Engage with a local arts organisation. Gain experience and boost your CV. See a fantastic programme of plays for free and (for every four week production run) get a free ticket for a friend. There are many benefits to volunteering as part of our Front of House team. Team members generally work a minimum of two shows per month over a four month period, but it’s entirely up to you how often and for how long you volunteer. After completing three FoH shifts, we offer training on our Box Office system (Spektrix).

Shifts normally start at 2.15pm for matinees or 6.45pm for evening performances. Duties include: welcoming patrons to the theatre; opening up the house and managing the seating of audience; sitting in on the show in case of any disturbances; some light cleaning duties and glass collection after the performance. All volunteers need to be aged 18 years and over, and you’ll be asked to shadow one of our current team members on your first shift.

Time-for-Time: For regular volunteers who are themselves theatre practitioners, we also offer daytime use of our theatre space (subject to its availability) for closed readings, R’n’D, and rehearsal of their own work.

To get involved, please send details of your general availability (e.g. every Wednesday, some weekends) to


Theatre503 stages the work of over 130 writers every year. Our Technical Manager (part-time), supported by 503’s General Manager (full-time), oversees the safe get in and get out of these productions; most of which are produced by external, “visiting” companies. From time to time, we require additional technical support and maintain a contact list of experienced theatre technicians for that purpose. These technicians will assist on the day of get in when the Technical Manager is not able to be on site.

Duties include: giving access to the building (weekend get ins only); providing a H&S / Tool Box talk prior to the start of works; assisting with rigging, gelling and focusing of lights; assisting with sound set up; assisting with programming and plotting; operation during the run (where required). Where time permits, the Technical Manager may also have some general maintenance tasks that require your attention.

Person Specification:
– A proven background in technical aspects of theatre, with (ideally) a working knowledge of ETCNomad, Qlab 3/4, Scarlett 18i20 Focusrite, and Projection.
– A working knowledge of Health & Safety legislation within a theatre.
– Up to date First Aid training.
– The ability to read and understand Risk Assessments, and Lighting and Sound plans.
– Excellent people management and communication skills, as well as an ability to work collaboratively with a range of creative teams of varying experience.

Shifts are paid at £10.55 per hour, for a minimum call out of 4 hours. Your first shift will be a shadow shift with an existing member of the technical team.

To join our casual Technician Team, please email your CV with a brief statement on your existing experience and what you hope to gain from working with Theatre503 to


An exciting opportunity has arisen at Theatre503 for a skillful, conscientious and experienced all-round technician looking to take the next step in their career. If you have a strong technical background, a deep understanding of theatre maintenance; Health & Safety, and proven success in people management, we want to hear from you.

The successful candidate will be responsible for taking the lead and maintaining a high technical standard/ level of care in managing our 64 seat theatre, backstage areas and in house equipment. You will manage incoming companies and in-house technicians to uphold Theatre503’s policies, safe working practice, health and safety legislation, and our ethos of delivering a production to the highest professional standard.

It is expected that the Technical Manager will take ownership of the theatre space, protecting the integrity of its standard set up as numerous companies pass through it. This requires taking responsibility for ongoing maintenance of the theatre space.  sourcing, scheduling, managing and training in-house freelance technicians

Duties include: Managing the technical operation of the theatre in line with legislation and industry standards; providing a high standard of technical support to visiting companies; troubleshooting technical issues; undertaking regular maintenance of the theatre; scheduling, training and managing technical team; reviewing and editing production documents and assess Health & Safety.

Person Specification:

  • Proven background in lighting, sound and AV, with up to date knowledge of technical procedures, stagecraft and the use of technology, in particular ETC (Ion with touchscreen) and QLab
    • An understanding of electrics including the rigging of stage lighting and sound systems
    • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of technical health and safety legislation.
    • Fault finding experience, with the ability to troubleshoot safely and to a high standard
    • A sound understanding of planning/scheduling relating to technical and production activities
    • Ability to prioritise workloads with excellent organisational skills
    • Excellent people management, communication skills, as well as an ability to work collaboratively with a range of creative teams of varying experience
    • Up to date First Aid training

DAYS/HOURS: Up to 1.5 – 2 days per week / 52 hours per month minimum.

PAY RATE:          £548 per month for 52 hours (£10.55 per hour for additional working hours)

TERMS:                Fixed term freelance contract for 1 year (to be reviewed at 11 months)


To apply for this role, please send an outline of your suitability for the role, your CV and our Equality Monitoring Form to The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Monday 10th February. Interviews will take place the week of 17th February, with the role starting as soon as possible.

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