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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.

Artistic Director

The Mercury Theatre Colchester is seeking new artistic leadership.

Each year, we welcome over 130,000 people to our critically acclaimed Made in Colchester productions and lively visiting programme.

We are now looking for an imaginative and proven theatre maker to work in partnership with Steve Mannix our Executive Director, steering the venue’s artistic programme in the wake of our major capital redevelopment. The successful candidate will have a compelling artistic vision for the Mercury, which is an artistic hub at the centre of cultural life in Colchester, North Essex and East Anglia. The Mercury is a significant player in the national theatre ecology

In June 2019, we break ground on a £9.6 million refurbishment of the theatre, creating a 547 seat auditorium, 99 seat studio, extended front of house facilities, and onsite rehearsal and creative learning space. The Artistic Director’s inaugural season in 2020 will announce our return to this transformed venue.

We invite applications from directors or producers who have the vision, skills and experience to lead the theatre alongside the Executive Director.

Download the Artistic Director Recruitment pack here and equal opportunities monitoring form.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 10:00am on Monday, 14 January 2019. First round interviews on Friday, 8 February or Saturday, 9 February with second round on Thursday 7 March.


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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