We have a reputation for presenting a diverse range of high
quality plays. We are proud of that reputation.However, to keep our
productions alive, we welcome new actors. Whether you have
years of experience or are new to acting, we will be pleased to see
you. Our productions are usually 6 performance (Monday to Saturday
evenings). Occasionally we run 8 performances, the extra 2 taking
place on the Friday and Saturdya night preceding the main run. Cast
are expected to help strike the set and return the theatre to
normal on the Sunday morning after the final performance.
Our directors know their plays inside out. They guide actors, help
with interpretation, characterisation, movement and projection.
They have a vision of how the play will look. The set designers and
lighting and sound engineers turn this vision into reality.
We rehearse three nights a week for 6-7 weeks. With 6 plays a year,
we are always on the lookout for new directors with fresh
She/he provides the 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 responsible for making sure a
production runs smoothly. A stage manager needs to be flexible and
have a working knowledge of all departments including technical,
directing and acting.
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
Management too. If you volunteer to help backstage, you will be
contacted by a member of the production team to ask if you're
available for a particular show. Alternatively, you can attend the
play reading and indicate your availability. Space is limited
backstage and there is often only the need for a couple of 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, however 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 welcome people with design flair, writing
skills, IT & media skills as well as a willingness to help
promote our productions and our theatre.
FRONT OF HOUSE & BAR
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! To meet
this commitment, it is a condition of membership
that full members help with FOH and bar. Patrons are welcome and
encouraged to help if they can. Signing up is done via a Doodle
Poll, to which you will be sent a link by email. If insufficient
volunteers sign up, you may receive a telephone call asking you to
St John's Ambulancealso provide two volunteers per show.
The FOH team are the first people our audience meet. They deal
with tickets, sell programmes, answer questions about the
theatre and its facilities, serve tea and coffee or drinks from the
bar, and generally try to ensure that a visit to the Swan Theatre
is as enjoyable as possible.
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 tickets
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 need two bar staff for every public performance. These
people are also required for our evacuation procedures. We also
have a bar manager who ensures the bar is kept well stocked. If you
enjoy talking to people and are willing to help maintain stock
levels and, especially if you have retail experience, please get in
We will train you to be a theatre manager or work behind
the bar and teach you how to operate the coffee machine.
Volunteering is a good way to meet other members.