Bishop Auckland

Kynren – An Epic Tale of England is produced by 11Arches, a registered charity, whose objective is to produce a world class show, underpinned by an innovative and engaging arts, education and community development programme. Presented on a seven-and-a-half acre stage, a cast and crew of 1,000 volunteers immerses audiences in a 2,000-year tale.

Becoming an Archer (this is what we call our volunteers) is like joining an extended family and becoming part of a vibrant community. Many Archers make lifelong friendships, learn new skills, and discover that they can achieve great things.

There are many roles within the five core teams which you can be involved with at 11Arches, there’s no need to worry about having – or not having – a special skill before you join us; all you need is the enthusiasm and a commitment to make our shows extraordinary.


Show Team: Cast, Costume, Props and Go Teams
Experience Team
Cavalry Team: Horse riders, carriage drivers, grooms
Technical Team: sound, light, hydraulics, stage management, video, SFX and pyro
Operations Team: First Aid, Rescue divers / swimmers, Event Operations, Show Ops, Estate

Skills & Qualities

No prior skills or experience needed

When & Where?

Kynren is based in Bishop Auckland in County Durham.

Rehearsals for cast start from February and the show is performed on Saturday evenings throughout the summer.

We will be holding Open Calls to find out more over the next couple of months. Please check our website for dates. and to book your place.

Training and Support Offered/Expenses

As a registered charity, 11Arches is committed to education and community development. We endeavour to professionally train all our cast and crew each year in the key skills needed to produce a world-class show to ensure its longevity for decades to come.

Volunteer Benefits

As an Archer you’ll add new skills to your CV; make new friends; spend time with old ones: increase your confidence or improve your fitness to name just a few of the benefits we hear over and over again.

Other Information

If you’d like to be involved with the shows which we produce at 11Arches we’d love to hear from you or if you have any further questions about becoming an archer please email

Hours: Varied Type: Museums/Heritage, Tourism, Outdoors, Performing Arts, Festivals/Events

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