We have a reputation for presenting a diverse range of high
quality plays. We are proud of that reputation, but not
complacent. We always welcome new actors to keep our
productions alive. If you have years of experience, we can
throw you straight in at the deep end. If you have never
trodden the boards before, we will train you. Interested in
joining us on stage? It's easy!
Our directors know their plays inside out. They guide
actors, help with interpretation, characterisation, movement and
projection. They have a vision of how their play will look.
The set designers, lighting and sound engineers turn this vision
into reality. We have 3 rehearsals a week for 6-7 weeks, plus
planning. With 6 plays a year, we are always on the lookout
for new directors with fresh ideas.
This is the Director's right-hand, providing the vital link
between all areas of a production. Good man-management and
organisational skills are called for here, from making sure the
cast turn up for rehearsals on the right night to co-ordinating
production meetings to dealing with any other snags which might
occur along the route to Opening Night.
The stage management team are the people who ensure a production
runs smoothly. A good stage manager must be calm in a crisis,
patient with frayed tempers and understand everyone's problems. A
stage manager needs to be flexible and have a working knowledge of
all departments including technical, directing and
The set designer designs an acting space which:
- Supports the action of the play (entrances, windows, stairs,
- Maintains the safety of the cast and crew
- Creates the right mood and feel for the play as the
Director sees it
- Allows the audience to see all the action, but nothing
- Can be built by the Set Builders
The results can range from:
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Defining a space:
The set builders turn the Designer's concept into reality. To lead
the set building you need to be highly skilled but to assist you
need only the willingness to have a go. You know a good set
when it is completed by the presence of the Actors.
Lighting and Sound
We need people with technical knowledge and ability to design
and operate lighting and sound equipment. We also welcome new
people who are interested in learning these areas.
As part of the backstage team, you will help with scene changes,
and costume changes. It's a good way to learn about Stage
The props person finds the correct props either from the
company's prop store or elswehere. Ebay has become a popular
source! We also value people who are good with their hands and can
actually make props as well!
Costumes can add a sense of reality to a show. Done well, people
do not really notice them, but an audience will sense if they're
out of time or place. It helps if you can sew, but it's not
Marketing & publicity
Members of the team run the Box Office, create the posters and
programmes, put adverts in the press, administer the website, take
the photos, manage membership and produce the newsletter. We
welcomes people with design flair, writing skills, IT & media
skills as well as a willingness to help promote our productions and
We need two bar staff for every public performance. We need a bar
manager to stock the bar for the bar staff to sell. If you enjoy
talking to people and are willing to help maintain stock levels
and, especially if you have retail experience, please get in touch.
We also require the two bar staff for our evacuation
Front of House
Our evacuation procedures are a condition of the Swan's public
performance licence and have been agreed with SSDC and the Fire
& Rescue Service. They require the Swan to provide three Front
Of House staff plus two bar staff each night of every public
performance as well as two coffee helpers.
For a six night run that's 42 people, all volunteers!
St John's Ambulancealso provide two volunteers per show.
The FOH team are the first people you meet, and they are the
ones who will deal with your tickets, sell you a programme, answer
your questions about the theatre and its facilities, serve you tea
and coffee or drinks from the bar, and generally try to make sure
your visit is as enjoyable as possible.
FOH staff are volunteers and for every public
performance, we have on duty:
1 Theatre Manager, who is responsible for the
entire building while it is open to the public.
Four people in the foyer:
1 selling programmes
1 taking your ticket as you enter the auditorium
2 providing teas and coffees
Two people in the bar
We also have a Box Office Manager who is responsible for
ticketing arrangements, and who will be at the theatre before the
start of every show.
We will train you to be a theatre manager or teach you how
to operate the coffee machine, and it's a good way to meet other