Paint shop

Work in the Paint shop

The RSC Paint Shop are responsible for all the paint work, art work and texturing of RSC productions at home, abroad and on tour. In their workshop, they turn iron into gold, tin into wood, and foam to stone. The team will often work simultaneously on several shows and are one of the only theatre paint shops that work on both props and scenery.

The starting point is the production designer's brief. After looking at the set model the scenic artists collect samples of paints and finishes. Once these decisions have been made the team will then progress to painting the scenery, sets and props.

Placement details
Availability: Availability during productive periods only. Check our current vacancies to see if we are currently accepting applications

Length of placement: One week

Location of placement: Scenic Paint Shop, RSC Workshops, Timothy's Bridge Road, Stratford-upon-Avon

About the placement
The Paint Shop workload varies throughout the year and also from production to production. Under supervision of a trained professional the successful candidate will be assisting to interpret and create artistic finishes from a designer's briefing and/or scale model.

We are looking for applicants who are committed to a career in props construction.

Essential attributes:

  • Knowledge of equipment used within the scenic paint shop
  • Knowledge of paint and texture finishes
  • Knowledge of materials and scenic painting techniques
  • Experience of scenic art for example with college productions or amateur theatre groups
  • The ability to work on one's own initiative and within a team
  • Due to Health and Safety regulations candidates must be 18 years or older.

Desirable attributes:

  • Ability to work with wide range of tools and paints for scenic art purposes
  • Good understanding of Health and Safety at Work Act and its implications in a workshop environment.

Selection process
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview before the final selection is made. You will be required to bring along some examples of your work.

Under 18? See our programme for under 18s.

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