Work with us


Team PP are packing up and moving to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe and we are looking for a team of hard working theatre lovers to work with us to deliver a packed programme of shows in Roundabout. This August Roundabout will pop up in the courtyard of Edinburgh’s Summerhall and house a season of extraordinary work all performed in a thrilling 360-degree setting.  

You can see all 13 shows in our bumper programme here. From world premieres to international award winners. Roundabout is the place to be at EdFringe 2017.

"I had the best time as part of Paines Plough’s Festival Team! It’s such a great opportunity to meet brilliant people, be part of Roundabout, get a front row seat at sold out shows – and get paid! The work/life/fun balance is definitely one of the best at the Fringe and I made friendships that have lasted well beyond August. Would recommend to a friend."

Kirsten Peters Roebuck, Assistant Producer at Mahogany Opera Group



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. Our shifts vary by time daily and we strongly encourage all team members to see as much as possible whilst at the festival.



The venue is open to the public 4-27 August inclusive and you can expect to work daily during this period as dictated by our rota – times and lengths of day vary according to your position but shifts will be available between 9:30am and midnight each day.

You will be paid an hourly rate of £7.50.

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

- Training from Paines Plough’s 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. Pass holders also receive discounts at the Summerhall cafe, restaurant, concessions and bars.
- 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.

“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



Visitor Services

- Welcoming audience members into Roundabout.
- Taking tickets and seating audience members.
- Managing latecomers.
- Troubleshooting and being the point of contact in the event of an evacuation.
- Assisting with the set up for accessible performances.
- Selling playtexts.
- Being an enthusiastic ambassador for Roundabout and the shows.

Street Team

- Flyering and postering around Edinburgh (come rain or shine).
- Talking to the public about the shows.
- Sticking up and stapling reviews.
- Being an enthusiastic ambassador for Roundabout and the shows.




- Friendly customer service experience.
- 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.


- 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, student at UEA



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

Deadline for applications: Friday 26 May, 12pm.

Recruitment day for shortlisted applicants: Monday 5 June, 5.30-7.30pm.

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 Thursday 03 August 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.