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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

The Boudoir Circus plays Download Festival 2011

Amongst wind and rain and sun: We've taken Aircraft Circus' wild and wicked show on the road for the rock festival Download.   On the mainstage was Alice Cooper and a barrage of headliners, and in a tent all of our own: Madame Pain's Boudoir Circus.

Having never designed for a tent show before, the task presented some unusual logistical challenges: keeping the backstage and scenery dry in a storm, platforms that slope with the ground... having theatre tech week while camping and everybody snatching shuteye amidst enthusiastic all-night rock ballad karaoke and airplanes... but it was fun.  Definitely helped to have my wellies with me.  And getting the paint off your hands works just fine in a rain barrel.

Our house band Orangafruup composed enough spectacular tunes to fill 2-3 hours of show, Poppy Flint crafted costumes of jilted glamour and hardcore recycling, and always exploding with creative ideas & mayhem: Alex Frith directed the crack team of aerialists from Aircraft.  The crowds were great, especially on the cold night.  It was a big jump from an underground installation show in London to a big stage on a field in Donington Park.  Next time... even bigger tent? You bet.

Photo credits: Download 2011 /  Dimitris Amvrazis

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