Ulster American at Riverside Studios

Posted on: February 16th, 2024 by sdEditor

Founded in 2020, Second Half Productions is an entertainment company that inspires daring and optimism by showcasing incredible theatre performances. The vision of the artistic team is to create innovative productions delivered by globally renowned artists for both stage and screen. Their goal is to infuse new and unexpected experiences from timeless stories to captivate audiences worldwide.

Their 8-week production Ulster American, directed by Jeremy Herrin at Studio 2 of the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London starred Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis and Louisa Harland.

Having prior experience with Steeldeck’s seating and staging rental service through collaboration with Lloyd Thomas Production Management, Ulster American’s Production Manager Juli Fraire reached out for our help. The team needed to create a design for a bespoke seating bank that would maximise the overall capacity of the venue, without compromising on safety or the size of the performance space for the production itself. Steeldeck’s services matched this brief expertly given our custom design approach and the strict parameters that we can operate within.

Due to the modular nature of Steeldeck’s staging and seating, we were able to offer a more bespoke service within budget. We listened to our clients’ requirements to achieve the maximum seating capacity of 442 seats, mindful that the venue’s total capacity is for 450 people. We adjusted the rake of the bank and created a smart seating option that best utilised the space without compromising on audience sightlines. This meant we could align with Second Half Productions vision to invigorate audiences.

We were thrilled to support the Ulster American production.

National Theatre – Lyttleton Theatre

Posted on: November 10th, 2023 by sdEditor

The National Theatre (NT) is one of the UK’s most prominent performing arts venues, and is home to three world-renowned theatres, The Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman Theatres. Steeldeck has a long-standing relationship with the NT and benefits from the invaluable expertise of Steeldeck team members who have previously worked within NT production departments, giving sound inside knowledge and productive collaborations.

Steeldeck are often invited by the NT to provide seating hire and staging hire solutions to support theatre performances. In July 2023, the NT restaged a production of ‘The Effect’ by Lucy Prebble in the Lyttelton Theatre.

Given the intense intimacy of the play, The Effect creative team; Director, Jamie Lloyd and Designer, Soutra Gilmour wanted a bespoke seating configuration for their traverse staging to create a stage where the audience sit either side, with the stage in between. Steeldeck worked closely with the NT Production Team to help realise this creative vision which required a complete transformation of the Lyttelton stage and auditorium installing a tiered seating bank onstage mirrored with a similar seating tier in the auditorium.

The Old Vic

Posted on: June 13th, 2023 by sdAdmin

The Old Vic needed a level platform over the raked stalls and stage, so diners could sit at tables for a gala fundraising event. Working in collaboration with the production manager, we designed a two-level structure to give the audience better views of the stage.

Following a design change; the stage was positioned at the opposite end by the circle, with diners on two platforms; in the stalls and on the stage.

Music Festivals

Posted on: May 8th, 2023 by sdAdmin

This summer we were busy planning for the UK music festival season, preparing designs for events taking place up and down the country ready to build staging and structures. From conversations with our clients and industry insiders, there was a real spirit of forging ahead this year particularly given cancellations over the last few years.

The almighty Glastonbury Festival spread over 900 acres at Pilton in Somerset took place for another brilliant year for five days between 21st and 25th June. We are fortunate to have worked at Glastonbury over the years and were excited once again be part of such an incredible event. This year we supplied over 1,200 pieces of Steeldeck equipment, both on a hire only and build basis to some of the Festival’s most beloved areas such as The Park, Block 9 and Arcadia.

In Heaton Park at Parklife in Manchester, and Bluedot situated in the stunning grounds at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, we built stages and supplied the production risers.

Towards the end of June and beginning of July, we were installing at Hyde Park for BST (British Summer Time) where an eclectic mix of icons took to the stage over three weekends. Over the years we have built various decks, stages and thrusts for Elton John, Robbie Williams and Green Day to name a few.

We were thrilled to be part of the team for the third year running to deliver most of the stages and supply all the production risers for Kendal Calling. The festival supports emerging artists and is in the most picturesque setting in the Lake District.