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The Volunteers

The Headgate Theatre is a volunteer-built community who all share a passion for developing exciting theatre. We are always looking for more people to join The Headgate family, getting a taste of what we are all about. We have a range of opportunities - whether that be engaging more with the public or gaining worthwhile experience in backstage assistance and technical support to our in house productions. Front of house volunteers do need to have a reasonable degree of mobility to manage stairs.

We also welcome volunteers who want to get involved with the management and admin aspect (front of house/front desk support), which are incredibly important when it comes to keeping the theatre going.

We run training sessions, working groups, and are busy setting up a social committee to ensure that your volunteering role is fun! We normally only accept volunteers over 18 years of age. Any exceptions to this are subject to the area of interest the volunteer wants to pursue, and full assessment through our safeguarding arrangements.

If you are interested in helping keep live theatre really alive, or giving back to your local community or if you simply want to try something new then have a look through our roles below and download an expression of interest form below.

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For any enquiries regarding volunteer roles and activity please email

volunteers@headgatetheatre.co.uk

or ring 01206 530257

Box Office and Reception duties

Our theatre is managed by Katie Wright, the Headgate Manager. One of the things she is responsible for is the efficient operation of the box office. Additional volunteer support on the Box Office to provide holiday relief, hospitality support to daytime hirers holding events, or to provide a reception function out of daytime opening hours is key to ensuring that our patrons and hirers get the best possible service.

Front of House Ushers

Front of House ushers should usually be able to work with minimal supervision, and be reasonably mobile as the duties within the theatre environment require the use of stairs.

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.

Members of the front of house team are usually in attendance throughout the performance. Front of House ushers should usually be able to give a minimum of one session per month.

We also ask our ushers to assist in supporting our bar activity. This involves serving drinks from the licensed bar before the performance, during the interval, and, on occasion, for a limited period after the performance. Separate training will be provided.

On occasion we may also ask if any Front of House volunteers are able to support our youth workshop activity during school holidays.

Technical (backstage) Assistants

Headgate Theatre Productions plan a number of plays per year, in addition to the annual pantomime. Our volunteers may also assist other regular hiring groups.

Where possible the allocation of crew to a production is agreed several months in advance and adjusted if needed. Backstage work involves technicians in lighting, sound, props, costume, set design and building, scenic painting and stage management.

The technical crew allocated to a production and will get involved in a limited way during the rehearsal process (although this does vary from role to role) but will usually be expected to be involved for the whole of the production week. Set builders may be required the week before the production but are always needed on the Sunday prior to the production opening, and Monday if available. 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.

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 for these roles will need to be over 16, physically fit, and prepared to work with specialist theatre lighting and sound equipment. No previous knowledge is necessarily required. 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.

Licensed Bar 

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 at volunteers@headgatetheatre.co.uk

Work Experience

Regrettably, we are not usually able to offer work experience to anyone under the age of 18. Any work experience enquiries should be sent to info@headgatetheatre.co.uk