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Live Theatre’s volunteers are an incredible group of people who give a wealth of energy and enthusiasm to the work of the theatre. Volunteer roles are varied and available in Live Tales, our children and young people’s writing centre, and in other areas of Live Theatre’s work. They include supporting and encouraging children and young people to write, illustrating their stories, or leading tours of our buildings.

All volunteers receive ongoing training and support, a programme of social events and some discounts at Live Theatre. 

There are Volunteering opportunities at Live Theatre projects in Newcastle, and at The Fire Station, Sunderland.

Sessions are held during term time. We ask volunteers to arrive 15 minutes prior to the session start time.

Current Live Tales Timetable - all sessions run during term time
Wednesdays (Sunderland) 10am-12pm
Wednesdays (online) 1-2:30pm - we can be flexible with this time
Thursdays (Newcastle) 10am-12pm
Fridays (Newcastle) 10am-12pm

Volunteers must be over 18 and full training and support is provided. The commitment is flexible, and you can do more or less as necessary to fit in with your life.

Live Tales Volunteer Film

To join Live Theatre's thriving group of volunteers, download the form below and email it to or return to Live Theatre in person or by post to

Live Tales, Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DQ

Volunteer Application Form

'My volunteer work for Live Tales was major part of my being offered a place on the Children’s Book Illustration MA.'


'Connects any adult who has an interest in creative writing with the magic that is the child’s creative imagination.'


'I feel fortunate to be part of the children’s inspiring adventure.'

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


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