At the Octagon Theatre, we work hard to bring stories to life on our stages, to build confidence and skills with our participation programme and ensure all of our audiences have the best experience possible.

In order to do this we rely on the help and support of our volunteers.

There are several ways you could be involved in volunteering at the Octagon. Please see below for more details:


Front of House Volunteers are invaluable members of our Front of House team
Assisting our paid Front of House staff, our volunteers act as greeters before our performances and at the interval, welcoming audiences and checking tickets – and generally pointing customers in the right direction!

Volunteer Greeters are the first point of contact for our customers, so it’s essential that our Greeters are smiling, sociable people who can remain calm when things can be a little hectic!
Whilst the Octagon theatre is closed for refurbishment, we are performing in various venues across Bolton

To express your interest in volunteering with us, please download the form and email it to boxoffice@octagonbolton.co.uk

Our House Managers will then be in touch with you to arrange a short informal interview

Download a FOH volunteer application form

"I love welcoming people in to the theatre, sharing their excitement before the show and hearing their comments at the interval and end of show."

'Volunteer ‘meeter and greeter’, Linda Adams.


Creative Engagement are currently recruiting for volunteers. 

We have a fantastic team of volunteers who support a wide variety of Creative Engagement projects across all four strands of our work – Young People, Education, Adults and Community, and Families. This includes our weekly youth theatre sessions, intensive summer projects, supporting us to create productions for our stages and much more.

Our volunteers help us to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all of our participants. The role involves assisting Facilitators in warm-ups and activities as well as working with participants on developing their ideas in sessions.

Most volunteers will commit to a maximum of one session per week of around 2 hours. The duration of this commitment may range from our standard 10 week term to a full school year (September to July). We also need volunteers for one-off events and workshops along with our projects in school holidays.

Volunteering with our Creative Engagement team is perfect if you are looking to gain experience working with young people and communities, or if you want to develop skills as a facilitator.

In return for your time we offer discounted theatre tickets, mentoring, CV support and the chance to join training and skill-share sessions with our facilitators. Many of our volunteers are now working professionally in the arts as facilitators and in engagement teams across the country.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in please register your interest by completing the form below and sending it to participation@octagonbolton.co.uk

Download a Creative Engagement volunteer application form