On the Rocks is Recruiting!

OntheRocksPicOn The Rocks Festival is returning for its sixth year, and we are looking for talented individuals to join our committee! On The Rocks is the largest student-run arts festival in Scotland, hosting a week’s worth of events every spring that range from theatre to photography exhibitions. The event is a huge production that allows over 40 events annually to happen across St Andrews, the majority of which are sell-out. This year’s festival will take place from the 5th-13th of April 2014. On The Rocks is seeking talented students to fill several important roles on our committee. It is a great way to get experience producing one of St Andrews best events of the year. Please visit our website at www.ontherocksfestival.com for applications and full job descriptions. Applications are now open, and will close Friday 11th October. For questions or more information please find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ontherocksfestival or email us at ontherocks@st-andrews.ac.ukDesignerAs designer, you will play an integral role in devising and creating the “look” of the festival for 2014. You will utilize the branding from the previous year while also expanding and building upon the image of On The Rocks.  Web DesignerThe web designer will be in charge of maintaining our website. You will collaborate with the designer and press team to update its look and feel to match the rest of the festival’s publicity this year. Our website is currently created in Weebly so experience with this technology would be preferable, but experience with similar technologies is also a plus. Community Events AssistantAs community projects assistant, you will work to increase the involvement of the local population of St Andrews with On The Rocks Festival. You will be contacting and meeting with a variety of groups in St Andrews, while helping execute several art projects and workshops before and during the festival. Good communication and organisational skills are required. Press OfficersAs a press officer, you will collaborate with the rest of the press and publicity team to devise a strategy for achieving maximum media coverage leading up to and during the festival itself. Press officers will act as liaisons between festival events and the various press outlets to assure all events are attended and reviewed by the media. Other duties will include drafting and sending out articles, press releases, and interviews leading up to the festival, as well as allocating press passes.  Project OfficersOn the Rocks is looking for project officers to manage our own events within the festival such as Art On the Rocks, the opening party, and the Music Cafes. Although the events team will work together throughout the year, each member will take lead on a particular project. Applicants should be creative, organised, flexible and able to cope in a fast paced, high-energy team.

On The Rocks: Volunteers

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On The Rocks is the largest student-run arts festival in Scotland, incorporating art, photography, film, theatre, dance, music and comedy. It began in April 2009 and is now back for its fifth year in 2013. In what began as an initiative to combine the annual film and theatre festivals into one big event, it is now a huge production that hosts over 40 events annually, the majority of which are sell-out performances. It has also attracted the attention of several influential actors and actresses, with Sean Connery, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley and Simon Pegg signing up as festival patrons. Last year it became entirely student-run after the departure of the previous Barron theatre administrator, Julie Amphlett, who provided much of the initial guidance for the event. Last year’s festival was a huge success, and hosted events including the Sitara fashion show, a screening of the award-winning ‘Ebony Road’ by Maia Krall Fry, and a performance of Macbeth at the St. Andrews Castle, which was later brought to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival over the summer.This year’s festival will be taking place from 6th-14th April 2013. We will be having our box office at a space located on Bell Street. We have also collaborated with Lightbox who will be the official event photographers this year, so we hope this will help to raise awareness of the festival throughout the student body. We have an exciting lineup of events, including several theatre events such as ‘The Sugar Syndrome’ by Lucy Prebble, an award winning drama; ‘Just as it is’ by Alice Shearon, a student written comedy, and ‘Bitter Root’ by Joanna Alpern, a student written drama. Other events range from a Blind Mirth Sketch Show, The St. Andrews Revue (sketch comedy), an A Cappella concert, an open mic night, a Fine Food Photography workshop, and Sitara the fashion show to name just a few.We are also recruiting student volunteers for the festival, which is a great way to get involved with the show and gain experience in the arts. Applications open this Wednesday, the 20th of February, and close Wednesday the 6th of March. Volunteers can apply online at www.ontherocksfestival.com. We are recruiting volunteers for a wide range of roles including ushers, box office staff and general assistants. Any questions regarding volunteering can be directed to Kathryn Cherkas, our volunteer coordinator at kcc@st-andrews.ac.uk or for more information visit the on the rocks website or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ontherocksfestivalHaley Scheer

OTR volunteers