Volunteers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Paradise Green

Front of House Roles

House Manager

House Managers are responsible for the day to day running of one of the venues, and is the "public face" of the venue.

Responsible for:

  • Communicating with companies and making sure shows start on time
  • Safe operation of the house
  • Assigning Front of House staff where required, rotating people between jobs appropriately, and ensuring staff have adequate breaks
  • Dealing with complaints or problems with members of the public or companies
  • Keeping the Front of House areas clean and tidy, and as welcoming as practical ensuring fire safety requirements are met (e.g. keeping exit routes clear)

Generally House Managers are selected from our returning volunteers and will receive training prior to the festival, although there are occasional exceptions.

Front of House Staff

Front of House staff will be rotated around various jobs. If you have a special reason for preferring not to do a particular job - for example, if English is not your first language and you don't feel happy working in the box office - you should discuss this with the House Manager on your shift. However, we do expect that people will generally do their share of all jobs.

On a shift, you can expect to spend some time doing each of the following:

Box Office -- The box office is usually the public's first contact with the venue. As well as selling tickets, the box office acts as a communication centre within the venue, especially in case of evacuation, when the box office has specific responsibilities as detailed in the Evacuation Procedures. 

Snack Bars -- Each venue has a Snack Bar which offers a wide range of snacks, hot drinks, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.  Bar training will be provided in accordance with relevant licensing conditions. 

Usher -- This job involves managing audiences queuing for shows, making announcements to audiences, taking tickets as people enter the auditorium, showing latecomers to seats, and distributing programmes.  Ushers will sometimes be required to sit in performances, typically where the show is aimed at children.

Other tasks -- There are many other tasks you may be asked to help with, such as cleaning, creating displays of publicity materials, distributing our brochures, or accompanying somebody on a shopping trip to the cash-and-carry.

Front of House staff are responsible for:

  • Selling tickets and using VIA
  • Selling cafe and bar items
  • Checking tickets
  • Cleaning
  • Handling money

Front of House staff will be covered by new and returning volunteers.

Duty Assistant

The Duty Assistant is a floating member of Front of House staff who works under the Duty Manager, allowing us to flexibly meet peak demands in both of our venues.

Assists with:

  • Covering breaks
  • FOH duties
  • Instructions of the Duty Manager

Duty Assistants will be covered by new and returning volunteers.

Technical Roles at Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Paradise Green

Technical Roles

Tech Manager

The Tech Manager is responsible for leading a team of techicians and coordinating the day to day technical operation of both venues.

Responsible for:

  • Powering up and testing all lighting and sound equipment at the start of the day, and shutting it down at the end of the day
  • Carrying out visual safety inspections of the lighting grids, and checking fire extinguishers, exits and walkways, seating etc. 
  • Ensuring changeovers between shows are safe and on time
  • Managing their team of technicians and ensuring their welfare
  • Incident Coordinator responsibility


Generally Tech Managers are selected from our returning volunteers and will receive training prior to the festival, although there are occasional exceptions.


Technicians are responsible for the day-to-day technical operation of the venue, working closely with the Tech Manager.

Responsible for:

  • Fit ups
  • Ensuring changeovers are safe and completed on time
  • Communicating with the House Manager & companies


Technicians will be covered by new and returning volunteers.

Show Operator

Show Operators must be able to do weeks 1, 2 and 3 as well as being prepared to only do this role and not rotate around the other roles. 

A show operator will be given 2 or 3 shows to operate each week, meaning they will sit in the fit up and each performance of a show and operate the technically equipment (usually the sound and or lighting desk) for the performing company. 

Unlike the other roles, show operators do not work shifts, they are simply expected to be in attendance for the fit ups and performances of the shows they are assigned to.  It should also be noted that these roles do not get a day off in the 3 weeks as every day is either a performance or a fit up, however the working time of this role is greatly reduced compared to staff on a standard shift in order to allow volunteers the maximum opportunity to enjoy the Fringe around the performances they have been allocated. 

Week 0 & 4 Staff

Week 0 is where we transform the buildings into theatres. Starting times each day will generally be determined by the need to receive deliveries / prepare pick-ups etc.

Week 4 is when we transform our theatres back into their normal configuration. So you get to de-rig lighting and sound systems, take down scaffolding, clean the venues, etc.

Staff working these weeks should generally expect to work rather longer hours than in other weeks, and should come prepared for hard (and often rather dirty) manual work!

Volunteers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Paradise Green

Other Roles

Duty Manager

The Duty Manager has overall responsibility for both our venues and for coordinating between the House and Tech Managers.

Responsible for:

  • Welfare of all staff
  • Act as an escalation point
  • Locking/unlocking the venue


Duty Managers will be selected from our most experienced House and Tech Managers, with thorough training being provided prior to the festival.

Press & Marketing

The Press & Marketing team is led by a Press & Marketing Manager, who is usually selected from our returning Press & Marketing volunteers.  The Press & Marketing Manager will lead a team of Press & Marketing Assistants in providing excellent customer service to our performing companies.

The team is responsible for:

  • Answering the external telephone and selling tickets, handling and diverting calls, general queries and emergency responsibilities
  • Using VIA
  • Acting as reception
  • Handling company requests
  • Maintaining attractive marketing presence
  • Social Media
  • Offering P&M advice and support
  • General administrative tasks


The Press & Marketing team will be covered by new and returning volunteers, who we prefer to come for the entirety of weeks 1 - 3.  We are also looking for keen photographers and videographers to create content for use during the festival and year round.

Office Manager

The Office Manager runs the Paradise Green office in Augustines. This is where the general day-to-day administration and financial management is done. It is also the main contact point for companies, press enquiries, management of staff (including the shift rota), etc.

Responsible for:

  • Cashing up & banking cash
  • Processing expenses
  • Box Office administration
  • Placing orders
  • General office administration


Generally Office Managers are selected from our returning volunteers and will receive training prior to the festival, although there are occasional exceptions.

Kitchen Staff

We use a professional grade kitchen inside Augustines to prepare food for our volunteers. If you like cooking, and want to expose 40+ people to your food, then let us know. Kitchen staff will also spend time working elsewhere in the venue.

If you do not have a food hygiene certificate, we may pay for you to take an official on-line course (lasts about 2 hours) from which you get a nationally recognised qualification.

The team is responsible for:

  • Producing one main meal for each volunteer on shift that day
  • Producing an alternative meal such as soup/jacket potatoes
  • Making sandwiches & desserts
  • Cleaning kitchen
  • Budgeting and planning


The kitchen is run each day by a Kitchen Manager, who is usually selected from our returning Kitchen volunteers.  There is also a Kitchen Assistant who works closely with the Kitchen Manager and will be covered by new and returning volunteers.