After 8 months of hard work by around 35 students at The Purcell School, the project came to an end over the weekend with three spectacular shows at various venues in London and Hertfordshire. Large audiences at each venue left the theatre buzzing with excitement after the shows, and even the Telegraph got involved! Congratulations to all involved in this fantastic project! You can see photos of the performances in our photo gallery.
YPPT is delighted to announce that Brilliant Stages has designed and built our new stage. Brilliant Stages has a well-established reputation for delivering complex, custom set design and fabrication projects within the touring and cruise ship industry. The company is called in when an artist wants something groundbreaking, unique and bespoke but also durable, practical and easy to tour with. Their client list includes highly acclaimed artists such as The Rolling Stones, U2, MUSE, Take That, Lady Gaga , ACDC, One Direction and Pink.
Brilliant Stages can put its name to many iconic stages including the giant animated ‘OM’ man at the centre of Take That’s Progress Tour, the central spire to the legendary set for U2’s 360 tour and ACDC’s rock n roll train which came crashing onto the stage for their Black Ice Tour. You can find out more about Brilliant Stages at www.brilliantstages.com.
Brilliant Stages also sponsors the Backstage Academy in Wakefield, which offers training in a range of backstage careers. Alumni have gone on to work in events such as the Jay Z world tour, the Glastonbury festival and the Winter Olympics. You can find out more about the Backstage Academy at www.backstage-academy.co.uk.
As part of their work with the YPPT, Brilliant Stages and Backstage Academy hosted a visit from Aboyne Lodge's Year 6 class at the end of term. Pupils learned about the different jobs backstage and looked at the process of stage design using Brilliant Stages' recent work for the One Direction tour as an example. They also toured the workshops and practised putting up and taking down their own stage.
We are thrilled to have a stage of such high quality and hugely grateful to Brilliant Stages for all their help.