Theatrical PR: Sleeping Beauty travels the world


Brief: Stafford Gatehouse Theatre approached Stone Junction to raise the profile of its annual Rock’n’Roll panto. 

Objective: To generate media presence and increase ticket sales.

Strategy and tactics:

•  Stone Junction sent a Sleeping Beauty doll to ten arts lovers around Europe, with each visit resulting in a photo and theatrical blog post 
•  Press releases announcing the beginning of the doll’s journey, destinations and a late night panto 
•  Personal press night invitations for theatre, arts, national and local media 

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Budget:
As part of its CSR public sector campaign, Stone Junction provided the services in exchange for sponsorship of the Stafford Shakespeare Festival. The cash equivalent was £4,800.

Outcomes:
•  15,976 people attended the panto
•  Massive ticket sales increase
•  National awareness of the theatre’s Rock’n’Roll panto
•  Late night adult show sold out
•  Majority of performances hit 95% capacity

Outputs:
•  Two pieces of national press coverage (Pick Me Up! and The Independent)
PR in public sector | Public Sector Campaign | Technical PR agency•  25 pieces of local, national and specialist press coverage 

“Stone Junction has really opened my eyes to how creative arts stories can be heavily featured in the media,” commented Emma Hogan, press and marketing officer at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre. “The main thing that impressed me was the longevity of the campaign. The idea of a travelling Sleeping Beauty doll still sparked interest with journalists months after the campaign had ended.” 
 

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