Full Production looks back at a ‘full on’ 2022!
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 well 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.
In television, we saw a busy run of work on numerous entertainment programmes. The early part of the year saw Steve, Marc and Shaun delivering the Britain’s Got Talent auditions at the London Palladium (LD Dave Bishop, Gaffer Mark Newell). Following that, we provided network and systems technicians for Beat The Chaser (LD Chris Kempton). Next, Marc and Shaun were on hand to deliver kit and crew for the Nowruz 2022 festival celebrations, for Marjan Television Network at the LH2 facility in London – again with LD David Bishop and Gaffer Mark Newell.
After project managing and gaffering the finals of Young Dancer 2022 at the Roundhouse (for LD Tim Routledge), Steve went on to work his 10th – and last – series of Strictly Come Dancing, again in support of LD David Bishop and gaffer Mark Newell.
The winning team of David Bishop, Mark Newell and Full Production came together again when Marc looked after systems for Britain’s Got Talent: The Ultimate Magician at Birmingham ICC. There was even more entertainment in store when Shaun was on-site to assist our partners Liteup with the production of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
We’ve also been busy with events of all types! We provided project management and technical services when Amazon Prime prepared a special photo-shoot as part of its promotion of the new Lord of the Rings series. On another project, Steve was once again project manager and gaffer for the Who Cares Wins Awards, which took place at the Roundhouse, with LDs David Bishop and Darren Lovell. We also provided kit and crew for The Princes Trust Awards, staged at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (LD Ben Cracknell, programmer Tom Young).
On the live music front, Marc again took on his Lighting Director duties for production rehearsals in preparation for the UK, EU, Japanese and US tour outings this year by Foals (with production design by Cassius Creative), plus a number of festival appearances – including the band’s headline slot at Glastonbury! In a slightly different musical vein, when Broadway star Audra McDonald played at the London Palladium (LD Jack Weir), Full Production provided kit and crew, and Steve project managed and gaffered the show.
Our expertise in providing attractions has also been in demand this year. One of the highlights of our summer was when our team, led by Marc, provided lighting supply and design for our client, Pixel Artworks, for two back-to-back family entertainment events – Dragon Slayer and Sundown Spectacular – at Warwick Castle. Both were a great success, and our huge thanks go to Pixel Artworks’ production manager Joe Kelly for having us on board again!
We also helped draw thousands of festive feet to Christmas attractions by lighting no fewer than 13 Christmas walks across the country. These included some of Britain’s most beautiful settings, such as the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Margam Country Park in South Wales, the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, the historic Coombe Abbey in Coventry and the gorgeous gardens of Wakehurst in Sussex. In all, we covered over 300 people-days in November alone, across Christmas walks and other projects!
Meanwhile, lots of other (equally important!) things were going on in-house, including training with Rigging Team, work on re-investment programmes, energy reduction schemes and new sites with some of our existing installation customers, as well as an exciting new business partnership with our old friends at Avion TSL – which will see Full Production’s reach and client base spread even further across the country.
And as if that wasn’t busy enough for 2022, Lise got married! Huge congratulations to the happy couple!
As we prepare for 2023, we are very excited by some interesting new developments in the Full Production pipeline, which we can’t wait to tell you about in due course . . . We’re looking forward to kicking off 2023 with a bang!
Until then, we’d like to thank all of our valued clients, freelancers and subcontractors for working with us this year – 2022 has been a pleasure – and wish you every joy with your Christmas holidays and every success for the New Year!
Our very best wishes,
The Full Production team x