On Tuesday 22nd November 2016, Save the Children returned to Guildhall for its annual Winter Gala. In what was an unforgettable evening, guests were transported into the splendiferous world of Roald Dahl, in celebration of the much-loved author’s centenary. The event was produced by Private Drama and they approached White Light to provide the complete technical support on the evening.
The event was led by WL’s Project Manager Phil Gladman, who comments: “When speaking to Private Drama, we were told this would be an immersive experience in which characters and scenes from Roald Dahl’s most beloved works would be re-enacted for the guests. They wanted production support that would enhance the overall experience”.
To achieve this, Adam Blackwood, Creative Director of Private Drama, worked closely with WL’s Creative Producer Richard Stirzaker to create a technical set-up that would be suitable within the various spaces at Guildhall. This saw WL draw on its unparalleled range of lighting, audio, video and rigging equipment.
On the evening itself, the arriving guests walked through the Basinghall Street Entrance where they were greeted by The BFG. WL also lit a range of items in this space that were being auctioned later that evening. Following this, guests were led down to the Livery Hall where Private Drama’s design team had turned the room upside down – reflecting one of the most famous scenes from The Twits.
The guests then made their way into the East Crypt where Private Drama had created a garage, reflecting that used in Danny, the Champion of the World. Following a walk through the West Crypt where further characters were present, the guests made their way into the Main Hall where there was a dinner and an auction.
The guests on the evening included Joely Richardson, Myleene Klass and Grayson Perry. The event raised over £850,000 which will help fund Save the Children’s vital work around the world.