The World of Wipers - B2, Behind The Scenes
This week has seen our B2 auditorium transform into a small corner of Ypres, Belgium in countdown to the opening of Ishy Din’s explosive WW1 drama, Wipers – inspired by the real-life history of Khuddad Khan, the first South Asian soldier to be awarded a Victoria Cross for bravery in WW1.
The set, which was built right here in Coventry by the talented staff of Belgrade Production Services – has so far traveled to Leicester and Watford on tour with Wipers, which premiered back in April 2016.
Belgrade Production Services was established by the Belgrade Theatre in 2007 as a way for the Belgrade to diversify its income and to maintain a pool of talented craftsmen in Coventry. From its workshops in Red Lane, Coventry, BPS manufactures and installs sets not only for the Belgrade Theatre but for theatre’s around the country and for film, TV and other events. Amongst others, BPS has built sets for the Watermill Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Leicester Curve and Stafford Gatehouse. BPS also built the set for The National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of One Man Two Guv’nors, which starred James Corden.
We were lucky enough to take a trip behind the scenes of Isla Shaw’s stunning creation earlier this week with Stage Manager Emma Hansford. Read on to hear about some of the little-known backstage facts (and tricks!) we picked up along the way…