23rd Oct, 2016

Backstage hands needed at centre

Evesham Editorial 30th Oct, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

BOSSES of a thriving Vale arts centre are on the lookout for more enthusiastic volunteers to help backstage at its upcoming shows.

Evesham Arts Centre, which has seen top comedy stars including Lee Evans, Alan Carr, Jim Davidson, Phill Jupitus and Jon Richardson grace its stage in recent times, is holding a special open day next week for people wanting to help run its shows.

Since 1977 the centre has delivered a variety of entertainment to the town.

Run as a charity, one of the centre’s best assets is its volunteer base as people aged between 16 and 80 give their time freely in return for a great deal of enjoyment.

The centre’s programme manager Keith Norledge told the Observer earlier this year its enthusiastic volunteers were one of the main reasons behind its recent success as its status reaches new heights.

And the open day, taking place on Saturday (November 8), gives those interested the chance to look behind the scenes at the Victoria Avenue building and meet the backstage team.

On the day the team will be preparing for its next big show with comedian Marcus Brigstocke the next big name to perform at the centre on Friday, November 14 so visitors will be able to find out how it will be put together.

An Evesham Arts Centre spokesman said: “Our shows all need lighting and sound technicians, while some also need stage crews.

“No prior experience is needed although we would love to hear from anyone who’s worked in theatre before.

“All that’s needed is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn new skills, we’ll provide the rest.”

Anyone interested can call in anytime between 2pm and 5pm on the day.

Those interested but who cannot attend the event can leave a message on 01386 48883 or e-mail tech@eveshamartscentre.co.uk for more information.