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The Japan Festival at Kew

Japan After Hours - One Thousand Springs

In October, we were delighted to work with the events team at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Supplying Lighting & Rigging to The Japan Festival. A celebration of the country’s breath-taking plants, art and culture. All within Kew’s Temperate House. At the heart of the festival is a large-scale artistic installation by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota. Titled One Thousand Springs.

Renowned for her vast, room-spanning webs of thread installations. Through which she explores human existence. Shiota’s One Thousand Springs will be suspended from the roof of the Temperate House. Constructed of 5,000 haikus, submitted by members of the public and suspended within a sea of red threads. This breathtaking installation will tell stories of our shared connections with nature and form a magnificent centrepiece to the festival.

As part of the month long installation. A series of evening ‘Japan: After Hours’ events held within the Temperate House offered visitors an opportunity to experience the best of Japan. Each evening, Kew’s Temperate House transformed into an illuminated, Japan themed space. During the After Hours events visitors enjoyed a varied programme. From dance, theatre, and live music performances to traditional flower arranging and sake sipping.

Just a quick message to say thank you to you and all the team for doing such a fantastic job on the lighting for the Japan Festival. You did an incredible job when handed a lot of challenges! The design worked extremely well. Completely transforming the After Hours events. The crew were all super as well. So respectful and a pleasure to work with. I look forward to working with you all again.

Visitor programmes manager, kew

WellChild Awards 2021

WellChild Awards 2021

Storm were delighted to work with the WellChild National Children’s Charity to deliver the WellChild Awards 2021. Providing full production services to this years Awards. Including; Lighitng, Sound, Step & Repeat Backdrop & a Stretch Tent at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The WellChild Awards, in association with GSK, celebrates the inspirational qualities of the UK’s seriously ill children and young people. Along with those who go that extra mile to make a difference to their lives. Particuarly, the challenges many have faced through COVID-19 have made hearing and recognising their stories more important than ever.

The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry surprised the attendees as the Patron of the WellChild charity. Along with special guests including; Ed Sheeran, Anne-Marie, Ronnie Wood, Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard & Amanda Holden. During the event, there was a special acoustic performance by Anne-Marie.

Un-surprisingly, the huge disruption from Coronavirus in 2020 resulted in the postponement of the Awards for the year. WellChild, with the support of their sponsors and the general public were able to bring the Awards back for 2021. Many of the vulnerable children, young people and their families supported by WellChild have struggled immensely during COVID-19. The 2021 WellChild Awards helped to shine a light on the challenges they have faced. Whilst bringing some much needed hope and positivity to their lives at this difficult and uncertain time.

Just a quick note to say thank you so much for all your hard work on the WellChild Awards. I know there were lots of last-minute changes and amends. You were always so accommodating, and a hero for getting everything approved. Everyone said it really made the event. So once again huge thanks to you and the team for being such a great team to work with.

Thank you so much again from all of us here and from all of our winners for helping to make the event such a memorable and wonderful event. Particularly with all the challenges that we have all faced this year. To be able to have held such a special awards ceremony in a different format and to have your support at the event meant the world to us!

Senior events manager, WellChild

Watch: Ed Sheeran Surprises WellChild Award Winner
Ed Sheeran Surprises WellChild Award Winner at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

GQ Men of the Year Awards 2021

GQ Men of the Year Awards 2021

We were delighted to return to the Tate Modern at the beginning of September for the British GQ Men of the Year Awards 2021. With special performances from Wolf Alice and Arlo Parks. Who, were the receipients of the GQ Band and Deezer Breakthrough Music Artist respectively. The awards saw one of the first large-scale events return to the Tate Modern since March 2020. A huge thanks to our dedicated team of freelancers. Working through the night and going the extra mile to ensure this event was a success. It was also great to be working with the event production team at Timebased to deliver this event.


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John & Jen at Southwark Playhouse

John & Jen at Southwark Playhouse

We were delighted to support the world premier of John & Jen at Southwark Playhouse. Lighting Design for the show was provided by Andrew Exeter. Andrew took full advantage of our stock of Martin MAC Aura XB‘s & ETC ColorSource Spot‘s for his design. In addition, Andrew used Studio COB Plus‘s as well as LED tape to complete the design. The show enjoyed a successful run at the Playhouse from the 28th July through till the 21st August. Filling the Playhouse each night with audiences excited to return to see live theatre once again.

“It was a pleasure to work closely with Andrew again on another project. This time on a new version of this musical. Andrew’s keen eye for design is always gaurunteed to bring new life into any show he works on. Similarly, this show was no exception. Working with a design based on a predominantly Generic & LED rig, it was great to see what Andrew was able to do and it looked great” says Storm’s Rental Manager, James.


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About The Show

From the award winning composer of The Addams Family, Big Fish & The Wild Party, starring Olivier Award nominee Rachel Tucker and introducing Lewis Cornay. John & Jen is an emotional rollercoaster that explores the dynamics of family relationships. This production is the world premiere of a brand new updated version of the show by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald, with orchestrations by Jason Robert Brown & Andrew Lippa.

1985, John & Jen, brother and sister, born seven years apart, grow up together, totally inseparable. Jen makes a “forever pact” with her little brother to always protect him against anything and anyone, including their own dad.

1986, Jen, alone in Canada with her baby boy whom she has named John, a living memorial to the brother she failed to protect.

The beautiful and haunting score emotionally captures the zeitgeist of contemporary America.

US Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry at Kew Gardens

US Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry at Kew Gardens

Storm were delighted to provide Sound technical services to Kew Gardens for a special climate event hosted by Chatham House. Featuring guest speaker, U.S Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry. Ahead of the G20 Environment, Climate and Energy Ministerial Meeting, Mr Kerry delivered a major climate policy speech. During his speech, he delivered remarks on the urgency of global climate action. Mr Kerry said meeting the 1.5C limit will be impossible without China taking action. Adding that the US and China had to work together to tackle the issue.

“It’s not a mystery that the US and China have many differences but on climate cooperation, it is the only way to break free from the world’s current mutual suicide pact”, he warned. Mr Kerry urged all large economies to come forward with new plans to cut emissions before the COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow this November. ‘While it may be unfolding in slow motion to some,’ he said. ‘This test is as acute and as existential as any previous one. Time is running out.’

The special event featured remarks from Dame Amelia Fawcett, Chair of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. As well as Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director and Chief Executive of Chatham House.

HAIR at the London Palladium

HAIR at the London Palladium

Following on from a hugely successful limited production at Turbine on the Jetty last year. HAIR is one of the first performances at the Palladium to welcome a live audience back to the venue since the beginning of this year. Both feature a lighting design by Andrew Exeter. He was keen to work with Storm to provide the lighting and rigging equipment required for the production.

We worked closely with Andrew to bring this specially created concert version to life. Andrew was keen to bring the classic 60’s tungsten look and feel to the stage. Keeping inline with the shows 1960’s roots. He achieved this in the unique form of “PAR Trees”. These also helped to frame the performance space for the concert.

To work with the tungsten part of the design, Andrew took advantage of our recently added stock of Vari*Lite VL2600 Profile‘s. He also made great use of our SGM Q7‘s & ETC ColorSource Spot‘s to complete the design. This special concert version of HAIR was directed by Arlene Phillips.

“It is always a pleasure to work with Andrew, especially on productions like these. It’s an opportunity to create something more unique compared with traditional theatre shows. Andrew’s attention to detail and his ability to create special moments within the show are second to none. Seeing a show back in a theatre again with a live audience after so long has been brilliant. Along with everyone else in the industry, we are really looking forward to seeing the entertainment industry recover strongly over the next few months”. Says Storm’s Rental Manager, James.


About The Show

In this specially produced concert version directed by Arlene Phillips. Get ready to groove to an infectiously energetic rock beat. With songs like Aquarius, Good Morning, Starshine, Hair, I Got Life, and Let The Sun Shine. Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace. Hair remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

Featuring a cast of well known West End Performers including, Layton Williams (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Rent), Nicole Raquel Dennis (Dear Evan Hansen, Waitress), Luke Bayer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Tom FrancisGrace Mouat (SIX and & Juliet), Jodie Steele (Heathers and SIX), Matt Croke (Aladdin, Funny Girl) and Millie O’Connell (SIX and Rent).

1967 and HAIR‘s hippie-hood youngsters live as The Tribe, in the East Village of New York. Yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. They are wild, colourful, free, sexually liberated beautiful people who join in protest and song. All whilst under the shadow of the Vietnam War. Featuring classic hit songs: Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In and Good Morning Star Shine. The story of youth and war still resounds throughout the world making this a topical musical for the millennial generation. 

whynow x The Fifth Presents

whynow x The Fifth Presents

Storm were delighted to work with the teams at whynow and The Fifth to produce a new series highlighting new and upcomming artists by supplying lighting and rigging equipment. While there is now light at the end of the tunnel, music venues are still closed and the road to recovery for live music is slow and unsteady. The pandemic has served to highlight the need for new digital ways to find and support musicians, particularly emerging artists. This project aims to deliver that need by shining a spotlight on the stars of tomorrow.

The first series features exclusive performances by artists Ella Grace, Cheryll, Kimbo and Babeheaven. The Fifth’s Head of Music commented: ‘The response has been overwhelming; welcomed by artists, managers, agents and record labels alike. The series is about exploring the connection between the performer and the listener; something we’ve all been starved of this last year”.


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whynow x The Fifth presents (Introduction)
whynow x The Fifth presents (Artist Roundup)