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No two days are the same in PEEL’s design suite, there’s always so much going on. One of my favourite, more recent projects was working on the new stage designs for ‘Moulin’. Moulin is one of our most popular shows onboard the Thomson fleet and we wanted to inject some fresh energy into the set design by revamping the banners, props and staging.
The first thing I did was research, as well as watch the show team in rehearsals for the show. I wanted to create something that would enhance the choreography and staging and that was on a par with the talent onstage – not an easy task! The show is set in Paris, so I started off researching one of my favourite creative eras, La Belle Epoque. Drawing inspiration from the Art Nouveau period I tried to reflect the grandeur and luxury of the period through the design for the stage banners. Next it was onto props. Starting with models of each element to be created, I set to work building the actual staging. Starting in Adobe Illustrator, I designed a full 3D windmill and then constructed it from foamex and opal polycarbonate. Whilst I was in the building mood I also created a large, flat exterior building structure, a large gold gilded mirror, a functional door which would revolve on stage and a giant working clock. I also built a fully functioning lamppost out of wood, which I ended up finishing in my kitchen at home… much to the horror of my housemate! The best thing about this project was actually going and installing it onboard Thomson Dream. To see all of my work actualised and onstage was pretty spectacular.
In between studying events management at University I enjoyed my placement year at PEEL and was delighted when they asked me back this summer to use my expertise and knowledge to help coordinate the Rapha Tempest Festival, a celebration of road cycling and specifically the Tour de France, from 3rd July – 6th July 2014.
As the Tour de France is a worldwide spectacle, involving millions of people, I was eager to get stuck in and excited to generate activities that were family-friendly and fun for attendees. One of my first, most challenging jobs was sourcing recycled bike parts for one of our weekend workshop–style activities, an art installation. This of course proved a little tricky in a county that was about to host Le Grand Départ which involved a ‘littering’ of yellow bicycles along the route, but no challenge is too big for us at PEEL! Using my event management skills I created an event schedule, budget and health and safety risk assessments for the activities that we put on over the weekend. This included body zorbing (great fun, I can testify!), the Penny Farthing Experience (also very enjoyable), and Grand National Space Hopper Racing for the youngsters. As well as this, on the Saturday and Sunday evening we produced an ‘English Night Garden’ theatrical installation located on the Broughton Hall Estate within the grove’s woodland. This involved thousands of twinkling fairy lights, a Madhatter’s tea party, plenty of fairies (me amongst them!), a frightening Snow Queen and much, much more.
For the past couple of months I’ve been working on a great project called ‘What’s On Thomson TV’, a fun and informative television programme made especially for Thomson Cruises.
The show plays throughout the day on the TVs in passengers’ cabins and features interviews with the crew, insight into behind the scenes areas like the bridge and engine room as well as competitions, quizzes and general information about the ship. Being a film production graduate from UCLAN University, I love everything film and media, so this project was right up my street and a perfect way to put my skills to the test. The filming process itself took around seven days per ship and included travelling around some amazing places in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. One of my favourite moments was strapping a go-pro camera to my head and cycling around the beautiful town of Rhodes, Greece to give passengers an insight into the cycling tours offered onboard…even if the last hill did almost finish me off! Once the filming was complete it was back to the office and our post production suite to start the all important editing process. The end result is a show which is currently running on two Thomson Ships and is a massive hit with passengers and crew alike. Make sure you check it out if you go onboard!
- Liam Morgan
- Hannah Crosdale
- Lorena Bramall
- creating 3D potion bottle
- de-rigging 'recycle'
- scripting gameshows
- set designing a new show
- recruiting new staff
- editing 'the making of'
A Midsummer Night’s Dream... was a roaring success which had people in the region talking for a long time. It was the perfect showcase for the Broughton Hall Estate.Roger Tempest, Broughton Hall Estate
PEEL is highly skilled in all aspects of onboard ship entertainment, and makes it their business to be forward-thinking and creative.Helen Bennett, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
The team's absolute dedication to 'getting it right' meant guests come back time after time, safe with the expectation that they would be enjoying top class entertainmentDavid Selby, Former Head Thomson Cruises
The beauty of the PEEL team is that they are continually examining and re-evaluating their product, meaning their entertainment packages are always fresh and relevant.Gill Throw, Thomson
We are pleased to have forged a strong working relationship with the PEEL team which has brought an entirely new dimension to our client offering.Janes McIvor, Bourne Leisure
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