What We Did

 

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Some eight-freestyle shows for your enjoyment...although we must point out that this is just a few of the shows we have produced, written, choreographed, showcalled and directed. We have done too many to list them all so here we include a few faves and the ones we think might impress you, whether by size or by namedropping...and of course, it won't be as good as actually being there...rest assured, they were great!"

 

Eight-Freestyle – CV Highlights.

 

‘HM the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Visit to Her Armed Forces’
June 2002 – Portsmouth Naval Base (Client: Ministry of Defence)

A one-hour show for the Queen and an invited service audience to showcase the Armed forces at work. The challenges were to depict a fully tri-service story (i.e. including ships and aircraft) on a green field site and show every job, every rank and every cap badge in an engaging, credible and entertaining outdoor event.


I spent 4 months researching the background detail of the services as I wrote the script, which would show the forces in a dynamic and theatrical three-part story seen through the eyes of television news.
Part one was a beach landing featuring the Amphibious forces entitled ‘Theatre Entry’, part two a trench battle with Tanks and infantry entitled ‘Combat’ and the final piece was in the wreckage of a war-torn village with actors playing refugees, this was called ‘Peace Support’. All the flying and sea sequences were shown on giant flown screens that interacted with the live action on the huge outdoor sets.  The final sequence was a separate indoor walkthrough, which showcased the ‘behind the scenes’ regiments of ‘Support Services’


I directed 600 troops on 4 separate stage-sets over a 5-day rehearsal period. I directed all the studio footage, shooting of original material and editing and collation of library stock. I called the entire show including VT, Live cameras, Sound, LX, actors, vehicles, set movements, etc, etc. I also designed the t-shirt!

‘Ghosts – (A Story of Evolution and Discovery)’
June 2000 - International Chemotherapy Conference - Opening Ceremony, ICC

Taking the themes of Macrobiotic Resistance and Birmingham and combining them into a moving piece of theatre was just the sort of challenge I enjoy! I devised and co-wrote a script, which linked Darwin’s theories of Evolution to the ‘Lunar Society’ of 17th Century midlands scientists, industrialists and inventors (Watt, Wedgwood, Erasmus Darwin, etc) and on through time to Watson and Crick’s discovery of the DNA double helix. With a troupe of 8 actors playing multiple roles on a minimal set which variously represented the full moon, the deck of HMS Beagle, the Galapagos Islands and Birmingham New Street Station, the story was narrated by Darwin’s ghost to a modern boy anxiously awaiting his mother’s recovery from a bacterial disease. The show was to a highly educated audience of professors and medical experts and therefore needed meticulous research to be credible as well as entertaining. I devised, co-wrote, directed actors and video footage and called the show.

We also did:

  • Chinese New Year Celebrations 2011 – Trafalgar Square, London – Creative Director for the lavish finale show of the biggest CNY celebrations outside the far-east. Choreographed, directed and showcalled this huge event attended by 400,000 visitors. (Booked for 2012)
  • New York Fashion Week – A/W11/12 – Director & Choreographer for Jenny Packham S/S 2012 & AW11/12 collections at the Studio Lincoln Centre. (Booked for AW12/13)
  • Let’s Dance For Comic Relief 2011 – Choreographer for ‘CopaCabana’ with Lee Nelson & Omlette. Whiz-Kidz/BBC 1
  • British Fashion Awards – Director, showcaller (07) and Scriptwriter (07-pres) for this leading industry awards. Autumn 07, 08, 09, 10 (Booked for 2011)
  • Covent Garden Xmas Lights switch on 2010 – Director and scriptwriter for this event with Louis Spence and Pineapple Dancers.
  • Triumph Innovation Awards 2010 – Lavish International Fashion show and lingerie design competition hosted by Adam Garcia. Script & Direction.
  • Stella Artois World Draft Masters 2010 – Director, Choreographer & Showcall for this huge international event for Mother. Streamed live worldwide from Billingsgate.
  • London Fashion Week - Jenny Packham - A/W08, S/S09, A/W09, S/S10, A/W10, – Director & Choreographer. February & September 2008, February & Sept 2009, Feb 2010.
  • James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Auction Preview 2010 – Creative Director for this exclusive preview evening in Belgravia prior to the sale of the only original ‘trick’ car from Goldfinger & Thunderball.
  • Friends of the Forces 2010 - Royal British Legion Awards – Scriptwriter & Director for these inaugural military awards, with Prince Harry, Chief of Defence Staff, Sir Jock Stirrup, hosted by Dan Snow
  • Ubuntu Children’s Charity Ball 2010 – Director & Showcaller. Battersea Power Station – with South African High Commissioner Dr. Zola Skweyiya and a show by Hugh Masekela,
  • Samsung Product Launches 2010 – 3DTV & Galaxy S Phone. Director & Scriptwriter for hosts George Lamb and Claudia Winkleman.
  • LOVE Ball 2010 – Charity Fashion Ball at Roundhouse for the Naked Heart Foundation. Hosted by Lucy Yeomans & Natalia Vodianova with performances from Leona Lewis, Yusaf Islam, Kristof Barati, Paloma Faith and Sharleen Spiteri.
  • Story Of Belgravia 2009 & 2010 – Creative Director of four weekends of events in Belgravia for Grovesnor Estate celebrating London’s history, with music, re-enactments, historical tours.
  • Thames Tunnel Fancy Fair 2010 – Creative Director for a weekend of celebrations of Brunel’s Famous Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe London with London Mayor’s Office.
  • Project Khareef 2009 – Launch of RNOV Al Shamikh for BVT. A Launch of the newest Helicopter Patrol Vessel for the Royal Omani Navy. Creative Direction, VT Direction, Showcall.
  • Fresh Food Fair – The Oracle Reading – 2009 & 2010, 2011. Creative Director & Script for this live outdoor food festival and celebrity cooking demo. Featured chefs: Gino D’Acampo, James Martin, Hosted by Lesley Waters.
  • West Quay Shopping Centre – Summer Funival 2010 – Creative Direction for this hugely successful summer holiday event. WINNER: PURPLE APPLE AWARDS: BEST EVENT 2011
  • Virgin Star Awards 2009 & 2010 – Scriptwriter for Lisa Snowdon (2009) and James Corden (2010) for this huge corporate awards.
  • Gordon Ramsey’s Taste of Christmas – Excel 2008 – Showcall, Stage Director, Music Director for this 3000 seat Live Food Theatre show.
  • Africa Rising – Albert Hall 2008 – Script writer for this celebration of African Music, Fashion & Style. Including: Christina Aguilera, Seal, Ozwald Boateng, Trevor Nelson and many more.
  • Dubai Mega-Mela 2010 – Choreographer & Director of the huge 4 day fashion catwalk staged at this event in Media City Dubai.
  • Broadmead Summer 2010 – Creative Director. Bristol Street based promotional event staged over four weekends with music, cabaret, activities and giveaways for shoppers.
  • British Independent Film Awards – Roundhouse 2007, Billingsgate 2008, Brewery 2009, 2010 – Director & Showcaller for these highly respected Film Industry Awards.
  • Cosmopolitan Ultimate Woman Awards 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 – Director (2007) & Scriptwriter (07/08/09/10) for the magazine’s glamorous award ceremony with Fearne Cotton.
  • Style In The City 2008 – Birmingham – Director, Producer & Choreographer of catwalk show for this event. In collaboration with the Sunday Times Style Magazine, produced a 45 minute, theatrical fashion show featuring: Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Daks, Osman Yousefzeda, Jacob Kimmie, Westwood Gold, PPQ , Elle McPherson Intimates and many more.
  • Emerging Markets Ball – Creative Director & Showcall – Autumn 07/08/09/10/11
  • Pakistan Festival 2007 – Trafalgar Square Highlight Event of Pakistan’s 60 year celebration. Parade and huge concert in Trafalgar Square. Broadcast live to over 17 million people in UK, US, Canada, Pakistan and the Middle East. Featured: Hadiqa Kiyani, Jinx, Najam Sheraz, Jawad Ahmed and many more. Director, choreographer and showcaller.
  • ELLE magazine Style Awards 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 – Director, Showcaller and Scriptwriter of these lavish showbusiness and fashion awards. Serious A-List guests and presenters.
  • Gorbachev Foundation Dinner, Hampton Court Palace 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 – Fourth Year as Director & showcaller of the Stage and Artistic elements for this Incredible Event. In 2009 Cossacks, Chrissie Hynde and Beverley Knight performed.  For 2008 the show featured Olympic Ice skaters, Bono & Mary J.Blige. In 2007 A ‘Russian Fantasy’ was created with performers and musicians in the grounds and later at the lavish dinner performances from the Kirov Ballet, Elton John and The Scissor Sisters.
  • Gorbachev Foundation Dinner, Althorp 2006 – Described in the press as ‘the party of the decade’. Director & showcaller of this lavish event with performing horses, camels and wolves alongside 80 human performers in the sumptuous grounds of Earl Spencer’s Estate at Althorp House...as well as Andrey Gavrilov, The Scorpions and The Black Eyed Peas on the main stage.
  • Fuse 2007, 2006 – A festival mix of live gaming and music. Director & Showcaller. Fusion of music & Gaming for Ubisoft. Featuring Dir-En-Grey and a host of gamers and J-Rock fans at Shepherds Bush Empire.
  • HMS Clyde Naming Ceremony 2006 – Creative Director & Showcaller. A ceremony to launch the Royal Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessel. This show radically changed the traditional ‘slipway’ naming and instead we developed an incredible Son-Et-Lumiere show which mixed the latest technology with traditional Naval Ceremony.  WINNER: RSVP Creative Team Award 2007/WINNER – TESA Event Organiser Award 2007.
  • COMBAT! 2005 – Live Action Arena International Festival of the Sea 2005. A 20 minute Live Action Show with Tanks, Guns, Explosions and other cool stuff. Video direction, Scripting, Show Production and Stage Direction. With 40 commando RM, Black Watch, 1st Armoured Tank Div. Director, Showcaller, Script, VT director.
  • T200 – HMS Victory Fired a broadside to launch the festivities from her dock in Portsmouth Naval Base. With a company of actors the first shots of the battle of Trafalgar were re-enacted to launch the celebrations. Director and Scriptwriter.
  • International Festival of the Sea 2005 – Festival ‘Closing Moment’. Co-Conceived and directed the nightly festival finale with aerialists in the rigging of ships, drum processions, lighting fx and pyro.
  • MPH’04 ‘Cirque De Voitures’ - Creative Director, Script and choreography for this 3 day, sold-out live event at Earl’s Court featuring Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. A live mix of performance cars and spectacular stunts and breathtaking theatre. Winner: Best Live Event 2004 – Marketing Awards.
  • Motropolis – The Motor Show 2004 Live Action Arena – A Dramatic Live Outdoor car stunt show set in a future world of motoring and with tongue firmly set in cheek. Director, Writer, Choreographer.
  • Bhs – A/W 05/06. Directed and choreographed launch of Autumn winter ranges for Bhs in Clothing, Home and teenage range ‘Tammy’.
  • Williams & Griffin – Fashion Floor Launch 2005. Fashion Show and promotional Evening & Party. Conceived & Directed event, Choreographed shows and attractions. Also Directed A/W show 2005.
  • Asian Lifestyle Catwalk Show – Direction & Choreography, Olympia Summer 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007. Featuring various designers, Indian supermodels & Bollywood stars.
  • Asiana Magazine Show – Asian Bridal designers from UK, India & Pakistan – Choreography and Direction – London 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and the inaugural northern shows in Bradford 2006 and Birmingham 2008.Booked for 2012.
  • Arcadia A/W fashion shows (Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Wallis, Evans) Autumn 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007.
  • Burberry 100 – 2005. Researched and wrote a history of Burberry for internal book to celebrate the brand’s unique heritage and exciting story.
  • ‘Rhythms of the Indus’ at the Albert Hall, London, June 2003. Celebration of Pakistani culture – dance, music, art and life. In the presence of President Mushareff. Director, co-Choreographer and Show-Caller. Featuring, Junoon, Abida Parveen, Strings, Nahid Siddiqui, etc. Sonja Battla, Rizwan Beyg, Nilofer Shahid Pakistani Designers
  • ‘Save the Children’ Opening ceremony: scripted and directed ‘Child Soldiers’ for the event in the presence of HRH Princess Anne.
  • Bluewater Shopping Centre – Creative Director for opening ceremonies both VIP and Public. Creative Director for year 1 entertainment including fashion shows and  ‘Live From the Globe’ Wrote and Directed a special production for Shakespeare’s birthday.
  • Liberty Fashion Week – choreographer & director for a series of shows in the famous London store, showcasing their fashion ranges and working with the designers in a fashion workshop presentation…designers included: Betty Jackson, Martin Margiella, Dries Van Noten, Ronit Zilkha and many more.
  • London Fashion Week - Russell Onan Sage – Choreographer and showcaller - A/W 2003/4, A/W 2002/3 –
  • British Designers Show – 3 days of shows in Middle East featuring: Red or Dead, Maria Grachvogel, Ghost, Betty Jackson, Jasper Conran, Bella Freud, Ronit Zilka, Zandra Rhodes, Phillip Treacy – Director & Choreographer.
  • Berlei Shock Absorber – launch event with Anna Kournikova