The Seagull Theatre is a not for profit community project which relies on volunteers to do the vast majority of the work involved in running a fully operational arts venue. We employ a Manager and a Technical Co-ordinator , but all other roles are performed by volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering here are just some of the roles you could support us with :
We need staff to serve the public on our bar which is open whenever there is an event in the main auditorium. This role also includes maintaining the bar area, filling the selves and keeping it clean. This is excellent for anyone hoping to get paid bar work but who lacks the previous experience.
Box Office Staff
Our box office opens every weekday from 11am – 3pm and we need volunteers to make this happen. The role involves serving the public both face to face and over the telephone or email. Volunteers in this role are taught to use our computerised box office system and have responsibility for handling money.
We also need Box Office staff in the evenings when we have performances. This is a similar role which includes handling money and operating the box office, but tends to involve dealing with large numbers of enquiries over a short period immediately prior to the show, as people arrive and buy their tickets.
This is one of our most responsible volunteer roles and involves being the person in charge during a performance. The House Manager typically arrives 1.5hours before the performance begins and is responsible for ensuring the theatre and foyer are ready for the production. They liaise with the performing company about start times and intervals and are also responsible for checking tickets on the door and dealing with customer queries. At the end of the night the House Manager is also responsible for ensuring the building is locked up. We provide full training for volunteers who undertake this role.
We rely heavily on volunteer marketing assistants to get the word out about our shows. We do not have a large budget for advertising so we need volunteers to post information on social media, deliver posters and brochures and find new ways to promote us. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who has experience of running social media campaigns.
All of our administrative work is undertaken by volunteers, therefore we always need volunteers who can use a computer for typing or completing spreadsheets. If you have office experience in any sort of admin role then we would love to hear from you. Equally though, if you are looking to improve your experience in this area and have some time to give, we would be happy to find some work for you.
Our Technical Assistants operate the lighting and sound for almost all of our productions. Working closely with our Technical Co-ordinator, our assistants will learn how to use our theatrical lighting equipment and our sound system. This is a superb opportunity to gain experience in an area where there are often opportunities to move into paid work with other theatres or touring groups. Many of our Tech volunteers have gone on into paid roles.
The Seagull is a large and ageing building and we have a constant requirement for people with practical skills to help with the maintenance of the building. Anyone with any experience of building, carpentry, plastering, plumbing etc would be very welcome.
Costume and Props Assistants
We have a large costume and props department who always need new volunteers to help keep our collections of useful items in good shape. We are always particularly pleased to welcome anyone with dressmaking or tailoring skills.
Be On Stage
While the Seagull only puts on its own shows once or twice a year, we can always put you in touch with the many local groups who operate out of our Theatre. In addition we have a large number of acting lessons and performance classes which operate from our studio’s.
If you are interested in getting involved with any of these roles, please get in touch. You can contact us in the following ways :
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone : 01502 589 726
Use our Contact Form