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. 2017 marks the 70th year of the Fringe and is Assembly’s 37th year, and the company will present a programme of around 200 shows in comedy, theatre, dance and music drawn from over 20 countries across 5 hubs including the magnificent Assembly Hall, our year round home – Assembly Roxy, Assembly Rooms, George Square Gardens and surrounding spaces and Assembly Checkpoint.
Temporary Roles - Festival 2017
There are a variety of paid positions available with Assembly as part of the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We require all our staff to be 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, and further information about the roles available can be found below.
We try to interview all members of staff prior to employment and interviews will take place in Edinburgh, London and via Skype during April and May. We will also be posting additional information about any temporary management roles on this page, so do keep checking back for further information. However due to the large volume of applications received we can’t contact everyone who applies so if you don’t hear from us then we’re sorry!
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 170 shows each day included comedy, dance, music, theatre and juggling, 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 over 35 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.
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.
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.
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!
There are a number of roles currently available on our Technical Team, and we contract over 100 technicians including lighting and sound technicians, stage managers, carpenters, riggers and general site crew to build and deliver our programme in 20 temporary venues. Our team transform old churches, lecture theatres and grand halls as well as creating a Spiegelgarden in George Square. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality professional service, and our technical team comes from all over the world to work with us and the companies that form our programme. If you’re an experienced professional or a recent technical graduate and are if you’re interesting in a challenging role working as part of our awesome team then please drop a CV and cover note to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also some roles available as part of our senior management team, and the details are listed below.
If you are interested in applying for this role please send us an email with your CV and a cover note, and the role as the subject line to email@example.com
FuturePlay is a digital arts festival which takes place in August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in association with Assembly Festival. The festival features a diverse programme of live performances, installations, experiences and talks, which celebrate, explore and showcase cutting-edge content and ideas at the intersection of art and technology, the main focus of which will be at the Assembly Rooms, but also in other venues across the city. The festival launched last year as the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival but has been rebranded and refocused as FuturePlay.
There are currently no positions available. Please check back regularly for further opportunities.
We are looking for someone who wants to spend a summer working in and amongst the amazing Festival we are a part of, but ensuring thast we stay connected to the wider world.
The full job description is available through the link above and if you are interested please email a CV and small note to firstname.lastname@example.org