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Moving Parts Arts is a seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help deliver 'Tyne Rising' as part of Newcastle Puppetry Festival 2021

Moving Parts Arts is a small organisation trying to do big things. As a non-for-profit we rely on volunteers to make the festival a reality and in exchange we can offer a unique experience like no other. 


What is 'Tyne Rising'? 

Set 50 years in the future, the River Tyne has burst its banks and giant sea creatures flood the city. The people of Tyneside need to band together to restore balance to the Toon. 


‘Tyne Rising’ is a specially-commissioned outdoor theatre spectacle which will take place in City Stadium, Newcastle 21st and 22nd August 2021. The show will be directed by Andrew Kim with music written by Hannabiell Sanders. The ambitious event will feature giant puppets, a live band, a community chorus of performers and large-scale design elements. Audiences will be seated in 6-person bubbles and all tickets are Pay What You Can.


For more info on the show see here.

We need volunteers for…

  • Stewarding

  • Box office

  • Team leading

  • Chorus performance

  • Back stage crew
    (Puppet and costume making roles are now filled up)


In return we can offer…

  • A limited edition Moving Parts t-shirt

  • Food during volunteer shifts

  • A letter of recommendation if requested

  • First hand experience in outdoor event delivery

  • Access to Level 1 safeguarding training

  • A welcoming, community arts environment to get stuck into


Key dates…

  • Stewarding, box office and team leader roles will take place 20th - 22nd August 2021 at City Stadium, Newcastle

  • Chorus performance roles will take place 15th, 20th, 21st and 22nd August 2021 at City Stadium, Newcastle

  • Back stage crew roles will take place 19th - 23rd August 2021 at City Stadium, Newcastle

If you are able to, it would be fantastic if puppet and costume making volunteers could also help out with chorus performing or stewarding at City Stadium.

Other info…

  • Please let us know in your application if you have any specific access requirements so we can work to accommodate your needs.

  • All volunteers must be aged 18+

  • We cannot cover travel or accommodation costs

  • Volunteers will need to attend a training session, which may take place on Zoom or in person.

  • Apply by filling out our short volunteer questionnaire by clicking the button below.


Get in touch with Festival Coordinator Laura Firby at movingpartsvolunteers@gmail.com

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Andrew Kim at Handmade Parade


'Cetus' by Thingumajig Theatre

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The Lost and Tangled Forests by

Judith Hope Puppet Maker

"Loved every second of it. Thanks for having me!"

2019 festival volunteer