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 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.


We have a huge team of volunteers without whom the youth and community work we do would not be possible. These volunteers work on various projects and schemes, some of which are intensive one off projects and others are longer term schemes (such as Youth Theatre).

Our volunteers are vital to the supportive and inclusive environments of our youth and community groups. Sessions span a ten week term (with a break for half-term) and take place in evenings and over weekends. Each group has a specific age range or intent which gives volunteers the possibility to be in involved in a group best suited to them.

The role involves assisting the group’s Facilitator in warm-ups and activities as well as working with the participants on developing their ideas. Through this, our volunteers have the opportunity to learn, build on their own skills and gain confidence in working with participants.

No experience is required, although we do ask for commitment, enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved. Volunteers must be over 18. All volunteering is subject to an enhanced DBS check. As a thank you for your hard work, you’ll be eligible for discounted tickets during the term that you’ve committed to.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in please email info@octagonbolton.co.uk for more information.