Volunteer this summer with Iris

Are you interested in gaining valuable work experience in the theatrical industry, or looking to find out more about how a producing theatre company operates? Iris Theatre are looking for fun, enthusiastic volunteers to join our team!

Every year our company, situated in the vibrant St. Paul’s, Covent Garden, put on two extravagant shows over the course of the summer. Performed promenade in the beautiful church grounds and inside the historic building itself, there’s a lot of opportunity to get creative and get involved.

We are currently looking for Front of House volunteers, set and costume volunteers and Production Assistants. We are committed to providing mentoring and placements that are both practical and professionally useful. Our set and costume placements are particularly valuable to art and theatre students or graduates looking to experience the process of design, construction and finishing to gain the practical skills necessary for realising a theatrical set.

Production assistants support the backstage team in running our shows. From cueing sound or setting the stage for each show to dressing actors during quick scene changes, production assistants get a real feel of the excitement of a live performance whilst honing stage management skills.

Here’s what Natalie Harcourt, who volunteered as a set design assistant, had to say about her experience last summer…

Volunteering at Iris theatre is one of the best things I’ve ever done.

I got to meet loads of like minded and passionate people whilst working on the two summer shows. One of the most enjoyable things about volunteering with Iris are the people. You can see that everyone is excited and interested about what they do. Everyone gets along, and it really just feels like a big family. Even on the nights where there are hiccups it always works out and we all laugh about it after it has been resolved.

Right from the beginning the team was approachable and friendly. We were all briefed properly, which made the whole experience easy and simple, and the people at Iris were always happy to explain things again and listen to my ideas too.

Not only was I helping them, but they have helped me as well. They took the time to see what I was hoping to gain from the experience – such as skills I was particularly looking to develop – and so the volunteering was particularly worthwhile.

Alongside the group dynamic, I got to see how a show is put together: from helping with painting the set to its development over the whole run. I wanted to return to Iris this year as of since last summer, my interests in theatre have grown. I want to continue gaining valuable experience and volunteering with Iris is the best way to do this.

Itching to get involved or want to find out more? Visit the volunteering section on our website for how to apply.