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Paid Sound Internship - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child



June 26, 2024


Deadline: 9.00am


Masterclass and Sonia Friedman Productions are seeking applications for the 'Laura Head' Sound Internship on the London production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This is an exciting development opportunity for someone who wishes to further their theatre career and gain the experience to become a Sound professional on a large-scale commercial production.

This internship has been created in memory of Laura Head, a committed, valued and much missed member of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's Sound team.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, this play written by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany received its world premiere in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre in summer 2016. The critically acclaimed production is the most awarded West End play in the history of the Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards, including Best New Play and Best Director in 2017.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a uniquely complex and busy show, with over 40 cast members and a huge team off stage across multiple departments, all working together to realise the production. The Sound Intern will work alongside the Sound team and will be primarily be backstage, learning the day-to-day running of the Sound department roles, preparing and maintaining the show plots and gaining practical experience of sound engineering for theatre. The intern will have the opportunity to meet with the show’s Sound Designer, Gareth Fry, to learn about the design process of the show and ask any design and career-related questions they may have. They will also be offered a one-year apprentice membership to The Association for Sound Design and Production at Future Professional level, for access to the ASDP's training, resources and events.

The internship will run from August to December 2024 across the Production's recast, rehearsals and performances.

Criteria for Applying

Candidates should:

  • Be able to demonstrate interest and experience in backstage theatre sound
  • Have some practical experience of supporting live events and productions, though professional sound experience is not required
  • Have an interest in Sound for theatre as a career
  • Be eager to learn and show initiative
  • Work well under pressure and within a team.
  • Not have had a long-term attachment to a mainstream theatre or production company (for example, a member of The Old Vic 12 or an Associate at a theatre)
  • Be a Masterclass Member (click here for more info & to join for free)

The nature of this opportunity, and the funding to support it, means that we have a strong preference for candidates under the age of 25, and who are resident in the London boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, City of London, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. We will, however, consider all candidates. To check your borough, click here.

Candidates who have completed a degree or higher education qualification are still eligible to apply. Candidates who are currently studying at a UK educational institution are eligible to apply, provided that they can commit to the full contract and days and hours of work, and are aged over 18.

Sonia Friedman Productions and Masterclass are committed to building a theatre workforce that embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. As such, our recruitment focuses on providing opportunities to those currently underrepresented in our workforce, and across the entertainment industry. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from candidates from the global majority, who come from a working class background, who have access requirements, or who have faced specific obstacles to progression. (Some activities required for this role are in venues without step-free access, but reasonable adjustments will be made to ensure that the successful candidate can operate effectively.).

How to Apply

To apply, please complete this Application Form.

You can download the questions to prepare in advance here.

OR, if not accessible to you, please send a video or audio file explaining your directing experience to date, and how you would benefit from the placement to with the subject heading: SOUND - HPCC INTERNSHIP

Key Information

Period of Engagement: 26 August – 6 December 2024 Please Note: All applicants must be able to commit to the full contract. Any accrued holiday will be paid at the end of the contract.

Job Location: West End, London

Contract Type: Part-time, fixed term

Salary: London Living Wage

Working Hours: Three days a week, across rehearsals, maintenance days and performances

  • Closing date for applications: 9am, Wednesday 26 June 2024
  • Interviews: late July

This is a paid placement, paid at London Living Wage. The position advertised is in addition to any professional roles on the production.

With grateful thanks to Sonia Friedman Productions for making this opportunity possible. This internship has been set up in memory of Laura Head, a much loved member of the Sound Team on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

All candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

If you have any questions, please contact the Masterclass office by email:

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