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Assembly Festival sets 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. 

We’re delighted to announce that in 2022 we’ll be celebrating our 40th Assembly Festival at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in addition to returning to Coventry as part of its City of Culture celebrations. 

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 employees, selection for the interview is based entirely on job-related criteria. All our roles are paid National Living Wage as a minimum.

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Current vacancies

We’re currently recruiting for fixed-term roles across all of our Festival teams – apply now!.

We have a number of fixed-term roles available in our Assembly Festival Fringe team in Edinburgh for this summer which are now open for applications. We are hiring across the company for all sorts of roles, and would love to chat to you about what you role might best suit you.

Find out more about the roles below or head straight to our dedicated recruitment site for more details and to apply.

Box Office team

Assembly Festival sets 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. 2022 marks Assembly’s 40th year on the Fringe, and we are set to present a diverse programme of comedy, theatre, dance and music across some of our iconic Edinburgh venues.

The Box Office team are quite often the first point of interaction for guests visiting our site, and are required to have strong communication skills, a keen helpful attitude and be able to answer customer queries. Ideally you should have customer service experience, definitely have an interest in theatre and events, be confident and proactive and love helping people. 

 

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 venues. At Assembly, we pride ourselves on creating unique, professional and safe environments for performers and audiences to get a drink pre-show, as a place to meet friends or to unwind.

As a bar team member, you will be on the frontline, serving drinks and making our customers' day. This role is vital to the overall customer experience, and we expect hard graft and an ability to work in a team with new people, creating a great working environment conducive to an amazing experience. This role requires you to be flexible and mature. Your focus will be on making drinks, dealing with stock, keeping the bar and venue clean, working with other departments and being friendly to customers.

We require all our staff to be over 18 (due to licensing restrictions), have a UK bank account, speak fluent English and have the necessary visa requirements to work in the UK. So 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.
 

Front of House team

The Front of House team performs an array of duties within the venue. More than just ripping tickets, this job is about seating audiences, answering queries, greeting customers and ensuring everyone's experience at Assembly is a safe and positive one. Front of House teams needs a good understanding of what it means to deliver great customer service and always be positive and ready to help. A love of the performing arts is a great start and you will get to see shows, meet performers and audience alike, and have the best summer ever. 

This role gets involved in all aspects of the festival and we have small and large teams across our festival sites, so can suit all sorts of people.

 

Street Food Operations team

At Assembly, we pride ourselves on the delicious and varied range of street food we present to our customers each year. The street food ops team are trained on the job to deliver generous, healthy dishes in a fast-paced and exciting environment. Split into small teams, successful applicants will have the chance to learn multiple cuisines and workflows and be ready to move between roles as required. If you have a passion for food, or want to learn new skills in the kicthen then this role could be for you. 

Coffee is alsso a major feature of the Fringe – it keeps all the hard workign staff and performers going across the month, so if you have a love of caffeine and are willing to leanr, or think you could help teach others then get in touch. 

We are looking for Kitchen prep staff, servers, baristas and customer service superstars.

 

If you have any questions about any of these roles then please email us at [email protected]

 

To apply for any of these roles head to our dedicated recruitment site to apply

Assembly Festival sets the standard for theatre, comedy, and entertainment and is one of the largest multi-venue operators on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2021 we partnered with the Coventry City of Culture Trust to deliver the Assembly Festival Garden which played host to an exciting programme of comedy, circus, cabaret, children’s shows and more across three performance spaces from July to September.

After the success of summer 2021, the Festival Garden will return to Coventry from spring 2022.

As part of the Assembly Festival team in Coventry, you will have the chance to see any of the shows at the Assembly Festival Garden for free, and receive a significant discount at the bars, as well as delivering a packed programme of entertainment. Our staff help make an audience member’s visit truly memorable, whether serving at the bar, selling tickets or seating people, we pride ourselves on making sure every part of the customer journey is a premium experience.

Assembly has developed a reputation for excellence with both artists and audiences, and people travel from all over the world to join our team; why not join us.

 

Front of House Team

We are looking for customer service superstars. Register your interest for these roles based in Coventry at our Assembly Festival Garden.
You should have customer service experience, an interest in theatre and events, be confident and proactive and have a love of helping people. These roles will be required from March until August 2022. Interviews will take place from February.

If you have any further questions email us at [email protected]

 

Box Office Team

We are looking for box office/ticketing superstars. Register your interest for these roles based in Coventry at our Assembly Festival Garden which will run from mid-April to the end of September 2022.

You should have customer service experience, an interest in theatre and events, be confident and proactive and have a love of helping people. Interviews to take place on a rolling basis from February.

The Box Office team are quite often the first point of interaction for guests visiting our site, and are required to have strong communication skills, a keen helpful attitude and be able to answer customer queries.

If you have any further questions email us at [email protected]

 

Bars Staff and Supervisors

We are looking for experienced bartenders to join our team and make an impact. As a bar team member, you will be on the frontline, serving drinks and making our customers day. This role is vital. We expect hard graft and an ability to work in a team with new people, creating a great working environment conducive to an amazing experience. This role requires you to be flexible and mature. Your focus will be on making drinks, dealing with stock, keeping the bar and venue clean, working with other departments and being friendly to customers.

If you have any further questions email us at [email protected]

We require all our staff to be over 18 (due to licensing restrictions), have a UK bank account, speak fluent English and have the necessary visa requirements to work in the UK.

 

Technical Staff – full time and local staff pool

We are looking for talented Lighting, Sound and Stage Management as well as general all-round Venue Technicians to work full time on our festival site as well as join our general pool of technicians in Coventry. We're also looking for Carpenters, Scenic Artists and general crew! We have several full-time roles from April til June/September and we're also looking to meet locally based technicians who may have availability for turnarounds/events/extra support where needed so join our pool!

 

To apply for one or more of the above positions, just head to our dedicated recruitment portal.

We are looking for experienced, Lighting, Sound, Stage Management and General Technicians to join our Edinburgh Team. Our Venues range from 50 to 800 seats.

Roles are available in Edinburgh to build and work in our temporary theatre venues from July for the Jazz Festival and Food Festival and roll through until the end of August to cover the Fringe or from Early August for the Fringe dates only.

Staff are required to be 18+ due to the licensed nature of our sites, and have a legal right to work in the UK, no Visas are able to be offered for these roles.

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 venue as required.

We expect all 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 venues under the supervision of the venue Production Manager, including; rigging scaffolding and trussing, decking, drapes, LX, AV and sound. 
•    Installing site elements including sound, site dressing and infrastructure.
•    Assisting in the build of other venues, bars, exhibitions etc. This may include working outside during inclement weather.
•    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.
•    Actively assisting venue turn arounds get ins and get outs.
•    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.
•    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.

Lighting Technician Duties

•    To rig and focus the lighting for the venue
•    To programme and operate the lighting console for technical rehearsals and performances
•    Conduct daily rig checks and ensure all maintenance takes place in a timely fashion
•    Assist with the install/dismantle of site and bar lighting in the area surrounding the venue and lease with the venue PM regarding maintenance
•    Repatch as necessary in turnarounds
•    Run any stage power and stage electrics as required in turnarounds
•    Assist with the overall turnarounds between performance, including other departments
•    Assist the SM team in recording Show reports
•    Assist in compiling visiting company charge backs.
•     Ensure backup copies of the show files are created and maintained
•    Create cue sheets and annotated scripts ensuring they are maintained
•    Adhere to and implement the best Health and Safety practices and follow Assembly Festival Health and Safety guidelines.

Sound Technician Duties

•    To assist with the rigging and installation of the sound system for the venue
•    To operate and programme the sound desk for technical rehearsals and performances
•    To conduct daily rig checks, perform regular required maintenance, reporting any faults to management 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 assist 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
•    To adhere to and implement the best Health and Safety practices and follow Assembly Festival Health and Safety guidelines
•    Knowledge of l’acoustics systems, Yamaha CL mixing consoles and Qlab is strongly desirable


Stage Management Duties

•    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 reports and dressing room areas 
•    To complete show, 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.) 
•    To adhere to and implement the best Health and Safety practices and follow Assembly Festival Health and Safety guidelines.

 

Dates:

These are fixed term roles from early July through August depending on venue and availability



Location:

Edinburgh – shared, single occupancy accommodation can be arranged through the festival.

 

Recruitment process

To apply please complete an application through our recruitment portal 

Role: Production Manager
Reports to: Operations Director
Direct Relationships: Technical Manager, Head of Production, Operations Manager, General Manager, Site Team, Technical Team, Programming Team, Marketing & Press Team, Bars Team, Box Office Team Finance Team, Artistic Director, Site Manager

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 Roxy, George Square and surrounding spaces and Assembly Checkpoint. 2022 should be a year in which events and live theatre renew themselves after the events of the past 2 years and we aim to continue to push forwards and lead the field in the delivery of cultural Festival organisers across the UK.

Role description

Roles & Responsibilities

* Communicate with incoming companies in advance of their arrival to ensure that Assembly are providing all relevant equipment and staffing and ensuring the incoming shows will work safely within the Assembly venue.
* Liaise with venue landlords to ensure clear and quick communication.
* Overall responsibility for ensuring all work is undertaken in line with Assembly's Health and Safety policy and in line with all current Health and Safety legislation.
* Use suitable drawing packages alongside senior technical staff to ensure we deliver the highest spec of venues possible within budget
* Manage the schedule and crewing with senior technical staff to ensure that budgets are adhered to throughout the festival for staffing, equipment and hires
* Oversee the unloading of relevant containers and equipment trucks
*  Oversee the fit ups of venues within your delegated precinct.
* Oversee the technical rehearsals in the venues.
* Be responsible for the operational running of the venues with particular focus on the technical staffing and company requirements but also assist with the duty management of and bar and Front of House alongside the Venue Manager
* Ensure visiting companies are supported throughout the festival to ensure the highest standard of delivery possible. Problem solving will be essential.
* Ensure daily show reports and venue reports are produced and circulated to the Technical Management team
*  Attend Management Meetings (in person or over video call)
*  Oversee the load out, packing of relevant containers and equipment trucks ensuring an accurate asset report and equipment list is made
* Provide a detailed end of festival report.

Person Specification
* Must have a solid background in production management and an understanding of the Fringe environment.
* Experience across a range of technical disciplines.
* Experience Managing a team
* Ability to problem solve
* Effective Communication

The initial period of the contract, 27th June – 4th July, will be considered to be operated under flexible working hours so other work may be taken in consultation with the Operations Director. This working time can be completed remotely or in advance as agreed, and is more about discovery and information. 

The role will require you to be based in Edinburgh between 4th July and 4th September 2022 as part of the contract, and you will be expected to work from an Assembly office during this time. 

This role is paid at a fee of £7000 for the role for the perid.

Accommodation is provided if required.

Recruitment process

To apply please complete an application through our recruitment portal