My first month as Press and Marketing Assistant

Between the phone call offering me the role as Press and Marketing Assistant and my official start date, I had about a month to mull over exactly what working at Rambert would be like. By the time the 20th of January did finally roll around I was eager to get started and quash those inevitable first-day jitters.

Rambert’s swish new building, in amongst some of the most iconic buildings on the South Bank, was easy to find. I really like the fact that the rest of the staff haven’t actually been in the building that long either, consequently I am not alone in my newbie status of trying to fathom how everything works or where items of stationery live. My first day was a flurry of handshakes, welcoming smiles and a whole heap of information to process.

It’s a varied role, in which I mainly assist marketing manager Paola Pozzi with tour admin, but also, I have a few press and digital duties thrown into the mix. Although those in the marketing team are very good at easing me into the role gently, the first stop of our spring tour was fast approaching so I had to get to grips with the fundamentals rather swiftly! At first I found it quite tricky to separate the venues in my mind as it was difficult not to confuse which pieces of repertoire were being performed at which venue. Luckily everything is a lot clearer now, and at a push I reckon I could reel off what is being shown at which venue without having to glance at the master spreadsheet!

Before I knew it, opening week of the tour was upon us meaning that there were box office notes to draft and of course one big final push on social media. One of my main responsibilities in relation to the tour is producing a cast list for each performance. I did feel some pressure knowing that once printed any mistakes would be immediately traced back to me.

Along with the rest of the marketing team, I attended opening night of the tour in Woking; it felt only fitting to finally be able to see the triple-bill that I had heard so much about, live on stage. I already knew that the dancers would be talented, but I was honestly bowled over by just how varied the programme of work was. I particularly liked discovering that the spoken word and characters in Barak Marshall’s The Castaways are based on the dancers’ own personalities. The Rolling Stones music used in Christopher Bruce’s Rooster is ridiculously catchy, so much so I had the top-tapping classics stuck in my head for days.

Aside from a lovely night out at the New Victoria Theatre, my other reason for attending was to help Gillian Langley, our Digital Communications Manager, to record reactions to the UK revival of Rooster. After being instructed that my main job initially was to make sure that the microphone was switched on, we then coaxed members of the public to share their views on Rooster. Although some people were a little camera shy at first, they soon warmed up and were keen to share their enthusiasm for Christopher Bruce’s piece.

The following week, with the Rolling Stones music still ringing in my ears, my focus shifted to what I needed to do to prepare for Aberdeen – the next stop on the tour. Having already gone through the process for the first venue I felt more much confident about what was expected of me for the following ones. I may have only been working at Rambert for just over a month, but I already feel like I’ve learnt a great deal already from the organisation. I am lucky to be working in a place where one day you can be invited to watch the company in an open rehearsal and another day sit in on a Q&A over lunch with Christopher Bruce. I can safely say I think I’m going to enjoy my time at Rambert.

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