Voluntary opportunities, & work experience
The South Devon Players Supporters Trust frequently looking for volunteers to help with all manner of things that help the team running.
An important part of what we do in the South Devon Players Supporters Trust, is supporting Theatre and film can provide a wealth of opportunities to learn valuable skills that are transferable to may other walk of life, including, but not limited to technical skills, communication, self-presentation, personal confidence, arts & crafts, and much more.
In turn helping in a voluntary role also assists a large number of other local people in creating projects, as well as contributing critically to the promotion of history, culture and heritage in our local area. In return we provide experience, references, training, and a strong friendship group.
Our volunteer information pack has all our latest volunteer opportunities and information on the team you are supporting.
We are happy, wherever possible, to arrange this as work experience for the unemployed, or for sixth-form, college or University students as well. We are also looking to link to larger organisations in order to help provide this.
All helpers are eligible to receive full written references, from the South Devon Players,, on successful completion of the first "show run" or timespan agreed with the committee, which can be used for seeking further study, training or employment. This is therefore intended to be a useful opportunity for skills development and references for everyone involved.
We do not exist to make unfair profit from anyone.
You will also have full free access to any and all creative training workshops in all manner of performance, theatre and film skills when we run them, access to networking events to meet other creatives for finding work, you will also have access to videos and photos of your work for portfolios. (and at our rehearsals, refreshments are always on hand!)
We do require that everyone involved with us, is fully reliable with regard to carrying out agreed tasks & timekeeping, and able to work in an atmosphere of calm mutual respect with other people, in a positive, team environment, with full regard to the conventions of acceptable social behaviour, with a desire to make projects to a very high standard.
Current roles available
Equipment and basic training provided. This role involves helping construct set/ props, and to help with set/ stage changes during performances. Attendance commitment is at rehearsals (Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons weekly) at Chestnut Community Centre, Brixham for rehearsals, then regional tours for the shows.
This covers a wide range of activities, all of which can have varying time commitments.
What is very important is that everyone can do what they say they will, to deadline. We like people for this to be positive, smiley and outgoing, but also calm and down to earth, and unfailingly polite even if someone is a bit difficult, for when dealing with the public. Good impressions are important!
Leaflet drops door to door (always with more than one person)
afternoons to suit, close to our public events, in Torbay. Or simply an agreement to do leaflet drops covering own home street is fantastic as well.
Needs to be fairly active for walking up and down roads.
Pleasant enthusiastic interpersonal skills needed when you end up chatting to someone by their gate (as happens fairly regularly)
Costumed walkabouts and outdoor events (always with more than one person).
This is out and about in town centres, costumes provided in theme with relevant show. May be asked to assume a character for the duration. Must be able to stop and chat to members of the public and be comfortable with photo-opps etc because people often ask for pictures, especially in tourist season.
This is something that we are seeking outside Brixham (covering Paignton, Torquay, Totnes, Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol usually). This involves a time to suit about six weeks to four weeks before an event, visiting local businesses to ask them to display posters for a coming show or open casting. Covering one town centre usually takes one afternoon. Can be done on own or with someone else. Again this is flexible timing and the location to be discussed.
Photography and filming at rehearsals
This covers mainly our rehearsal venue at Chestnut Community Centre in Brixham. We find it critically important for our promotion to show good photos and video clips of rehearsals etc on social media. We also do a lot of cast interviews to share online as well. Camera equipment supplied if needed. Basic photo editing and video editing training can be given if plenty of notice before a production gets busy. Attention must be given especially if a show contains minors, and that images and videos are not "joking about", but are positive and showing good preproduction work. (so some vetting does happen). Dressing room photos are not permitted.
Again fundraising can cover many sub-tasks, and as you will understand, location and time commitments can be variable.
Assistance is needed with writing successful grant bids.
This is all about filling out applications, and finding relevant arts grants. This can be done from own home, or in daytime meetings in Brixham. Good spelling, and literacy is required.
Helping run a table at a table top sale in the area selling bric-a-brac, crafts, or plants to raise funds for the group. The locations and times vary.
Growing plants and making items for table top sales
Also for the sales we will be looking for someone who is willing to grow some plants (seeds/ pots/ compost supplied) or make craft items to sell. These items can be collected in Brixham or on 12 bus route.