There are many ways to get involved at the theatre – a few of the more popular activities are listed below. If you are interested, please do get in touch with us via the Contact Us form or look out for one of our Saturday open mornings at What’s On and pop in.
Our auditions are preceded by a presentation and often a reading to learn about the show and the director’s vision. We have an open casting policy: anyone can audition for our productions and, if cast, will then be required to join as a full member.
The approach to each show is different – but expect to rehearse 2 – 3 times a week in the evenings and weekends closer to the performance date. Our cast and crew work as a family and everyone is involved in the get-in and get-out of each show – along with suitable after show celebrations!
Notices of play readings and audition dates are published on our website in the News.
Front-of-house (FOH) team
Responsible for ensuring our audiences are welcomed to the theatre and have an enjoyable and safe evening. This team are the first people who greet our audience and are vital to set the tone and success of the theatre.
Serve drinks on demand and take orders for interval refreshments. The bar is open for all performances in the theatre before the show and during the interval – sometimes even afterwards. Staffed by a large team of volunteers – no experience is necessary - it is a great way to meet people and get involved without a large commitment of time.
Answer enquires, check tickets and help the audience to find their seats. They remain in the auditorium during the show and report to the front-of-house manager who is responsible for overall health and safety. It is great way to meet people and see some of our many shows.
Lighting and sound teams
In both design and operation they work alongside the director and other crew members to bring the right feel and mood to the performance. The designer agrees and set budgets, designs the overall look and feel and executes plans with the team. You can be involved in the full process from attending rehearsals, design, rigging, operation and derigging. Or you might just be able to offer us some time to help with rigging or operation only. Experience is not necessary; we offer training, but commitment to the run of the show is important.
Set, props and costume teams
Working alongside the director and other crew members, these teams bring the show to life. The designer agrees and set budgets, designs the overall look and feel and executes plans with the teams. This role is carried out before the show opens and depending upon the size of the production it can span weeks of preparation or a few days. ‘All hands on deck ’are usually needed for the technical and dress rehearsals and then at the ‘get-out’ to return the sets and costumes to stock. Some productions require support during the show. The theatre has a comprehensive wardrobe and props and scenery workshop facilities. We welcome people with abilities from construction/painting of sets, sourcing and making props to making/repairing costumes.
Coordinates the production from initial planning to the final ‘get-out’. This role makes or breaks the smooth running of the production process and supports the director. The job will depend on the needs of the director and the demands of the production - but may include arranging the running of the audition; preparation of a rehearsal schedule; liaison between members of the crew and cast, artistic and technical links, publicity, box office and other departments including wardrobe and props; attending production meetings as required; keeping a note of decisions made at rehearsals or production meetings; ensuring that all connected with the production know what is going on. It’s an ideal post for someone who is super organised and also as an introduction to the directing process.
Vital during the rehearsals to help the actors and director, particularly from the ‘book down’ rehearsals. Supporting rehearsals and some shows, you are the safety net for the actors. It is a great role for someone who enjoys reading plays and willing to keep a close eye on the script and a close ear on the cast!
Stage managers are in charge of the show once we enter the theatre space. Working alongside the production assistant they will have an overview of the requirements of all the production team and how to coordinate all their needs in the lead-up and during the show. They are responsible for the smooth running of the show at technical, dress and all performances – literally giving the signal for curtains up to the rest of the theatre. They are often accompanied by an assistant and back stage crew if required.