There are plenty of ways to get involved, from volunteering at our box office to staging a show at the OSO. Please scroll down to find out more. If there is any way you’d like to get involved that is not listed, please do get in touch – we’re always open to new ideas and opportunities.



Evening Box Office Volunteers
On 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, checking their tickets, 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 and take phone calls. People visit the OSO throughout the day, and it’s important that we have a friendly face there to greet them. Full training is provided, and we usually ask that you do a three-hour 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 call 020 8876 9885 and ask for Jamie or Lisa, or email us on [email protected] 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. If you would like to bring a show to the OSO, please fill out our Application Form, or email [email protected] with any 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.

Dispatches is an essential injection of fresh, vibrant voices to the OSO and to South West London’s theatre scene. Variety, in essence, is what it offers the casual theatre goer but to writers, performers and directors it offers a springboard. You may have missed them this time, but remember their names… whatever the outcome, they’re going places. – Georgia Renwick, for Mark Aspen Reviews

It’s that time again – time for another Dispatches! It’s our fourth scratch night, following on from three straight sellouts that garnered fantastic reviews from audiences, critics and industry figures (read one example here). We’ve received over four hundred submissions so far, with multiple past pieces going onto further productions/being turned into films, and we’re incredibly excited to put out the call again. New, untested or developing pieces of theatre – whether self-contained or extracts from longer work – anything’s welcome!

Submissions are already open, 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 eight short pieces and provide a platform for you to see your work staged by the best of the best of up-and-coming actors and directors – along with receiving feedback from the audience.

            To submit your piece, please download and fill in the submissions form (download here) and send it (along with your piece) to [email protected]. 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 the show on the 16th

The deadline for scripts is February 10th 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 [email protected] to discuss available dates.

Photo credit Steve Weeks