Author: James Price

Once On This Island

Once On This Island

Storm are delighted to be supplying the lighting equipment to Once On This Island. Currently playing at Southwark Playhouse until the 31st August. The universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

Once On This Island is a captivating calypso-flavoured re-telling of the Little Mermaid fairy tale. The story begins on a Caribbean island where villagers comfort a little girl with the legend of the romance of the peasant orphan Ti Moune, and a rich city boy whom she saves from death. The Island Gods have different plans for her story. But, Ti Moune is destined to love too much for the human heart to bear.

The 1990 musical written by Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music) recently received a revival on Broadway (which won a Tony Award) directed by Michael Arden. Starring none other than Lea Salonga as Erzulie, Goddess of Love. Now, choreographer and director Lee Proud brings the heartwarming musical to Southwark Playhouse. Presented by the British Theatre Academy in a vibrant and tireless production that introduces an array of emerging talent.

It features a lighting design by Andrew Exeter (ALD, Rock of Ages UK Tour, LD & Set Designer, Bad Girls UK Tour) who comments: ” This show has been a really exciting project to work on. It is a musical with an incredible tropical location and the most beautiful score. In early conversations with Lee we understood that the storytelling should never look the same for more than 5 seconds. This required the ability for a rig to create everything from intimate shadowy moments to songs of bold colours and at times, several thunderstorms. Staging the show in traverse meant that there were further great challenges for me and Simon Wells (Set + Costume). Creating textures and a depth from a relatively thin space.”

The lighting rig mainly featured ROBE fixtures, including BMFL Blades and the new LEDBeam 150’s. Andrew explains: “It was key to have a fixture that had shutters and was able to create an animated textured effect without settling for less output. The BMFL Blade was the only fixture I could have both key features I was looking for without comprimise. The LEDBeam 150’s were ideal as they are a really compact fixture with a huge output. They also have a wide zoom range which was ideal for highlighting small but key moments in the show.”

Andrew concludes: “It has been a great pleasure working with Storm on this production. They have been incredibly supportive throughout the pre-production process, their attention to detail and equipment prep is brilliant. Supplying all the requirements needed for this production and equipment to create a rig that is versatile and bold.”

Director / Choreographer: Lee Proud
Set / Costume: Simon Wells
Lighting Designer: Andrew Exeter
Lighting Programmer: Nick Steer
Photography: Eliza Wilmot

2019: A Space Odyssey

2019: A Space Odyssey

Storm were delighted to provide full production services to the Stanley Kubrick gala evening at London’s The Design Museum. The theme was Space and the Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The event featured all things space themed, including, unique Moon light centre pieces on every table, a space themed menu as well as dinner served under a full moon seen on the Parabola roof.

We provided a full production package including Lighting, Sound, Video & Set for this very unique and special gala evening, celebrating the brilliant works of Stanley Kubrick. The evening marked the offical opening of the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition at The Design Museum.

The Stanley Kubrick exhibition runs until the 15th September. Find out more details about the exhibition and to book tickets, here. It has already been hailed as one of the must-see cultural events of 2019 according to the BBC, Time Out London and the Evening Standard. It celebrates the work of one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th Century. It’s arrival at The Design Museum marks the 20th anniversary of Kubrick’s death. It brings together around 700 objects, films, movie props, costumes, scripts, interviews, letters and photographs to present an in-depth insight into the unique command Kubrick had over the creative design process of film making – from storyteller to director to editor.

EE & Stormzy Launch 5G in London

EE & Stormzy Launch 5G in London

Storm were delighted to work with Smyle Creative to provide lighting for EE’s launch of their 5G network with Stormzy. EE lit up London’s iconic River Thames tonight in celebration of the launch of the UK’s first 5G network. The UK’s number one mobile network marked the occasion by hosting a 5G-powered gig with platinum-selling UK artist, Stormzy, set against the stunning backdrop of Tower Bridge.

Fans in attendance and those tuning in online saw history in the making as the Glastonbury 2019 headliner’s performance became the first event of its kind to be live streamed over EE’s new 5G network, which was hosted by Radio DJ, Clara Amfo.

Using 5G and remote production technology, EE broadcast the event on Facebook / Twitter / YouTube to thousands of fans. The Highlights of the 5G-powered audio-visual extravaganza can be seen below.

To accompany the show, a 5G-powered performance was created in collaboration with Stormzy. Celebrating the six cities that EE has connected with 5G. Over 200 state-of-the-art LED fixtures were affixed to the stage. With over 100 beams of light projected 1,000ft in front of the Tower Bridge. The 5G-powered display, which was connected via EE’s 5G network, supported the powerful lyrics and music of Stomzy’s bespoke set.

Fans in each of the other five launch cities were treated to the best seat in the house via a 360-degree VR experience. The experience was available in Stores in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. Guests attending the in-store events were invited to use VR headsets to watch the performance in 360 degrees from the front row, just metres away from where Stormzy was performing on the floating stage in London.

Stormzy comments, following his one-off gig; Big up EE, thank you for letting me launch your 5G network in the UK. Tonight was sick, I’m honoured to be part of history.”

Read more about the launch at EE’s news room here

Storm goes for Breakfast at The Cereal Cafe

Storm goes for Breakfast at The Cereal Cafe

We were pleased to be given the opportunity to provide lighting on the new musical, The Cereal Cafe. Working closely with Lighting Designer Michael Fox we supplied a complete lighting package utilising some of the latest Robe and ChromaQ equipment from our expansive inventory. Including the Robe MegaPointe and Robe 150 LED Beam along with ChromaQ ColorForce MKII.

When asked about his choice of fixtures for the show LD Michael Fox says, “The MegaPointe’s were a must have for this show. Their ‘Mega’ output and ability to create sharp parallel beams was a great advantage, particularly for the riot scene. They pack a huge amount of features which makes this fixture invaluable for rigs of any size. There is, in short no other unit available that offers everything the MegaPointe does in one fixture. The 150 Beam’s were another fixture I was keen to use for the production. Their compact size, super bright output and wide zoom range were all reasons why this fixture was perfect for the show.

Part of the set was a concrete block style wall which was full of features that I really wanted to be able to show off. So I specified ChromaQ’s ColorForce MK2’s for the ground row. I knew they would be up to the job and I wasn’t disappointed.”

The show is based on an extraordinary café opening on the vibrant streets of East London. Centred on the childhood dreams of two young brothers, where its presence will result in unimaginable consequences. In a threatened neighbourhood, fighting to survive, something so simple as cereal will divide the community. Inspired by the Cereal Killer Café and the Shoreditch riots of 2015, this musical is based on a remarkable true story.

Michael goes on to say, “I knew when I was approached to design this show that Storm were the rental company to go to. The quality of their equipment, prep and support is second to none. I had complete confidence in their equipment. Combined with Robe and ChromaQ’s excellent record for reliability, it certainly was the perfect match!”

Storm’s Rental Coordinator, James comments: “It certainly was a pleasure to work on this new exciting musical with Michael. His creative lighting design and full use of every fixture in the rig made for some really powerful & special moments. With our continued investment into new equipment, for instance, most recently ChromaQ ColorForce MKII’s and expansion of our Robe stock. It therefore allows us to consistently provide the latest fixtures to meet the needs of Lighting Designers.”

Extract from The Cereal Cafe Musical

Book and Lyrics by: JACOB DORRELL & TOM LING
Music By: ADAM DICKINSON

Storm Invests in Indu Electric

Storm Mains Distro Type 19

Storm are pleased to announce our continued commitment to Indu Electric with our latest investment. The Indu 72 Way Mains Distribution racks. Featuring 12x Socapex outputs, 63A 3 Phase, 32A 3 Phase, 6x 16A outputs. Also with additional Auxilliary outputs including USB charging.

Built in a flight case these distros are ready to roll into any event. Able to cope with the toughest of touring environments and can provide the power you need for your event. All available in one complete package.

This latest investment in Indu Electric also follows on from the recent addition of more of our compact mains distribution racks. Including our Type 20, Type 13 and also our smaller rubber box Type RBDIST 8.

Our continued investment in Indu Electric comes from the consistent high build quality, reliability and also the support we have come to know from the team at Indu over previous years.

Find the full details about these new distros here

Storm has the Time of Their Lives with Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing UK Tour

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, she shows little interest in the resort activities. Instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles across an all-night dance party at the staff quarters. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. Baby’s life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end, not only as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off. Two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Storm are very pleased to be providing full Lighting, Sound & Rigging packages for the 2018-19 tour. The 2018-19 touring lighting rig contains a mixture of ROBE, SGM & ETC LED fixtures. The touring sound rig is powered by D&B with Shure and Yamaha completing the package. Storm provided equipment for the previous UK tour in 2016-17.

Dirty Dancing opened in Brighton in September and is currently playing at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh and will continue it’s tour until late 2019. Visit www.dirtydancingontour.com to book tickets and see more about the show!