Like many cultural organisations in Scotland, manipulate Visual Theatre Festival would not be possible each year without the hard work and enthusiasm of our small and dedicated team of volunteers. We truly appreciate the time they commit to ensuring that we deliver a really great festival, and in return we aim to provide our volunteers with a rich and valuable learning experience – alongside the opportunity to see some world-class visual theatre.


Role descriptions and application forms can be found on this page prior to the festival. All volunteers’ travel expenses will be covered by Puppet Animation Scotland and we will provide a daily stipend.  To register your interest please notify Rosie Priest:



This year manipulate is recruiting a Festival Film & Photography Placement to play a key role in the delivery of the 2018 Festival’s online marketing campaign, capturing and documenting the festival. This is an opportunity that encourages creativity through images and film. Whilst the applicant will be working closely with the marketing team to produce promotional material, the output is to focus on the development of a unique individual take on the festival, to help nurture an emerging creative style.

The applicant will receive:

  • A daily stipend of £20 per day
  • All travel reimbursed
  • Complimentary tickets to performances and screenings during the festival
  • An opportunity to meet and network with the artists and ongoing support from the manipulate team
  • 1-2-1 mentoring sessions with our Festival Photographer Jassy Earl
  • An opportunity to build new contacts in visual theatre, add to your portfolio and gain professional experience within a festival context.

We require a couple of hours of your time before and after the festival for inductions and evaluations. During the festival we require you to be available full-time. We will, wherever possible, work around your existing work obligations.

Due to the timing and consent of some of the performances, candidates must be over 18.

To apply, please read the Festival Film & Photography Placement Job Description and fill-out the Festival Film & Photography Placement Application Form, attaching a current CV to Melanie Purdie, Festivals & Projects Manager,

Deadline: Monday 18 December 2017, 10.00am.

Interviews will be held Wednesday 10 January 2017 at Summerhall.