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  • Free play day for Chippy children tomorrow
    As part of the national Playday campaign, there will be a free play day for children in Chippy tomorrow. The day will feature a range of activities, including body zorbing, go-karting, tricky trail biking, drumming, street hockey and a climbing wall. There will also be soft play and arts and crafts, as well as laser […]
  • Summer safety roadshow to visit Chippy
    A summer safety roadshow is coming to town next week. The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership, which has organised the roadshow, is bringing together several participants – including Thames Valley Police, West Oxfordshire District Council, Oxfordshire Trading Standards, and Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue – to tell residents how they can be safer. Issues to be […]
  • Chadlington Downs development: 40% to be affordable homes
    After the public exhibition held at the town hall this afternoon, what are the proposals for the farmland between Walterbush Road and Burford Road? Bellway Homes says it wants to build 228 homes on the site, of which 40%, or around 91, will be classed as affordable housing. It hopes the main access to the site […]
  • Public consultation today on new housing development
    There will be a public consultation at the Town Hall this afternoon on the proposed Chadlington Downs  development. The development, which has already seen one public consultation, would see housing built on farmland and land owned by the football club. It is located between Walterbush Road, Cotswold Crescent and Burford Road, with the housing continuing […]
  • Could you help accommodate two students?
    We’ve been asked to call out to anyone who may be able to help the ACE Centre accommodate two German students this autumn. Here’s what they need:   Filed under: local services
  • Attempted burglaries and thefts reported in Chippy
    A series of attempted burglaries and thefts recently took place in two neighbouring roads in Chippy. In the early hours of Tuesday 1 July, there was an attempted burglary at a house in Park Road, two burglaries in unsecured garages in Park Road, two thefts from cars in Marlborough Road, and a third theft from a car […]
  • Witnesses wanted after man assaulted on Churchill Road
    A man was assaulted on Churchill Road in Chipping Norton just after midnight last night, leaving him requiring hospital treatment. Thames Valley Police said the man, aged 24, received a cut to his head, possibly from a sharp object. It is believed the attacker got into a car after the assault and drove off. Investigating […]
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  • More Jobs going at The Theatre
    Bass Player Chipping Norton Theatre are looking for a relatively local upright bass player to share the run of our Christmas show – Mother Goose – this year. Production – Mother Goose by Ben Crocker – original, traditional pantomime – voted in the Telegraph’s Top 10 UK Christmas Shows for 5 years running. Directed by John Terry Composed by Sarah Travis (Tony Award winning composer, regular collaborator with John Doyle and Craig Revel-Horwood) MD/Pianist – Peter Pontzen Details of the job: Playing upright bass and occasional electric bass (plus additional bits and bobs by mutual agreement – eg percussion) as part of a live pit band. This job would be shared with another local player. This would total 16 days work across the winter season, and a fee of £1440 (both players would be paid at the same rate per day). Further renegotiation on dates may well be possible. Schedule: November 10 – Rehearsal call 11 – Rehearsal call 12 - Tech - both 13 - Tech - cover 14 - Tech - both 15 - Dress 1 - cover 17 - Dress 2 & 3  22 - cover 25 - cover 29 - cover Dec 2 - cover 4 - cover 6 - cover 13 - cover 26 - cover 30 - cover Jan 10 - cover Please send CV to harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com before 8th August   House Manager The Theatre Chipping Norton is looking for a warm, welcoming, highly organised individual to lead the Front of House department of this busy, well respected arts venue. Delivering an operation that is both characterful, slick and profitable, candidates should have extensive experience of similar customer-facing roles, line managing staff and ide...ally some experience of either working in an arts venue or hospitality. Leadership skills, diplomacy and a strong interest in the performing arts would all be valuable assets. The role includes a mixture of management, administrative and Duty Management activities, and would include evening and weekend work. Closing date: 18th August 2014 Salary £17,000 - £18,500 p.a. full time, dependent on experience. For information pack and to apply contact Jo or Faye on 01608 642349 or email administration@chippingnortontheatre.com
  • Box Office Maintenance Thurs 24th July
    Please note that due to system maintenance, communications and bookings (including online bookings) may be interrupted throughout the day.    We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will endeavour to take telephone and inperson bookings when possible.
  • We need Pippins for Mother Goose!!
      WE NEED YOUNG ACTORS FOR MOTHER GOOSE! Auditions: Wed 3rd and Thurs 4th September  5-7pm at The Theatre   Young actors (Pippins) have always played an integral role in the pantomime at Chipping Norton and unlike many other Christmas shows, they get great characters, lines and songs. This year we arelooking for 12 children between the ages of 8 and 14 to make up three teams as part of our company of professional actors.     Be prepared to play some fun drama games and if you can learn a short song off by heart to sing for us that would be great, it’s not too scary!    To be a Pippin you must be willing to act, dance and sing and to enter into the magic of pantomime!    The dates of rehearsals are Monday 27th October– 17th November, and performances are 18th November to the 11th January. They must be availible for the entire run.    Please ring our Box Office to let us know you're coming– 01608 642350   
  • Come and work with us on Mother Goose
    Lighting Designer Mother Goose at The Theatre Chipping Norton, Christmas 2014   Fee: £750 plus agreed expenses and accommodation where required. Contract begins: September 2014  Rehearsal Dates:  27th October 2014  – 18th November 2014  Performances: 18th November – 11th January.  Production: Mother Goose by Ben Crocker.  Directed by: John Terry  Designed by: Russell Craig  The Role: Create a single venue lighting design for our traditional Christmas panto. Using inhouse inventory, and working closely with Production Manager, Set Designer and Director, this design should add vivid colour, atmosphere and flair to the production. The role will be supported by a small inhouse technical team, but some hands-on involvement in programming/focussing etc is expected.  About The Theatre  The Theatre Chipping Norton is a 213 seater theatre and arts centre in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, welcoming over 50,000 people each year through its doors. It is both a receiving theatre and a producing house, and won both the 2009/10 TMA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Regional Theatre and the Oxfordshire Culture and Tourism Business of the Year in 2012. “This plucky rural venue has stubbornly refused to give up, punching well above its weight across the board” – The Stage.   The Show: Our annual pantomime is nationally recognised as one of the best, if not the best traditional Christmas panto. It has been listed in the Telegraph’s Top 10 UK Christmas shows for the last five years, and combines strong, character driven storytelling with all the colour and charisma of pantomime. Our creative teams tend to be drawn from a variety of disciplines including opera, musical theatre, film and straight theatre, bringing different styles and influences to bear on a rich and striking design.  ‘Perfect proper Panto” The Times  This year’s production is Mother Goose, written by Ben Crocker with original music by Tony Award winning composer Sarah Travis. We have decided to set it in Scandinavia, with Moose, snowmen, and woolly jumpers galore.  Contact Information: Please send CV and covering letter to Harriet Mackie (Creative Producer) 01608 649 105 harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com   Deadline: 21st July 2014     Theatrical Projectionist (for live show) Mother Goose at The Theatre Chipping Norton, Christmas 2014   Fee: £750 plus agreed expenses and accommodation where required. Contract begins: September 2014  Rehearsal Dates:  27th October 2014  – 18th November 2014 Performances: 18th November – 11th January. Production: Mother Goose by Ben Crocker. Directed by: John Terry Designed by: Russell Craig The Role: Creating filmed content, and supervising its projection as part of our annual pantomime. This includes a prologue for each act with characters from the show. The content should be professionally produced and edited, and presented in a style and format that suits the style of the show. The projectionist would liaise with the set designer in July/August to discuss placement of screens and projectors, and advise the inhouse technical team on suitable equipment. The projectionist would be responsible for the projected media thriving as a professional and integrated part of the show. We are looking for someone with a strong professional track record of providing projections for theatre shows.   About The Theatre The Theatre Chipping Norton is a 213 seater theatre and arts centre in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, welcoming over 50,000 people each year through its doors. It is both a receiving theatre and a producing house, and won both the 2009/10 TMA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Regional Theatre and the Oxfordshire Culture and Tourism Business of the Year in 2012.   “This plucky rural venue has stubbornly refused to give up, punching well above its weight across the board” – The Stage.   Recent productions have included Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (“Gorgeous and true… this is a very good show.  – Theatreworld) and The Glass Menagerie (“A gripping, well-acted, home-grown revival”  - The Oxford Times) and the fantastic Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me in September 2013.   The Show: Our annual pantomime is nationally recognised as one of the best, if not the best traditional Christmas panto. It has been listed in the Telegraph’s Top 10 UK Christmas shows for the last five years, and combines strong, character driven storytelling with all the colour and charisma of pantomime. Our creative teams tend to be drawn from a variety of disciplines including opera, musical theatre, film and straight theatre, bringing different styles and influences to bear on a rich and striking design.   ‘Perfect proper Panto” The Times   This year’s production is Mother Goose, written by Ben Crocker with original music by Tony Award winning composer Sarah Travis. We have decided to set it in Scandinavia, with Moose, snowmen, and woolly jumpers galore. There are two written prologues which we aim to film and project, presenting two of the characters in a strongly stylised way – the content for this will need creating, editing and stylising to fit the mood. In addition, we would like to look at how projection might be used to add to other elements of the scenic design – eg snowfall, goose-feathers, northern lights etc.    Contact Information: Please send CV and covering letter to (Creative Producer) 01608 649 105 harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com Deadline: 21st July 2014
  • Job Vacancies!
    Deputy Box Office Manager The Theatre Chipping Norton is seeking a Deputy Box Office Manager to support the ticket-sales operation for our wide-ranging theatre, cinema and arts centre activities. Reporting to the Box Office Manager, this post shares day-to-day delivery of Box Office services, including selling tickets and achieving sales targets, along with staff and systems administration. The post-holder will deputise for the Box Office Manager in his absence. Essential skills: highly organised experience-based office administration, computer literacy, numeracy, an eye for detail. An interest in and understanding of performing arts. Desirable skills: experience of an entertainment Box Office environment, with knowledge of box office/ticketing systems (preferably Databox). However, training on specific systems and packages will be provided as required. Key qualities: a confident, relaxed and personable manner, initiative, diplomacy, a clear telephone voice, articulate, reliable, a conscientious team player. Salary range: £14-15,000 p.a. full time. Applications (by brief CV and covering letter/email) by 10 a.m. Monday 2nd June 2014. For information pack and to apply contact Ambereene Hitchcox, Head of Operations on 01608 649101 or email operations@chippingnortontheatre.com Duty Manager – part time c. 25 hours per week. 4 month contract. £9,700 per annum pro-rata for 4 months Chipping Norton Theatre is looking for a part-time DM to support its Front of House team short-term. You will be managing the building before and during shows and film screenings, responsible on the spot for building and personal security, and for a team of bar staff and volunteer ushers working with you.  You must be willing to do shifts late afternoon through to late evening, to work some weekends and preferably be available some daytimes. Rota and actual hours per week will vary but to some extent can be worked around other commitments. Personal qualities required: Calm, confident but diplomatic, polite, honest, reliable & conscientious, sensitive occasional team leader, smartly presented. Job Skills:  Experience of senior level customer care work and interest in this, Experience of public-facing hospitality work, ability to take charge of a team in a busy environment, computer literacy, numeracy, strong clear communication skills. Basic First Aid training and knowledge of Health and Safety at Work regulations an advantage. Apply by email with brief CV and covering letter to operations@chippingnortontheatre.com. Closing date Friday 23rd May 2014.
  • Cotswold Comedy Club Event Cancelled 17/4/2014
    Please note that the Cotswold Comedy Club event - PHILBERTO on 17th April has been cancelled.  We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused.
  • Job Vacancies!
    We have three technical jobs and two choreography jobs on offer here at the moment:   Technical Manager  Chipping Norton Theatre is recruiting for a Technical Manager to provide and manage a safe, well-equipped and professional working environment in one of the friendliest performing arts venues in the country.    Professional technical experience or training required, as well as a working knowledge and love for theatre, music and comedy. The ideal candidate will have strong administrative skills and have demonstrable skills and experience working with and managing other staff.    The Theatre is both a receiving and producing house, so skills in Stage Management, Production Management, Lighting and live sound will all be valued.    Salary: £18-£20,000, dependent on experience. Full time position, based in Chipping Norton.    Closing date for applications Thursday 17th April, midday .   Please contact operations@chippingnortontheatre.com to request application materials.      Around the World in 80 Days Tour    Company Stage Manager (touring) The Theatre Chipping Norton and Oxfordshire Theatre Company are recruiting a Company Stage Manager for its in-house production and tour of Toby Hulse’s Around the World in 80 Days. The production is a joyfully frenetic whirlwind of theatrical invention and downright silliness, bringing Jules Verne’s globetrotting classic to rambunctious life. Three week rehearsal period  and two weeks of shows in Chipping Norton followed by 7/8 week national tour, to Rural Touring Venues and small/ midscale professional venues. The CSM will be on the road with 3 actors.    Candidates should have good experience of stage managing tours, basic DSM duties, be able to rig, plot and operate sound and lighting, load, unload and construct set (with help from actors and local crew) and drive the tour van. Supported by a strong team including producer and Production Manager, this post will be the primary liaison between actors and production team. The ideal candidate would be confident, relaxed, positive and good natured.    Dates: Mon 25th August – either 16th or 23rd November 2014    Rates: £510.50 a week + £115 for local subsistence or  £217 touring allowance      Candidates need to be 25 years+ for insurance purposes. Closing Date: Thursday 17th April, midday   Please send a CV and covering letter to: Harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com (Producer), 01608 649 105.     Production Manager The Theatre Chipping Norton and Oxfordshire Theatre Company are recruiting a Production Manager for its in-house production and tour of Toby Hulse’s Around the World in 80 Days. The production is a joyfully frenetic whirlwind of theatrical invention and downright silliness, bringing Jules Verne’s globetrotting classic to rambunctious life. 10 week tour of Rural Touring Venues and small/ midscale professional venues.     The Production Manager will oversee set build, transportation and installation, and liaise with all touring venues to discuss tech requirements and timings. They will work closely with the Designer, Producer, Theatre Chipping Norton crew and the touring CSM to ensure the smooth delivery of the production. They will remain contactable by phone/ email throughout the tour to troubleshoot technical issues.     Dates:   Pre-production period from June. Rehearsals- Mon 25th August –  18th Sept, Chipping Norton Performances- 19th- 28th Sept 2014. Tour- 1st Oct until either 16th or 23rd November 2014   Freelance fee: £1500     Closing Date: Thursday 17th April, midday Candidates need to be 25 years+ for insurance purposes.   Please send a CV and covering letter to: Harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com (Producer), 01608 649 105.   Movement Director - Around the World in 80 Days  The Theatre Chipping Norton and Oxfordshire Theatre Company are recruiting a Movement Director for its in-house production and tour of Toby Hulse’s Around the World in 80 Days. The production is a joyfully frenetic whirlwind of theatrical invention and downright silliness, bringing Jules Verne’s globetrotting classic to rambunctious life. Three week rehearsal period and two weeks of shows in Chipping Norton followed by 7/8 week national tour, to Rural Touring Venues and small/ midscale professional venues. The Movement Director will only be needed for the rehearsal and opening period.    Candidates should have strong professional experience of coaching actors in movement work and a daft sense of humour. Due to the nature of the production, the role will work closely alongside the director to shape the production, and would be required in rehearsals a minimum of 3-4 days per week.    Dates: Mon 25th August – 20th September 2014   Rates: £1500 (approx 4 days a week for 3.5 weeks)  Closing Date: Tues 6th May 2014, midday   Please send a CV and covering letter to: Harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com (Producer), 01608 649 105.     Pantomime Choreographer & Assistant Director  The famous Chipping Norton panto is looking for Choreographer & Assistant Director for its 41st panto, Mother Goose. Renowned as a traditional panto (no celebrities, no pop songs) with high production values and a daft sense of humour, this production includes challenges such as dancing snowmen, geese riding and slop routines.    We are looking for an experienced choreographer, preferably with a track record in straight theatre and comedy as well as musicals or panto. They should be confident in working with ‘actors who dance’ rather than trained dancers. The ideal candidate will be creative, relaxed, positive and approach the job with energy and good humour.    The position will include some responsibility for directing understudies and the children’s company.    Dates: Mon 27th October – 22nd November 2014  Rates: £1500 + travel expenses + digs accommodation  Closing Date: Tues 6th May 2014, midday  Please send a CV and covering letter to: Harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com (Producer), 01608 649 105.