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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:.

 

 

 

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.

Application Deadline 23rd June at 5 pm. 

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

 

Job Title

Technical Department Intern 

Supervised by: Technical Manager, Head of Stage & Technical Co-ordinators 

Placement dates:  5th July – 2nd September 

About Assembly
Assembly sets the standard for theatre, comedy and entertainment on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, by presenting high calibre work in temporary theatre spaces in the magnificent Assembly Hall, Assembly Rooms, Assembly Roxy, George Square Gardens and George Square Studios. 2019 is Assembly’s 39th year and the company will create a magnificent programme of 200+ shows in comedy, theatre, dance and music drawn from over 20 countries.  
 
Overall Purpose and Key Responsibilities
Supervised by the Technical Manger, Head of Stage and Tech Co-ordinators, the Technical Intern will work alongside the Technical Management team to assist in the running and organisation of the load in and out and the administration and management of the festival.  Depending on the applicants experience there may be opportunity to manage crews, Stage Manage variety performances and work with the site team and technical crews during the build and break down of our temporary venues.  There will be the opportunity of being able to shadow members of the technical and production management team, with all aspects of theatre, dance, comedy, cabaret and music as well as creating temporary venues, bars and large outdoor sites. 
This role is ideally suited to a recent graduate who wishes to develop a career in technical theatre or festival technical management. We wish this to be a beneficial learning experience for the participants, and are keen to help support the development of any specific relevant skills that a candidate wishes to focus on within the remit of the role.  
 
Technical Intern Tasks 
  • Assist Technical Administrator in producing venue bibles and information for crew
  • Assist Technical Management in asset management and stock control 
  • Assist with the co-ordination of casual crew 
  • Assist in communication around the festival site  
  • Other tasks in fitting with the interns knowledge and experience 
  • ASM Gala performance & other Assembly shows as necessary 
  • Assist on turn arounds  
Key Skills
  • You must be enthusiastic, friendly, confident, and able to remain calm 
  • You must be able to build relationships and get along with our many different departments 
  • Like the rest of our team, you should be willing to pitch in as necessary and show initiative 
  • You should have a fair knowledge of technical theatre and theatre production 
Benefits
We are able to offer expenses of £100 per week for full-time interns, in order to cover your travel and lunch/dinner expenses.   
You will receive a coveted Assembly Pass, which enables you to watch any of our 230+ shows for free so long as the performance isn’t sold out, and entitles you to a significant discount at our Festival bars. 
 
Key dates and other information
We are looking for candidates who are available fulltime. From mid-July until the end of the Festival.  These placements will be six days per week. Evening and weekend will be required, and you may be required on bank or public holidays. 
 
Application
To apply for a placement as a Technical Intern, please email a brief covering letter and copy of your CV to [email protected] by Saturday 22nd June. 
SITE TEAM

There are a number of roles currently available on our Site Team, to build and deliver our programme in 24 temporary venues across Edinburgh. 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 site team comes from all over the world to work with us and the companies that form our programme.

 

Build Crew

The role will require the team members to have highly developed skills in the following areas:

- Experience in plant operation or ability to direct plant operators confidently.

- Traffic and pedestrian management.

- Exercising all necessary safe work practices and job safety analysis.

- Managing a team of workers effectively and efficiently.

- Use of hand and power tools, including the ability to problem solve creative ways to completes tasks safely.

- Assembly of truss, rigging and other pre-fabricated production infrastructure.

- Communicating quickly and accurately throughout the team and across departments.

- Managing priorities and expectations as tasks are completed or delegated.

 

If you’re an experienced site operations professional or plant operator and if you’re interesting in a challenging role working as part of our awesome team then please drop a CV and cover note to [email protected]

 

Site Electrician

We also require a Site Electrician to join our Site Team, to assist with the build and delivery of our 25 temporary venues across Edinburgh. 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 site team comes from all over the world to work with us and the companies that form our programme.

 

The role will require the applicant to have highly developed skills in the following areas:

- Experience in installation of outdoor heavy mains.

- Electrical distribution 

- External lighting design and installation

- Basic understanding of BS7909 and BS7671 and current regulations as applicable.

- Rigging and truss installation.

- Exercising all necessary safe work practices and job safety analysis.

- Use of hand and power tools, including the ability to problem solve creative ways to completes tasks safely.

- Communicating quickly and accurately throughout the team and across departments.

- Managing priorities and expectations as tasks are completed or delegated.

 

If you’re interested in a challenging role working as part of our awesome team then please drop a CV and cover note to [email protected]

Unfortunately we have now filled all of our temporary roles that were available for the summer, if you are still interested in working for us then please do keep checking this page as any further opportunities will be posted here.

 

If you did apply for a position, thank you for taking the time, but if you haven’t heard from us or had an arranged interview, then unfortunately there are no available positions remaining. We wish you all the best for the summer and hope you find other ways to enjoy the Festival.