5 Reasons to Volunteer at The Warren 2019

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We are always looking for new volunteers to get involved, so we’ve put together 5 reasons to volunteer at the Warren this year - and to be honest it has been hard to keep this list to just 5 …

1. Gain experience working in the arts

We know that it can be tough to start a career working in the arts, especially when you have no experience. Fortunately, we can offer Volunteer spaces at The Warren that will give a real boost to your confidence, CV, and skill set. You’ll receive full training and a reference from the company after the Festival. The types of skills you will be able to gain/build on are people management within a live venue environment, time management, awareness of Health & Safety and fire procedures and assisting the Box Office with ticket validation and information.

“I loved helping at The Warren - it was a brilliant opportunity to get an insight into the Brighton Fringe and what it takes to put on a festival of this size. As well as being part of a great team of people and contributing to the running of the Fringe, I was able to sit in on multiple plays and productions which I found more enjoyable through being aware of and being a part of the work that goes on behind the scenes. Interacting with both the audience members and the performers provided me with a well rounded experience of the festival as a whole.”

- Emma

2. Have some fun in the sun

If you find yourself with some free time, volunteering with us will be a fun activity to fill your days and evenings with quality entertainment. You’ll get lots of fresh air and sunshine (fingers crossed!). The Front of House Manager and the Front of House Supervisors are always on hand to provide support during your shift. Often described as a ‘festival-within-a-festival’, The Warren is a bustling multi-venue site that pops up every year for the duration of Brighton Fringe, England’s largest arts festival. This year we are very excited to present our brand-new site at Victoria Gardens. The site features six theatre spaces, three bars, and a family area. In 2019, we will have a programme of 250 events taking place over the month-long festival period between 2 May and 2 June – so there is not only plenty to see, and also plenty to get stuck in with!

“I worked at the Brighton Fringe for the first time this year and loved it! The team are professional, friendly and everyone is incredibly supportive. I loved the whole vibe of a mini festival and got to meet a whole variety of people with the added benefit of being able to see a whole range of productions. A great way to spend May in Brighton!”

- Maria

3. Meet some fantastic people

There will be tonnes of opportunities to make new friends and connections at this bustling festival site. The Warren attracts a whopping 170,000 visitors over the festival period – not to mention all the performers, production crew, festival staff, volunteers, journalists and box office staff – to name but a few! You’ll be right at the heart of things, acting as the public face of The Warren!

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4. Be part of the Festival

The Warren welcomes a whopping 170,000 visitors over the festival period, and our Front of House team plays a key role in making their experience enjoyable and memorable. As a member of the Front of House team, you are essentially the public face of the Warren, so this role is ideally suited if you enjoy working with the general public and are enthusiastic about what The Warren has to offer. In order to make our festival schedule work, we will need you to be able to commit to at least 3 x 5-hour shifts per week throughout the festival.

“I found my experience at The Warren very entertaining! The staff were so friendly and I really felt part of a team. From my experience, I felt like the team were very close, which helped me fit in. Apart from the work, one of my favourite parts was seeing the amazing shows that The Warren had on offer. I definitely enjoyed my month with The Warren, and would do it again any time! “

- Dylan

5. Amazing Perks

In return for all your hard work, you will be given your own personal Staff Pass, which will allow you to attend performances at The Warren for FREE (whenever you are not on shift, and provided they are not sold-out!) . You’ll also get discounts on tasty Festival food & drinks stalls.

“My time spent working with the Otherplace team was highly enjoyable. Not only did I learn various skills from others I was working with, I also saw some absolutely fantastic theatre.”

- Jack

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Any questions, give us a shout and email volunteer@otherplacebrighton.co.uk .

The application deadline is Wednesday 10/4. On Saturday 13/4, we will hold a Recruitment Day in Central Brighton (location TBC), where we will conduct short interviews with everyone and give you detailed information about the role.