Joining the Club

New members are welcome! Anyone with an interest in theatre and backstage work is welcome to join, from absolute beginners to people with years of experience. The only requirement is that you must be 16 or over. We charge an annual subscription fee of £5 per person but don't ask you to pay this until you've had a chance to get involved.

There's a myriad of things you can do backstage, whether your interest lies in set building and painting, making and sourcing props, stage management and crewing, special effects, lighting, sound or costume and makeup. We regularly organise training days and shadowing opportunities, where you can find out more about the different backstage roles. Whatever your level of experience, your contribution will be warmly welcomed.

The Club also has a lively social calendar, meeting every first Wednesday of the month for drinks in a local pub and often organising trips and events. We even have a Book Club!

If you decide to join us, we'll add your email address to our mailing list.  Through this you'll receive our monthly newsletter, invitations to our social events, and also requests for help on upcoming shows. Every request for help made to the Club is forwarded on to the entirety of the membership through this mailing list, and everyone is free to respond to the producing company if the role interests them.

In addition to named individuals in specific roles, every show needs lots of extra pairs of hands to make it work, especially for setting up in the theatre (known as a get-in) or leaving the theatre after the last performance (a get-out).  All members are welcome at get-ins and get-outs without any notice - and they're a great way to meet us and see what we do.

To join, please get in touch by using our contact page, or e-mail clubcontact [at] penguinclub [dot] org [dot] uk.