Things are changing for the Friends
- We have now disbanded our old Friends scheme. But… read on! Unlike places like The Tate galleries, or even the National Theatre, we don’t have interesting premises for you to visit, nor special events for you to attend. There isn’t time & the teams are always on short term contracts which are packed full of either rehearsals or performances, so there is no real opportunity for them to do other special events for the Friends. Even meeting them back stage is difficult because before the show they are preparing & afterwards they have to launch into getting the set & site down. The truth is in fact we have nothing to offer Friends, except the shows themselves.
Another approach therefore?
- A very large number of you help us directly in lots of different ways as volunteers such as doing front of house, or as ambassadors promoting our work. We are now formalising this group as an entity which we can communicate to separately with organisational things to do with the shows, many of them of a practical nature, & generally include you in the whole process of the tour & issues that may come up effecting our work. In a way you are doing more for us than we are doing for you, but it isn’t so much about doing that as about making you much more a part of us because you already care enough to help.
It’s not about being another source of money therefore!
- Some time ago we stopped asking people to pay for being a Friend because there are other ways of doing that & your helping practically with what we do is more important. So there is no coast to being a Friend.
Are we just ‘ditching’ our old Friends?
- Obviously some of you who have been Friends for years will always support us & we aren’t about to ‘ditch you’. We now have a much better newsletter system, more colourful with images & a design in keeping with our website. So we can give you much more information in a more interesting way. This will be for everyone who is happy to receive the newsletter & we will call you ‘Supporters’. However, even if you can’t do front of house, for example, or be a local organiser, you could be an ‘Ambassador’ for the company in little ways & do it from home – and as that you will become part of the Friends group too and most importantly make a huge difference to our marketing, getting the message out through e-fliers & social media. So there is a big role still for you.
How to become a Friend & what does it involve?
- First of all follow the link at the bottom of the page to decide what you would like to volunteer to do for us, then go to the ‘Contact us’ page & tell us about it. There’s a tab to make contact on the Front Page, or you’ll find one at the bottom of the Volunteering page. We will then contact you & we can talk it through.
What does being a Friend involve?
- You won’t get inundated with emails. We will obviously liaise with you as we need to about the work that you volunteer to do, but we will also send you newsletters now & again with ‘hidden links’ to our website where there will be articles about our work, our influences, our team, where we are at in making the play, Pete’s blog & other things. If you are too busy to follow the links you obviously don’t have to. You may be content just doing what you have volunteered to do & that’s fine. The key thing is you are helping us to keep going – that is, doing what we do, helping communities get together, having some laughter, joy & just being together.
See the ‘Volunteers page’ for more info about that. Click here – Volunteers’ page