Wyvern Theatre as a Casual Usher in 1988 and over the years has worked in several different roles in the theatre. Over 10 years ago Chris began working in the Ticket Office, progressing to Deputy Manager and then in 2010 became the Ticket Office Manager.
Chris says: 'I love theatre and consider myself very lucky to work at the Wyvern. There are always opportunities to work in different departments and working closely with a great team creates a lovely environment to work in.'
Darren started his theatre career in 1999 as a casual Saturday morning Ticket Office Assistant at the Wyvern Theatre. Over the years he has learnt just about every aspect of theatre life and has gained a real passion for all things theatrical. Having had roles in Hospitality, Ticket Office and Marketing, he now works in his dream role as Customer Services Manager.
Darren says: 'I feel very lucky to be in a job I genuinely enjoy, how many people can hand on heart say they look forward to going to work?'
Kate joined the Swindon Theatres team as Marketing & Promotions Assistant in June 2014, before being promoted to Marketing & Press Officer just six months later. Kate has been enjoying the variety of the role ever since.
Kate says: 'No two weeks are ever the same in my job. One week I’m building web pages and designing marketing emails, the next I’m dressed up as a princess to promote our Pantomime! I’m never bored and that’s so important to me.'
About HQ Theatres & Hospitality
Wyvern Theatre & Swindon Arts Centre is one 12 venues within HQ Theatres & Hospitality’s (HQT&H) current portfolio of regional theatres and concert halls. HQT&H currently manages 18 auditoria on behalf of local authorities, with capacities ranging from a 200 seat arts centre to a 2,400 seated/standing theatre. Last year HQT&H programmed a total of 2,354 shows which attracted attendances of over 1.5 million.
HQ Theatres & Hospitality (HQT&H), the UK’s second-largest venue operator, is a division of Qdos Entertainment Ltd, one of the largest entertainment Groups in Europe.
Swindon Theatres is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. The aim is to ensure that all employees are treated equally and are employed solely on the basis of their ability and potential to do the job, regardless of their race, colour, gender, sexuality, disability, age, religion or beliefs.