We have a reputation for presenting a diverse range of high
quality plays. We are proud of that reputation.However, to kep our
productions alive, we welcome new actors. Whether you have
years of experience or new to acting, we will be pleased to see
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, lighting and sound engineers turn this vision into
reality. We rehearsals three nights a week for 6-7 weeks.
With 6 plays a year, we are always on the lookout for new
directors with fresh ideas.
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
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 our theatre.
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 & 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!
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 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
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