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Our Largest Revolve returns to Summer Breeze 2018, Germany

One year on, our largest revolving stage at 20m diameter returned to the Summer Breeze Festival 2018 in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

The whole team from The Revolving Stage Company made the flight over to install (and derig a week later) this huge stage which took approximately 7 hours to construct.

The team then returned to the UK leaving one of our operators out there to assist and advise on the operating of the revolving stage throughout a week of rehearsals and climaxing in the 3 day festival.

As with last year, the production team constructed a curtain divide down the centre of the revolving stage allowing one band to be perform to the audience while the next band prepared their set behind the scenes.

The Revolving Stage Company and their 20m diameter revolving stage will be back next year for the 2019 Festival!

Gino’s Win Your Wish List, Channel 5

Channel 5’s new primetime game show Gino’s Win Your Wish List aired for the first time on Saturday, 28 July 2018.

Produced by Stellify Media and hosted by Italian celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo, five members of a family compete to win their perfect prize (even bringing in their own sofa from home!).

Filmed at MediaCity Manchester, the set was built on The Revolving Stage Company’s 5.5m diameter revolving stage and operated by Craig Woodfield using their own software; RevolveSolve for programmable movement.

Festival of Speed 2018, Goodwood

Each year, the Duke of Richmond, Charles Gordon-Lennox, invites racing drivers and car collectors to put on a show at what is one of the most popular car events in the world. This year Festival of Speed 2018 from 12-15 July celebrated the event’s 25th anniversary “The Silver Jubilee”.
As with previous years, The Revolving Stage Company were onsite before the event unfolded to install various sized revolving stages. Installations this year included three 6m diameter revolves for the Jaguar Land Rover Experience, a 3m diameter revolving stage in the Future Lab for Yamaha who displayed its MotoBOT, a humanoid robot motorcyclist which has already achieved a speed of 200kmh

and working with Deeper Blue Live Events; a 7m diameter revolving stage.

W London Hotel at PRIDE 2018

More than one million people took to the streets for London’s annual iconic Pride parade celebrating the LGBT community and promoting its rights.

Around 30,000 people from 472 organisations took part in the march through the capital’s centre on 7 July 2018.

Standing proud and shouting loud in support of the LGBTQ community, W London Hotel showcased its bold personality with the invitation to “Be Who You Are. Wherever You Are” on their float.

As part of W Hotel’s display, The Revolving Stage Company supplied a 1.2m diameter revolving plinth that rotated their roll top bath throughout the parade.


Photos courtesy of Perfect Cartel / W London Hotel

Björk’s Utopia Tour 2018

Björk’s Utopia Tour began in April this year in Iceland before arriving in the UK on 27 May to perform at ‘All Points East Festival’, London.

The Revolving Stage Company supplied a 5m diameter revolving stage for the centre piece of the set which then continued to another 8 dates throughout Europe.

photos by Santiago Felipe

Toppers ‘Pretty in Pink – Circus Edition’ Concert, Amsterdam ArenA

Toppers Circus was coming to Town!!! Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May 2018; the 14th ArenA-edition of ‘The Sing Along Party of the Year’ With Toppers René Froger, Gerard Joling, Jeroen van der Boom and fresh Topper … Jan Smit!

The theme of Toppers in Concert 2018 was ‘Pretty in Pink The Circus Edition’. With the addition of special guests Ronan Keating, Snap and Right Said Fred to make the party complete!

The enormous central set housed The Revolving Stage Company’s 8m diameter revolving stage.

Buy It Now, Channel 4

Channel 4’s new series Buy It Now is hosted by presenter and comedian Brian Conley.

Inventors and sellers are invited to showcase their new products to an audience of potential customers and have just 90 seconds to hopefully secure a potentially life-changing order with a national retailer.

The Revolving Stage Company Ltd installed their 8m to 10m diameter double revolve stage as part of the set. This was operated throughout filming by one of their own technicians using The Revolving Stage Company’s own software package RevolveSolve.

Relatively Speaking, Oldham Coliseum and Harrogate Theatre

Alan Ayckbourn’s play ‘Relatively Speaking’ was at Oldham Coliseum Theatre from 14 April until 5th May and then moved on to Harrogate Theatre from 8-15 May 2018.

The Revolving Stage Company Ltd installed the 5.4m diameter revolve at both venues and Michael Holt’s set was built on top. The opening scene was in Ginny’s colourful, spacious, cosy bedroom and then went on to reveal her parents red brick house with luscious back garden as the revolving stage slowly turned.

Revolution, Sky One

Revolution is a new show to Sky One, first airing on 1 April 2018.

This thrill packed series is a war on wheels that sees inline skaters, skateboarders and BMX riders take on a jaw-dropping course that only those with speed, skill and nerves of steel will be brave enough to face!

The Revolving Stage Company supplied a 1.2m diameter revolving stage to form part of the assault course.

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VolksWorld 2018

VolksWorld 2018 returned to Sandown Park on 24 & 25 March 2018.

The Show is Europe’s largest air-cooled VW Show. 100’s of show quality cars inside and out, club stands, traders and a whole floor of swap meet tables is complimented with live music and other VW related entertainment throughout the duration of the show.

The Revolving Stage Company were there again this year with their two 4.5m diameter revolving stages both clad in black and white chequered vinyl.

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British Gymnastics World Cup 2018

The Gymnastics World Cup 2018 has been hailed as major success for Birmingham who will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Over 10,000 fans packed the Arena Birmingham to watch top gymnasts from nine countries, including local stars Dominick Cunningham and Alice Kinsella, battle it out over two nights of competition.

The event saw gymnasts take part in the all-around competition which for the men included the floor, pommel horse, vault, rings parallel bars and high bar and whilst the women competed on the floor, beam, vault and uneven bars.

The main stage was built using The Revolving Stage Company’s triple revolve measuring 4.7m to 9.1m to 13.5m in diameter.  The centre circle and middle ring were joined together and moved independently to the outer ring.  This enabled the stage to have multiple uses; introduction to the athletes, the medal presentation and then spun round to host the evening’s entertainment.

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Credit: British Gymnastics image

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Flying Dutchman sails into Bergen

The Flying Dutchman sailed into Bergen (10-16 March 2018).

Wagner’s first major opera relies on atmosphere as much as strong musical performance and John Ramster’s new production for Bergen National Opera avoided over-complication, allowing the work to speak for itself.

In this production the conflict between good and bad, light and darkness, is a reflection of a tormented and imprisoned soul whose free spirit has been confiscated. The Dutchman is damned, condemned to sail forever, yet his greatest desire is to be released from the hideous prison of his doomed vessel and to return to a life on land.

Designer Bridget Kimak created a set where the compressed metal prow of a ship took centre stage atop a 10m diameter revolving platform supplied by The Revolving Stage Company.

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Council Depot Blues, Royal Court Liverpool

Council Depot Blues returns to the Royal Court, Liverpool after 8 years with most of the original cast.

Running from 23 February to 24 March 2018, Dave Kirby’s comedy is set in the city council’s Excrement Eradication Department and is Stan’s last day on the job of clearing houses after the dearly departed have travelled beyond the grave leaving nothing behind but busted sofas, faded photos and worthless heirlooms.

The action, played out on Billy Meall’s set, is built on The Revolving Stage Company’s 9m diameter revolving stage with surround.  The movement of the revolve is operated by their own programmable software; RevolveSolve which is Windows compatible.

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The Return of Ulysses, Roundhouse

In January 2018 the Royal Opera and the Roundhouse collaborated on a production of Monteverdi’s work The Return of Ulysses.  Christopher Cowell’s new English version with John Fulljames directing, tells the story of the eponymous war hero who returns to his homeland of Ithaca after many years away fighting in Troy.  When Ulysses enters his palace in disguise, he discovers that his wife Penelope is beset with suitors who want to usurp him and a dramatic tale of love, honour and vengeance unfolds.

Performed in the round, the action unfolded on The Revolving Stage Company’s 6.5m to 11m diameter double revolving circular stage with a concentric pit that revolved very slowly in the opposite direction.  In the pit presided Christian Curnyn surrounded by his musicians.

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Stuart Jackson (Irus) and Mark Milhofer (Eumaeus) in The Return Of Ulysses by Monterverdi @ Roundhouse. A Royal Opera House production. (Opening 11-01-18) ©Tristram Kenton 01-18 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com
Stuart Jackson (Irus) and Mark Milhofer (Eumaeus) in The Return Of Ulysses by Monterverdi @ Roundhouse. A Royal Opera House production.
(Opening 11-01-18)
©Tristram Kenton 01-18
(3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

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Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball 2017

Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with Coca-Cola returned to London’s iconic O2 Arena on Saturday, 9th and Sunday, 10th December 2017!

The event again utilized The Revolving Stage Company’s 10m diameter revolving stage and 12.2m square static surround stage for the two day event.

With multiply acts playing over the two days, the revolving stage was used with a dividing wall across the centre to quickly change acts. The bands were set up behind the dividing wall while the crowds were entertained by another.  At the end of each performance the revolving stage was smoothly turned 180 degrees to reveal the next  band with all of their equipment ready to go.

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Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks

This December sees The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks ninth record breaking panto season, with the spectacular family pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!   It also sees The Revolving Stage Company’s second installation at The Stag for 2017.

For the pantomime season, The Revolving Stage Company have installed a 4m diameter revolving stage with partial surround stage.

Running from 1 December through to the 7 January 2018, the production stars CBBC’s presenter Ed Petrie, the legendary Bob Carolgees and Spit the Dog, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Danny Beard and West End star Keith Jack.

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BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing 2017

The BBC’s 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing has been the most watched in its history with over 11 million tuning into each episode.

Viewers have been completely enthralled and enchanted with Strictly’s magical mix of dance, sequins and campery, and the series has found a deserving champion in Joe McFadden.

For this series, The Revolving Stage Company have supplied two revolving stages, the first a 1.8m diameter revolve at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom and more recently in the 16th December final spinning Debbie McGhee in her music box.

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Motorcycle Live 2017

Motorcycle Live is the UK’s largest bike show, running from 18-26 November 2017 at The NEC, Birmingham.

This year The Revolving Stage Company installed several revolving stages at the event including a 4m diameter revolving stage with static surround stage and RevolveSolve programmable software that formed part of the Black Horse Stage.

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The Revolving Stage Company’s 2.4m diameter revolve with surround and curved handrail all in white formed the stand for the Suzuki bike and a smaller 2.4m diameter revolve for the BMW display.

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The Revolving J Hus Hat, Brixton Academy

The tenth date of J Hus’ sold out Common Sense Tour’ brought him to Brixton Academy O2 London on Wednesday 15 November. This was the Stratford-born artist’s first time headlining in the capital.

The white stage curtains lifted revealing an impressive theme-driven stage. A huge bucket hat resembling the Common Sense album cover was constructed on The Revolving Stage Company’s 6m diameter revolving stage with two Mercedes Benz prop cars either-side for all to see with the headlights beaming into the audience.

The suspense was at breaking point until the bucket hat revolved and opened with J Hus walking out to face his audience.

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HelloWorld! 2017

Birmingham’s Genting Arena played host to HelloWorld on Saturday, 28 October and Sunday, 29 October 2017.  The show featured some of the biggest YouTube stars in the world and was described as where the online world collided with the real world.

The Revolving Stage Company supplied a 10m diameter revolving stage and part surround stage for the event and a large-scale house was constructed on top.  This was rotated 180° to reveal the main stage for the afternoons events.

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A Revolving Kaleidoscope in Oxford

The day a 4m to 6.6m diameter double revolving stage from The Revolving Stage Company became a three-dimensional kaleidoscope!

The ride was one of the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland-themed theatrical “experiences” designed to inject some pizzazz into the opening of Westgate in Oxford.  The £440m new shopping centre opened in October 2017 and replaces the city’s rundown 1970s layout.

Revolving Stage at SPAR UK 60th Anniversary Celebrations!

SPAR UK celebrated its 60th anniversary in October and The Revolving Stage Company supplied a 9m diameter revolving main stage for the event.

SPAR UK celebrated with a fantastical funfair and celebratory festival at Manchester Central.  More than 1,700 people including suppliers, retailers and their families attended this spectacular event, which recognised the incredible past, present and future of SPAR in the UK.

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Revolving Stage at designjuntion 2017

The Revolving Stage Company were at this year’s designjunction; London’s leading destination for contemporary interior design and culture.

Contacted by Alex Harris of Harris & Harris, http://www.harrisharrislondon.co.uk a London based multidisciplinary design consultancy, The Revolving Stage Company provided a 4m diameter revolving stage as a platform for the Harris & Harris team to create their exhibit of handmade bespoke furniture.

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The revolving stage was installed at the venue and covered with white vinyl and aluminium trim. Alex and his team then created ‘rooms’ to showcase three different themed collections.  Power was provided to the centre of the revolving stage so that Harris and Harris’ lamps and lights could also be displayed.

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Photographers: French & Typ

8m Revolving Stage at Decorex 2017, London

Decorex, the UK’s leading destination for interior design, took place this September in the historic grounds of Syon Park, as the opening destination of the London Design Festival. Featuring more than 400 of the most recognised and emerging exhibitor’s world-wide.

The Revolving Stage Company occupied the main entrance to the exhibition with an 8m diameter revolving stage that brought the worlds of fashion, floristry, set design and interior design together in one creative and colourful experience.

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Ladykillers at New Wolsey Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

In September 2017 the New Wolsey Theatre, in a co-production with Salisbury Playhouse and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, staged Graham Lineham’s adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy Ladykillers.

The impressive set was constructed on The Revolving Stage Company’s 7m diameter revolving stage and surround.

Powered by stage-hands in time-honoured fashion, the house opened like a book to reveal a richly detailed interior and revolved for the audience to see every level from the basement to the roof-top.

 

August: Osage County at Dundee Rep

The Revolving Stage Company works with Dundee Rep again after installing a 6m diameter revolving stage for Tracy Letts’ modern American tragedy, ‘August: Osage County’ production.

The revolving house at the centre of the plot turns and turns to reveal the variously delusional, arrogant and self-obsessed Weston family clan confined to their country estate after alcoholic patriarch Beverly Weston mysteriously goes missing.

Using The Revolving Stage Company’s RevolveSolve software (easily installed on Microsoft Windows), the movement of the open plan house is capable of unlimited revolve positioning, real time delays and movement, multi revolve sequencing, and positional activation of external sources such as DMX control of lighting, sound and stage effects.

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Our LARGEST Revolving Stage has its debut!!

The Revolving Stage Company installed their largest ever revolving stage measuring 20m in diameter at this year’s Summer Breeze Open Air 2017 rock festival in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

Having flown all of the crew out to the event, it took a day to install the enormous revolving stage. One of The Revolving Stage Company’s operator Russ Stretton remained at the week-long event to oversee the smooth running of the stage.

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The revolving stage was split into two halves by a dividing curtain and this enabled the show organisers to set up the next band behind the scenes while another band was performing to the audience.  With this facility, the festival were able to perform on one stage instead of two stages which they’ve used since the first festival in 1997.

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Carfest North and South

Carfest North returned to Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire for a second year this July and Carfest South at Laverstock Park Farm in Hampshire at the end of August.

The brainchild of Chris Evans, the festival  presents a unique and fabulous mix of music, cars and fun.  It’s a magical weekend of entertainment for all the family and has raised over £7.4million for Children in Need.

The Revolving Stage Company were there again this year at both events with their 5m diameter revolving stages each side of the main stage displaying the sponsor’s Honda Civic cars.

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Mike Brewer Car Clinic, Silverstone Classic 2017

The biggest classic motor festival in the world returned to Silverstone this July and The Revolving Stage Company once again supplied ‘Wheeler Dealers’ host Mike Brewer with a 5m diameter revolving stage, surround stage and ramp for his car clinic.

To make the stage stable on the uneven ground at the show, a sub-stage was constructed beneath the revolve and its 6.1m square surround stage.

A bespoke car ramp was built by The Revolving Stage Company team that was longer in length to the norm (8.5m long) to accommodate the lower chassis of some of the older cars that participated in the car clinic.

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Oliver Twist at Regents Park Open Air Theatre

Anya Reiss’s adaption of the Charles Dickens Oliver Twist is currently running at Open Air Theatre at Regents Park.

Fly Davis’ clever set design is deceptively simple using three stacked shipping containers and The Revolving Stage Company’s 14m diameter revolving stage and pre-programmed software to reveal different scenes within the various sides and ends of the containers.

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Fiddler on the Roof, Chichester Festival Theatre

The Revolving Stage Company has supplied Chichester Festival Theatre with an 8.5m ring revolve with software for their production of Fiddler on the Roof as well as a 5.5m to 8.5m double revolving stage for their rehearsal period.

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Festival of Speed 2017, Goodwood

Another busy year for The Revolving Stage Company at Festival of Speed 2017 which took place in the grounds of Goodwood House from 29 June to 2 July.

In total five revolving stages were resident at the event.

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Jaguar Land Rover had two 6m diameter revolving stages covered in chequer-plate.

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In the Future Lab a 5m diameter revolving stage covered in black and white vinyl with aluminium trim exhibited a car of the future.  The exhibition included driverless and flying cars!

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And over at the Michelin stand was our 5m diameter revolving stage covered in white vinyl with a glass surround  displaying the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

 

The Crystal Maze 2017, Channel 4

The revived 90’s gameshow returned to our TV’s on Friday, 23 June on Channel 4.

The new instalments were recorded at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios in a purpose-built 32,500 square foot maze created by original maze designer James Dillon.

The Revolving Stage Company supplied 4 of their 1m diameter revolving plinths and a 3.5m diameter revolving stage.

 

 

Enter Shikari at Slam Dunk Festival 2017

Enter Shikari headlined across the May Bank Holiday weekend at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival.

Four 1.2m diameter revolving stages from The Revolving Stage Company were used to rotate 3m high 4 sided lighting rigs situated on Enter Shikari’s stage.

The movement of the columns was programmed using the company’s RevolveSolve software package and operated by Craig Woodfield who accompanied the band on the three dates at Birmingham’s Genting Arena, Leeds city centre and The Forum, Hatfield.1.2m x 4 Enter Shikari 6

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Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit Returns!

Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit returns to Dave (tv channel) for a second series this May.

Once again, the set has been built on The Revolving Stage Company’s 8m diameter revolving stage and is turned by an onsite operator using the programmable software package Revolvesolve.  The stage turns to reveal a collection of classic and contemporary computer games that the celebrities battle against each other to win.

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Multiple revolves used for Stormzy’s Brixton Academy Gig!

There was a tumultuous welcome for grime’s home-town hero Stormzy who performed at Brixton Academy from 2 – 4 May.

The production of the show was incredible with a kaleidoscope of laser beams and rows of crisp LED screens with 3D graphics that changed to suit each track performed.

Six of the moving LED screens in Stormzy’s backdrop were moved by The Revolving Stage Company’s small revolves measuring from 1.8m to 2.4m in diameter.

All were operated by one of The Revolving Stage Company’s experienced operators who was able to pre-programme each revolve using the company’s very own software package RevolveSolve.  The overall effect was the slick movement of all of the LED screens.

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VolksWorld 2017, Sandown Park

Over the weekend of 25 – 26 March saw Europe’s biggest VW show return to Sandown Park.   The outdoor event is dedicated to exhibiting VW Beetles and VW Camper Vans.

The Revolving Stage Company were there again this year with a number of revolving stages, the one featured here is a 4.7m diameter revolve.4.7m Volksworld 2017

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9m Revolving Stage at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre

Dave Kirby’s record breaking comedy is back at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre from 10 March to 8 April.

The action unfolds on The Revolving Stage Company’s 9m diameter revolving stage; a nifty three scene revolve – sitting room, modern club and 70’s disco, flanked by a looming streetscape.

The moving stage is operated by The Revolving Stage Company’s very own programmable software ‘RevolveSolve’.

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Little Big Shots with Dawn French, ITV

Little Big Shots premiered on ITV on 1 March 2017.

Hosted by Dawn French the show has no judges, winners or losers.  In each episode, Dawn talks to 3-13 year old’s about their talent before performing it in front of a studio audience.

The centrepiece of the programme is The Revolving Stage Company’s enormous 12m diameter revolving stage.  On one side is a sofa for Dawn and the pint size prodigies to get to know each other and on the other is the all important performance space which is as versatile as the variety of talent on offer.

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