Festival Volunteer Programme

Volunteer with us at the Fringe

Register your interest in joining us for Festival 2021

Whilst there is still a great deal of uncertainty around what 2021 has in store, what is clear is that providing new opportunities within the arts is more vital now than it ever has been. The Pleasance will return to Edinburgh in August 2021 with what may arguably be our most important Festival to date. We would love for you to join us.

Applications to be part of our 2021 Festival Team will launch once our recruitment timeline is finalised. If you would like to take part, please submit your details via the link below and you will be the first to hear about any opportunities when they are launched.

Provisional dates for team members are Friday 30th July to Wednesday 1st September 2021.



Please note that the information below shows our standard appication process for the Pleasance Festival Volunteer Programme as it was originally intended for Fringe 2020 (since suspended). This is for reference only. If you would like to register your interest in joining us, please use the form above.


An unforgettble 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 23 Fringe venues, each at the centre of the largest arts festival in the world.

From Friday 31st July (30th July for Technical volunteers) to Thursday 3rd September 2020, we are joined by some 180 volunteers who act in dedicated positions with genuine responsibilities, supported by a team of experienced industry individuals.

As an educational charity, the Pleasance Theatre Trust is recognised as a leading cultivator of talent on the Fringe, with each festival offering an opportunity to nurture the skills of those working off stage, as well as those performing on it. The Pleasance is fiercly committed to developing opportunities to grow careers. Our voluntary team includes those of all levels of experience, who exhibit the right attitude and the drive to take part. Their passion is what gives the venue it’s unique energy, and we look to create an environment where every volunteer feels engaged, valued and inspired.

Previous participants have cited the development of new skills, building confidence in social and diplomatic situations, the opportunity to put existing experience into practice and creating a professional network as just some of the benefits of joining. Not to mention having an unforgettable experience in an unparalleled hub of creativity and energy.

A wide range of positions are available in the following teams;



  • Venue Crew (Team Leader / Sound / Lighting / Stage)

Guest Services

  • Box Office
  • Front of House

Industry Services

  • Arts Industry Reception
  • Press Office
  • Brooke’s Club Hosts


  • Street Team
  • Content Team (Photographer / Videographer / Content Producer)


The Festival Volunteer Programme is about hands on experience and peer to peer learning. Whether you are willing to impart knowledge or are keen to accept it, there is a place for you on our team.

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

The venue is open to the public from 5th - 31st 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, including three full days off during the programme. Typical shift patterns are discussed in more detail during interview. All volunteers are involved the venue Get-In and Get-Out at either side of these dates, where we set up and pack up the venue respectively.


What the Programme Offers

In addition to what we hope is an invaluable and exhilarating experience, all volunteers receive;

  • A subsistence of no less than £680 as a contribution to your living expenses. This is paid in 2 parts - 50% in the middle of the festival, 50% at the end).
  • For those who require accommodation, a single private bedroom within close proximity to the venue at no cost. Each room is in a 4 - 6 bedroom apartment that is shared exclusively with other Pleasance volunteers.
  • A Pleasance Pass, which gives free access to any show in the Pleasance programme, as well as discounts at various restaurants, cafes and bars throughout Edinburgh.
  • Weekly events and get togethers, so that you can relax, have fun and get to know the great team of people around you.
  • Access to training opportunities, information sessions and networking events to further your career.
  • The opportunity to include your time with the Pleasance on your CV and request references.
  • Exclusive ticket offers and discounts for the Edinburgh Preview Season at Pleasance London in June & July.

Our aim is to provide volunteers with safe, secure lodgings, the means to enjoy the festival for the month and the chance to develop their industry knowledge. All you need to do is arrange your own travel if you are joining us from outside of Edinburgh.

A peer and managerial support network is available to all volunteers throughout the festival, with dedicated mechanisms to provide feedback on your experience both throughout and at the conclusion of the Fringe.



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

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview at one of our Open House Recruitment Sessions in Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds, London and Manchester. These sessions will include an introductory group presentation and Q&A discussing life on the Fringe, followed by a short one-to-one interview with each candidate. Each Open House will be tailored to a specific department, per the schedule below.

Where possible, additional interviews will be scheduled with candidates who cannot attend the Open House dates or locations. These will predominantly take place via Skype.

If there are positions remaining on the team following each round of Open House Sessions, further interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. As such, there is no set deadline. As we consider applications on a first received, first reviewed basis – we advise all candidates to apply as soon as possible to maximise your chances.

Applications via alternative means such as a video or voice application will be accepted from those who require reasonable adjustments. If you would like to discuss this or 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.


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.

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)


PDF icon Pleasance Festival Volunteer Programme 2020 - Information Pack.pdf

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