Work with Us

Assembly Festival set the standard for theatre, comedy and entertainment and are one of the largest multi-venue operators on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We present high calibre work in temporary theatre spaces across the city ranging from lecture theatres and churches to tents and shipping containers. 2019 marks Assembly’s 39th year, and we will present a programme of over 200 shows in comedy, theatre, dance and music drawn from over 12 countries across 5 hubs including the magnificent Assembly Hall, our year-round home – Assembly Roxy, Assembly Rooms, George Square and surrounding spaces and Assembly Checkpoint.

Assembly Festival supports the principle of equal opportunity in employment and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, or religious or political beliefs. To avoid discriminatory practice in the recruitment of new employee’s, selection for the interview is based entirely on job-related criteria.

Applications for Fringe 2019 are now open and the roles currently available are listed below:.

 

 

 

There are a number of job opportunities available, working as part of the team with Assembly as part of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We require all our staff to be over 18 (due to Licensing restrictions), available for work for the month of August and be prepared to work flexible hours, have a UK bank account, speak fluent English and have the necessary visa requirements to work in the UK.

Applications for these positions can made via our online application form which can be completed from here, as well as further information about the roles available.

As part of the Assembly Festival team you will receive a highly coveted Assembly Festival staff pass, which gives you the chance to see any Assembly Festival show for free, and gives you a significant discount at Assembly Festival bars. On top of that, as well as knowing you are part of the most exciting venue team on the Fringe, we can guarantee a whole heap of fun and the chance to meet loads of new people. Last year our quality programme of 200+ shows each day included comedy, dance, music, theatre and juggling, again this year there’s over 200 shows so there’s definitely something for everyone in the programme! Alongside our artistic presentation we run a number of fantastic bars across our five Festival hubs, including the famous Assembly George Square which becomes the beating heart of the Fringe each August and in our 38 years of operation, Assembly has developed a reputation for excellence with both artists and audiences, and people travel from all over the world to join our team during the Festival; this year, why not join us.


Front of House Team

We’ll be looking for gregarious and outgoing people who love chatting with the public, working as part of a team and getting things done on time. You will be responsible for getting our audiences into and out of our venues safely and smoothly at the start and end of each show, and ensuring that we keep to a tight running schedule. You have to be interested in theatre, music and comedy and be able to talk to customers about Assembly shows, as well as being polite and helpful, even when under pressure, and conveying enthusiasm for, and knowledge of our diverse artistic programme.


Box Office Team

The team are trained to have a thorough knowledge of the ticketing system and our extensive multi-arts programme. As a member of Box Office staff, you will be an important and skilled team member, able to sell all varieties of tickets and special offers, resolve customer queries, advise and direct customers, and make recommendations from our exciting and diverse range of shows. We will be looking for cheerful and professional people happy to gather and organise information for our customers, providing unbeatable customer service at this front line position.


Street Team

Are you confident, charming and never sit still? Then the Assembly Festival Street Team is the place for you! Every year the Assembly Festival Street Team promotes and upsells tickets for a variety of our shows. Assembly Festival needs people who can quickly learn about our shows and sell like a pro, you will actively engage the general public in conversation, on the streets of Edinburgh, about our shows so we need people who bring bags of enthusiasm, confidence and self-motivation. You will be a frontline Assembly brand ambassador, which involves maintaining an impeccable uniform and tidy appearance, being polite and helpful (even at the end of your shift when it’s raining!), and conveying enthusiasm for and knowledge of our diverse artistic programme.


Bar Team

Bars are an essential part of the Assembly Festival experience, they are the social areas where audiences and performers gather, adding to the energetic buzz of the Fringe. At Assembly, we pride ourselves on creating unique, professional and safe environments for performers and audiences to unwind. We run a number of fantastic bars across all five of our Festival hubs, including in our famous George Square Gardens which becomes the beating heart of the Fringe each August.  If you have previous bar or waiting experience, are passionate about all aspects of bar service, willing to work hard and learn new skills, then it may be for you.


Catering Team

We operate a number of street food outlets around George Square and need keen foodies, servers, chefs or people who just like working hard to join our team. It’s a part of our organisation of which we are immensely proud and take very seriously, as it sits alongside our Food Festival in July. It can be hard going as we can serve over 1000 people a day through a unit, meaning more than a person a minute, which is a lot of pizza and pad thai! It’s fast-paced, stressful at times but always served with fun and a smile and you get to know that you’re keeping the festival running, as there wouldn’t be shows without food for the performers and other staff!

Job Title

Venue Technician

About Assembly

2019 will be the 39th year of Assembly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the 72st Edinburgh Fringe.  Assembly runs 22 venues ranging from 60 seaters to 850 seaters.  The venues are based at Assembly Roxy, Assembly Hall, Assembly Rooms, George Square Studios and George Square Gardens.  We build our venues in spaces ranging from Portakabins to purpose built theatres and lecture halls to Spiegeltents.  Assembly prides itself on our high production values, our good relationships with our visiting companies and producing an exciting range of high quality theatre, dance, music, circus and comedy.

Line Manager

All Venue Technicians report to the Venue Production Manager. The Production Manager will then liaise with the Technical Manager, Head of Staging, Head of Lighting and Head of Sound regarding technical support.

Any queries or concerns regarding payment and accommodation should be addressed to the Technical Coordinator.

Acronyms you need to know

TM – Technical Manager

HoD – Head of Department; Staging, Lighting or Sound

PM – Production Manager

VM – Venue Manager

SM – Stage management

LX – Lighting

SND – Sound

AV – Audio visual

 

Overall Purpose and Key Responsibilities

Working alongside other venue technicians you will ensure the smooth running of the venue, supporting the visiting companies where necessary and assisting in the build/dismantle of the temporary venues. 

The venues at Assembly range in size and style and therefore there are different staffing structures for each venue. We expect all of our venue technicians to work together as a team, larger venues will have separate departmental technicians, with smaller venues being run by general technicians. Please discuss the details of your venue directly with the Technical Management team.

The role includes, but is not exclusive to:

  • Building/ dismantling the venue under the supervision of the venue Production Manager, including; rigging scaffolding and trussing, decking, drapes, LX, AV and sound. Installing site LX, site dressing and infrastructure.
  • Assisting in the build of other venues, bars, exhibitions etc.
  • Assisting the visiting companies’ loading their show specific technical equipment.
  • Rigging and focusing company specials
  • Working alongside the Venue PM and HoD’s to gather and document the equipment and personnel used for each visiting company.
  • Programming and operating for technical rehearsals and performance, where the company requires it
  • Maintaining the venue and dressing rooms in a safe and clean manner
  • Working alongside the PM and VM to ensure that visiting companies are well looked after and that any issues are dealt with in a timely manner.
  • Ensuring there is power up/down information for each venue and well-marked up cue sheets/scripts.
  • Working in a team with the other technicians to ensure safe and speedy turn arounds between shows.
  • Taking part in the wider Assembly get out, this may include working outside during inclement weather.
  • Working alongside Front of House to ensure safe and efficient management of the venue; i.e. taking responsibility for the safety of audiences and managing evacuations
STAGE MANAGEMENT TECHNICIANS
  • You are employed as part of a team in your venue so whilst your primary responsibility is to the stage management of the venue, you also need to be prepared to work in all areas of technical theatre and to assist other technicians as necessary.
  • To liaise with FOH regarding clearance, enabling quick seating of audiences.
  • To cover stage cues as necessary
  • To run the stage turnaround between shows
  • To manage the storage space for the venue
  • To call shows as necessary
  • To look after backstage and dressing room areas
  • To complete show reports, fit up and get out notes and inventories
  • To keep a record of any items chargeable to the company (operators/ show specials/ hardware/ equipment etc.)
LIGHTING TECHNICIANS
  • To rig and focus the lighting for the venue
  • To programme and operate the lighting console for technical rehearsals and performances
  • To conduct daily rig checks and ensure all maintenance takes place in a timely fashion
  • To assist with the install/dismantle of site and bar lighting in the area surrounding the venue and lease with the venue PM regarding maintenance
  • To repatch as necessary in turnarounds
  • To run any stage power and stage electrics as required in turnarounds
  • To assists with the overall turnarounds between performance, including other departments
  • To assist the SM in recording Show reports
  • To assist the SM in compiling visiting company charge backs.
  • To ensure backup copies of the show files are created and maintained
  • To create cue sheets and annotated scripts ensuring they are maintained
SOUND TECHNICIANS
  • To rig the sound for the venue
  • To assist the Production Sound team in tuning the system
  • To programme and operate the sound desk for technical rehearsals and performances
  • To conduct daily rig checks and ensure all maintenance takes place in a timely fashion
  • To assist with the install/dismantle of site and bar sound systems in the area surrounding the venue and lease with the venue PM regarding maintenance
  • To repatch as necessary in turnarounds
  • To run any stage power and show specific sound as required in turnarounds
  • To assists with the overall turnarounds between performance, including other departments
  • To ensure the venue has relevant pre-show announcements as provided by the Head of Sound
  • To assist the SM in recording Show reports
  • To assist the SM in compiling visiting company charge backs.
  • To ensure backup copies of the show files are created and maintained
  • To create cue sheets and annotated scripts ensuring they are maintained
 Essential
  • A keen interest in performing arts
  • Experience of operating lighting and or sound
  • Experience in Stage management
  • Experience of working with performers
  • An organised yet flexible approach to tasks and calm under pressure
  • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team and under your own initiative
  • Ability to be creative and resourceful in problem solving
  • Awareness and experience of UK Health and Safety legislation

Evening and weekend work as required, you may be required to work on bank or public holidays.

Full and exact terms and conditions to be discussed.

To apply please complete this form and if you have any further questions email us at [email protected]

Assembly Communications Team

Assembly Festival is looking for great communicators to join its press and marketing team this summer. We have various roles available, suitable for experienced professionals, and those who love the arts and want to work for one of the biggest multi-venue operators at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Press

We are looking for a Press Officer to start in May and three Press Assistants to work during July and August - to help manage our broadcast requests, shout about our campaigns, organise our coverage, and help with running the Assembly Gala.

Marketing

We need creative marketing people who can write great copy for print, promote us across all our social media platforms and produce promotional campaigns that really stand-out.

So, if you are someone who is passionate about the arts, good at deadlines, organised with excellent attention to detail, loves the buzz of the festival and thrives when working in a busy office environment…we’d love to hear from you.

Please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your skills and experience, your availability, and why you want to work with us this summer to [email protected] Applications close at 12 noon on Friday 29 March 2019.