As well as the shows, East London Shakespeare Festival runs a accompanying community engagement programme, with plenty of opportunities for local people to get involved. Schemes include:


Calling all aspiring local photographers & graphic designers…East London Shakespeare Festival will be performing Twelfth Night in outdoor venues in East London in summer 2022 and we are calling on our local community to inspire the marketing campaign for the show.

Winner will be awarded £100

The image will be used at the centre of our marketing campaign: featured on flyers, posters, print

Biog & an interview with the winner featured on social media, our website & the programme.

If the winner is a photographer & 16+, they will be commissioned for Rehearsal Photography

We are looking for: 1 x Photograph / image submissions from emerging photographers or graphic designers.

Themes for the image could include:

Shipwreck / Sea / Water





Loss / Separation

Local landmarks

East London

We produce contemporary and relevant productions, so the images need to reflect this. Please see this year’s marketing image for reference (*includes a pic of Walthamstow’s very own God’s Own Junk Yard’).The competition is open to any ages & any experience level. You can submit as many photos as you like.

Please submit photos via e-mail / WeTransfer to [email protected]

Apprentice Schemes

ELSF engage local young people (age 18-25) who have aspirations to go to/audition for drama school and/or pursue acting or directing professionally. They join our professional team as a cast member or assistant director for the entire run. They gain a professional credit, work experience and ELSF provides free mentoring following the show.

Community Ensemble - be part of the show:

This is an exciting (and free!) opportunity for aspiring actors or those who simply love to perform to be in a professional production:

The Community Ensembles will take part in workshops/rehearsals, led by cast members.

You will take part in workshops/rehearsals, learning:

Short sections of the show, songs, a dance routine…you may even get some lines!

Then you will perform alongside the professional actors in the productions at your local venue.

The opportunity is open to anyone aged 11+

Volunteer ushers

If you would like to get a behind the scenes glimpse at a professional show, meet the cast and get to watch the show for free then we are looking for a team of volunteers to work as ushers at each venue.

Feedback for Community Engagement:

“Massive thank you for letting me and Bash (her baby) be a part of your production. This opportunity came at such an amazing when I’m trying to redefine who I am post baby, so to make a come back and build my confidence meant the world! Being involved in your play gave me a glimpse of who I used to be and I loved it.

I’d love to be involved next year.”

“Thank you for having me as part of the chorus ensemble. It was a real privilege to watch and be a part of the show. It was truly brilliant! I look forward to potentially working with you and maybe the cast again in the future.”

If you are interested in getting involved, or would like to discuss other ways we can work together, please get in touch: