Manchester Diwali 2017

Date: 14 October 2017 to 14 October 2017

Location: Albert Square, Manchester

Client: Manchester Indian Association

As part of our Diwali 2017 celebrations in Manchester, we returned to the city's Albert Square for the retelling of the dramatic and much-loved tale of Rama and Sita.

The celebration of light over darkness and good over evil is perfectly encapsulated in this charming piece that is designed to be adapted to a range of outdoor arenas and audience sizes.

As in previous years, Manchester's gothic town hall provided us with exciting lighting potential and enabled us to create an intricate, shadow-rich backdrop for our show.  This year's production began with our mechanical, moving Bengal Tiger leading a community parade into the square, upon which sat Sita where she remained in situ for the dialogue elements with Rama.

Using a PA system in a public space enable the interaction between the two characters to be broadcast across a wide space, to an estimated crowd of around 1,500.

Animating a show like this presents a range of dramatic possibilities and here we used lighting, pyrotechnic punctuation points and music to develop the unfolding narrative, culminating in a finale pyrotechnic display fired from the roof of Manchester Town Hall.

"Creating a show like this in a public space like a city square provides an endless amount of dramatic possibilities, as well as technical challenges, but by using a clever mix of effects we were able to create a multi sensory experience that appealed to everyone.

We were delighted to be working once again with the Indian Association of Manchester who are fantastic ambassadors for our work and great collaborative partners." Nick Clarke, Producer.
Project Specification
Project Scale
Creative Content
Parades and processions
Site responsive performance