UK Rigging Called to Assist at Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Pantomime | Newcastle

Posted on 16th February 2018

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Pantomime | Newcastle

Bill Kenwright Ltd approached UK Rigging to assist in turning Newcastle Arena into a temporary theatre for the 2017 pantomime of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ starring Joe McElderry.

With the main stage requiring a temporary theatre grid for the various set pieces and props to fly in and out, UK Rigging called on their past experience of temporary theatre events to create a grid with a variety of trusses in very close proximity, housing everything from tab tracks, counter weight flying systems and lighting bars.

Due to the dynamic nature of the set pieces the loads would be constantly moving. Much pre-event planning went into calculating how these loads would impact on the monster grid. Despite being calculated so that no hoist loads would exceed defined limits, Kinesys LibraCells were installed on all of the mother grid hoists and were constantly monitored during the build and technical rehearsals. This allowed the set designers flexibility should items need adjusting or altering, and proved that no hoist exceeded the loads calculated prior to the event.

Utilizing TFL Serious Medium Duty Truss for the mother grid and a selection of ladderbeam, litebeam, light duty plated and medium duty plated truss for the theatre ‘fly bars’ all of the bars could be raised and lowered independently, allowing great flexibility and ease of installation of the set and lighting over the course of a 3 day weekend.