Get involved in arts, culture and heritage in Reading

There are lots of ways to get involved with arts, culture and heritage here in Reading. And we'll do our best to gether all the opportunities for that in one place!

Whether you want to join a choir, audition for a play, volunteer at an event or venue or find some other way to be part of Reading's arts and cultural scene, you'll find it here on this page.

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Ever wanted to take to the stage here in Reading? We'll gather up all the open audition info we can from local theatres and performing troupes in Reading and share them on this page. And maybe you'll get your shot in the spotlight!

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Join a choir

Reading is home to a multitude of choirs, all filling their own unique niche in the choral community - and they're always on the lookout for new voices to join them. 

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Current volunteering opportunities, from one-off projects to those organisations that are always happy to sign-up new volunteers. Supported by our friends at Reading Voluntary Action.

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Paid roles

Our list of current paid vacancies in the arts, culture and heritage sector in and around the Reading area. 

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Open Mic nights

Looking for a chance to get up on stage? There are plenty of open mic nights in Reading where performers of all kinds - and abilities - can get to sing a song, read a poem, tell a joke... Or two! 

Progress Theatre's Writefest: Submissions Open

Progress Theatre's Writefest: Submissions Open

Progress Theatre's famed and ever-popular short play competition, WriteFest, is now open for entries for performance in October 2024.

They are looking for short plays, 8-18 minutes long. Chosen entries will be assigned to directors and presented at the theatre during WriteFest 18 taking place 16 - 19 October 2024. This is your chance to get your work staged.

Scripts should have a running time of between 8 and 18 minutes (approx 1100-2400 words as a rough guide, but this can vary considerably, depending on action and pacing), be laid out as per the rules, and not have been performed or published elsewhere.

Deadline: Sunday 16 June 2024 - entries will be accepted up to midnight. This is a much shorter window than in previous years, so don't get caught out!

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Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra

Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra seeks principal bassoon and principal horn

APO is inviting applications for the positions of principal bassoon and principal horn. Applicants need to be an experienced orchestral player with an advanced level (post grade 8/diploma) of instrumental technique. This includes being able to play with confident sound and tuning across your instrument’s range, but particularly in the higher parts. You’ll also have a rhythmic discipline, a strong inner pulse and musical awareness that supports connection with the wider ensemble. You’ll display an appropriate level of assurance and poise, helping your section to play securely, using breathing and gesture to lead, when appropriate.

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