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Working at the Mercury

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, parental or caring status, or age.

Where posts are graded at the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage, we pay the highest amount of National Living Wage (intended for people aged 25+) irrespective of age.

Benefits of working at the Mercury

  • The Mercury operates a stakeholder pension scheme
  • Discount on drinks and meals in the Mercury’s bar and restaurant
  • The Mercury offers an interest free season ticket loan
  • The Mercury encourages attendance at performances with an allocation of tickets to employees (subject to availability and the Mercury’s ticket policy)
  • Free SmarterCard (subject to availability), giving discounts in a wide range of Colchester  shops, restaurants and leisure outlets

We are also a strategic partner with PiPA (Parents in Performing Arts), who campaign to enable and empower parents, carers and employers to achieve sustainable change in attitudes and practices in order to attract, support and retain a more diverse and flexible workforce. We are always happy to discuss solutions that allow people to balance their caring responsibilities with their working lives, for example through job shares or flexible working arrangements.

Applying for a vacancy

Latest vacancies are listed below. All vacancies use the same application form.

Download the Application Form

Hervey Benham Technical Apprentice

Read about drop-in sessions to learn about this post here.

This apprenticeship in the Mercury Theatre’s technical department will provide experience working backstage as part of this busy team who are responsible for all technical elements of our performances including all sound, lighting, and staging.

This apprenticeship is ideal for those who wish to to specialise in either sound or lighting and teaches a variety of skills essential in the technical department’s daily life, providing skills needed for a successful career.

Download the full Job Description and Person Specification here. If you want to find out more before applying, why not come to one of our drop in sessions on Saturday 17th February or Saturday 24th February from 10am to 1pm?

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 7th March.

To apply download the application form and send it to by midnight on Wednesday 28th February.

Senior Technician (Sound)

The Senior Technician (Sound) will manage all sound elements of Made in Colchester productions. This includes, but is not limited to, undertaking the Sound #1 position for rehearsals, technical rehearsal and performances. He or she will also provide technical support for visiting companies and Creative Learning and Talent activities.

Download the full Job description and Person specification here.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 15th March.

To apply download the application form and send it to by 9am on Wednesday 7th March.

Casual Duty Manager

We are looking for a person to manage a team of Theatre Sales Staff (Front of House, Bar, Food@) and Ticket Sales Staff, to ensure the smooth running of our Front of House, Ticket Sales and catering areas, offering first class customer care in line with the Theatre’s values.

N.B. This post will require the post holder to work unsocial hours, which will include evenings, weekends and public holidays.

Download the full Job description and Person specification here.

Interviews will take place on 7th March (am) and 12th March (pm).

To apply download the application form and send it to by 9am on Monday 26th February. 

Technician (Casual)

Our in-house technical team are supported by a team of casual technicians who:

  • Deliver high quality technical support for Made in Colchester (in-house) productions at the Mercury, on tour and in the community
  • Provide technical support for visiting companies and one-nighters
  • Provide technical support for Creative Learning and Talent activities
  • Assist in the maintenance of stage electrical installation/equipment
  • Provide Duty Technical support for the general running of the Mercury

We are currently recruiting new casual technicians to join our team and would be interested to hear from any candidates who can demonstrate stage technical skills.  For further information, contact Ben Wills, Technical Manager, on

Mercury Voices Archive and History project

We’re looking for volunteers to support a range of work on the Mercury Voices Project. Find out more about Mercury Voices here! Or check out the project from the volunteer’s perspective here!

Mercury Voices Volunteer Application Form


Call out to Creative Practitioners and Facilitators!

Are you a practitioner or workshop facilitator?

We are looking to find freelance practitioners to join our pool of Creative Learning and Talent practitioners to work with us on a variety of projects including our core youth theatre, schools work, older persons workshops, independent workshops and upcoming projects.

If you are interested in joining the pool of practitioners, please email your CV to with a covering letter telling us why you want to work with us, and the specific experience you have, that you think we need!

We are particularly interested to hear from practitioners who are based locally.


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