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Could you join our friendly team of volunteers this summer?

We need more volunteers than ever this year as our programme grows and the number of weekday and daytime events increases.

More than 30 volunteers are needed each year to help look after visiting acts, marshal audiences and to help keep the public safe over the festival week.

Extra pairs of hands (and feet) are particularly useful over the festival weekend (6/7 July) when street theatre, walkabout acts and community groups take to the streets and open spaces of the city.

Pop-up events in multiple surprising places need volunteers to support the fun and daily events in Ripon Cathedral also need personnel.

Tasks include setting up and clearing away sites, signposting and directing members of the public, carrying out audience surveys and accompanying performers on the move.

If you think you could lend a hand at any time during festival week (2-7 July), contact Volunteer Co-ordinator Tina Salden.

Tina says “Volunteering at the festival is great fun and there are different roles to suit different interests and abilities, whether you like to be on the move and chatting to the public, or quietly supporting a weekday event.

It’s a great chance to get up-close-and-personal to some fabulous performances, whilst meeting new people and helping bring colour and life to our lovely city.”

The Festival Volunteers are supported this year by Kettlewell Fuels, North Yorkshire’s trusted independent heating and fuel oil supplier.

You’ll see Kettlewell Fuels everywhere – delivering a range of heating and fuel oils to homes, farms and businesses across the region.Kettlewell Fuels says “the Theatre Festival brings people together and creates a sense of community spirit. Plus, it promotes the arts and culture in the area, which can only be a good thing!”

The company has a long tradition of sponsoring local sports, agricultural events and other community activities. Along with supporting 11 village cricket clubs. Kettlewell Fuels is the primary sponsor of the Nidderdale Junior Cricket League.  This year they are “proud to be supporting the hardworking volunteers who make the Theatre Festival possible.”

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