There are plenty of ways to get involved at the OSO, from volunteering on our box office, to bringing a show. Please scroll down to find out more. If there is any way you’d like to get involved not listed, please do get in touch – we’re always open to new ideas and opportunities.
Evening Box Office Volunteers
When we have performance nights in the theatre, we need a volunteer to help on the box office. The shifts usually start at 7pm, ready for the show starting at 8pm. Tasks involve greeting customers and answering their questions, ticking people off the guest list, selling tickets on the door, and ushering.
It’s a great way to experience the buzz of our performance nights, improve customer service skills and confidence – plus you get to see the show for free!
Day Time Volunteers
During the day we need volunteers to help staff our box office, man the front desk, and take phone calls. We get all sorts of people coming in to use our venue, or to find out more about what we do, and it’s important that we have a friendly face there when they come in. Full training is provided, and we usually ask that you do a three hours shift either in the morning or afternoon during our opening times (10am-6pm).
Other volunteering opportunities
If you have a specific skill or interest please do get in touch! We are always delighted to hear from volunteers wanting to help out in a wide range of ways, from administration, social media, gardening, tech support, flyer and brochure distribution, or anything else you can think of!
How to get in touch
Please ring 020 8876 9885 and ask for Laura or Lisa, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, to find out more. We can tell you a little more about the venue and volunteering here, and then can arrange a time for you to come in to meet us in person.
Putting on a show at the OSO
Bring a Play
We are always looking to programme entertaining and inventive theatre. If you are from, or know of, a production company looking for somewhere to perform please do get in touch. We aim to programme a mixture of local theatre groups, emerging companies, and more established touring groups, in order to support companies at all stages of development whilst providing our audiences with top quality and innovative theatre.
The OSO has a black box stage and raked seating. Capacity for the theatre is 56 on the raked seating, but extra rows can be added to make 74. For some music and comedy events we open the space out to 130.
Please read the Production Handbook for information on technical specifications, marketing, financial deals and the process of producing a show at OSO. Email email@example.com if you would like to bring a show to OSO, or if you have any further questions.
If you are an aspiring playwright not yet ready to mount a full production yourself, please head to the Dispatches page on our website for information about our new writing scratch night.
The OSO is looking for new, untested or developing pieces of theatre for Dispatches, our inaugural scratch writing night, taking place on Thursday the 15th of March. A 56-seat black-box theatre, we’re committed to providing an outlet for new or developing voices in British playwriting – comic or serious, experimental or classic, all submissions are welcome. If you’re a pre-existing company who’ve already chosen their actors and director, great! If you’re a lone writer without someone to perform your piece, we’ll help you find the right cast and director.
Submissions are open from the 10th January and close on 10th February. After they close, seven plays will be selected to be performed in two halves on the night, and after the final curtain the audience will be asked to provide any feedback they have – so if you have any work developing that you want to test in front of a crowd, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.
Submitted scripts should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Dispatches Submission’. There are a few guidelines to follow for the competition:
- Scripts should have minimal technical (lighting, sound, props and set) requirements – anything more should be included in the email
- Scripts should be titled and between ten and fifteen minutes long.
- We request that all playwrights are available on the date of the show –Dispatches is a night geared towards developing work, so it is important that you’re at the show in order to receive audience feedback.
The deadline for scripts is Saturday the 10th of February.
We regularly have art from professional artists up in the cafe, ranging from photography and sketches to watercolours and sculpture. If you are interested in exhibiting please find more information here, and contact email@example.com to discuss available dates.