Star Events, the event production specialist, successfully redesigned the Great Oak Stage sub-structure and super-structure to accommodate Roger Waters’ Us and Them production, which opened the BST Hyde Park series on Friday.
With smoking chimneys rising above the stage, graffiti strewn flying pigs and the surround sound effects synonymous with Roger Waters, the two-and-a-half-hour show contemporised the politics from the band’s mid-70s/early-80s canon through a series of visual sequences.
Films, cartoons and stills were displayed on the 1,100-square metre video wall and Star Events demonstrated its capacity to stage the show, before switching back to a more traditional format for The Cure the following night. That changeover involved three cranes and six trucks for the kit coming out, which included 10 Star structures from front of house used for Waters’ surround sound and projectors. On stage, the Star Events’ team rebuilt the main floor deck and provided rigging support for the big screen move and lighting install, leaving everything ready for doors on Saturday.
Roger Barrett, special projects director at Star Events, commented: “To achieve what Roger Waters needed while still enabling the other five major BST Hyde Park shows was challenging to say the least. That extended to reducing the Great Oak Stage trees from three to two, but also enhancing the leaf cover to hide a lot of the Waters’ production on the roof. It showed the flexibility of the VerTech system though, we only had to make a small handful of special components, and the show was absolutely stunning.”
Jim King, director of British Summer Time Hyde Park’s Festival, added:“Star Events has been the go-to company for most of our projects pretty much since I started in the industry. Obviously, we’re not touring Roger Waters’ stage, so the Great Oak had to be adapted. Star Events set about working with the Waters’ team to execute how we could do it and they did an incredible job.”
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