Recruitment: Festival Team

Roundabout. Photo: The Other Richard.

Team PP is packing up and moving to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe and we are looking for a team of hard working theatre lovers to help us deliver a packed programme of shows in our beautiful pop-up theatre ROUNDABOUT. Once again this August ROUNDABOUT will be in the courtyard of Edinburgh’s Summerhall, housing a season of extraordinary work in a thrilling 360-degree setting.

ROUNDABOUT will host more than 200 performances over 23 days. There are 4,000 tickets available for 250 hours of theatre ranging from world premieres to international award winners. ROUNDABOUT is the place to be at EdFringe 2019. You can see all 11 shows in our bumper programme here.


We are seeking people who are engaged, open and fans of new writing to join our Festival Team and work across two roles for the duration of the festival. These are:

  • Visitor Services
  • Street Team

Working in the Festival Team is flexible so would suit students living in Edinburgh or anyone who might be working on their own shows at the Fringe – whatever brings you to the festival we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage all team members to see as much as possible whilst at the festival, and offer shifts at varying times to allow this.

“ROUNDABOUT is a truly special part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and you feel this throughout your time on the Festival Team. You get to see some amazing, electric pieces of theatre, meet some lovely people and get a few plays thrown in as well – what’s not to love? Anyone wanting to take on some flexible, friendly shifts at the Fringe this year… Paines Plough’s ROUNDABOUT is the one for you!” 
Ellie, Festival Team member 2018


The venue is open to the public 31 July – 25 August inclusive. Shift lengths will be between 3 and 5 hours, and will be available between 9:30am and 12am each day, depending on your position and availability. You can expect to work no more than six shifts a week during this period as dictated by our rota. Full training from Paines Plough and Summerhall’s dedicated and experienced Fringe team will be provided so you are able to perform your role to the best of your ability.

You will be paid an hourly rate of £8.21 (National Living Wage).

Benefits of working as part of Paines Plough’s Festival Team include:

  • Free entry to all 11 shows in ROUNDABOUT.
  • A Summerhall Pass, which permits the holder free entry to all shows in the Summerhall programme, provided they’re not sold out.
  • Free Paines Plough ROUNDABOUT 2019 playtexts.
  • An end of run party with us so you can celebrate your achievements together before finishing for the season.

“It’s not just one of the fringe’s most exciting venues, but one of Britain’s.” The Stage

“Paines Plough’s travelling ROUNDABOUT Auditorium is probably the loveliest venue at the Fringe.” The List

“Summerhall has effectively rewired the Fringe, becoming home to some of the most exciting work at the festival.” The Stage


Visitor Services

  • Welcoming audience members into ROUNDABOUT, including assisting any patrons with access needs
  • Taking tickets and seating audience members
  • Assisting with the set up for accessible performances
  • Managing latecomers
  • Selling merchandise
  • Updating any signage and maintaining the appearance of the site
  • Troubleshooting and being the point of contact in the event of an evacuation
  • Being an enthusiastic ambassador for ROUNDABOUT and the shows, which includes wearing our branded uniform
  • Watching all the ROUNDABOUT shows so you can confidently promote them

Street Team

  • Flyering and postering around Edinburgh (come rain or shine)
  • Talking to the public about the shows
  • Sticking up and stapling reviews on posters and flyers
  • Watching all the ROUNDABOUT shows so you can confidently promote them
  • Being an enthusiastic ambassador for ROUNDABOUT and the shows, which includes wearing our branded uniform



  • Experience in a customer services role
  • An ability to work independently with the stamina to keep going at the world’s most vibrant arts festival
  • Extremely friendly, enthusiastic and comfortable with talking to anyone
  • An interest in and passion for theatre, performance and visual arts
  • Natural ability to think on your feet and use initiative


  • Front of House experience
  • Street Team experience
  • An understanding of Fringe audiences and how the festival operates, even if you have not previously attended

“I really enjoyed working with such a lovely, inclusive bunch of people…my Edinburgh experience was a lot of fun, largely due to everyone I met working with Paines Plough. It was fantastic to feel like an important part of a large team…I had a ball, basically.”

Rory, Festival Team member 2016-17


To apply just fill out this form. We can only accept applications through this form. If you have any questions or access requirements just give us a ring on 020 7240 4533 or drop Eman an email on

Deadline for applications: Friday 31 May, 10am.

Recruitment Day in London for shortlisted applicants: Tuesday 11 June, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

If you are unable to travel to London for the Recruitment Day, we will be holding Skype interviews on Monday 10 June. Please indicate this in your application.

If you are successful, you must be able to attend our training day in Edinburgh. This will be a key opportunity to meet fellow staff and get to know our exciting venue. The training day will be on Tuesday 30 July at Summerhall, Edinburgh.

In order to apply we require all applicants to have a UK bank account and the right to work within the UK. Please note you must be over 18 to apply for this position.

Although we would prefer team members to have flexible availability for the duration of the festival, we will still consider applications from those with partial availability.

Paines Plough is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

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