Volunteers for Fringe Benefits

This August, artSpace@StMarks will host what is probably its largest-ever programme since its inception as an Edinburgh Fringe venue in 1982. From Saturday 6 August to Monday 29 August, there will be a colossal 86 performances in our church.  

Our full programme can be viewed here.  As you’ll see, we have up to six performances a day. Please take a moment to peruse the programme. We guarantee there is something for you, whether your taste is Brahms; puppetry; Johnny Mathis; Renaissance song and dance; Scottish piping; Herald Award winner Cathal McConnell; Vivaldi, or the return of last year’s sell-out comedy smash, The Gin Chronicles. It’s all waiting for you at St Marks this year, from the beloved Richard Michael to the nightmarish Nosferatu with live musical accompaniment.  

During the three weeks of the Fringe, St Mark’s is a vibrant, joyous place, welcoming several thousand visitors from all over the world. Most are, naturally, here for a show - our building’s acoustics are particularly praised - however, others, seeing our open door, simply take the opportunity to have a look around our magnificent church. Often we have tourists introducing themselves from other Unitarian congregations. Consequently, it would be wonderful to have as many of St Mark’s congregation as possible on site during August. For that reason, I am now seeking volunteers to look after our box office. 

Many of last year’s volunteers have already said they want to help again, but I’d love even more of you to take up the opportunity of joining us. Shifts last for around four hours, although if you wish to volunteer for longer, that would be most welcomed. This year, shifts will be available from 9.30am to 11pm. You can do as many, or as few, shifts as you wish.  
In return for volunteering, I’m pleased to announce you will receive two free tickets for any show (subject to availability) for every shift you work! 

As a volunteer, you will never be alone on a shift. At least one other member of staff, one experienced in running the church as an arts venue, will be in the building at all times. The work is never pressurised or physically strenuous. On the contrary, as a volunteer of many years standing, I can personally assure you that while staff must be professional, committed and courteous throughout, we always remember the bottom line: this is a festival! By being a St Mark’s volunteer, we’ll make sure you enjoy being part of the biggest arts festival on earth!  
If you become a volunteer you will: 

  • see the Fringe Festival from a different perspective
  • represent our Unitarian community and beautiful city of Edinburgh to visitors
  • provide cover that might otherwise have to be paid for, thereby you enhance St Mark’s income

Please do get in touch with me if you would like to discuss being a volunteer. It would be great to have you on the team!  

Ann Sinclair in collaboration with Ross [front-of-house manager] 
Email annsinclair530@btinternet.com  0131 664 2944