Work with Blackshaw – Publicity, PR, and Marketing Manager

We’re looking for a new Publicity, PR and Marketing (PPM) Manager to join the Blackshaw committee and help us promote our fantastic shows and events. Like all our committee positions, this is a voluntary role but you’ll have the opportunity to join a dedicated team of theatre makers and have plenty of fun too!  See our top 10 reasons to work with us, here.

To Apply
Email info@blackshawonline.com with the subject heading ‘PPM position’. Please send your CV and write a brief covering letter explaining why you’re interested in, and how you would be suitable for, the post.

Job Description – PPM Manager

The Publicity, PR, and Marketing Manager is specifically responsible for –

– Brand Management: the public image and awareness of Blackshaw and its activities.

– Managing the PPM Team (currently 2 lovely PPM assistants, Robert & Stanley)

– Coordinating specific project campaigns by liaising with the Events Team/Director/PPM Team about the image of the event/company

– Seeking out opportunities to promote Blackshaw

– Analysing the relative successes and failures of specific campaigns and use these findings to improve future campaigns

– Ensuring the company contact database (Blackshaw Brain) is kept up to date

– Managing relationships with press, including distributing press releases, building contacts with the press, bringing in reviewers for shows and events.

– Developing publicity strategy.

All Blackshaw committee members are also expected to attend Blackshaw committee meetings. These are currently held on the first Sunday of every month, at 3pm (and last up to 2 hours) at the Royal Festival Hall.

Specific Tasks include:

  • Sourcing, and briefing, a designer for company publicity, then following up and proofing drafts/ideas within an appropriate timescale before sending to the Director and/or Events Manager for approval
  • Circulating material to appropriate events listings, relevant social media and websites (this will include flyers, posters, banners, e-flyers, online promotional material and anything else that is deemed appropriate for the project).
  • Maintain up to date profiles for Blackshaw on relevant event listings and social media sites, whilst generating a good audience relationship through the latter.
  • Liaise with the IT Manager to create and distribute a regular newsletter to the mailing list.

 

 

PPM Assistant – we have two assistants in post, Robert & Stanley.  They assist with the day to day running of Blackshaw’s Publicity, and are task managed by the PPM Manager.

The PPM assistant will assist the PPM manager with the planning and implementation of various promotional campaigns carried out by Blackshaw, occasionally taking full ownership of campaigns relating to smaller events.  This includes: Liaising with the PPM Manager/Events team/Director about the image of the event/company; proofing work/ideas within an appropriate timescale before sending to PPM Manager/Events team/Director for approval; circulating material to appropriate events listings, relevant social media and websites (this will include flyers, posters, banners, e-flyers, online promotional material and anything else that is deemed appropriate for the event).

 

They are the secondary representative for Press, PR and Marketing on the Blackshaw committee and are only expected to attend meetings when they wish, or in the place of the PPM manager if they are unable to attend.

 

What I done did in Edinburgh.

This blog will not change your life, nor will it inspire you do great things. If it does, you win 5 house points. This is mostly about the ridiculous month, formerly known as August, Edinburgh; and what I managed to achieve whilst I was there.

It goes without saying I had a stonkingly good time operating the two shows I was up there with, Max and Ivan The Reunion and Birthday Girls: 2053. It’s probably worth mentioning what my job entails, through the medium of GIF and Meme.

This is what operating Lighting and Sound (and the occasional disco ball, smoke machine, or strobe light) is like in my eyes:

Given that I did 51 shows over the month and countless 15 minute spots, Qlab (a programme what makes music, video, and other magic happen) only crapped out on me once the whole month. There must be some omnipotent power looking over me…

Qlab Audience

If we’re really stripping back what I did, I pressed a combination of 300 buttons everyday, over the whole month that’s 7650 buttons. All my fingers are still intact.

That about covers it, so here is an anecdotal list of all the things I managed to accomplish with the 20 hours a day I had spare: 

– NOT FLYER. Pretty much most people’s dream whilst at the Fringe. If all my shows require of me, is to press buttons with immense accuracy for 60 minutes straight (see above), I count it as a blessing; mainly because I’m the worst flyerer known to mankind. My enthusiasm for it being on the same level as hers…

– Turned my body clock upside down. If you struggle to keep up with what day of the week it is in Edinburgh, you’re doing it right. You doing it more right if you think breakfast should be consumed at 3pm.

– Eating roughly one meal a day, the other two consisting of alcohol at 10pm and 4am. I should mention that the times I did eat, it was a two person portion of tortellini (I beg to differ on that) or an 8 slice take out pizza. I have no shame, or diabetes, so good times all round.

– Deciding that attending a free bar on an empty stomach was a good idea. I mean it was, for the first 5 drinks at least.

 

– Saw The Table for the 5th time. It’s puppetry, on a table. You can judge me if you’ve seen it at least twice (you won’t). And, hey, Blind Summit thought it was okay…

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– Got approved for a Career Development Loan (this will mean very little to anyone else) but it means I get to learn how to be a better Stage Manager and by proxy, a better button presser, watch out for updates. It made me do a happy dance, like this.

 

– For the fourth year in a row I have successfully avoided walking up Arthur’s Seat. I can only imagine it being just as busy as the Royal Mile, but with a better view. *£10 to the person that gets me up it.

– Saw all these cracking shows:

Fringe 13 shows

For my summary of the shows, follow the #seenit project Blackshaw been working on, on Twitter. Or you know, Google them.

– And when I wasn’t seeing shows,  I was becoming addicted to Breaking Bad. Which I’m pretty sure you’ll agree, is a worthwhile pastime. If you’ve not yet succumbed to the glory that is Breaking Bad, get on board. Fast.

 

Oh and I also drew this picture of a duck in one of the scripts.

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I have now since fully recovered from this way of life, I’ve started eating vegetables again and now see both 8am and 8pm each day. I am however, ready and raring to get back there next year.

*This is a legally binding bet, I’m good for it. Ask the people who gave me my loan.

Admin in the Arts

By day I am just an ordinary administrator in the arts and by night…I am an administrator in the arts. OK it may not be the next blockbuster but it certainly keeps me on my toes. My day job (the one that pays for the other) is for a university as a research centre administrator which involves assisting art and design academics with their paperwork and research budgets etc. After clocking off from work I turn my talents to helping Blackshaw. These jobs involve pretty much the same things; event management, helping out with projects, looking for funding. Blackshaw has provided me with a great chance to hone in my skills on my interests and in turn got me a job I am very happy with. Like with any organisation admin is a part of life and the arts are not exempt just because they are fun. Now, some people I have met resent the need for administrators they see us more as bureaucrats than administrative support. Yes, sometimes the rules and procedures can be disheartening and bewildering but a good administrator will help keep the bureaucracy at bay so academics and artists can get on with their work.

In the arts you have the ‘talent’ on the stage, you have the ‘crew’ backstage and you have the ‘admin’ completely out of sight making sure nothing gets in the way. It ain’t glamorous but nothing would ever get done without us.

If you are interested in getting some experience for your CV or are just interested in helping then we have some volunteering opportunities for you.

  • Administrator
  • Publicity, PR & Marketing (PPM) Assistant
  • Social Events Manager

Click here to find out more about these jobs .

– Nick

Lack of Experience?

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How many times when going for a job have you been told ‘you don’t have enough experience’? I was told quite a few times and I realised that the jobs market had landed itself in an endless paradox. How could anyone get experience if no one is offering it? Well I came to learn that you can pick up these necessary skills doing the most extraordinary things.

I offered my help when Blackshaw were planning a big Fifties Flashback event in a pub in Waterloo. I was asked to attend a couple of event meetings and before I knew it was up a ladder hanging streamers from a ceiling. A whole evening of fun followed and all I had to do was man the door and sell cakes. The thing I loved the most was seeing everyone in Blackshaw take their turn in the different roles, all pulling together as a team.

A couple of months later I was asked if I could organise a launch party for Blackshaw’s production of Gormenghast: Titus Groan. It had a literary theme so naturally I dressed as the Black Rabbit of Inle from Watership Down (cheery). While being offered the events role at Blackshaw I was also applying for a research admin job at Chelsea College of Art and Design (my dream job/career…hopefully). I got an interview and prepared to talk about my previous office job, but they didn’t want to hear about that, they were too interested in my job at Blackshaw. That’s when I realised that while I had been having a lot of fun (and drinks) putting together the big social events I had also greatly increased my chances of getting a job! I had become the perfect candidate! I am now working at Chelsea in a job I love and still helping Blackshaw with Events.

Now I have new interests and therefore new skills to try and pick up within Blackshaw. This means there is an opportunity for someone to step in and take the reins.

Interested? Then contact us at events@blackshawonline.com so we can have a chat about the role and Blackshaw.

Ideally we are looking for someone who wants to gain experience but if you already have penchant for event management then do get in touch at events@blackshawonline.com.

And voila! Here is the job description:

Assistant Events Manager

The Assistant Events Manager will assist the Events Manager (where necessary) with the organisation, set-up and running of New Writing Nights. They are jointly responsible, with the Events Manager, for Blackshaw’s main events. This includes but is not limited to; finding venues, coordinating event planning meetings, choosing themes, sending an event brief to the PPM Team, recruiting and coordinating performers and a running order. They are also responsible for recruiting volunteers for the event, creating volunteer rotas, schedule for ‘get in’ and ‘get out’ and managing floats. They should also liaise carefully with the Funding and Finance Manager on budgets and recording takings/float. They should liaise closely with the PPM Manager to keep event promotion up to date, as well as having access to and frequently using the Blackshaw social media accounts in order to personally support promotion of events.

They are the secondary representative for Events on the Blackshaw committee and are only expected to attend the meetings when they wish, or in place of the Events Manager if they are unable to attend.

Modesty – How much is too much?

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Modesty is good in moderation, too much of it and people like me get angry. I can’t write creatively (this is as good as it gets I’m afraid) so when I come across people who are good at it but say ‘Oh, I couldn’t possibly let you read it, it’s not good enough’ I TAKE ISSUE!

Being artistically disadvantaged means I am impressed by anyone who can create something from nothing. My talented friends say to me ‘Go on just try it, write something down and see where it takes you’. Well, I have tried but I end up staring blankly at a piece of paper for hours on end then coming up with a brilliant idea and then realise that it was the plot Jurassic Park. I have come to the conclusion that I don’t possess originality or if I do it emerges in other, non-artistic, ways. Which is fine, I am good at other things, like listening to other people‘s stories or watching plays or making cheesecake.

I understand that writing is very personal and that sharing it feels like standing naked in front a large crowd of people but sharing isn’t an unpleasant experience, it can be quite liberating (so I have heard). On the whole people won’t laugh at you, or make snide comments about you, and if they do who cares? I have found that giving constructive criticism is welcomed and generally encouraged.

I have seen modesty cripple some of my peers and it is really upsetting to watch. I don’t possess this talent and will never know what it is like to watch a piece of work grow from scribbled notes into a novel or a play, but I am sure it must feel incredible.

For those who say ‘I don’t like showing off’ let me remind you that performance is not showing-off it is sharing and if you are talented you should share. As I can’t share any creative thoughts I will share my cheesecake recipe (see below).

A good place to start sharing is our New Writing Nights (now wearing my Assistant Events Manager’s hat, although we don’t actually have hats…yet) the next one is on the 18th July 2013 (Submission deadline 28th June). I love working on these evenings and I am over the moon that two pieces that came through our doors received such good reviews when they were performed as part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival. They offer great opportunities for new writers to get feedback on their work and it’s within the safe confines of Blackshaw who will protect you, love you and nurture your talents (OK, that got a bit saccharine, but you get the point).

P.S. If you have read this thinking ‘Hmm…sounds like fun’ please get in touch as we are always looking for new writing, actors, directors, event helpers/organisers and there are positions available within Blackshaw for you to get experience and make your own.

Nick Tatchell, Assistant Events Manager.

*Submit your brilliance here: Blackshaw’s New Writing Night

Tatchell’s Tried and Tasted Cheesecake

Cheese Mixture

  • 250g Mascarpone
  • 250g Ricotta Cheese
  • 200g Cream/Soft Cheese (Philly)
  • 1 sachet of Dream topping (Birds)
  • Yoghurt of your choosing

Biscuit Base

  • 125g Butter
  • 400-500g of Digestive biscuits

(Or depending on the flavour of the topping you may wish to cut or replace the digestive base with:

Chocolate digestive/Ginger nut/Hob Nob etc. Note: all cheesecakes must contain at least 200g of digestive or chocolate digestive biscuit.).

Topping

Whatever you like, but usually something that compliments the yoghurt flavouring. Fruit/Chocolate Flake, crushed ginger nut biscuit etc.

  1. Crush the biscuits (in a plastic bag with a rolling pin to reduce mess)
  2. Melt the butter in a bowl over hot water or carefully in the microwave.
  3. Gradually add the butter to the biscuits stirring until mixture can be compacted by the back of the spoon.
  4. Place biscuit mixture in a clip release cake tin and compact evenly to form a base.(Note: The biscuit base should be between 1cm and 1.5cm thick. If it isn’t make more biscuit mixture).
  5. Place biscuit base in fridge for two hours
  6. Mix the Mascarpone, Ricotta, Yoghurt and cream/soft cheese in a bowl.
  7. Make the Dream Topping following instructions on sachet.
  8. Gently fold the Dream Topping into cheese mixture with a metal spoon keeping the mixture light and airy.
  9. Spread evenly the mixture onto the refrigerated biscuit base.
  10. Place the cheesecake back in the fridge for another two hours.
  11. Just before you serve add the topping.

Eat and Enjoy!

Suggestions for Flavours:

  • Rhubarb and Ginger (Rhubarb Yoghurt and Ginger nut biscuit base).
  • Blueberry (use Blueberry yoghurt and crush some blueberries into cheese mixture).
  • Blackcurrant (use Blackcurrant Yoghurt and crush some blackcurrants into the mixture).
  • White Chocolate and Raspbery (Melt 100g of white chocolate and stir into cheese mixture and use raspberry yoghurt or crush some raspberries into the mixture).
  • White Chocolate (Melt 150g white chocolate and stir into cheese mixture, use dark chocolate digestive biscuits for base).
  • Strawberry (use strawberry yoghurt and crush some strawberries into cheese mixture, serve with cream).

Be Adventurous!