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Paid Internship - Sound, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (CLOSED)

May 24, 2023

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.

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 be involved with preparing, maintaining and operating the sound design, and will gain practical experience and knowledge in sound engineering for theatre. They 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 of Sound Designers at Future Professional level, starting in September 2023.

The internship will run from August to December 2023 across recast, rehearsal and performance.

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.

Criteria for Applying

Candidates should:

  • Be able to demonstrate interest and experience in theatre sound
  • Have some practical experience of supporting live events and productions, though professional sound experience is not required
  • Be eager to learn
  • 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)

Candidates who have completed a degree or higher education qualification you 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.

We particularly welcome and encourage candidates from backgrounds which are currently underrepresented in the offstage workforce, although we regret that due to the nature of the venue there is no step-free access.

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:

28 August – 1 December 2023  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.

  • Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 19 June
  • Interviews: w/c 3 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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