Helpers are needed for the Kings Theatre

Sandra Smith  in a theatre box at The Kings
Sandra Smith in a theatre box at The Kings
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A SOUTHSEA theatre has called for volunteers to get involved with its maintenance and promotion.

The Kings Theatre relies on a team of helpers to keep it up to scratch and get the word out about its shows.

Volunteer co-ordinator Carrole Coles said the grand building, which was built in 1907, needed plenty of work to keep it looking good.

Mrs Coles said: ‘With it being quite elderly it takes a lot of work because nothing is what I call easy.

‘Our volunteers work very hard but they have a lot of fun as well.

‘In order with everything British we have tea and coffee breaks, and we provide a lot of back-up service to help keep the wheels rolling.’

Mrs Coles said volunteers meet regularly on Saturday mornings to paint, fix, clean and keep the theatre looking pristine.

She said the Kings also needed volunteer ushers to welcome people into the theatre and show them to their seats.

She said: ‘We provide a supplement to the regular staff at the theatre.

‘There are quite a lot of diverse personalities and they all bring something to the melting pot.’

Another way people can get involved is by delivering brochures to pubs and shops and mailing out marketing material.

Mrs Coles said: ‘We have a group that comes in once a fortnight and does mail shop, which is a lot of fun.’

The Kings’ head of promotions, Sandra Smith, said volunteers had also been involved in restoring parts of the theatre.

Ms Smith said one restoration project involved uncovering century-old tiles which were hidden by layers of paint and wallpaper.

She said: ‘They did a lot of steaming with water and scraping and eventually got below all those layers and uncovered the original 1907 tiles in the passages and on the balconies.’

Those interested in volunteering can e-mail carrole.coles@kings-southsea.com or call (023) 9282 8282.