Blackburn theatre appeals for volunteers

A charity theatre in Blackburn has made a plea to people across the borough to support their local theatre and volunteer their services.

Thwaites Empire Theatre, a popular focal point for entertainment in the borough, is appealing for more volunteers to help due to an increase in demand.

The volunteer led theatre and former cinema, based on Aqueduct Road, Blackburn, is supported by a large number of theatre volunteers who help run nearly all aspects of the venue.

Volunteers are tasked with a number of duties including managing the booking office, ushering visitors, operating the bar, cleaning the theatre and offering technical support.

As the theatre gets busier with more shows and visitors additional volunteers are needed. Chairman of the Empire Theatre and Volunteer, Michael Berry, said: “There are many ways that people can get involved in the theatre and we’re sure there are lots of people out there who’d like to join us.

“They will meet new people, use existing skills and maybe learn new ones while helping to ensure that the Empire carries on staging professional theatre featuring an amazing array of skilled artists.”

On Tuesday, 2nd February at 7pm, the Thwaites Empire Theatre are holding their first volunteer staff meeting of the year at the venue.

My Berry added: “We are ever-grateful to our volunteers who keep the theatre running for the benefit of the local community and one of our aims for 2016 is to attract even more amazing volunteers to help the theatre grow.

“Whatever people would like to help with, we can almost certainly find them a role.”

The theatre, which seats a total of 320 people, is a registered charity and has been a focal point in the community for over 100 years.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the theatre on 01254 685500.