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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 in the Mercury’s bar
  • 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, unless otherwise specified.

Download the Application Form

Head of Communications & Marketing

For this new role we are looking for a motivated self-starter who is creative, audience and sales focussed.

The Mercury is poised to embark on an exciting £9.4 million capital project that will see the organisation create a new temporary performance base in Colchester whilst the theatre is being revitalised, ready for opening in autumn 2020.

The Head of Communications and Marketing will be instrumental in developing internal and external communications, building and maintaining audiences, and creating and implementing campaigns that will entice audiences to our new temporary site and back to the Mercury Theatre on reopening.

Download the Application Pack here.

Deadline for Applications is Thu 16 Nov at noon.

First interview: Wed 28 Nov

Second interview: Tue 4 Dec

To apply to this post, please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role, along with a completed equal opportunities monitoring form to valentina.borja@mercurytheatre.co.uk.

If you would like an informal conversation about the role, please contact Deborah Sawyerr at deborah.sawyerr@mercurytheatre.co.uk.


Casual Ticket Sales Assistant

We are looking for a person to help us offer the highest level of service to all customers, to promote and sell all tickets for performances and ensure first class customer care in line with the Mercury’s values.

Download the Job Description and Person Specification here.

Deadline for Applications is Mon 5 Nov at 9am.

Interviews will take place on Thu 8 Nov.

To apply, download and fill in the Application Form above and email it to valentina.borja@mercurytheatre.co.uk by the deadline.


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 ben.wills@mercurytheatre.co.uk


 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 makeit@mercurytheatre.co.uk 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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