Volunteer and Non-performing Members
If you’re not one for the limelight but are interested in helping out off-stage, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. There’s just as much as a buzz and we’re always looking for new people to learn the ropes! You can offer as much or as little of your time.
Planning for a show starts many months before we arrive at the theatre. The list below summarises some of the key activities that contribute towards staging our productions. If you have previously worked on other productions, have a particular area of expertise or specialist skill – or just want to try your hand at something new – we’d love to hear from you.
Non-performing members - pay the annual membership fee. They are entitled to the privileges of membership but shall not be eligible to audition for the cast of any Production.
Volunteers - if you are volunteering on one of our productions, you don’t need to become a member or pay the annual membership fee. For the period that you are helping out, you become a temporary member, but do not receive the full privileges as performing or non-performing members.
Props – Making or sourcing props
Costumes – Measuring cast members for hired costumes. Altering or making costumes and sourcing costumes from our own wardrobe
Sales and marketing – Completing activities in the marketing plan to promote our productions and generate ticket sales
Get-in – Helping to assemble/build the set, hang backcloths, organise the props backstage and fix unexpected problems!
Programmes – Sell show programmes before the start of each performance and during the interval
Dressers – Help cast members with their costume changes during performances
Backstage crew – Work as part of team of crew to move scenery and props on and off-stage during performances
Deputy stage manager – Runs the ‘book’ for the show to ensure each performance runs smoothly from start to finish, including coordinating scene changes, lighting and sound cues, special effects and calling cast members to stage in good time
Assistant stage managers – Coordinate the duties of the backstage crew on each side of the stage to ensure that each performance runs smoothly
Continuity – Be ready to prompt a cast member should they forget a line during the show
Lighting – Running the lighting desk
Sound – Running the sound desk