Another year rolls around and we look back on 2017.
It’s been another record year for Clockwork, working in Theatres, Opera Houses and Exhibition Halls across the land and overseas including ones on the Sea!
We’ve settled into our new Workshop and it’s getting there in terms of layout and racking. We’ve invested in new machinery (currently looking forward to receiving our new CNC Router in the new year) and are constantly tweaking where things live, and if there’s enough space for Georges BBQ stock…! Safe to say there is! Here’s a shameless plug! BlackBoxBBQ
Currently we have 3 shows in the workshop- Strangers on a Train for an ATG tour, Beginning for The National’s transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre, replacing Stomp, and Jane Eyre awaiting a refurb post its recent tour.
With Clockwork going from strength to strength, we’ve doubled our output with the bigger workshop that we moved to at the beginning of the year.!
We’re pretty happy with the layout and has been utilised to the max over the last few months.
We’ve even found space for a couple of George’s hobbies… see blackboxbbq.co.uk
and we now have a ‘Machine room’ with 2 engineering lathes, and are looking at another 10 x 5 CNC router to add to our CNC capabilities.
We’re currently building 2 versions of Jersey Boys for Dubai and China built to fit on an Aeroplane! so that is keeping us busy, We waved goodbye to the Dubai one yesterday and are back on with the China version.
We’ve been all over the place from The Grange in Alresford, Crewe with Our House, The Old Vic for Girl from The North Country and Milton Keynes to name a few.
Clockwork Scenery has grown on all fronts over the past couple months!
You can now find us in our fantastic new workshop and offices (over 12,000sqft) based between Farnham and Haslemere on the Surrey / Hampshire border- Set in an Ex Royal Engineers Barracks we have an old tank workshop which gives us over 8 times more space than before with great roof height allowing us to take on not only much larger but many more exciting new projects!
With the carefully laid out workshop we have four distinct zones, Metalwork, Carpentry, Assembly, and Paint which flow from one to the other allowing greater efficiency and a great space to work.
The team has also grown and with the new addition of the wonderful Rob Wells as Project Manager, everyone at Clockwork Scenery are looking forward to the year ahead!
Most recent projects have been a number 1 touring set of Wonderland, The Grange Festival Opera, The Kid for the The English Stage Company, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead for The Old Vic and Jane Eyre for The Royal National Theatre to name just a few!
We’ve had a great time creating some classic theatre scenery, with a twist for Hampstead Theatres’ ‘Wild’ production. Having received rave reviews it all looked great and provided the ‘coup de théâtre’ the director and designer were looking for.
Continuing with the Roald Dahl theme from earlier in the year we made 50 metal clad plinths for The BFG Dream Jar trail launched in London and cities around the country this month.
And most recently 6 Dolls Houses vitrines for antique jewellery display.
Once again we’ve had a busy Spring taking us from Cruise Ships in Stockholm for a Grease production, to Excel for the fabrication of a lounge, VIP area, 13 catering stations and giant entranceway, including 350 metres of LED tape for Adobe and most recently to Clerkenwell Design week for the installation of an interesting concept where we provided a spectrum of elements for the build including CNC parts and onsite crew. With lots of new projects coming in we look forward to updating you on what we get up to next!
What a busy year it has been with Clockwork Scenery collaborating on builds for experiential marketing, events, festivals and of course continuing building some interesting theatre scenery too! We already have some exciting projects for 2016 and look forward to showcasing these in the New Year!
24 Theatre sets built 143 jobs completed
Over 3,000 sheets of plywood used
1.5km of LED tape used
1500 lengths of steel
OVER 13,221 workshop hours 8 Event builds
7 Cruise Ship sets built 49 clients
10 Experiential marketing activations
[Figures accurate as of 9/12/15 and as long as Jo’s maths is correct!]
…and of course some theatre scenery too!
Its been a busy busy Summer working on some really fun and different projects such as theatre scenery, festival scenery as well as exhibition scenery – many of which had a rather alcoholic flavour running through them!
Must Be Easter soon as we’re doing quotes for eggs…!
As usual it’s been non stop in the workshop… January flew buy, with all sorts of jobs going out, from Aluminium Rolling Riser decks for the Back Street Boys, Romeo and Juliet for The Rose in Kingston
February and March are Cruise Ship scenery season, Fame, Saturday Night Fever, for TSE Productions, Bills Place, Crossroads, On the Six, and Casino Royale for BKP.
Another Romeo for Cranleigh, a trade show booth for Cecence, and Lest I forget…. the Altar for Richard III….
A hugely rewarding job working closely with James Elliott- Stone mason/ Wizard. All went in to the Cathedral in time for the re-internment, and there’s quite the buzz about it- More to follow in the Press we hope- It involved a load of technical know how from James and myself to make a sculptural and practical piece which will last the test of time.
As the new year gets off to a good start we’ve got some great projects on the go and a healthy list of quotes to do.
Next week I’m off to Stockholm and Helsinki to measure up for another Saturday Night Fever and Fame on a cruise ship.
We’ve been working on a really interesting job for an altar in a Cathedral… and the the guys are into the build for Romeo and Juliet at The Rose in Kingston.
Thanks for your kind support and business over the last year-
It’s been our busiest yet, we’ve been here there and everywhere working on a wide and diverse list of exciting projects.
I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas break, and we look forward to all the New Year enquiries! (once you’re recovered!)
Clockwork is offering an exciting new role and seeks an experienced:
Office & Projects Manager
Beginning Jan 2015.
Click Here for Job description/ further details. Job Description- Office & Projects
It’s as always been a busy spell in the workshop, from Saturday Night Fever, to Noises off, to La Traviata, to Paddington Bears plinths.
The welders have been going none stop, the CNC has been zipping about, and the painters have been sploshing.
As the saying goes, apparently it’s good to be busy? Life would be dull without deadlines….
We’ve been busy bees recently and it continues to look crazy busy!
We’ve been in Prague for Anagram, working on a big staff party for Herbalife, we’re building boxes for Paddington Bear to stand on… 50 off. And gearing up for a Musical that’s out on UK tour.
We’re always looking for staff to add to out register- So if you’re a carpenter or Metalworker with experience and are looking to work at a fun and busy workshop, get in touch.
So we had a little job in to make 4 revolving teacups-
I think they look great all lit up and UV!
Each revolved on castors, then the cup had a battery powered revolve to elegantly spin…
So last week we installed a new toy-!
Our beloved CNC router, with 3 days training and lots of coffee we are up and running.
we’ve machined our 1st few jobs, and can report we’re up to speed with both the machine and it’s software.
Working from a variety of sources of vectors- DWG, DXF, EPS, PDF…. it’s been interesting to play around to see what we can do with her… think it’s a her, now for a name…
The reason for getting ‘her’ was three fold-
One to reduce lead times from our existing suppliers, 2 to enable us to be more creative, and 3 to be able to offer a reliable service to others, in both a ‘sub-contracting’ role, and also in terms of products, so watch this space to see what we’re up to… it might just be interesting!
It’s been all hands to the pump recently- seems a while since we’ve been able to relax- a tiny bit!
We’ve been all over the country, from Bath, to Blackpool, from Sunningdale to Oxford, and the very top of the very top of the Gerkin….
Bath was for the delightful Theatre Royal, building Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in the main house.
Blackpool for Mamma Mia,
Sunningdale…..cough cough …it’s a secret. in fact if i told you I’d probably have to kill you.
Oxford for Idylls of a King.
So we had the pleasure of being in Southampton today whilst the three Cunard sisters were in together for the 1st time.
I was aboard the Queen Elizabeth, measuring up for some works whilst she’s in dry dock in Hamburg.
All’s well aboard the Odyssey, in Genoa, where matt and I have been refitting the theatre/ show lounge, and installing Concerto- which is looking good.
It’s been a couple of weeks of load outs down here on the farm.
We had a lorry to Athens- a lorry to Genoa, and today a lorry to Switzerland.
Soon we’ll have to be Clockwork Scenery International-!
Matt has been aboard the Quest, now the Odyssey, and I’m off to join him in Genoa for a couple of days to do the house fit and Concerto.
and today we loaded out Mamma Mia, world tour, built to fit in as cargo in an aeroplane…! lets just say bite sized chunks that bolt together to form 10m tall flats…
however rest assured we’re still forging ahead in the theatre world as well.
So please do get in touch with any enquires you may have,
So following some work on the website, we should be updating all the projects to show all the lovely bits of scenery we’ve been working/ worked on Recently we’ve mainly been working with Aluminium, doing Tig welding having all the fun that’s involved in that!
Had some nice materials through the door- Printed Copper finish Dibond….Ummmm
It’s a Stratastrophy… Ho Ho
So here we are-
A new website for your delectation and delight…. Bare with us on the content…. some images need tweaking/ projects uploading etc but we’re getting there!
In the mean time you can always checkout Facebook page…or use an old link… http://www.clockworkscenery.com/2013/psycho-nacirema.php