Volunteer with Polka!

Polka40 is a programme of events taking place in 2019, that will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of our ground-breaking theatre. Since Polka opened in 1979 we have opened our doors to 3.5 million people and set new standards in Children’s theatre. We will be celebrating our rich and varied history through a series of activities, performances and workshops in and around the local area and we need your help to make these as exciting and accessible as possible!

We are looking for local people to volunteer to help us run activities taking place in Polka, local primary schools and at Morden Hall Park. All of our volunteers will receive training and practical experience and there are ongoing, short term and student roles available. We are holding two meet and greet days at Polka with our Executive Director and other key members of staff to give potential volunteers a tour of the theatre and an opportunity to find out more about how they can get involved.

These will be taking place on:

Wednesday 23 January11am for coffee and cake

Tuesday 29 January6pm for wine and nibbles

For further information or to register your interest in the event email:

A range of Polka40 activities are funded by:


Researcher – Polka40 Programme


Salary: £3,600 fee |  plus reasonable transport costs will be reimbursed, within the scope of the project budget

Hours and Location: This is a freelance role. The post holder will be expected to work across two main sites, primarily at Worcester University where the archive material is currently held and at Polka Theatre in Wimbledon.

Contract length: 30 days over up to 8 months

Purpose of Role: The Researcher will work closely with the Heritage Project Manager, the University of Worcester Library Services, volunteers and other Polka staff and freelancers. The role includes leading research into current archive Polka material held by Worcester University, assisting with the curation of the exhibition strand of the project, advising on professional standard use of archive material during the project planning and delivery and providing formal and informal heritage training to diverse staff and volunteers.

Application Deadline: Friday 21 December, 10am

Interview Date:  Thursday 10 January 2019

Download the Application Pack here

Download the Equality Monitoring Form here 

Please email completed application packs to Polly Simmonds: or by post to: Head of Creative Learning, Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB