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Volunteer Stewarding

Our Front of House volunteers are at the very heart of Southwark Playhouse playing a crucial role in the smooth and successful running of the theatre.

We are always in need of volunteers to support us with managing the day to day front of house operation.

Our volunteers learn new skills, meet new friends and get to watch our shows for free (to name just a few benefits).

Young Company

A dynamic theatre company for 11 – 18 year olds from across South London.

Each term the Young Company develop performance skills through free weekly workshops, before putting them into practice in professionally supported performances at Southwark Playhouse.

“YoCo offers people of different ages and backgrounds more than just a safe haven. It provides them with an opportunity to develop character, belief, creativity and passion. All these are things that set one apart in life, and Southwark is blessed for it! I saw myself grow in confidence, ability and knowledge. Now I take the experience with me wherever I go and wear it proudly as a badge of achievement”.

the considerable energy and commitment of Southwark Playhouse’s fresh-faced Young Company…it’s hard not to be swept up with their lust for life.’ The Telegraph

Elders Company

Drama workshops and activities for anyone aged 65 and over.

Through free weekly workshops led by professional directors and facilitators, our two Elders Companies take part in workshop activities and devise and rehearse their own productions for performance on stage at Southwark Playhouse and in the community.

“I always found a welcome at the Elders Company and enjoyed the creative activity. I also found a sense of belonging & pride in what we have achieved together. Last but not least I have made some new friends!”

“I always found a welcome at the Elders Company and enjoyed the creative activity. I also found a sense of belonging & pride in what we have achieved together. Last but not least I have made some new friends!” Elders Company Member

People’s Company

Aged 25 and over and want to explore your creativity and interest in theatre?

The People’s Company aims to give local people a voice in the future of the community, empowering creativity and giving members a voice in Southwark’s creative scene.

People’s Company members have the opportunity to explore acting, directing, writing and the mechanics of theatre such as lighting and sound.

You don’t have to have studied theatre or had any experience, people with all abilities are welcome and the emphasis of the group is about having fun.

Black Writer’s Collective

A writing group for anyone aged 18+ who identifies as Black British, Black African or Caribbean.

Through monthly workshops the Black Writers Collective develop their own skills as writers through workshops, sharing of their own work with each other and public audiences, as well as hearing from invited industry guests. Previous guests have included Charlotte Bennett of Paines Plough, and writers and performers Nathan Bryon and Tyrell Williams.

“Thank you for giving us a space to explore, trust ourselves as writers and continued support!”

The collective meets on Mondays from 7.00 – 9.00pm, both in person at Southwark Playhouse and online.

Upcoming Dates: Monday 27th February, Monday 27th March, Monday 24th April, Monday 29th May, Monday 26th June.

Working with Schools, Colleges and Universities

Our relationship with schools, and other educational establishments, is at the core of all our education work at Southwark Playhouse. Through performances and projects we aim to:

  • Support teachers and course leaders with the integration of the arts into their curriculum.
  • Increase the participation of young people with cultural opportunities in their neighbourhood.
  • Support the development of students’ literacy and communication skills through theatre.

“…a really wonderful experience for our students, one that they will remember forever!”

“I learnt that when you perform, it doesn’t have to be on a grand stage, it could be small but good at the same time.”

We are always keen to develop new links, so if you are a teacher or course leader and would like more information on working with Southwark Playhouse, click on the link below to make an enquiry.

Work Experience

Unfortunately Southwark Playhouse isn’t able to offer work experience placements as we are a very small full-time team. However, we are always looking for volunteer ushers, and would encourage anyone looking to gain customer service experience to get in touch here: Volunteer Stewarding

Community Partnerships

We work with a whole host of community groups and organisations on one-off and ongoing projects. Here are some we are currently working with:

  • Outside Edge Theatre Company
  • PsycheDelight Theatre Company
  • Theatre Troupe

We are always looking to connect with potential community partners so please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

Upcoming Events

Matchbox Theatre
by Michael Frayn
4 – 5 DEC 2023
Theatre: Participation Space

We Need Your Support

It’s been a difficult few years and things don’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. 

Southwark Playhouse is a registered charity that delivers a year-round programme of entertaining and enriching work yet receives no regular funding.

Why not consider making a donation to help us keep on keeping on during these tough times!

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