He’s full of commitment, creativity, energy and a genuine openness.
...always on his most unapologetic and irreverent best/worst behaviour: a cocksure charm that is a benchmark of both his intelligence and his charisma.
A great support for us, as a young company, with his excellent advice going far beyond PR.
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.
More than providing a full PR service for my one-week production (including interviews, reviews and full listing coverage) and more than contributing to the marketing that lead to a mostly sold out run, Chris Hislop’s dedication, advice and assistance to the show went far above and beyond his PR remit. I wouldn’t even consider producing a show in the future without him.
Many thanks for your relentless professionalism and guidance on both the revival of Howard Barker’s Gertrude - The Cry and Savage. You were on top of everything from the start. Your knowledge and experience really shone through and helped both productions to succeed. A very professional and reasonably priced service; extremely satisfied. I will definitely be referring you on to other producers.
Chris was a fantastic addition to the creative team. The ease of communication, understanding our needs and keeping us regularly updated was beyond what we expected. I would definitely recommend his services and use again.
Chris understood where my work was coming from and was able to attract the right kind of publicity in abundance. Came away from the event with lots of artists asking me how I managed to swing so many great reviews. I pointed them in this direction.
What I like about working with Chris is that he is always present, he takes the time to get to know the reason why we are doing work, and then gets onboard with that purpose. He’s realistic about the context of a project, always doing his best to get the best possible coverage across emerging and existing platforms - and people like his company, he’s a naturally affable guy; he won’t let you down at an opening or closing party!
From our first meeting with Chris, we found his friendly, confident and engaging manner, combined with his intricate knowledge of the contemporary theatre world, to be reassuring. We can gladly say that we were not disappointed by placing our trust in his representation. Chris gained our show HIV Monologues extensive preview coverage in the London theatre press, as well as booking in a host of reviewers to cover the play, including The Stage. Chris was impeccable at handling our press night, greeting each reviewer and making sure they felt looked after and welcomed. His suave conversational skills added the extra nuance of professionalism we required when presenting a show in a non-traditional theatre space. Chris kept us briefed with his publicity work via regular and clear updates throughout the run. He also went out of his way to attend a morning radio show interview he organised for us. Overall, we would wholeheartedly and honestly recommend Chris to represent other companies. His genuine belief in theatre and the arts is demonstrable by his willingness to offer us two rates for his work: one if we gained funding, and one if we didn’t. To a fledgling company like ourselves this was invaluable, and we feel very grateful for Chris’ generosity. His skills, knowledge and the general pleasure of his person is a boon to any company.
Chris worked tirelessly and enthusiastically. One of the most impressive things about Chris was how often we got a reply to an email sent at midnight, within five minutes! As Cornish theatre makers, Chris provided us with valuable insight into a metropolitan theatre world that we had insufficient experience of. He was indefatigable, buoyant, good company and an indispensable member of the team.
Very glad that Chris was involved in Straight to the Heart - through his efforts we were seen by multiple reviews and garnered seven 4 Star reviews and an Offie nomination for Best New Play. Very professional and caring - look forward to future opportunities.
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.
Chris has provided wonderfully efficient and professional PR support for my show, casting the net wide and pulling in a big, healthy and interested crowd of press in a very short space of time. He kept me regularly updated on our press coverage and provided very useful, friendly and speedy support throughout the process. Highly recommended!
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.
It was a pleasure to work with Chris. He showed energy, dedication and imagination. He handled tricky situations professionally and always kept a positive outlook towards the project. He works day and night to ensure the maximum coverage for the show, but always has a realistic vision of what can be achieved.
From our first meeting, Chris immediately understood the selling points of the production and used his excellent connections to ensure that as much buzz was created around the show as possible. He is professional, approachable and really knows his stuff. His almost blanket coverage of the show on all the right listings websites helped to reach people beyond our circles. With Chris on board, the show became louder, more attractive and pulled in a larger audience!
Chris was recommended to us because of his enthusiasm for and experience with smaller cult productions. From the off he had a great understanding for what we were trying to achieve and shared his opinions and advice with us in many areas above and beyond just PR. He was honest and open at all times and set realistic (and high) expectations of what we can expect from him and delivered as promised. He’s also just a lovely guy - full of energy and passion for theatre with experience as a director and producer himself - a great addition to any team.
Chris supported us with press relations for our first production Something Something Lazarus. He was able to get us attention from a range of media outlets including articles, interviews as well as reviews of the show that we would not have been able to do alone. Chris has a great, relaxed style. We never felt that we had to be concerned about getting our voice out in the press, as he took care of it all. In particular we found it useful to have someone who knew the way critics reacted to material. It allowed us to sift through the noise to get to the important and helpful words from the press - not always easy for a first-time production company. More than all that he’s an all-round nice chap, easy to work with and thorough in his approach. Big thanks Chris!
Working with Chris has proved very worthwhile for me. While he might more typically be asked to promote a theatre venue, company or production, I asked him to focus on my work as a scenic artist, painting scenery for the UK stage. The result was an in depth interview in the Stage newspaper, just what I was hoping for! He’s full of energy, great to work with, and I found the experience both straightforward and enjoyable.
Chris has a very good knowledge of listings and other specialist tools that can help with marketing your play. A particular strength is his ability to get a good range of reviewers in to see your show. I have been happy to work with Chris on two productions now.
We brought Chris on board only a few weeks before our production opened and he hit the ground running! He totally grasped our various USPs and gave great advice about how to make the most of them. Despite the short turnaround he delivered an impressive array of previewers, reviewers and articles and kept in touch throughout with regular updates on his progress. At the end of the run he delivered a comprehensive breakdown of every mention of the show, with links, screen grabs, PDFs and other details. I look forward to working with him on future projects.
Working with Chris was a really great experience; he has a flexible, tailored approach which created a truly collaborative atmosphere. Chris delivered exactly what we discussed, and produced great results - he is an excellent communicator, and his regular progress updates really helped us to know where we were at, and definitely reduced our stress levels! Myself and the team would definitely work with him again on future projects.
Chris worked with Epsilon on our award winning production The State vs John Hayes for both the Brighton & London leg of its tour. He is a great support to have in your arsenal with a calm and controlled approach to the job in hand. Nothing was too much trouble and his wealth of experience and knowledge meant that I was quite happy to let him get on with it and not feel that I had to chase for anything. I would be very happy to work with Chris again and look forward to doing so.
Chris worked on the PR and Publicity for my play PLAYGROUND at the Old Red Lion - a venue he is very used to working with - and he did an excellent job. He got the local press in, who gave favourable reviews, but it was his ability with social media and on-line theatre reviews that really impressed me and delivered. He was always accessible, friendly, efficient and very effective.
Chris Hislop has worked on a few of Craft’s projects over the last year and I see no reason not to always trust him with our PR needs. Chris goes beyond the call of duty, because he genuinely cares about and believes in the projects he chooses to work on. During our run of Dantes Inferno, Kan Bonfils passed away in rehearsal just a few days before we were to open. Craft was hounded by journalists over a 24 hour period, non stop - Chris took responsibility for everything and stayed up for almost 48 hours quelling the fire, and beautifully orchestrated a world wide press release. We were trending on international twitter and Chris handled the fury with mastery. Since then, I have entrusted Chris with Craft’s ongoing PR, and will not hesitate to recommend him to other theatre professionals I know. It is a pleasure to know him, and to know that if he is working on the project- that you will not need to worry.
Chris was instrumental in getting press moving for the show. Through innovative approaches we accrued a wide range of press, print and viral coverage approaching a range of different audiences. Looking forward to working with him on our next project!
Chris was a vital link to the industry for us, as newcomers to Balham he brought his charm, experience and general legendary behaviour. Always kept us informed every step of the way, he’s one of the reasons we’ll be bringing more work to Theatre N16 in the future. Top bloke.
Chris did a great job at publicising Light Night Canning Town 2014, gaining coverage we wouldn’t have been able to secure ourselves. Chris was quick to understand our work and what was needed. He’s very personable, quick to crack on and produced unprecedented results in a very short timeframe. Thanks Chris!
Chris was brought onto the project quite late as we were unsure where we stood funding-wise. He was open and communicative from the get go and always responded to any queries in a timely manner. Chris managed to get us a fantastic spread in the Islington Gazette which was right in the theatre’s catchment area, and he also managed to get in 19 reviewers including The Stage and Time Out. It was evident from watching Chris greet the reviewers on press night that he has a good relationship with them. Chris has very competitive rates which meant smaller shows like ours could have a good PR on the team.
The King’s Head is the oldest surviving Pub Theatre, and there is a reason why we’ve lasted this long with such flair: we work tirelessly to find the best people to create the most exciting theatre. Chris Hislop is no exception: if you want the best PR for your next off-West End Production, simple - use the best PR.
Chris Hislop worked very diligently in trying to get the press to The Lonely Soldier Monologues by Helen Benedict at The Cockpit. He has an attention to detail and an engaging style which is important in PR.
We hired Chris as a PR on a play produced by the French Institute. He had a very short time to do his job and we were very pleased to see how fast and how efficient he was doing his job. It wasn’t an easy task because the play was in a Foreign language with English subtitles. We had great reviews thanks to Chris. I will definitely work again with him on other projects.
I was thrilled with the work Chris did on my two productions during the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Chris was diligent in following up all media requests, chasing reviewers and pitching stories. He was professional in all his work negotiations, and paid particular attention to supporting each individual production and performer. Especially useful was his administrative documentation - giving my company a clear outline of all interactions he undertook with media and all reviews received. This was conscientiously updated throughout the four-week season. Chris is all-knowing; he has a myriad of experience to draw from in order to offer advice for many aspects of a season. He also has built solid relationships with other publicists, media representatives, reviewers, journalists, editors and freelance bloggers. I would highly recommend Chris for any PR positions, and will definitely be hiring him again when I next work in the UK. He is a valuable asset to my company, is great to work with, gives so much of his time and cares about his shows.
Chris understands the different ways publications perform at the Festival as opposed to London, and has great relationships with a vast number of them. He knows how to work with venue press offices and is present at shows - and parties afterwards! I know that I can put him in front of promoters, producers and other VIPS at events, and that he’s always on hand to talk about other show-related issues that may not be linked to press specifically, but a more PR perspective that requires a personal and intimate approach, his opinion of which I value highly. The job doesn’t stop with “what press are in” with him, and that’s how I like to work. I loved having him on my team in Edinburgh.
In a festival as epic as the Edinburgh Fringe - with about three thousand shows in play in just a little over three weeks - it is extremely easy to feel overwhelmed and lost in the sea of creative madness. Just being noticed by the media, in and of itself, is both of paramount importance and an immense challenge. This is where PR representative Chris Hislop really exceeds! Chris is an extremely knowledgeable, hard-working, grounded and communicative press rep to have on your team. He has experienced the realities of the EdFringe from many perspectives; has strong relationships with major publications; is amenable to working closely with his clients to get the best results; and is super fun, open and an easy-going bloke! He possesses a rare combination of tenacity and laid-back energy that got us the results that we needed. As an international Canadian artist and first time EdFringe participant, I was thrilled with the attention we received and highly recommend Chris Hislop for your PR team!
Chris is the perfect PR guy to have at the Fringe, especially if you are coming for the first time. He understands the scene (and behind the scenes) so intricately from over a decade of experience. The relationships he has carefully cultivated across this landscape are real and strong. Chris can also provide the invaluable service of keeping things in the proper perspective for you as navigate this insane terrain. No matter what happens for you at the Fringe, good or bad, you will lose perspective. Chris will help you with that so easily, so subtly, that you won’t even know it’s happening.
Chris is 100% committed to the projects he represents. He worked tirelessly this Edinburgh Fringe Festival to get us as much press attention as possible and to great success. He is friendly, approachable and has an extensive knowledge of what works in the theatre industry. His honesty and the way he approaches his work is a breath of fresh air. I will not hesitate to work with Chris again!
Chris is adept at understanding the PR micro-climate of the Edinburgh Fringe and helped ensure that our debut jewel of a show received a healthy amount of press attention. The show has since gone on to be developed and co-produced with a major producing theatre and will be touring the UK next year.
Chris is the first PR I’ve worked with in the UK so I don’t really have anything to measure against! However, I can say that before and during the Edinburgh Fringe 2016, he was helpful, on hand, informative, fun and did his darndest to get my show out there and reviewed. And it was, and the reviews were great. I’m glad that I chose his capable hands to help me with my first Edinburgh Fringe experience and I hope we cross paths again!
We worked with Chris in the run up to, and during, the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. Chris was fun to work with, and met with us to understand what our group was about before taking us on as a client in order to ensure a ‘good fit’ which was great. Chris made an effort to come and see and support our show in previews, and during our run at the Edinburgh Fringe. He was always on hand to offer sound help and advice when needed, which was much appreciated. Getting reviewers in seemed particularly difficult in 2015 for a lot of shows, but Chris managed to secure us reviewers from three respected publications, two of which we couldn’t have got without him. Chris provided regular updates on his progress and his lively and upbeat approach was very welcome after a hard day of flyering.
The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz was the first show we have ever taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and working with Chris was our first experience with a PR. Chris saw the show at the start of the run and provided regular email reports after that with links and updates. We couldn’t be happier with the critical response achieved. We had double digits of reviews and all highly positive.
Chris has always worked hard to produce work of a high quality, either working on our behalf as a director or reviewing our plays he has always been honest and fair.
Chris is a supportive and motivational director. He has great clarity of vision which enables him to get the best out his actors whilst still maintaining a sense of fun and enthusiasm. A constantly positive presence during the rehearsal period and a joy to work with.
Chris directed my production of The Shakespeare Conspiracy. He delivered a brilliant production which sold out every night and has had interest in further development. 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. He is a young director with a great deal of potential and I look forward to his future work.
Chris directed More Light for me in 2010 at the Rose Theatre Bankside. We got 4 star reviews and the production was a huge success. Chris is a fantastic director and handled everything for the show.
I personally reviewed two plays co-written and directed by Chris Hislop at the Brighton Fringe 2009. The first, Oedipus, impressed with its vision and ambition, both in the choice of an outdoor space and in the decision to create a version of the myth which was true to the classics but accessible to a modern audience. The second, A Fistful Of Snow, was a more conventional production, with a cleverly-constructed and surprisingly thought-provoking script. I’m looking forward to seeing more of his work in the future.
As an editor Chris set up an efficient system for organising reviews across a variety of venues around London. Working with a large staff of volunteer writers, Chris’s administration skills kept the theatre section at One Stop Arts full of fresh, interesting content while making it very easy for the writers to know what shows were available. Chris’s feedback on copy was always clear and relevant. I appreciated Chris’s high standards and I would welcome the opportunity to work with him again in the future.
Chris is an intelligent and generous editor who provides his writers with clear direction. It has been a pleasure writing for him.
Chris has a comprehensive knowledge of the contemporary British theatre scene and is a strong and efficient networker. He has a good sense for what is relevant for the time and current market. As my editor he was always helpful and very supportive in finding my voice in my writing.
Chris has always given positive, useful feedback for my writing and has organised tickets for me to review some of the best shows in London. And a lovely guy! Thank you for the giving me the opportunity to write for One Stop Arts.
I cannot recommend Chris highly enough as an editor. I found it difficult at first to adapt to a house style and he was not only patient with me but very clear in his explanation of things when I struggled. He never gave negative feedback, only positive or constructive. He is incredibly dedicated to his work and his encouragement and sharp eye have made me a better writer.
Chris is a fine and thoughtful reviews editor to work for. He has an excellent eye for the detail of what he sees and hears on stage, but he can also see the big picture of what makes for a successful theatre review in terms of its structure and purpose. He is always helpful and considerate to theatre reviewers, with excellent people skills and he has done much to encourage and mentor emergent theatre reviewers that I have recommended to him, which explains his excellent reputation in the business. Chris has a keen insight into the process and difficulties of making fringe theatre from his time working in the fringe, which means one can have extremely well informed discussions with him about the subject of theatre and performance, but he is equally aware of how audiences use theatre and other reviews: an admirable balance of virtues in his current position.
I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with Chris for the last six months or so and cannot speak highly enough of his enthusiasm, energy and attention to detail. When I started reviewing theatre for onestoparts.com he immediately gave me sound and constructive criticism, advice and, perhaps most importantly, the confidence to be opinionated in print. We’ve recently started work together on a new project and it’s very reassuring to have Chris at the heart of the endeavour.
Chris is well equipped with the skills to manage his website. He is a talented writer and knows the areas he writes about very well from his work in that industry.
Chris has created a fantastic, smart website which previews many shows not only in the commercial sector but also on the fringe. One Stop Arts is an invaluable tool for young producers to be able to market their shows. It also provides reviews and publishes them enabling young producers with shorter runs and one off performances to have a chance of gaining feedback on their shows. It also offers advertising opportunities which are always aimed at a theatrical audience.
Chris is an insightful and passionate advocate of theare and I very much appreciate his skillful writing and reviewing.
Chris is never less than polite, patient and organised with often scatty reviewers. He’s an excellent manager and always on top of things.
It has been a joy to work with Chris Hislop of OneStopArts. Chris has reviewed our productions and has helped us to promote our work to a large and varied audience. We look forward to continuing our partnership and exploring new and exciting ways of developing our relationship.
I worked with Chris at One Stop Arts where he was theatre editor. I enjoyed receiving his suggestions and critical notes on my theatre reviews. He was thorough and timely in his organisation of the workflow when managing theatre visits. I believe he would be of benefit to a creative workplace that required a good writer and project manager.
As well as his work for us as a reviewer, Chris led development of the brand identity and marketing campaign for our new product, iFringe. We, the directors of the company, were generally unfamiliar with this area and benefited considerably from Chris’s advice. He put together a professional briefing for us, helped us understand the reasons behind his recommendations and guided us gently away from our occasional mis-steps. We have been very happy with the brand identity developed and are continuing to use it as our product evolves.