What you can do at Edinburgh

Please note that information in this section relates to opportunities most of which are part of our in-person Edinburgh Fringe season. Owing to public health considerations, it may not be possible to operate a physical Fringe this year. For 2021 we will be offering a digital programme. We have some opportunities for voluntary roles as part of our digital programme, mostly in administration, press and marketing, box office, information and video technology, but these may be different the roles we would normally offer as part of the in-person Fringe season. We will look to reintroduce an in-person programme once this is once again both possible and appropriate.

Opportunities available

Being part of C means meeting and working with a huge variety of artists from different backgrounds. We are looking for people to help ensure our venues run smoothly and we look after our visiting companies and artists and our audience. We have volunteer roles with genuine responsibility available for people of all skill levels across all areas of our operation.

Festival dates

We prefer our Festival team to be present in Edinburgh to see the whole project through from the fit-up of the venues and the actual Festival to the get-out, from mid July until the end of August. However, we recognise that not everyone can commit to a six or seven week period, and so we can also accommodate people only available for shorter dates during this period, for part of during the fit-up/get-out and/or for part of the run. We have some administrative, planning and marketing roles which would suit people with some availability in London before the Fringe.

Festival assistants, front of house and box office team

Our festival assistants and front of house and box office team play a key part in welcoming customers and directing them around the venues, selling tickets and providing information, helping ensure that the venues run smoothly and are well presented to theatre companies and to the public, helping with the process of getting audiences into and out of shows. The role also involves flyering for shows and print distribution. We see our festival assistants and front of house team as key members of our team, at the front line of getting an audience for our shows in the highly competitive Fringe environment.

Theatre management and foh supervisors

We provide each venue with duty theatre management/front of house supervisors to ensure the smooth running of the venue and its timetable, and to be responsible for staff, visiting companies and members of the public. This role includes trouble-shooting and problem-solving to help our performing companies and artists and the public get the best out of their visit.

Technical managers, technicians and stage managers

Our theatres are equipped to the highest technical specifications. Our technical team are there to maintain these standards, to assist companies with their changeovers, and to be on hand should their help be required. Our technicians and stage managers may operate some of the visiting productions. We also have roles for more specialist technicians with skills in carpentry, lighting, audio-visual and IT.

Box office management and supervisors

Our integrated box offices use the Fringe ticketing system to sell tickets for shows at all our venues. Our box offices function as a venue reception, with box office team welcoming company members and passing on messages to our admin team.

Press and marketing

Our press and marketing team work to generate media coverage for our programme and to boost ticket sales for our shows. We are committed to vigorously promoting our venues and the works we host, and we are looking for people who will work tirelessly on behalf of our visiting productions both before and during the Festival. We have specific opportunities for people with an interest in press, marketing, social media, graphic design and photography.

In-house productions and events

Our in-house productions and events look after our free in-house productions and events. These include C theatre, which presents a season of shows in our venues including Fringe fixture Shakespeare for Breakfast, co-productions with other theatre companies and artists from around the world, shows under the C presents banner, such as our nightly cabaret show, pay what you think showcases, and our free events programme for the public, theatre company members and C venues team members, which runs alongside our main programme.

Client services and administration

Our client services office assists companies with all aspects of their stay in Edinburgh, and offer advice and solutions to any of the problems that can beset a Festival company, from their posters not arriving to lack of electricity in their accommodation. The administrative/client services team helps keep the whole C machine running efficiently and offers support to the other departments.

Other opportunities

All our team work across all areas when needed, and we aim to help everyone learn new skills as part of participating with us. For those interested in technical theatre we offer a training programme before the start of the fit-up, and we also try and arrange specialist technical training, such as on lighting and sound equipment, for those interested. We offer our customer-facing team members customer service training and we try and ensure that everyone on the team has the skills to sell a ticket if needed, so we can help our shows do as well as possible. Other opportunities include helping with in-house and co-productions, events and marketing.