Thriving theatre company seeks new volunteers

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 November 2018

Backwell Playhouse. Dress rehearsal for The Biograph Girl.

Backwell Playhouse. Dress rehearsal for The Biograph Girl.


A successful theatre company in Backwell is looking for more volunteers.

Backwell Playhouse is a thriving hub of drama and literature and members work closely with other theatre companies and schools to celebrate the arts.

The management committee is at the heart of all the events it puts on, but it is desperately in need of more members.

Committee member Susie Pain said: “Our aim is to advance the education of the public in the arts, in particular the arts of drama and literature.

“We achieve this with our hugely successful theatre company and thriving film club.

“We welcome external companies to our theatre, such as the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, as well as delighting in seeing future generations of performers by hosting a children’s theatre school, AliCaTs.

“The success of the playhouse is entirely driven by the commitment of our hard-working volunteers including those who run the bar at our events, the backstage crew at performances or films, and anyone who helps maintain the buildings and grounds.

“Ultimately, all activities at the playhouse happen because of the work of the management committee, who are also all volunteers.

“We remain hugely indebted to everyone who joins the committee and gives their time and expertise to the playhouse.

“However, there are now opportunities for new members to join our team, get involved in running the playhouse and to bring in new ideas to take the theatre forward.”

The theatre company is looking for a chairman, treasurer and premises manager, but it is also keen to hear from anyone with skills which could help the committee.

Susie added: “The commitment to the playhouse would be a minimum of one committee meeting every two months, as well as 
the annual general meeting.

“Our main criteria is that you are passionate about helping the playhouse stay an important part of life in Backwell.”

The playhouse is also keen to hear from people interested in performing, helping backstage or with maintenance.

To find out more about the roles, contact Jon Coupe on 07974 223081, or email

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