UK – Full Production, the Berkshire-based specialist in the delivery of world-class entertainment technology solutions, has completed the audio-visual design and installation of the latest Treetop Golf destination. Sited at Metrocentre shopping centre in Gateshead, the new themed attraction includes over 400 luminaires and an immersive audio system with 140 loudspeakers.
2022 turned out to be another ‘full on’ year for Full Production! We saw very strong business growth across the board with a huge variety of television productions, special events and attractions keeping us busy throughout the year.
In total, we’re delighted to have completed over 100 individual jobs over this past 12 months – in addition to our ongoing maintenance commitments at sites in Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Cardiff, Brentford and Gibraltar.
Supporting grassroots sport - Full Production and Littlewick Green Cricket Club
The Full Production team has lent our technical expertise to many incredible events, TV shows, installations and more over the years. What you might not know about us, however, is that we’ve also lent our support to a different cause a bit closer to home: Littlewick Green Cricket Club in Berkshire.
Full Production is a family-run business, and giving back to our local community is important to us. It’s for this reason that we are one of two headline sponsors of the club, investing our money and time into supporting grassroots sport in our area.
Littlewick Green Cricket Club was founded in 1810, and for more than 200 years has been at the centre of the village of Littlewick Green. It has two adult teams as well as seven children’s teams for kids of different ages. This includes a girl’s team which is now into its second season, after a successful debut in 2021. At the peak of summer the village green at Littlewick can have as many as 100 children playing cricket on it at once – and a few adults enjoying a cider (or two) from the sidelines!
2022 marks Full Production’s second season as one of two headline sponsors, although our involvement with the club goes back longer than that. Managing Director Steve Richardson moved to Littlewick Green in 2014, and made regular attempts at playing cricket for Littlewick Green before breaking his leg in 2020. He plans on making a grand return this season…although his wife and Full Production colleague Jo might have something to say about that.
Full Production’s work with Littlewick Green Cricket Club underlines the importance we place on investing in young people, and bringing up the next generation. Whilst we don’t expect the Under 17s team to all take on Full Production apprenticeships, we think it’s important to invest in the future.
Bill Green, Chairman of Littlewick Green Cricket Club, commented: “It is fantastic to have Full Production supporting us. We are a village club for local people, playing on the village green and using the village hall as our base. Steve and his family are popular village residents and his personal commitment to the club and understanding of village sentiment, combined with Full Production’s commercial insight and support, has made a huge difference to our success.
Full Production, a production services company based in Berkshire, has appointed a new Director of Live Events and Touring.
Marc Thornton steps into the role after several years as Lighting Director and Programmer for some of the UK’s biggest artists, including Foals, Charli XCX and Goldfrapp. He will be overseeing the live events and music arm of the business, adding his wealth of experience to a team that is growing following a series of new client wins.
Merry Christmas everyone! It’s been a busy year, and now that we’re approaching the end of it we thought this would be a good opportunity to have a look back at some of the jobs we’ve worked on in 2021. The Full Production team have been down a cave, up in the dizzy heights of the Royal Albert Hall, on TV and everything in between! There were some surprises along the way, too…
What is your role at Full Production?
I’m the Account Manager. I’m dealing with more of the new business at the moment, but hopefully as work goes on I’ll be reintroduced to old clients.
I officially joined full time in September 2020, but six months before then I was working ad hoc for Full Production because I was furloughed from my previous job. I was Sales Manager/Account Manager for Enigma Creative Solutions, an exhibition and live events company based in Windsor. When Covid hit, there were no conferences going on so our design help wasn’t needed. Everything screeched to a standstill.
What is your favourite job you’ve worked on at Full Production?
I would say my favourite job so far has been Treetop Adventure Golf in Birmingham, which we supplied the lighting and interactive elements for. It was the first job at Full Production which I saw through from the beginning to a finished product. The cherry on top was that they enjoyed working with us so much that they’ve extended our contract to include service and maintenance on all their current sites across the UK. Hopefully it has improved my golf game a bit, too…
Have you always worked in the events industry?
No, but I have always been in sales and account management roles for lots of different industries. I started off in civil engineering, then went into corporate relocation, then events. I enjoyed working in the creative industry, so working for Full Production is a continuity of that. It was nice to be able to travel again for work, as I travelled quite a bit when I was growing up.
Where did you grow up?
My dad was in oil and gas exploration and we moved around with him, staying in different countries for two and a half to three years at a time. As well as England and Scotland, we lived in Australia, Brazil, and spent a bit of time in the United States as well. We came back to the UK to finish off schooling when I was 16, so I did spend most of my childhood outside the UK.
So can you speak more than one language?
My mum’s French, so I can speak French. Portuguese I can certainly understand, although I haven’t spoken it since I left. It’s in my brain somewhere. And I can just about get away with some Spanish, because it’s quite similar to Portuguese. So I can (almost) speak four languages.
How did you spend your lockdown?
I had really good intentions, and decided I was going to try and read Harry Potter in French. It’s always been one of my favourite series of books since I was a kid, and I wanted to brush up on my language skills at the same time. I thought it would be a good excuse to read it again, but in all honesty I didn’t get quite as far through it as I would have liked.
Instead, to the horror of my fiance Andy, I spent my pandemic doing a lot of DIY and house jobs. Things like changing taps in bathrooms – and flooding said bathrooms because I didn’t switch the water off. There were a lot of phone calls to Steve [Richardson, Full Production’s Managing Director] saying “can I borrow this tool?”
The weather certainly kept me outdoors doing physical jobs rather than anything indoors. There was plenty of gardening and lots of long dog walks.
How many dogs do you have?
Just the one, his name is Indy. He’s a Cocker Spaniel, so he has about two brain cells knocking around in his brain, he’s very fun. I chose the dog and my fiance picked the name – he was named after the dog from Indiana Jones.
Do you have any strange skills?
I know it freaks people out, but I’m very good at touch typing without looking, so I can stare into a camera on a Zoom call while continuing to type something up. The creative industry seems to be amazed at this, although I think it’s pretty normal!
What’s your favourite film?
I’m notoriously bad at going to the cinema. Why go to the cinema with all these strangers when I can just watch it at home with whatever food and drink I want from my own sofa? Saying that though, I love the film Gladiator. I could watch that on loop. It’s so good and it’s aged really well.