Polly Irvine
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Polly Irvine

Strategic Partnerships ManagerLondon, United Kingdom
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Polly Irvine

Strategic Partnerships ManagerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
At present I am the Strategic Partnership Manager for Taste of London Summer/Festive and within The prestigious World Restaurant Awards. Creating experiential culinary moments, connecting our partners to our advocates through immersive experiences. I keep my theatre passion alive by volunteering for theatre companies such as ‘You Me Bum Bum Train’ and being a part of an Amateur Dramatics Group ‘Southside Players’. Within these I have taken on Stage Management roles and been keen to be versatile to whichever role was needed of me at the time. These include; Acting, Stage Management, Set Design, Set build and Front of house. I previously worked at Reed Exhibitions, selling and organising trade shows. The role required versatility, multi-tasking and creativity. I was awarded Sales Person of the Year. After getting 210% of my Sponsorship target for the year. After graduating I worked as a professional actor. Acting on the stage but also taking on various roles behind the scene including; stage management, program intern and a wardrobe apprentice.
Projects credited in
  • You Me Bum Bum Train
    You Me Bum Bum TrainYou Me Bum Bum Train is the cult phenomenon created by Kate Bond and Morgan Lloyd - where participants are thrown into a visceral, immersive, Kafka-esque world. ____________ ‘You might call “You Me Bum Bum Train” the ride of a lifetime - only that would be underselling it.' (Variety Nov 2015) 'Overheated reviews are, of course, a staple in theatre. This is the rare case when the hype is deserved.' (the Economist, Nov 2015) ‘This smash hit gives a whole new dimension to the idea of immersive the
  • Laurent-Perrier at Taste of London 2018
    Laurent-Perrier at Taste of London 2018Champagne bar and masterclass activation surrounding a sustainability concept at Taste -a 5 days festival attracting capital's best restaurants, top chefs and leading food and drinks brands.
  • Taste of London for Chang Beer
    Taste of London for Chang BeerEvent photography and post for Chang Beer at Taste of London in Regent's Park.
  • Graffiti Art for Smoke + Salt - Taste Of London Festival
    Graffiti Art for Smoke + Salt - Taste Of London FestivalA Nigerian restaurant based in Brixton commissioned me to create graffiti art for their food stall at the Taste Of London Festival.
  • Creative Direction. Taste of London . Laurent-Perrier
    Creative Direction. Taste of London . Laurent-PerrierLaurent-Perrier is the official champagne partner of the Festive Edition of Taste of London. At this year’s event, enjoy the range of the house’s finest champagnes in the sumptuous settings of the new Laurent-Perrier Club House.
  • You Me Bum Bum Train
    You Me Bum Bum Train
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Work history
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    Strategic Partnership ManagerTaste of London
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    Having come from an immersive/creative background my role is to create experiences for partners within our events. It has never been more important for consumers to feel that they gain meaningful interactions with brands and it it my role to help create this. Developing relationships with partners to build on their objectives and KPI's through our portfolio of events. It is my role to connect the companies campaign and story to our audiences through developing a creative solution and seeing the project through to the end. I connect the in-house creative team, wider company and the culinary portfolio as first point of contact for all.
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    Actor/Set DesignYou Me Bum Bum Train
     - London, United KingdomFreelance
    I volunteered as part of the cast and set build for ‘You Me Bum Bum Train’. Within this I have taken on Stage Management roles and been keen to be versatile to whichever role was needed of me at the time. These include; Acting, Stage Management, Set Design, Set build and Front of house.
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Skills
  • Event
  • Prop Building
  • Budget Negotiation
  • Presentations
  • Visitor Experience
  • Immersive Experience
  • Immersive Theatre
  • Audience Engagement
Education
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    BA Drama and Theatre ArtsBrunel University London
     - London, United Kingdom
    My course was focused around modern theatre, predominantly Immersive and Site Specific work. Studying new theatre in all its forms. Looking at emerging trends of the time, working with site specific and technology advancements. I was particularly entranced by the engagement of the audience, tearing down the fourth wall . My real passion is to find a theatre form for everyone.
Awards
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    Sales Person of the YearReed Exhibitions
    To win this award I created outstanding relationships with my clients and was awarded out of a sales force of 200 people.