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Stage sets built by Belgrade Production Services nominated for top awards

Posted on 22 November 2011

Two stage sets built by Belgrade Production Services for The National Theatre and Regents Park Open Air Theatre were recently nominated for prestigious London Evening Standard Theatre Awards in the Best Design category.

The nominations recognised the work of Giles Cadle, who designed the set for the National Theatre’s production of The Kitchen and Jon Bausor, who designed the set for The Lord of the Flies at Regents Park Open Air Theatre. Their design vision was brought to life by Belgrade Production Services (BPS) who built the sets for both shows at their workshops in Red Lane, Coventry.

Andy Hilton, Head of Workshop at Belgrade Production Services said, “We’re extremely proud that two of our sets have been nominated for such prestigious awards. It’s a great achievement for us, not least because when BPS opened in 2007 we only had two members of staff and now we’re employing up to 15 people and building sets for theatre’s up and down the country.”

The set for The Kitchen comprised a vast restaurant kitchen complete with boiling pans, burning gas jets and roaring ovens. It was built over a period of five weeks before being transferred to London and erected by the BPS team in the Olivier Theatre in August where the show ran until 9 November.

“… superbly designed by Giles Cadle with a brilliantly realised kitchen …” The Telegraph on The Kitchen

The set for The Lord of the Flies took four weeks to build and included the fuselage of a real aeroplane that was rescued from a scrap yard and adapted by the BPS team to look like a broken-up BA jet, charred debris and scattered cargo.

“Jon Bausor’s extraordinary design offers the transfixing spectacle of a broken-up BA jet and becomes a kind of adventure playground in its own right.” The Telegraph on Lord of the Flies

Andy added, “Working on large scale projects such as The Kitchen and The Lord of the Flies is not only great for us but also for the city as it enables us to create more jobs for skilled workers. We’ve had great feedback from all of the theatres and designers that we’ve worked with so hopefully we can continue to grow. We’ve certainly got lots of work lined up, which is great!”

Belgrade Production Services was established by the Belgrade Theatre in 2007. 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.

In addition to the construction of sets, the BPS workshop also houses a fully equipped wardrobe department and a scenic art department.

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