About Paradise Green

Paradise Green is a non-profit organisation (a company limited by guarantee) run by unpaid volunteers (including the directors of the company). The company was founded in 1997 specifically to run venues at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Our aim is to provide the friendliest and best run venues on the Fringe. We strive to achieve the right balance of a relaxed, informal atmosphere and a dedicated, professional approach when dealing with theatre companies and members of the public.

We are committed to programming a diverse and exciting mix of theatre, reflecting the best that the Fringe can offer. Our venues have established a reputation for upholding the original spirit of the Fringe, providing a showcase for all kinds of production, ranging from established classics to new writing, and of all sizes from monologues to big cast musicals.

In 2017 we are running two venues, Paradise in Augustines and Paradise in the Vault, both located in the heart of the Old Town, just minutes from the Royal Mile. We may also be continuing our partnership, started in 2015, to provide technical services to Venue 40, a single space venue just off the Royal Mile.

Our Volunteers

Our volunteers and management team come from a range of backgrounds. They are united by a shared love of theatre and the performing arts, and offer a wealth of experience and expertise in every aspect of small-scale professional and non-professional theatre. Many of the team have full or part-time jobs in the creative industries.

We are looking for enthusiastic, friendly and hard-working volunteers to join our team for two, three or four weeks of the Fringe.  It's a great way to experience the festival, to meet like-minded people and to become part of the Fringe Festival.

Unlike some venues we do not offer a wage. Instead, we offer you a package that includes:

  • Free accommodation in one of our flats (Fringe-time accommodation in Edinburgh is quite expensive!)
  • Basic breakfast items in the flats (cereals, toast, juice, tea and coffee)
  • Free meals whilst on shift from our kitchen
  • Free tickets to our shows and those at partner venues (subject to availability).

2019 Applications

For Fringe 2019 there will be 3 rounds of applications to volunteer.

Round 1: Returning staff opens 1st January 2019 and closes on the 31st January 2019

Round 2: New applicants opens 1st February 2019 and closes on the 17th February 2019

Round 3: New applicants opens 1st June 2019 and closes on the 9th June 2019

Telephone interviews for those successful at the application stage will be held on the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd of March for round 2 and the 16th June for round 3