Bryher tells us about her experience volunteering for Kneehigh at the Asylum
"I heard about volunteering for Kneehigh through a couple of friends, and thought it sounded like a fun way to spend the summer - and it turned out to be just that!
As a young person from Cornwall wanting to get involved in the arts, volunteering was a great place for me to learn. Especially about the ins and outs of site-specific theatre, which was made a particularly special experience due to the uniqueness of Kneehigh’s Asylum. There really is no place quite like it!
The lovely front of house team created a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, whilst encouraging us volunteers to work together as a cohesive team. As a volunteer, you are probably going to be the first person an audience member meets as they enter the site, so it’s your job to ensure that you are a friendly face, and that everything runs smoothly. Volunteer duties require everyone to try a little bit of everything each shift - from selling merchandise and ice creams, working in the car park and ushering in the auditorium.
The best part of my experience was meeting the other wonderful volunteers. All the volunteers I have been lucky enough to meet have come from all over the world, from all different walks of life, each with their own story to tell, who all share a mutual joy of all mucking in together, brilliant theatre and having a laugh! Kneehigh’s ethos of friendship, inclusivity and playfulness most definitely includes its volunteers. At once you are made to feel like part of the team, and each volunteer is warmly welcomed by the staff and company.
By the end of the summer, the Asylum really does start to feel like home. Volunteering with Kneehigh was a completely invaluable experience for me, as it really did give me the confidence to try new things and to not shy away from just getting involved! Essentially, volunteering with Kneehigh gives you a chance to learn new skills and try new things whilst making new friends and enjoying some of the best theatre around - and what could be a better way to spend your summer!"
Applications for Volunteers at this year's Asylum close on Friday 12th June. To request an application pack please contact Bethany at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01872 267910.
More information about Volunteering at the Asylum can be found here