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 is 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.