Sign students up for events insight and runner opportunities

Would your students be interested in gaining an insight into event management and/or become a runner for a day?

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Miss Saigon is making its highly anticipated return to the West End in May 2014.
Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Miss Saigon is making its highly anticipated return to the West End in May 2014.

We are working with first night party producer Sue Uings to involve students in the events management of the press night afterparty of Miss Saigon: the acclaimed new production which is making its highly anticipated return to the West End in May 2014.

The press night of a new theatre production is often followed by a party. For a musical, the size and creativity of the party needs to grab people’s attention so that a buzz is made in the press to promote the show. 

Events insight opportunity

Up to 50 students can attend an events insight on 8 May 2014. This will include an events masterclass and some background on the party preparations. Sue will give students some background on her role, the decisions that have been made so far and the process of putting on a First Night Party.

Book in by emailing: programmes@ccskills.org.uk 

When: Thursday 8 May (11am – 1pm)

Where: Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street. 

Runner opportunity

Additionally, if your students would like to be considered as a runner they must:

  1. Answer the below question, which will act as a written interview for one of four runner roles. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 1 May, and answers should go to the mailbox programmes@ccskills.org.uk
  2. Attend the events insight day highlighted above on Thursday 8 May (11am – 1pm) at the Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street. 
  3. Be available. Four successful applicants will be chosen to be runners on the night of the 21 May, supporting the First Night party, working alongside Sue Uings.

PLEASE NOTE: Runners will have their travel and food reimbursed for the day, and are likely to be working from 10am until midnight on 21 May, with breaks and a full-health and safety briefing with the rest of the events team. For this reason all candidates must be over 18 years of age.

Please answer the following question if you would like to be considered for one of the runner positions. Your answer can be between 200 and 500 words. With your e-mail response, please give us: 

  • your name
  • college
  • a tutor contact
  • confirm you are over 18 years of age.

Runner application question 

‘You are assisting the event manager on the opening night of Miss Saigon, and as part of the day you have been asked to meet the catering team to take them around to their set-up area. They have turned up later than the schedule has them down for and it appears they have not asked for enough power sockets for their equipment. The venue is using a generator for the night, so someone will need to speak to an electrician to resolve the situation. There is no right or wrong answer, so what would you consider before dealing with the situation; bearing in mind you have only been asked to take them around to their location?'