Be a volunteer

There are a number of ways that you can get involved with the Reading Fringe Festival. If you don’t see the option you’re looking for, then please do get in contact with our volunteer coordinator (

Reading Fringe Goes Digital

This year there are still lots of opportunities to help out. Even a digital Fringe needs volunteer support! This could be anything from watching live streams to monitor quality of the stream to capturing comments from the audience to helping publicise the event(s), to name a few. We will be able to provide remote training for all these roles so don’t worry if you haven’t done something like this before, neither have we, we will all learn together!
Whether it is something mentioned above or something we haven’t thought of yet, please do get in touch to let us know how you can help.

Reading Fringe Festival 2021

And looking ahead to when we’re back in our venues!

Venue Managers and Stewards

We need lots of lovely volunteers to help during Fringe week, with a Venue Manager and up to four stewards for each event.

Venue Managers are responsible for the team supporting each venue. They oversee the stewards to make sure the events run smoothly, and are the primary link with the on-site venue staff.

The role of volunteer stewards is to help make sure the performances go without a hitch and that both the audience and performers are happy. This might mean that you are:

  • selling & checking tickets
  • ensuring venue is clean and tidy
  • helping the acts setup
  • seating audience members
  • liaising with committee members

You will be supported in this by your venue manager.

If you’re looking for experience in live arts events, arts administration or customer service this is a great opportunity for you.

Stewards should have great team spirit and be:

  • friendly
  • approachable
  • reliable
  • adaptable
  • always willing to help

Any time you can contribute is welcome, but we do ask that you are available for at least two slots of roughly 2 hours during Fringe week, as well as one training session of roughly 1 hour, in the run-up to the Fringe.

As a thank-you for your time, you will receive a free ticket to a Fringe show of your choice, and you may be able to watch shows that you are stewarding.

Some venues have wheelchair access and all venues have good public transport links. If you have concerns about any of these factors please email our volunteer coordinator ( to see what needs can be met.

Tech team

If you have a yen for lighting and sound operation, and would be interested in being part of the Fringe tech team, then we’d love to hear from you! We have a tech team member in each venue, providing support to the artists, and on occasion operating shows (if booked in advance).

You’re often the face of the Fringe to our artists, so this is a fun, high energy role that gives you a chance to meet a ton of people – and watch a load of shows!

Tech team members get an induction with our Tech Manager, so they’re familiar with the equipment being used, and are supported throughout by the Producer (Steph Weller), Artist Liaison (Sarah Stuffins) and the Tech Manager.

If you’re new to tech but would like to get some hands-on experience, then we’re always happy to welcome people who want to shadow or assist – this year’s shadowers are next year’s operators! Contact Steph for more info


We can never have too many people helping to spread the word – be that people flyering for us, spreading the word on their social media, contacting local businesses etc. Get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator ( who will welcome your support and can advise on flyering dates etc.

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