Job Opportunity – Marketing and Admin Officer

Bard in the Botanics are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic individual to join our team this summer to act as Marketing and Admin Officer for our summer season of outdoor Shakespeare in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens.


The Marketing and Admin Officer will work alongside our core team (Artistic Director, Associate Director and Festival Manager) to efficiently deliver the 2015 season of work (Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Merchant of Venice, Richard II and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and maximise audience attendance at the festival.


Responsibilities include:

- Overseeing distribution of print materials

- Development and maintenance of social media

- Development of online marketing opportunities

- Liasing with the season’s press officer, Lesley Booth, to organise photoshoots, press interviews etc.

- Maintaining and developing relationships with key stakeholders (Glasgow City Council, Friends of Bard in the Botanics etc.)

- Maintenance of onsite publicity materials (posters, banners, publicity photos etc.)

- Liaising with Festival Manager to organise Front of House staff and facilities

- Creation of mailing list email content

- Liaising with publicity designer, Tom Duncan of Twin City Pictures, to organise videoshoots of production trailers

- Liaising with season production photographer to organise production shots

- Management  and appropriate expenditure of marketing budget

- Development of new marketing strands to attract new audiences to Bard in the Botanics

- Develop opportunities to engage with new stakeholders and marketing partners

- Evaluation of season marketing initiatives, including compilation of a season marketing report


Person specification:

The Bard in the Botanics Marketing and Admin Officer will:

- Have experience in the field of arts marketing

- Be a committed, enthusiastic and energetic individual

- Be innovative and creative in their approach to the work

- Be willing to work as part of a small team

- Be able to self-manage and organise their time efficiently

- Be able to present a friendly and professional face for Bard in the Botanics



The Marketing and Admin Officer will be engaged between 27th May and 22nd July (exact hours to be confirmed with the successful candidate – these will be a mix of part-time and full-time hours across the dates)


Fee: £2,000


To apply for this position, please email Artistic Director, Gordon Barr, at with a current CV

Job Opportunity – Wardrobe Assistant

Bard in the Botanics are looking to recruit a Wardrobe Assistant under the FST / CPTS Bursary Scheme to work alongside our Head of Wardrobe on this year’s Byre Theatre panto, Jack and the Beanstalk.


The placement is an opportunity for a recent graduate to develop the necessary skills and contacts to undertake further work, providing a bridge from formal training to professional employment.


Applicants must have graduated from a Scottish Further or Higher Education body in the last 2 years with a specialism in Wardrobe.


Dates – 13th October to 5th December

Bursary - £350 per week.


For full job description and details of how to apply, please contact Gordon Barr by email on


Closing Date – Monday 6th October

The Comedy of Errors – 11th & 12th July

While we are always optimists regarding weather here at Bard in the Botanics (you have to be to do outdoor theatre in Scotland!), we are also realists and the weather forecast for Saturday 12th July is not looking particularly good at the moment.


So if you have booked tickets for The Comedy of Errors on Saturday 12th July but don’t want to risk missing out on seeing the show because of weather, we will honour your booking at this evening’s performance (Friday 11th July).


All you need to do is bring your name and your booking reference to our box office in the Botanic Gardens Tearoom any time after 6.30 p.m. this evening and we will issue you tickets for this evening’s performance of The Comedy of Errors.


Your booking for Saturday 12th July will then be cancelled to ensure tickets can’t be used twice. If you’re unable to come this evening, your tickets for Sat 12th will still be eligible for a refund should we be forced to cancel the performance tomorrow.


Unfortunately, because of limited capacity, we cannot offer the same deal to our audiences for Hamlet – that performance is sold out and we do not have the space to admit additional audience members.


We hope this will help as many people as possible enjoy our performance of The Comedy of Errors.


The Comedy of Errors opens!


The opening weekend of The Comedy of Errors has been and gone but we’ve still got 2 more weeks of performances. Not sure whether to come along or not? Why not take a look at some of the reactions to the show to help you make up your mind!


What the Press Have Said:


THE HERALD – 4 STARS – National and personal identity are artfully explored in The Comedy of Errors…The tartan stylings of Carys Hobbs’ costume design immediately add a frisson of referendum rhetoric..The double act of James Ronan and Robert Elkin (as Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse) means the practically panto-like action is in very safe hands. The farcical situations (cue gas gags and even the Benny Hill theme tune) are also played out convincingly by the further members of the cast – Nicole Cooper’s wailing wifie Adriana is worth a special mention, as is Kirk Bage’s scene-stealing performance as conjuror Dr Pinch…the Scottish music selection keeps the biting cold of the Botanic at bay through the tartan-tapping of toes.


THE SCOTSMAN – Gordon Barr’s riotous 12-strong company..romp through their wild take on Shakespeare’s early comedy…As ever, Barr’s gifted company are not short of bright ideas on bringing new life to Shakespeare…I’ve never seen a production that tackled Shakespeare’s endless punning comedy so boldly, drawing the audience into the verbal battle between Robert Elkin’s Dromio of Syracuse and various adversaries like the crowd at a rap slam…there is a fine choral rendition of The Proclaimer’s I’m On My Way to round off the evening and send us home happy.


What the Audiences Have Said (On Facebook and Twitter):


Went to The Comedy of Errors last night and had a brilliant time. So very funny with excellent use of music throughout. Laughed and laughed – not to be missed !!


Just back from tonights performance. Fabulous!


***** – LOVED the Comedy of Errors last night. Very, very funny, brilliant cast, loved the songs and tartan costumes. The whole look of the show worked so well and the play was brought to life with clever direction.


Last night @bardbotanics was fun packed, fast paced, entertaining Shakespeare at it’s most jolly!#ComedyOfErrors had me in tears of laughter


Fantastic ‘comedy of errors’ @bardbotanics tonight. Very funny – and excellently played. Well done


The opening night of ‘The Comedy of Errors’ last night @bardbotanics was spectacular! Glasgow people, don’t miss that brilliant show!


Wasn’t sure what to expect from Comedy of Errors at @BardBotanics cos it’s not the best play, but it was genuinely hilarious. Recommended.


The phenomenal talents of @bardbotanics #laughmybloodyheadoff at Comedy of Errors Go grab tickets if you dare


The show runs until Sat 12th July (no performances on Sundays, Mondays or Friday 4th July) and you can book tickets by phone on 0141 429 0022 or through our website at



Meet the Company – Set Designer, Giggy Argo

The Play 3

What we have been / What we may be


We’re back behind the scenes for our last company interview before we start rehearsals for Bard in the Botanics 2014. This time, we’re chatting to set designer, Giggy Argo, who has been responsible for nearly all our beautiful designs in the past 5 years. Here’s what she had to say about her time at Bard in the Botanics.


1. When, where and what was your first encounter with Bard in the Botanics?

I think my first encounter was painting the venetian blinds for (former Head of Design) Sarah Paulley’s Merchant of Venice design, which turned out to be not to be as easy as it sounds!  However that was the same season Sarah put me forward for the Design of the B in the Park Productions of Love’s Labours Lost and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I can’t remember which I actually started working on first.


2. Who would you describe as an unsung hero of Bard in the Botanics?

Obviously all of the production team work wonders and I could happily start listing names and accolades but I think they have all already been praised by other members answering this questionnaire.

Personally my unsung hero has to be Ricky McKenzie who has built all of my designs and some of Sarah’s.  Good carpentry is something that never gets mentioned in a review but it would certainly be obvious if the workmanship was poor!  Rickys standards are incredibly high and he does a fantastic job of understand my designs and the demands that working outdoors puts on a stage.


3. Which individual performance by an actor has made a particularly lasting impression on you (it might be one that you saw, worked with or was in a production you were involved with)?

I agree with Carys that Paul was fantastic in Hamlet however everyone was brilliant in Hamlet so it’s a tough call.  I think I could have watched it a hundred times over especially Finlay as the Gravedigger but maybe that was partly to do with the Aberdonian twang he had.


4. Of your own work, what is the most fulfilling production you’ve been a part of?

I think overall my favourite production is Hamlet.  Everything just came together so well, we had had a design/concept meeting quite early on then went off to play with ideas.  When we came back it was like myself and Carys had been developing our ideas in the same room. It was also my first big set for Bard that was all my own, I love run down/deteriorated designs and then seeing Jens reaction before the set was even complete I knew she was happy.  Then to top it all off Cary’s costumes, wow!


5. Which Bard in the Botanics production or performance did you miss that you wish you’d seen?

I am totally gutted that I never got to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2011, everyone raved about it. I was working on the Hamlet set in Edinburgh at the beginning of the run then the set went into the gardens and I remember working late on a couple of nights and hearing the music floating across the gardens.


6. Which costume (of yours or someone else’s) would you most like to have worn or is simply your favourite?

I think if I could get away with it I would move to the country and live in all the As You Like It 2012 forest costumes.


7. What is your favourite spot in the Botanics Gardens, known or unknown?

Whether it’s my favourite or just the most emotional area for me I don’t know but at the end of the day whether I’ve been building, painting, watching rehearsals on the set I like to go to the top of the lawn where the audience sits and look down on the stage and see how its all coming together.  It can be quite nerve wracking walking up there and knowing you have to turn round and see everything as a whole for he first time.


8. Bard in the Botanics has staged 24 of Shakespeare’s plays. Which of the titles we haven’t yet produced are you most excited about being staged?

Well I have to admit I’ve not read them all to make a fully educated decision but then there is such a difference between reading a Shakespeare and seeing it brought to life.  The direction can make or break a production but with the way Jen and Gordon bring such fresh ideas with them and their understanding of the texts I would be excited to see their take on any of the above.  It’s their interpretations that make the shows show enjoyable and the audiences coming back to brave the weather year after year.


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