Severn Fire and Light – World Heritage River Festival

Date: 17 September 2016 to 18 September 2016

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Telford

Client: Telford & Wrekin Council


It's 30 years ago this year that the Ironbridge Gorge in Telford was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  To celebrate this significant anniversary we're helping stage the river festival part of the weekend's celebrations across the Gorge.

What to expect:

Processions often form a key element of our outdoor work, but they don't always have to happen down a city centre street!  They can also happen on water, which is what we created for the Ironbridge River Festival where we helped Sabrina, the mythical water nymph and goddess of the Severn, lead a group of small boats down the River Severn.

Using the dramatic possibilities of the river and the dark canvas of early evening, we created an intimate spectacle which included a mini pirate ship, complete with illuminated rigging.  This was supported by a pair of spinning coracles (complete with pyrotechnic effects) along with the Shawbury Military Wives Choir who provided a medley of choral pieces from their own boat, also illuminated by a series of hand-made lanterns.

This particular show was arguably a victim of its own success, attracting a much bigger audience than expected from across Shropshire and the borders.



Project Specification
Project Scale
Creative Content
Parades and processions
Site responsive performance