Become a Polka Volunteer!


Are you interested in becoming a volunteer with Polka?

Polka first opened the doors to our ground-breaking theatre venue for children way back in 1979. Since then we have welcomed over 3.5 million visitors, an exciting and stimulating theatre venue exclusively for children age 0-12 year olds which set new standards in children’s theatre.

This year we are celebrating our 40th anniversary and we’re looking for local people to volunteer to get involved with a range of different activities throughout this time.

There are ongoing roles, short term volunteering opportunities and opportunities for students available.

To learn more about our volunteering programme, or to register your interest please email Andreea Minca.





Polka Theatre is seeking a Freefalling Youth Theatre Director/Project Manager to join our busy and ambitious Creative Learning team. Freefalling is a tailored drama programme, provided free-of-charge to Merton Borough children aged 9-11 years old who are experiencing difficulties at home or school where a high level of need has been identified.

The role will work alongside the Head of Creative Learning to manage and deliver the programme, develop relationships with schools and referral agencies and plan and deliver activity across two terms and a week-long summer project.  The role is a combination of project management and facilitation, but most importantly we are looking for someone who is passionate about the provision of the arts to children, have an understanding of the issues that affect young people and have a commitment to support their development.

Experience of working within arts education, strong administration, organisational skills and teaching experience is required.

This is a Freelance role starting January through August 2020 with the possibility of extending.

Hours: 20 management days plus 60 hours teaching per annum

Fixed Fee: £5,375       

Management fee x 20days

1.5hr workshop x 20

Freefalling Summer School x 5days

For more information please download the Job Description Pack.

If you are interested in the position, please apply using the application form  and Equality Opportunities form.

Please note, CVs cannot be accepted instead of, or as part of applications and all applications must be made by completing the form included in the Job Description pack.

Please send all application forms to Polly Simmonds and Equal opportunities form to Hilary O’Connor.

Closing date for applications:  9am, Wednesday 20th November 2019

First interviews:  Thursday 28th November 2019



Polka is funded by Arts Council England, London
Registered charity number 256979
Polka is an Equal Opportunities employer