Secret Cinema Creates Shakespearean Magic

08/10/2018
Overview

Secret Cinema is known for taking the essence of the film and build a living, breathing world that the audience can be a part of. With meticulous attention to detail, Secret Cinema crafts extraordinary events, blurring the line between fiction and reality on an unprecedented scale.

In August, Secret Cinema did it again, creating an incredible series of events inspired by a Shakespearean blockbuster.

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Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Luke Dyson

 

Audiences got into character in the midst of this year’s epic heatwave, at an amazing 5,000 capacity open-air festival where the film screening was the star of the show.

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Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Luke Dyson

 

This incredible retelling of one of the world’s most famous love stories saw ticket holders taken right into the world of Baz Luhrmann’s 90’s classic, with 90’s dance moves, Shakespearean witticisms, and event design inspired by California’s Verona Beach.

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Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Luke Dyson


There were fierce feuds, high octane cars, immersive theatrical performances and glorious music galore. Delicious food, bespoke cocktails and craft beer were served by carefully curated street food vendors.

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Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Luke Dyson


Behind the scenes, the PRG team helped to create this magical event, working with Production Manager Andy Barnes, alongside Justin Litten and Matt Dee. Their Lighting Crew was headed up by Chief Adam Povey, working for Secret Cinema directly to which we worked closely alongside to enable Simon Spencer’s design rigging wise. We also worked closely with Star Events’ Gavin Scott, who led the way in building the event’s structures.

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Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Luke Dyson


PRG supplied all rigging across the site, as well as the video systems and projection. Rigging wise, our brief was to bring the event designers’ ideas to life, facilitating anything which they wanted to happen across the site. So, that included multiple self-climbing cable bridges, self-climbing lighting towers and 54 concrete bases for all the festoon lighting across the site.

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Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Luke Dyson


We managed the rigging in all of the event’s venues, including on the main stage for lighting, video and scenery. We also provided our smart mast systems, huge amounts of truss and lots of motors to bring it all together.

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Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Camilla Greenwell


In terms of the video, we were briefed to work alongside Video Designer Salvador Bettencourt Avila, to ensure his designed system worked to spec. This included supplying five Panasonic Laser Projectors plus all the required infrastructure.

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Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Camilla Greenwell


Sound is key at Secret Cinema, and to ensure it all ran seamlessly we worked in conjunction with Luke Swaffield and Ben Lloyd of Autograph, ensuing all speakers were hung around the site where needed.

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Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Camilla Greenwell


Lighting Design was by Simon Spencer and Scenic Design by Tim Blazdell. PRG’s Project Managers were Robert Watson, Ade Stead and Paul McCauley who was supported by in-house Project Manager Dan Rowe and Video Project Manager Nilkanth Patel. Onsite rigging was led by Jay Call, and assisted by Luke Jackson. Onsite video was led by Ben Hornshaw and Richie Jewell.

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Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Camilla Greenwell


secret cinema

Secret Cinema presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Photography by: Camilla Greenwell


To learn more about what PRG could do for your next event contact us.

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