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Life before JDH. 

Bristol Old Vic

This is where it all started. I graduated from the University of the West of England with a 2:1 in Arts and Visual Culture and was determined to begin a career in arts marketing and PR.


In September 2008 I joined the UK’s oldest working theatre, Bristol Old Vic as Sales and Marketing Assistant and shortly progressed to Assistant Press Officer. The three years I spent at the 18th Century theatre taught me a lot about how to build relationships with journalists from across the globe. My love for social media and digital marketing also blossomed here; I worked closely with the design agency at the time to build a brand new website from conception through to completion and continued to create and manage the content, ensuring Bristol Old Vic’s digital profile was relevant and engaging.


A few of the shows I launched and promoted:


  • Beast – a Bristol Old Vic Young Company production

  • Uncle Vanya – a co-production with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory

  • Hansel and Gretel – a co-production with Kneehigh

  • Suspension – a Bristol Old Vic production

  • Swallows and Amazons – a Bristol Old Vic production

  • Juliet and Her Romeo – a Bristol Old Vic production

  • The Misanthrope – a co-production with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory

  • Mayfest – Bristol’s annual festival of contemporary theatre, produced by MAYK in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic

  • Bristol Jam


Bristol Old Vic


Role / 

Assistant Press Officer​


Year / 

2008 - 2011

All production photography: Simon Annand
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