PR & Communications Officer (maternity cover from March 2017)

PR & Communications Officer (maternity cover from March 2017)

Salisbury Playhouse is looking for an organised and creative PR & Communications Officer (maternity cover) to join the Comms team at one of the UK’s leading producing theatres. If you have a passion for spreading the word about great theatre and a proven interest in media relations, social media, photography and writing this could be for you.

Closing date for applications: 9am Thursday 2 February 2017

Interviews are planned to take place during the week commencing 13 February; please advise in your application if you are NOT available during this period.

If you wish to have an informal conversation before applying, please contact Tim Croall, Head of Communications & Sales, on 01722 345154.

10 months, £19,000 p.a. (pro-rata)


  • PR
  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Administration


These responsibilities involve a number of key activities as outlined below:



  • To devise PR plans to secure coverage for all the Playhouse’s productions in the Main House and Salberg theatres


  • To manage the Playhouse’s PR & media activity; devising and implementing campaigns to secure positive coverage of all the theatre’s activities.


  • To liaise with PR reps of incoming visiting productions.


  • To co-ordinate press nights, launches and other PR events.


  • To play an active role with corporate sponsors and donors, maximising PR for their support.




  • To be the Playhouse’s representative and first point of contact for the local, regional and national media.


  • To maintain regular contact and develop relationships with regional newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset.


  • To write targeted press releases for distribution to media contacts.


  • To ensure the media list contact database is regularly updated.


  • To pitch ideas to journalists for features/interviews to promote productions.


  • To manage all social media communications for Playhouse activity (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr).


  • To compile regular online blogs, working with rehearsing companies and other departments.


  • To co-ordinate the filming and circulation of video material (e.g. rehearsal footage, trailers, audience voxpops).


  • To work with the Take Part and Development (fundraising) departments to secure coverage of their work.




  • To work with the Communications team on campaign planning.


  • To ensure listings information is supplied regularly to appropriate outlets.




  • To arrange and supervise photo calls for productions, liaising with photographers, directors, stage management etc.


  • To arrange and supervise all photography, including rehearsals and production shoots at dress rehearsals.


  • To co-ordinate the gathering and circulation of press cuttings for archives, Board members, cast and creative teams.



  • To always act in the best interests of Salisbury Playhouse
  • To take positive action to promote Equal Opportunities in all aspects of the work of Salisbury Playhouse
  • To agree to abide by Salisbury Playhouse policies as set out in the Staff Handbook
  • To maintain confidentiality in all areas relating to Salisbury Playhouse
  • To be flexible and to undertake any other reasonable duties as requested by Management.








  • Experience of working with local media, preferably in an arts-based environment
  • Excellent copywriting and communication skills
  • An ability to generate original ideas for PR campaigns
  • Experience of using social and digital media as PR tools
  • An attention to detail
  • An interest in theatre



  • Experience of dealing with national media journalists
  • An awareness of issues relating to arts funding and the theatre industry
Closing date: 
Thursday 2nd February 2017
£19,000 pro rata