Signal Volunteer Opportunity at Irvine Beach

21 – 24 May 2020

An opera on Irvine beach at sunset exploring mankind’s interaction with nature and the sea…

Cryptic connect land and sea with sound in Signal at Dusk, a captivating, boundary-crossing, coastal opera set against the transitioning sunset sky by Dutch duo Strijbos & Van Rijswijk.

Roaming the beach, a cast of female voices sing through loudspeakers about the waves as sources of seduction, desire, nourishment, danger, destruction and loss. Like a siren song, of poems inspired by the sea, these modern-day mermaids lure listeners along a kilometre long stretch of Irvine beach as darkness falls. Their ethereal voices move over the sand like the desolate tones of foghorns, with lights guiding your way as they dramatically search the landscape like lighthouse beacons.

Exploring mankind’s never-ending interaction with nature and the sea, the work is also presented as an environmental, day time installation, Signal-on-Sea, which all beach users can explore. Accompanied by a sonic-tapestry of choral voices, this operatic odyssey will make for a memorable maritime adventure for all to enjoy.

We are looking for reliable and enthusiastic volunteers who are keen to work alongside the Cryptic team to help us deliver this unique, outdoor event at Irvine Beach.

It is important to us that all our volunteers gain skills and experiences that will be useful to them in the future, get to know Cryptic and the artists we work with, and have an enjoyable and memorable experience. We encourage applications from individuals with a range of experiences. However, there are some qualities we would like all volunteers to have:

  • Enthusiastic, reliable and flexible;
  • Friendly personality with good communication skills and initiative;
  • An interest in contemporary culture;
  • At least 18 years of age.


The role

Volunteers at Signal will assist the Cryptic team with front of house and stewarding. This is a customer facing role and will provide volunteers with experience in customer care and audience evaluation. We are looking for enthusiastic people with good communication skills to welcome and engage audiences and assist the Cryptic team in the handling of customer enquiries. These volunteer opportunities will provide an overview of how an outdoor, public event is run and managed.

In the run up to and during Signal, volunteers will be fully supported by the Cryptic team, have a dedicated point of contact and given clear guidance on their role.

We ask that volunteers are available in the week beginning 4 May for a one day induction to meet the Cryptic team and find out more about the project. Volunteers selected at the induction day are asked to be available between 18 – 20 May to meet the artists and production team and undertake any relevant training. From 21 – 24 May, we ask that volunteers are available to assist with the day time installation of Signal-on-Sea and/or evening performances of Signal at Dusk from 20:00 – 23:00. This activity will all take place in Irvine.

These roles are voluntary, but the following benefits are available for volunteers:

  • We will be flexible about your working arrangements in the understanding that you are providing your time for free and may have other important commitments;
  • We will work with you to offer a challenging, useful experience that helps develop skills you are seeking;
  • We will reimburse reasonable out-of-pocket expenses including travel in the Ayrshire area;
  • We will provide free tickets to attend Signal depending on availability. Ticket allocations will be agreed in advance;
  • We can provide a reference;
  • You will join a collective of talented, exciting people with which to make friends and contacts.


If you are interested, please  let us know why you would like to volunteer with us, what you hope to gain, and what skills and qualities you can bring to Signal, or if you have any questions, please contact Rachel Hendry by email or phone +44(0)141 354 0544.

The closing date to note your interest in the roles is 09:00 on Monday 27 April 2020.

Cryptic is an Inclusive, Diversity, Equalities & Accessibility organisation and welcomes applications from all individuals. Please let us know if you need any special assistance with your application or to fulfil your role. Please note Signal has limited accessibility. Owing to the site-specific location of this event within the natural landscape, there are multiple differing terrains and steep gradients which some volunteers may find challenging. Please let us know if you have any access requirements and we will endeavour to find a role that is suited to your needs. 

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