Richard Brownlie-Marshall
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Richard Brownlie-Marshall has designed for a wide range of companies and people, including commissions for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Zizzi and Candy Kittens. Under his self-titled design brand, which was launched in 2011, he continues to produce exciting products for all areas of life. He is currently the Creative Designer at Pret A Manger, which involves packaging, campaign and new product design for UK and international projects. Past roles include Head of Creative for Tossed and Design Coordinator of mydeco.

Referred to as a modern day Renaissance man, Richard, also takes a keen interest in performance on many different levels. Key successes include performing on London's Westend, producing and acting in two sell-out Edinburgh Fringe shows and appearing in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.

To find out more, please visit: www.playrich.co.uk

Entries by Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Top Five Hong Kong Sights and Experiences

(0) Comments | Posted 1 May 2016 | (22:08)

It was my first time to Hong Kong and I didn't really know what to expect before arriving. After taking a quick trip to Google, the city appeared as tall buildings, bright lights and a scattering of boats. When visiting the destination in real-life, I realized it scored very highly...

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The London Coffee Festival 2016

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2016 | (19:11)

The London Coffee Festival was already the biggest coffee festival in the world, and apparently this year it's doubled in size. Since being the Creative Designer at Pret A Manger, I have learnt quite a bit about coffee, but didn't know how this one subject could fill an entire festival....

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Raising the Curtain on West End and Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted 8 February 2016 | (14:17)

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I remember when visiting London as a child, one of our must-see destinations was the London Theatre Museum in Covent Garden. So when it sadly closed its doors in 2007, I was overjoyed to see it come to life once more at the...

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How to Get Into the Design Industry

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2016 | (16:10)


As with any career, the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult, and design is no different. There is no definitive set of rules when embarking on a career in the creative, but there are many ways to strengthen your case. I've created a list of four tips that are easy to implement, no matter your current status, and will help assist you on your journey to design success.

Come prepared
If you know a specific sector of design you want to get into, look at job adverts and requirements - do you have the skills already or do you need to brush up in some areas. Sometimes it can be as simple as teaching yourself new skills, and with the internet you will always find a blog or YouTube tutorial to help you get started. In design I find that you can learn a lot by just doing, so the more you explore your skillset the more you can improve them.

Talk industry
Speaking to people in the industry is the best way to get honest insights and find out if it's definitely the right career for you. You can meet people at design events and fairs or even start a conversation in blog comments online. By talking to working designers you can make great connections that might even result in a mentorship or work experience.

Get experience
If you want to get into the design field, you need to have a portfolio of work to show and projects to talk about. If you are really at the beginning of your journey, set yourself projects or even see if family friends need any design work needing done - this way you have experience of working to a brief. As I said before, I find that I really learn by doing, so the more creating you do - the better designer you will become.

Share the joy
Love design and show it. It's an industry that is filled with real enthusiasts for what they do, and that's what makes it a really great environment to work in. You should be absorbing the design you like, going to design talks and exhibitions, tweet about it or maybe even write a blog about it. It's wonderful to be in a career you really enjoy, so share your passion and convince an employer to be passionate about...

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The Picture of Dorian Gray at Trafalgar Studios

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2016 | (21:21)

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of those stories that everyone knows and placed its author, Oscar Wilde, firmly in the history books. At the time of it's first publications critics were outraged by its vulgar nature, describing it as 'a poisonous...

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Five Ways to Stop Procrastinating

(0) Comments | Posted 6 December 2015 | (10:55)


I heard recently that it's believed that humans now have a shorter attention span than goldfish. Can you believe that? Well, actually I can. With social media, television and technology - distractions are all around us - so it's increasingly hard to keep your concentration. So I've compiled my top five sure-fire ways to stop procrastinating, which are easy to implement and hopefully help to keep you on the right track.

Turn it off
To stop getting sucked into watching endless TV, record the shows you want to watch. This way you don't have to sit through the endless adverts and only watch the one show you want to, rather than starting to channel hop and getting drawn into more


Press go
Start things. I've said it before, starting is really the biggest hurdle, so set yourself a short time of 15 minutes on a task. This way you'll at least have begun - and sometimes that can lead to you completing it without even breaking a sweat.


Unwelcome distraction
Find out what's stopping you. If you've been staring at your computer for the last hour and not done anything - what have you been doing? If it's social media, log yourself out. If it's web browsing, can you turn off your internet? If you are getting distracted by the same things, you have the power to stop yourself. I believe in you.


Break it down for me
If it's a huge task, you're not going to know where to start. So work out the steps it will take you to get to the ultimate goal and do them in bite size chunks. It also means you'll have more little jobs to check off on your to do list along the way.


We need to talk
Tell people about projects your doing. This opens up discussion and allows you to think out loud, which can lead to receiving some insights or even someone wanting to collaborate with you on a task. Even the simple action of telling someone, means the next time they see you, they might ask - " how are you getting on with it?". And that in turn will motivate you to give the people what they want, and do...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Landor Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted 27 August 2015 | (22:48)

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I didn't realise at the time, but Thoroughly Modern Millie seems to be a somewhat of a divisive show amongst critics. Some can't see past it's over-the-top exterior, and some love it for that very same reason. I can safely say that I'm...

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The Ametsa Experience

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2015 | (15:04)

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A stones throw from Buckingham Palace, nestled in the luxurious Belgravia district, stands The Halkin. A hotel with an effortlessly stylish interior, superb service and a culinary gem in the form of Ametsa. The combination makes for one out-of-this-world experience and...

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'As Is' at London's Trafalgar Studios

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2015 | (17:02)

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When William M. Hoffman's play 'As Is' was first performed in New York 30 years ago, it was hailed by critics as being the most powerful play of the year, and the first of it's kind. Using humour and sensitivity it talks about...

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Rich Pickings at New Designers 2015

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2015 | (11:17)

Every summer, New Designers lands at the Business Design Centre in London's Angel. And within it's walls are over 3000 graduate talents from leading design courses across the country. As a past exhibitor at New Designers myself, it's a show I return to each year to witness the...

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London's West End Live 2015

(1) Comments | Posted 21 June 2015 | (22:16)

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As great enthusiast for London's theatreland, West End Live is a treasure trove filled to the brim with amazing performances, exclusive theatre experiences and all-round good fun. I go every year to see the shows I love, shows I...

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Sunday in the Theatre with Sondheim

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2015 | (12:27)

The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year takes place once a year, celebrating the talent of students from top drama schools across the UK. This year's competition culminates with the top twelve finalists taking the stage at The Garrick Theatre to perform in front of key...

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

(0) Comments | Posted 15 March 2015 | (22:06)

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I first saw the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art back in 2011, and it stuck with me as one of the most awe inspiring demonstrations of talent I have ever seen. Now located at London's...

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The Sweet Sound of 'She Loves Me'

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2015 | (21:21)

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If the musical She Loves Me was set in today's time, it would be a somewhat quicker affair, decided on a simple swipe to the left on dating App, Tinder. Thankfully, the show comes from a time where people expressed themselves...

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Sikes & Nancy - Dickens with a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2014 | (12:28)

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This festive season, Trafalgar Studios is offering up an alternative look at the work of Charles Dickens, in the form of 'Dickens with a Difference.' The double-bill incorporates the London premieres of Miss Havisham's Expectations and Sikes & Nancy. The latter...

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'Urinetown' Delivers Toilet Humour

(0) Comments | Posted 29 October 2014 | (21:22)

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At the beginning of Urinetown, you are told that this isn't your typical musical, and they're not kidding. After a three year run on Broadway, this unconventional toilet-based musical has arrived at the Apollo theatre; bringing it's host of odd characters...

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'Memphis' Lives in the West End

(0) Comments | Posted 26 October 2014 | (21:42)

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Powerhouse performances, sensational songs and dancing that'll blow you socks off - Memphis knows how to make an entrance on London's West End. After months of anticipation, the Tony award-wining musical has landed at The Shaftesbury Theatre and raised the heat...

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'Damn Yankees' Hit it Out of the Park

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2014 | (23:23)

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If you go down to Clapham North today, you're sure of a big surprise: in the form of multi Tony award winning musical, Damn Yankees. A show packed full of certifiable Broadway classics including "Whatever Lola Wants", "Heart" and "Six Months...

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Wingman Lands at Soho Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted 9 September 2014 | (20:54)

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Wingman explores the relationship between father and son, in a two-man show laced with warmth, awkwardness and wit.

The story begins with the character of Richard (Richard Marsh) being confronted by his estranged father, Len (Jerome Wright), while visiting his dying mothers...

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Dessa Rose Enchants London's West End

(0) Comments | Posted 9 August 2014 | (15:39)

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Dessa Rose is set in America's Deep South through the 1840s, telling the story of two young women who are on very different paths, that ultimately cross. Dessa Rose (Cynthia Erivo) is a resilient 16-year-old slave and Ruth (Cassidy Janson) is...

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