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About 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 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)
  • Access to a wide range of online training
  • Free SmarterCard (subject to availability), giving discounts in a wide range of Colchester  shops, restaurants and leisure outlets

Current vacancies

Theatre Sales (Casual hours)

Note: This post includes weekend working.  We welcome applications from candidates who will be available for shifts during the week and at weekends, and also welcome applications from candidates who are only available to work on weekends (ie Friday evening – Sunday night)

Main responsibilities: Theatre sales staff across the Front of House, Bars and Restaurant areas are expected to provide a courteous and welcoming environment for all customers, visitors and participants to The Mercury. To usher, sell merchandise and work on the bar and in the restaurant whilst ensuring customer safety is maintained at all times.

Download the full job description here.

To apply for this position, please complete our employment application form, attaching a cover letter to valentina.borja-herrera@mercurytheatre.co.uk by Thursday 30 March 2017, 9am. 


Duty Manager (Casual Hours)

Note: This post includes weekend working.  We welcome applications from candidates who will be available for shifts during the week and at weekends, and also welcome applications from candidates who are only available to work on weekends (ie Friday evening – Sunday night)

Work with the Audience Services Managers to manage a team of Theatre Sales Staff (Front of House, Bar, Food@) and Ticket Sales Staff to ensure the smooth running of our Restaurant, Front of House and ticketing operations to ensure first class customer care in line with the Theatre’s values.

Download the full job description and person specification here

To apply for this position, please complete our employment application form, attaching a cover letter to valentina.borja-herrera@mercurytheatre.co.uk by Thursday 30 March 2017, 9am. 


Regional Associate Producer (30-month placement)

Tamasha, working in partnership with the Mercury Theatre and 6 other regional theatres is offering an exciting new opportunity for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) theatre producers. This programme, supported Arts Council England’s Sustained Theatre programme, will provide a minimum of 18 month placements for 4 BAME producers wishing to develop their producing skills and experience. The producers will each be placed at one of the regional theatres, as Associate Producers, and each will produce one new show over the period of their associate role.  The productions will premiere at the host venue and then go on tour to one or more of the other consortium partners (and further afield if funding permits).

Download the full job description and person specification here.

To apply for one of these positions, please send your CV, covering letter (no more than 2 sides, A4) and Equal Opportunities form by 12pm on Monday 3rd April 2017.

Applications should be addressed to Debo Adebayo, TDA Producer, Tamasha Theatre Company, but they should be sent to projects@tamasha.org.uk with “Regional Associate Producer” in the subject line.


We’re also looking for volunteers to support a range of work on the Mercury Voices Project. Find out more 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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