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The Bristol Hippodrome Welcomes a New Act…

Submitted by on July 8, 2013 – 9:08 am |


Alison Gurney - Development Officer - The Bristol HippodromeThere’s No Business Like Show BusinessLet us introduce you to a new Act at The Bristol Hippodrome – Miss Alison Gurney

With over 500,000 people visiting The Bristol Hippodrome every year to see top West End musicals like Disney’s The Lion King, world class opera and ballet from Welsh National Opera, English National Ballet and Matthew Bourne and award winning drama like The Mousetrap, it’s not surprising that the theatre has now appointed a Development Officer, who comes in the appropriately theatrical form of Alison Gurney.

“I have had the honour of working in this beautiful building for 6 years in various roles and have been very fortunate to originate this new role in the Hippodrome. The main part of my role is to find ways of developing partnerships with a wide range of local businesses that lead to exciting, interesting and profitable collaborations. The Bristol Hippodrome is one of the UK’s most successful theatres and so has a range of benefits we can offer to all kinds of businesses. These include tickets to sensational shows with hospitality to entertain clients and staff, placing businesses in front of half a million people with a variety of marketing opportunities and hiring the grand old theatre herself for corporate meetings and away days which includes a behind the scenes theatre tour to add a bit of theatricality to your day”.

In addition to business development, Alison also brings creative learning to the role by way of workshops which she also has a vested interest in. She voluntarily runs her own youth group on a Sunday evening in Chipping Sodbury teaching children aged 8 – 18 to sing, dance and act. Alison was part of several Youth Groups growing up and the experience and confidence it gave her makes her proud to think that the youth group is giving that same experience to the young people of Bristol.

“I have carried on my love for performing with local amateur groups and I want to create opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy creative learning at the Hippodrome whether that’s through singing, writing, directing, acting or stage combating! We already have a brilliant Hippodrome choir who meet on a Monday afternoon to sing their hearts out for 45 minutes and the special effects makeup workshop we ran in May was a great success plus the Hairspray Masterclass in August sold out in a few days.  I like to think I have a very open door and flexible approach to business, I am always eager to hear from new businesses and learn more about their companies and how we can help in partnership with them”.

Christiaan de Villiers – General Manager – Bristol Hippodrome – commented: “This is an exciting new venture and long overdue as many businesses in Bristol have been asking for partnerships with the Hippodrome over the years and now we have Alison in post to accommodate the needs of the Bristol Business community. I think this is one performance that is set to run for a very long time.”

  • Corporate hospitality: Wine and dine guests in our exclusive hospitality suite and be entertained by top west end musicals, world renowned ballet and international comedians. Put some show in your business.
  • Marketing opportunities: Company brand on website – 400,000 hits a month, Company flyer in 100,000 forth coming attractions brochure, advert in show programme approx 2,000 sold a week.
  • Venue hire: Whether you’re holding a conference, seminar, training session, breakfast meeting or AGM, upstage your competitors and let The Bristol Hippodrome put your business in the spotlight. Includes a free bespoke theatre tour on request.

To find out more information and how the theatre could be an appealing and unique business partner, please contactalisongurney@theambassadors.com or call Alison on 0117 302 3244.


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