Pay: £650 (UK) – £700 (INT) a week plus subsistence (equiv of £30-35k / yr)

Location: Various including international


You must be available for interviews (in London or by video call) on 15 Feb 2018.

A second interview with Gecko’s Artistic Director may be arranged on Monday 19 Feb (in London or Liverpool, or by video call).

Please state whether you can attend the interviews in person or by video call.

You must be available for training in one of the following weeks (NB: paid at £458 plus subs)

w/c 26 February – Oxford

w/c 5 March – Southampton

Please indicate if you have a preference.

You must be available for touring to Seoul, South Korea: 12-18 May

Further possible touring dates TBC, availability preferred:

  • w/c 30 April
  • w/c 7 & 21 May
  • 25 June – 3 August
  • 31 August – 4 September
  • w/c 29 October

Touring dates beyond this point ongoing but TBC.


Physical theatre company Gecko is looking to recruit a Sound Operator to join their touring company. The role will work specifically on Gecko’s new show The Wedding, with the opportunity to take on the company’s other touring shows Missing and Institute. The touring teams vary but you will be part of a minimum technical team of 4.

The usual touring team for The Wedding is:

Company Manager / Technical Manager / Stage Manager /  Lighting Collaborator / Sound Operator

Gecko is based in Ipswich and tours nationally and internationally with all its shows. A devising company, Gecko welcomes proactive and collaborative input from all its team.

As Sound Operator, you will be responsible for the oversight of all technical areas related to sound and all sound aspects of the daily running of the show/s.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Advise on any sound related infrastructure shortfall for venues by interpreting tech specs in relation to the tech rider and sound design. Liaise with the Technical Manager / Sound Designer when necessary.
  • Assemble and set up all sound equipment for the production whilst on tour. Shows are of a playback nature with some radio mics.
  • Tuning and timing of systems to ensure a consistent sound across venues
  • Run cue-to-cue technical rehearsals
  • Assist with fit-ups and get-outs, including stage duties as required
  • Operate and maintain sound equipment during rehearsals and on tour. Note that cues will not called by a DSM because of their visual nature.
  • Ensure cue lists are kept up to date if any changes occur
  • Ensure all music/sound used is detailed and accounted for PRS purposes in liaison with Project and Participation Manager
  • Work effectively with members of the creative team finding innovative ways to realise the ambitions of the production
  • Adhere to and enforce Health and Safety procedures as required in line with Gecko’s Method Statements and Risk Assessments.
  • Ensure the maintenance and tidiness of the backstage area, reporting any concerns
  • Any other duties as reasonable and commensurate with the role

You are expected to attend production meetings as required and to take responsibility for reading all rehearsal notes and show reports and acting on them accordingly. Much production communication will be through email and you agree to read and act upon any such communication in a timely manner.

You are expected to carry out your duties in a responsible and professional manner, working effectively and considerately with the other Gecko staff members and anyone the production is in contact with, and behaving in such a manner that reflects positively on the company, acting as an ambassador for Gecko in dealings with people you work with. You will be required to work evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays as the schedule demands.

Experience/Qualifications Essential 

  • Sound working knowledge of Health and Safety legislation as pertains to this area
  • An excellent working knowledge of Yamaha digital desks
  • Good experience of Qlab 3 programming, including MIDI and OSC triggering
  • Previous experience of Tuning and Timing PA Systems

Experience/Qualifications – Desirable

  • Previous use of DANTE Digital Audio Networks
  • IT Networking, e.g. setting IP Addresses, facilitating screen share / studio manager setups etc.
  • Experience of working for a busy devising company
  • H&S training (LOLER, Manual Handling etc.)
  • First Aid Training
  • Driver’s License (2 years min)

To apply, please send your CV, a covering letter (max 1 side A4) and Gecko Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to along with information on your availability relating to the dates specified above and also information on any known commitments from August 2018 onwards by 10am on Wednesday 7 February.

Please note, we are unable to acknowledge receipt or provide feedback on applications. If you have not heard from us by 16 February your application has not been successful.