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, 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 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 Arts Centre, Barnes returns with our third Dispatches scratch night!
  Following two sellout successes, fantastic reviews from audiences, critics and industry figures, and with multiple pieces going on to be presented at other venues, we’re excited to once again put out the call for new, untested or developing pieces of theatre – whether self-contained or extracts from longer work.
  A small, black-box venue in the heart of Barnes, we received over two hundred submissions for our first night alone – working with some of the best new faces in writing, acting and directing.
  Submissions open on the 21st of August, and we welcome work from both pre-existing creative teams (with directors and/or actors attached) and lone writers (we’ll help you find the right people to bring your piece to life!) We present around seven short pieces, and ask the audience to fill in a form with any feedback they might have – making this the perfect opportunity to test your next piece in front of a crowd.
  To submit your piece, please fill in the submissions form (download here) and send it (along with your piece) to
There are a couple of guidelines:
• Minimal technical/set requirements, please – anything special, let us know in the form.
• Pieces should be titled and between 10-15 minutes long.
• As we’d like to make the night as useful for development as possible, we ask that you’re available to attend on the 6th December
The deadline for scripts is September 21st at midnight.

Art Exhibitions

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 to discuss available dates.

Photo credit Steve Weeks