Festival Volunteer Programme

Volunteer with us at the Fringe


Join us for an unforgettable summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

The Pleasance Festival Volunteer Programme provides a platform for people of all backgrounds and ages to hone their skills in the creative industries by playing a key role in the daily operation of the Pleasance’s Fringe venues, at the centre of the largest arts festival in the world. 

Volunteers are crucial to the daily operations at Pleasance’s three venues containing 33 performance spaces. Could you be one of them? 

Roles are in Technical, Guest, Industry and Marketing departments and the Programme runs from the end of July to the end of August, with most joining for the full duration: 

  • Technical department: Thursday 25th July - Thursday 29th August 
  • Guest, Industry and Marketing department: Friday 26th July - Thursday 29th August



For full details download the Info Pack at the bottom of the page.

Currently, we have filled all the roles or are in the process of offering but we sometimes reopen recruitment for certain roles if there are changes within the team. If you wish to express an interest in one of the filled roles please use this form: Expression of Interest Form

We will also consider part time roles, however we are limited in what we can offer, but if you're interested please also complete the form above. 

If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]


All our volunteers receive:

  • Subsistence of no less than £560 as a contribution to your living expenses.

  • A private bed in local accommodation within close proximity to the venue at no cost to yourself.

  • A Pleasance Pass, providing FREE access to the full Pleasance programme and discounts at various restaurants, cafes and bars throughout Edinburgh.

  • Access to training opportunities and information sessions

  • The opportunity to include your time with the Pleasance on your CV and request references.

  • Exclusive workshops and networking opportunities, as well as wellbeing and social events

  • Exclusive ticket offers and discounts for the Edinburgh Preview Season at Pleasance London in June & July.


To make our application process more accessible we offer the following: 

  • Clear description in Plain English of Job Role and applicant criteria 

  • Accepting audio and video submissions in place of written submissions (pg 8 in Info Pack)

  • Clear set timeline of how the application process works (pg 8 in Info Pack)

  • Description of how the decision making process happens (pg 8 in Info Pack)

  • Any application queries please feel free to contact Charlotte at [email protected]*

*You can also phone us to talk about your access needs on 020 7619 6868. Our access menu details what we can provide but it is not exhaustive. We discuss access with candidates at each step of the application process, so first we would discuss access for the application, then go from there.


Roles Now Filled


  • Venue Crew 

Guest Services

  • Box Office Operator 

  • Front of House Assistant 

Industry Services

  • Arts Industry Office 

  • Press Office 


  • Digital Content Creator

  • Street Team


Equal Opportunities 

At the Pleasance Theatre Trust we want our team to reflect wider society and welcome applications from all sections of the community - particularly anyone currently underrepresented in the creative industries. 

We welcome applications from everyone, regardless of backgrounds or social group. If you would like to have an informal discussion about any role available or anything in this pack before you submit your application please contact [email protected]

You can also email or phone to talk to us about your access needs. Our access menu on the website details what we can provide but it is not exhaustive. We discuss access with candidates at each step of the application process, so first we would discuss access for the application, then go from there. We ask that all applicants complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Please note that all data will be annoymised and stored in line with our GDPR policy.


PDF icon Volunteer Pack 2024-V3 (1).pdf