“It’s rewarding and fun. You feel part of a really great team and you can choose marywhen you work.”

Read about what’s involved when volunteering as an usher at Chipping Norton Theatre.

Name: Mary Read

How did you get involved in volunteering?
My sister encouraged me to do it.

Describe a typical volunteering session:
I am an usher at Chipping Norton Theatre. When I arrive I listen to the ushers’ briefing so I know what the show is and if there are any special instructions.  The volunteers check the auditorium is ready for the audience, greet the customers, check their tickets and usher them into the auditorium when it’s ready.  We monitor the audience during the production and deal with any issues. At the end of a show the volunteers say goodbye and thank you to the audience as they leave. We also hand out any exit flyers, to encourage people to come back again before clearing up the auditorium after the show.

What difference do you think you make through your volunteering?
It means the theatre can keep going as it reduces cost.

What do you get out of your volunteering?
I enjoy the atmosphere and seeing the shows.

What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering?
It’s rewarding and fun. You feel part of a really great team and you can choose when you work.