The Headgate Theatre could not operate without a dedicated and committed team of volunteers. Indeed, the only paid employees are the two box office assistants.
Headgate Theatre Productions plan to put on at least four plays per year, in addition to the annual pantomime, and we also provide front of house support for other hiring groups. We would therefore welcome contact from people over 18 who are interested in theatre, and would like to be involved in ensuring that The Headgate is able to continue to offer a wide range of drama and performance. If you are keen to pursue any of the areas below please contact:
or ring 01206 530257
Front of House Ushers
The front of house team are the welcoming face of The Headgate, and are there to ensure that our patrons have a positive experience of the theatre. The role involves meeting and greeting patrons, collecting tickets and selling programmes, helping people to their seats, contributing to the safe evacuation of premises if required and making sure that the auditorium is tidy and ready for the next performance. They may also be asked to sell a limited range of refreshments during the interval. The front of house team are usually in attendance throughout the performance. Front of House ushers should usually be able to give one evening per month. On occasion we may also ask if any Front of House volunteers are able to support lunch time cover for youth workshop activity during school holidays.
Technical (backstage) Assistants
Backstage work involves technicians in lighting, sound, props, costume, set design and building, and stage management. The Headgate has a team of experienced volunteers in this area, but we are keen to expand the opportunities for others to bring in their skills or to learn. For those applying for technical courses at drama college, evidence of involvement in productions outside of the college or school environment is a useful addition to the CV.
Technical assistants working with lighting need to be aware that this may include working at height and working with electricity in order to prepare the theatre for a performance. Volunteers will need to be physically fit, and prepared to work with specialist theatre lighting and sound equipment. No previous knowledge is necessarily required, but volunteers in lighting and sound may wish to discuss the time commitments involved.
This involves serving drinks from the licensed bar before the performance, during the interval, and, on occasion, for a limited period after the performance.
Publicity and Marketing
The Headgate is always interested to hear from those who have a background in publicity and marketing. If you are able to assist by displaying a poster, or distributing leaflets and brochures, then again please contact us.
Regrettably, we are not able to offer work experience to anyone under the age of 18.