Special Effects – The World’s Biggest Panto
A visit to the pantomime is as much a part of a family Christmas as a turkey dinner, decorating the tree and giving presents. Most pantomimes are small low budget productions performed in local arenas, but Jon Conway – creator of the Worlds Biggest Panto had other ideas.
We’ve worked on two arena tours with Jon producing Peter Pan in 2017 and Elf in 2019 visiting London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Dublin and Liverpool.
The show production is huge, and we supply a wide range of Special Effects which help make it a show like no other. Effects supplied include Water Fountains, Flames, Pyrotechnics, artificial snow and Confetti.
There were two main challenges to this event – firstly the huge scale of the fountains we had to provide and secondly how we would move them from one arena to another with limited time available for installation and break down at each venue.
The client was keen for us to provide a roll in, roll out solution that required a minimal amount of construction at each venue. To facilitate this we had to negotiate the supply of a dedicated HGV vehicle to transport our equipment and provision of a forklift truck. We then set about building a bespoke tank solution, as even with the ability to transport the large items, we still had the issue of access to consider at each site meaning that the tanks couldn’t be transported in one piece.
Our Head of Operations Martin cleverly designed a water tank which could split in half and stack on top of each other, making it a manageable size to move from the arena floor to the loading bay. The main problem of making an item which splits in half is that it’s not as strong as a single unit, so this also had to be considered and tested as part of the design process.
The outcome was a great success. Our seven fountain tanks were moved seamlessly from one venue to another quickly and efficiently. The whole tour saw hundreds of thousands watch a truly unique Christmas show.