Festival Volunteer Programme

Volunteer with us at the Fringe

Applications now open for August 2021!

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

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 Tuesday 3rd August - Tuesday 31st August (Box Office / Front of House) or Wednesday 1st September (Venue Crew). 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.

This year’s Festival may be smaller, but its purpose has never been bigger - bringing artists back to the stage and creating opportunities to nurture and support new talent. This is a moment to rebuild and rediscover - embodying the hopeful spirit of our very first year on the Fringe in 1985.

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

  • Box Office
  • Front of House
  • Venue Crew

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

The venue is open to the public from 6th - 29th August inclusive. Volunteers work on a daily rota throughout the festival, 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.



To apply, simply complete this online form.

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

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview via Zoom or phone on a rolling basis until all roles are filled. 

Late opportunities may arise, even during 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.


If you have any queries or wish to follow up on your application at any point, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44 (0)207 619 6868

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


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.


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


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