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