Recruitment: Festival Team

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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 26 days with over 30,000 available tickets for 300 hours of theatre ranging from world premieres to international award winners. Roundabout is the place to be at EdFringe 2018. You can see all 11 shows in our bumper programme here.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

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, 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.

“You really are the loveliest venue at the fringe. You enhanced my fringe experience, my shifts were good and being given different timed shifts made it great to see all shows over the month…You just create a really relaxed and friendly environment, which is so productive in enhancing an audiences experience. I’d recommend you to anyone wanting to work for a company at fringe next year.”  Natasha Ravenscroft, Festival Team member 2017

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Hasan Dixon performs Black Mountain by Brad Birch. Photo: The Other Richard.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The venue is open to the public 1-26 August inclusive. Shift lengths will be between 4 and 5 hours, and will be available between 10:30am and 1am 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.

You will be paid an hourly rate of £7.83.

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

  • Training from Paines Plough and Summerhall’s dedicated and experienced Fringe team to perform your role to the best of your ability.
  • A Summerhall Pass, which permits the holder free entry to all shows in the Summerhall programme, provided they’re not sold out. This gives access to over 140 shows.
  • Free playtexts for all of the Paines Plough Roundabout plays.
  • An end of run party with us so you can celebrate your achievements together before finishing for the season.

“Summerhall’s 2017 programme was as eclectic and invigorating as we’ve come to expect over the past few years, and nowhere more so than in the Paines Plough Roundabout; 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

Jonny Donahoe performs Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan. Photo: The Other Richard.
Jonny Donahoe performs Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan. Photo: The Other Richard.

WHAT DOES THE JOB INVOLVE?

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.

Street Team

  • Flyering and postering around Edinburgh (come rain or shine).
  • Talking to the public about the shows.
  • Sticking up and stapling reviews.
  • Watching the Roundabout productions so you can confidently promote the shows when flyering.
  • Being an enthusiastic ambassador for Roundabout and the shows, which includes wearing our branded uniform.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • 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.

Desirable

  • 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 Horne, Festival Team member 2016-17

 

TO APPLY

To apply just fill out this form. We can only accept applications through this form. If you have any questions or problems just give us a ring on 020 7240 4533 or drop Charlotte an email on charlotte@painesplough.com.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 31 May, 10am.

Recruitment day in London for shortlisted applicants: Tuesday 12 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

If you are successful, you must be able to attend our training day Edinburgh. This will be a key opportunity to meet fellow staff and get to know our exciting venue. The training day will be Tuesday 31 July at Summerhall, Edinburgh.

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

Although we would prefer team members to be around for the whole festival season we are still happy to accept applications from those with a limited availability.

Paines Plough is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

Recruitment: Placement Students

Here at Paines Plough we are always looking for ways to demystify the way we go about commissioning, producing and touring new plays in order to provide support for theatre makers at any stage of their careers through a programme called Insights.

As part of Insights we offer a flexible programme of work placements designed to support the study of students on university and drama school courses at MA or BA level with practical work experience of a busy touring theatre company. Please see below for information on how to apply for our Summer/Autumn 2018 programmes.

We’re looking for placements to join Team PP for either the Summer or Autumn:

  • The Summer placement period will run for 11 weeks from 15 May to 27 July.
  • The Autumn period will run for 12 weeks from 10 September to 07 December.

You will be in PPHQ 3 days per week, although this can be flexible depending on the placement and your personal study requirements, 10am-6pm with a one-hour break for lunch.

We have three placements on offer:

  • Production Placement
  • Administration Placement
  • Marketing Placement

You can apply for as many roles as you feel you are qualified for.

Please detail the following in your cover letter:

  • Your experience
  • Why you are interested in Paines Plough
  • What you hope to gain from the placement
  • Which role or roles you are applying for
  • Which period (Summer or Autumn) you are applying for

The deadline for applications is 10am 9 April.

You can download application packs for all three roles here:

Production Placement Application Pack

Administration Placement Application Pack

Marketing Placement Application Pack

Recruitment: Production Assistant

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Wanted: New member of Team PP

Exciting times at PPHQ. We’re on the search for a talented new Production Assistant to come and join Team PP.

We’re looking for someone with excellent administrative skills to support the busy production team, someone who is highly motivated and passionate about new plays and touring.

You’ll be joining Team PP in our Central London office but will regularly find yourself on trains up and down the UK visiting our partner venues and seeing our work on tour.

Up your street? Excellent. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for a talented new Production Assistant to come and join Team PP. The Production Assistant works closely with the Production team, administratively supporting the delivery of Paines Plough’s productions and audience development across small-scale, mid-scale, internationally, and Paines Plough’s ACE Strategic Touring funded project Roundabout. Including booking travel and accommodation, co-ordinating castings, arranging and minuting meetings, distributing marketing materials and preparing schedules. The Production Assistant is predominantly office based, though will be required to travel for this post.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic member of our dedicated team of ten full-time employees based on Aldwych in Central London. They will have a passion for new plays and touring and experience of working in an administrative role.

Deadline for applications

Monday 12 March 2018 at 12pm

Applications should be submitted by email only to charlotte@painesplough.com

Please address applications to Sofia Stephanou, Producer and clearly mark the email subject: PRODUCTION ASSISTANT APPLICATION.

If you are unable to submit your application by email, please contact Charlotte Walton on 020 7240 4533.

Shortlisting and Interviews

Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date. When shortlisting we are making an assessment of how closely your application meets the selection criteria set out in the person specification.

You will be notified of whether you have been shortlisted or not via email.

Interviews

w/c Monday 19 March 2018

If you are shortlisted, we will contact you by phone to invite you to interview and follow up with an email.

Offers

All offers are made subject to receipt of satisfactory references, proof of identity, address and eligibility to work in the UK.

We hope you find the above helpful and good luck with your application.

Download the Application Form and Application Pack here

Paines Plough Application Form

Production Assistant Application Pack