The Playhouse Theatre, Preston

Great amateur theatre, right in the heart of Preston

Get involved at the Playhouse

With plays on every month and so many jobs to do, the Playhouse is always on the lookout for helping hands.


If you would like to get involved in any way at the Playhouse, then simply email


For a little more information about the opportunities available, then read on.

Front of house/Bar

The main quality required for front of house work is to be able to give a warm welcome. You will be greeting theatregoers and handing out programs, selling tickets and raffle tickets or, as House Manager, looking after the theatre and patrons for the evening.

Or help out serving behind the newly refurbished bar, handling the pre-show, interval and post show rushes, smiling all the while. Of course there is still opportunity to chat with theatregoers, and catch up with friends.

Set designer/builder

Set design requires a head for art and design, an appreciation of space and proportion and the imagination to turn the director’s ideas into a work of art. You will draw sketches to scale, and could even build a scaled down model. You will liaise with the set builders to help them turn your design into a fully sized working set.

Or work with the different set building teams and you can learn how to turn canvas and plywood into a complete set using a hammer, some nails and some string. You will enjoy working with your hands, and you should be able to use basic tools. You don’t need to be a professional carpenter.


As a props person you might be asked to find the strangest of things and your mission may take you to some weird and wonderful places. You never know what you might find but the experience will be fun.

Or, if you are the creative type, you may enjoy making your own props using your own imagination and resources.


If you enjoy shopping then this may be your ideal role. You may have to treasure hunt through charity shops or root through Granny’s wardrobe to find that special outfit for him or her. And it could be anything from the straight-laced to the bizarre so an eye for detail, imagination and persistence would be helpful.

Sound and lighting

Not for technophobes, as a sound and lighting technician you would join a team of pros and learn to fix lights, mix sounds and manage modern sound and lighting desks. Slow fades, gobos, gels are some of the new vocabulary you will acquire. Plus, you could get to work alongside our theatre technicians, who will show you the ropes and show you how to tie ropes too.

Stage manager

This person is the equivalent of the producer for everything that goes on backstage. You will oversee every aspect of the performance from beginning to end, including managing the backstage team and the actors, and cueing the lighting and sound technicians. You’ll be a natural organizer with a keen sense of timing and an eye for detail.

Stage hand

As a stage hand you’ll be, literally, handy at everything. That means you need to be all things to all people back stage: assistant set builder, props caretaker, actors’ aide and set changer.


As a director you will have a love of plays and the theatre and the ability to bring a script to life through your understanding of the play, the actors, the audience. If you have never directed before, you may like to come along and assist one of our directors and see what it’s all about.


You may have acted in school, or in other local drama groups. You may be a pro, or you may never have dared. But since you are reading this perhaps it is time you returned to the stage, or got on the stage for the first time.

For all future stars aged 6 - 16, we have our very own Players Drama School. Trained professionals teach workshops in singing, acting and dancing to small groups. As a student you will take part in the yearly school production on stage at the Playhouse, you will get a certificate on completing the course and you can take nationally recognized LAMDA drama exams. You can also audition for the Summer School, and get the chance to work with professional directors and perform at the Charter Theatre.

How your helping us can benefit you?

Decided to join in? What to do next

Please email

Or for more information, contact one of the drama societies on the Contact Us page.