Brixton’s new theatre announces plans to recruit local people

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Brixton House, the major new theatre at the junction of Somerleyton Road and Coldharbour Lane, is seeking to recruit local people as it gets ready to open its doors.

Today (20 October) it announced a scheme to help local people find out about working at the theatre. It also launched a “keyholder” membership plan for supporters.

Brixton House will host “job shops” at the theatre on Thursday 4 November from 1 to 6pm and on Thursday 11 November from 3 to 8pm.

Several roles are available, spanning theatre, technical, learning and participation, customer services, catering and security.

“This is a chance to meet the team and find out what it would be like to work in this brand-new theatre in the heart of Brixton,” the theatre said.

It went on: “Brixton House are keen for many of their staff to come from within the local community that the theatre has been built for and so are hosting these informal drop-in sessions to allow people to come and ask questions about the new building, leave their CVs, or find out more about how to apply for roles online.

“Brixton House are committed to building a strong connection to local residents in Lambeth and this is reflected in their core values:

  • • Always be welcoming to the international community
  • • e radical and progressive in their thinking and activities
  • • Be collaborative in their ambitions – nurturing new relationships locally, and beyond Brixton
  • • Most importantly, they always celebrate their unique identity and growing accomplishments!”
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Brixton House also announced its keyholder membership scheme today – “inviting people to make this House their home”.

By becoming a keyholder from £5 a month, people will have access to “a whole host of benefits” when the opening season goes on sale next month, including being among the first to ever book tickets for the new venue.

Keyholder benefits include:

  • • Priority booking
  • • Regular updates and newsletters
  • • 10% discounts on tickets to all main productions
  • • 10% discounts on merchandise
  • • Keyholders-only behind-the-scenes tours and events
  • • Occasional keyholders-only special offers.

More details of both schemes are available on the theatre’s website

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Brixton House is due to open early next year. It was formerly known as Ovalhouse. Based at the Oval since the 1960s, it has been at the forefront of experimental and diverse drama since then.

Among the artists who began their careers there are Steven Berkoff, Howard Brenton, Pierce Brosnan, Stella Duffy, Tamsin Greig, Jim Sweeney, David Hare (who worked as a stage manager), Tim Roth, Andrew Bridgmont and Salman Rushdie.

Brixton House “will be a place for people to come together, to create and enjoy performances, to learn and share skills and to meet other people who want to make something together,” the theatre said.

“Brixton House will define theatre-making for a new generation of makers, artists, writers, producers, technicians and audiences, inspiring new experiences that develop community solidarity and passion for social change.”