Job Description

As part of our fiftieth anniversary celebrations, we are producing two large scale community theatre productions this summer, bringing together professionals and members of our community in a unique collaboration. The rehearsals and performances will take place in May and June 2024.

Would you like to work alongside your friends, neighbours and professional performers and team members to put together an exciting piece of theatre that reflects the place that we live? We are looking to find a small group of capable folk musicians and instrumentalists who might enjoy working alongside our professional Musical Director Sophie Crawford to help deliver a live soundtrack of traditional English folk. Many of the tunes are traditional, with some unusual arrangements and original music mixed in. We are open to lots of suggestions – from fiddles to guitars, flutes to tabors, accordions to banjos.

Volunteers should be aged 16 or over.

If you would be interested in joining the project, please see the dates for rehearsals and performances below and complete the form here.

Applications close April 12th 2024

Play 1 - Lark Rise

By Keith Dewhurst, from the book by Flora Thompson

Directed by John Terry. Set and Costume Design by Liz Cooke. Musical Director Sophie Crawford.

A summer’s morning at the close of the 19th century. 14 year old Laura, half playful, half astute, journeys through the first day of harvest to meet an extraordinary, eccentric and loveable cast of characters.

From field-workers’ chants in golden cornfields to long-lost songs in smoky taverns , the songs, laughter and everyday tragedies of the villagers of Lark Rise will immerse you in a forgotten, rural England.

Costumes will be provided though help may be asked on some basics.

Lark Rise Music Rehearsals

  • Weds 29th May
  • Fri 31st May

Lark Rise Full Company Rehearsals

  • Sun 2nd June Afternoon
  • Tues 4th June Evening
  • Weds 5th June Evening

Lark Rise Performances

  • Thurs 6th June Evening
  • Fri 7th June Evening
  • Sat 8th June Evening
  • Sun 9th June Evening

Play 2 – Barn Dance

By Mike Bartlett

Directed by John Terry. Set and Costume Design by Liz Cooke. Musical Director Sophie Crawford.

A sparkling, touching new play from the multi-Olivier Award winning and BAFTA nominated writer of King Charles III, Press and Doctor Foster.

Echoing the themes of Lark Rise, Barn Dance traces the imagined history of an Oxfordshire barn and those that work and live there. Across a century of history that begins with the conscription of farmhands to fight in World War II, and ends with installation of a kitchen with underfloor heating, Barn Dance is a celebration of Oxfordshire – all that it is, and all that has changed along the way.

Costumes will be provided though help may be asked on some basics.

Barn Dance Music Rehearsals

  • Weds 12th June
  • Thurs 13th June

Barn Dance Full Company Rehearsals (timings tbc)

  • Sat 15th June Day/Evening
  • Sun 16th June Day/Evening

Barn Dance Performances

  • Mon 17th June Evening
  • Tues 18th June Evening
  • Weds 19th June Evening
  • Thurs 20th June Evening

If you would be interested in joining the project, please complete the form here.

Other voluntary roles are available - please see our Jobs page.

If you have specific questions or queries, please contact us via our Contact Form.