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Award-winning "Maverick" Theatre Publicist

 

Public relations

In the staccato London theatre scene Chris Hislop thrives through sheer force of personality and precise coordination of his projects. Think wise sage with a megaphone, Chris not only broadcasts the message out but ensures that its tailored to be heard by the right people. If you’re looking for the biggest possible bang for your buck, then Chris is your man.
— Alan Stratford, King's Head Theatre

I'm a theatre publicist with over 10 years experience in arts journalism and PR. I specialise in Off West End/fringe theatre in London, but also have long-standing interests in comedy, cabaret, community events and modern art, as well as working at the Edinburgh Fringe and Brighton Fringe Festivals. I have worked UK-wide, and my services can include marketing advice, advertisement buying and social media account optimisation.

I believe that entertainment PR should be affordable and bespoke. I've written a number of blog articles and given interviews that outline how I approach my practice, if you'd like to know more - and see my rate card below.

Chris works tirelessly and enthusiastically. One of the most impressive things about Chris is how often we get a reply to an email sent at midnight, within five minutes! He is indefatigable, buoyant, good company and an indispensable member of the team.
— Jon Welch, Alan Munden and Jude Munden, Owners of Pipeline Theatre

Ongoing Clients

Chris Hislop not only provides a great professional service and a strong network, he’s also a great collaborator who shares his thoughts, opinions and support to your work. He’s also very responsive and will always do some extra work for you. He also genuinely creates a real personal connection to the show and the company he is working with and we will recommend him fondly.
— David Furlong, Artistic Director of Exchange Theatre

Past Clients

Chris has been a pleasure to work with and bringing him on board for our show was the best decision we could have made. He understood what we were trying to achieve and delivered an impressive mob of critics on press night. I have never met someone who responds to emails so quickly; it’s a 24/7 service.
— Max Elton, Co-Owner of Bitter Pill Theatre
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I am theatre director and playwright, and have been for 11 years, including widespread fringe and Off West End direction in London and work at the Brighton, Edinburgh and Camden Fringe. I have experience of drama, comedy, musicals, farce & short plays, as well as sketches for stage and radio.

CURRENTLY WORKING ON:

Revolution - a new musical set during the Bosnian War, to go on a UK tour in 2017.

***** "Chris Hislop directs a well-paced and tightly-managed production, enthusiastic in its humour yet showing the discipline needed to keep a free-wheeling script from running disastrously away" Fringe Guru on More Light

**** "Chris Hislop’s production is slick and well cast - what a relief that the challenging script is in such capable hands." Sean Kitchener on More Light

"director Chris Hislop doesn’t mess around (...) the play is presented simply and effectively" Performance Reviewed on The Philosopher's Tale 
**** "without Chris Hislop’s excellent production the rampant wackiness could easily have become intolerable" What's On Stage on More Light

"writer-director Chris Hislop has democratized the myth of Oedipus – making it accessible to all, and comprehensible to anyone who comes" Fringe Guru on Oedipus

"Chris Hislop's lively production, as farce should, goes for speed and noise" One Stop Arts on The Philosopher's Tale
**** "perfectly pacy (...) director Chris Hislop hits the sense of urgency needed to make a farce fly" Views from the Gods on The Philosopher's Tale 

"a subtle and intense piece of theatre from Chris Hislop" Fringe Review on When All the Crowds Have Gone
"Chris Hislop skilfully uses the theatre's limited space" The Public Reviews on The Maternal Instinct

"intensely physical, dynamic and visceral production" The Gizzle Review on The Love of the Nightingale
He is an excellent collaborator and has a strong sense of direction and humour, while at the same time being open to change and suggestion from both cast and creative team members.
— Andrew Shepherd, Founder and Producer at ACS Random

 

Previous directing work includes Hysteria (Lebenskuenstler, 2007), Amadeus (Lebenskuenstler, 2008), Oedipus (Delphic Theatre, 2009), A Fistful of Snow (Castles in the Sky Productions, 2009) When All the Crowds Have Gone (Pendragon Enterprises, 2010), More Light (Trifle Productions, 2010), The Shakespeare Conspiracy (ACS Random, 2011), The Love of the Nightingale (Fourth Monkey Theatre Company, 2011) and various short plays and readings.

Previous writing work includes serious theatre shows (Oedipus, 2009), comedy (A Fistful of Snow, 2009) and musicals (Something’s Got the Elephant, 2011), as well as sketches and short plays for stage and radio. I have also written a number of TV and film concepts for companies such as DB Productions and RDPR.