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Our bespoke drape for Take That 2015 tour

Our sewing department manufactured a bespoke drape for Take That’s 2015 tour, used as the projection surface for a magical shadow puppetry scene, April 2015 – October 2015.

Blackout Bespoke Drape for Take That Tour 2015

Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald are making their way across Europe on a 51 date tour; their first as a three-piece band. Renowned for their impressive production – think Progress Tour’s OM Robot – the Take That tour 2015 is no different, with a myriad of standout moments to make the crowd go ‘wow’.

One of these is the moment when the ‘under-the-sea’ scene is revealed to the audience, complete with psychedelic jellyfish.

Blackout Bespoke Drape for Take That Tour 2015

Looking for a way to keep the scene change hidden from the audience, Take That’s production team – led by Chris Vaughan – contacted us. Our in-house fabrications department manufactured two 38m wide by 17m drop white poly-lined drapes.

On a curved truss, the drapes close during the scene change, shielding the entire stage and set from the audience. Once closed, the material is softly-lit with gobos, and becomes the canvas for shadow puppetry and bright, multi-coloured projections, keeping the audience mesmerised while the set change goes on unnoticed behind.

Blackout Bespoke Drape for Take That Tour 2015

Our Fabrications Manager, Jenny Clark, says: “The material was carefully chosen to ensure it worked well with the lighting and video projection, allowing the shadow puppetry to really stand out. Incorporating fabric into a show like this is a really simple, yet incredibly effective way of making more of a scene change. It worked really well and had a certain element of surprise.”

Blackout Bespoke Drape for Take That Tour 2015

Our in-house fabrications department has years of experience in creating bespoke features for live events - past creations range from bespoke drapes and starcloths to led-curtains and kabuki chandeliers - and is always up for new challenges. Get in touch on +44 (0)20 8687 8400


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