Festival Volunteer Programme

Volunteer with us at the Fringe

Register your interest in joining us for Festival 2022

An unforgettable month at the very heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe awaits!

Applications to join the Pleasance Festival Volunteer Programme launch in January 2022. Please complete the Expression of Interest Form to be the first to hear when they do.

  • Expression of Interest Form
  • Pleasance Festival Volunteer Programme Information Pack [Launching January 2022]
  • Application Form [Launching January 2022]

About the Programme

The Pleasance Festival Volunteer Programme provides a platform for people of all backgrounds and ages to hone their skills in the creative industries, through playing an important part in the daily operation of the Pleasance’s venues. 

The Programme runs from Friday 29th July - Wednesday 31st August 2022 inclusive. The majority of volunteers join us for the full festival, however opportunities may be available for shorter durations (see the Information Pack for more details).

As a volunteer, you act in a dedicated position with genuine responsibilities, supported by team members already working in the industry. The programme is about hands-on experience and peer to peer learning. It includes those of all levels of experience who share the same passion for the arts, which gives the venue its unique energy.

The following positions are available in this year's Programme; 

  • Venue Crew
  • Box Office Operator
  • Front of House Assistant
  • Arts Industry Officer
  • Press Officer
  • Marketing Officer

Further information on each of the roles can be found in the information pack:

  • Pleasance Festival Volunteer Programme Information Pack [Launching January 2022]

The venue is open to the public from 3rd - 29th August inclusive. Volunteers work on a daily rota throughout the festival with an average 6 day week, on a schedule that varies according to their role. All departments ensure that adequate breaks are provided for rest and enjoying the festival. Typical shift patterns are discussed in more detail during interview. All volunteers are involved in the venue Get-In and Get-Out at either side of these dates, where we set up and pack up the venue respectively.

The Pleasance is a place for everyone, built by us, but made unforgettable by you.

We hope you’ll join us.


The Programme in Volunteers' Words

  • “What you learn in a month could take you years elsewhere.” - Lauren, Venue Crew
  • “The best summer of my life!” - Isabella, Box Office
  • “A month which will shape my technical career for the foreseeable future.” - Adam, Venue Crew
  • “The best experience in my whole life, ever.” - Minji, Marketing
  • “The most complete experience you can get of life, entertainment and work at the Fringe.” - Suman, Venue Crew
  • “An irreplaceable sense of community.” - Emma, Front of House
  • “I was born in Cheltenham but I was made in the Pleasance Volunteer Programme.” - Ellie, Box Office
  • “This will set me up for so many jobs I couldn’t have achieved before!” - Lily, Venue Crew



Applications launch in January 2022. Please complete the Expression of Interest Form to be the first to hear when they do.


To apply, simply complete this online form [Launching January 2022].

We welcome applications from anyone, with any level of experience.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in person, via Zoom or by phone on a rolling basis until all roles are filled, with the majority typically taking place from April - June.

There is no set deadline. Applications will be considered on a first applied, first reviewed basis and interviews scheduled with shortlisted candidates accordingly. Whilst early applications are encouraged to maximise your chances, late opportunities may arise - even in August - so we welcome applications at any time.

Applications via alternative means such as a video or voice application will be accepted from those who require reasonable adjustments. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this. If you require any additional reasonable adjustments at interview or whilst undertaking the role, please highlight this as part of your application.

Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants - however you may contact us at any time for an update on your application status. 


Equal Opportunities

The Pleasance Theatre Trust is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. In particular, we encourage applications from backgrounds or social groups currently underrepresented in the creative industries.

If you would require any reasonable adjustments at interview or whilst undertaking the role as specified, please highlight this as part of your application and we will be happy to discuss these.


About Our Team

The Pleasance is a place for experiences – both on and off the stage. For our team, audiences and performers alike, we want this experience to be positive, lasting and even life affirming. We measure the success of our operation through the delivery of these experiences, not by ticket sales or 5 star reviews. To achieve this, we are looking for people who share our values;

  • Passion – Our team is driven by their enthusiasm for what they do and why they do it. From this comes a unique energy that fuels us, creates momentum and permeates every facet of the Pleasance.
  • People – No matter the level of knowledge or seniority, each and every team member has an equal value. Our collective ambitions can only be achieved through the active participation of all. Our team is committed to inclusion, peer-to-peer learning and pro-active support.
  • Pride – We are motivated to deliver the highest possible standards with an approach that is as personable as it is professional. Our team takes pride in creating an exemplary environment where participants feel nurtured, engaged, valued and inspired.
  • Perseverance – We operate in a fast-paced working environment and take this on with open arms and eyes. Through a positive mind-set, good sense of humour and a “can do” attitude, our teams share both the challenges and rewards of an unparalleled creative workplace.
  • Progression – We exist to offer a platform to talented people looking to develop in the creative industries and will work tirelessly to support them in that pursuit. We are a family that is proud to be represented by an inspiring community of alumni that spans the globe.



Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44 (0)207 619 6868

Post: Festival Recruitment, Pleasance Theatre Trust Ltd, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London, N7 9EF


Pleasance Theatre Trust Ltd - Registered Charity 1050944 (England & Wales) and SC043237 (Scotland)

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