Frank Wilson of Event International needed a professional UK firework company to collaborate with acclaimed French street theatre company Transe Express. He called Alchemy Fireworks, invited Rob Farrow to meet with the Festival Team and discuss a theatrical pyrotechnic approach with Artistic Director of Transe Express. “Although several of the Transe Express team spoke English, communication was definitely easier, more productive and more fun being able to speak to them in French as well”, explains Rob. “It’s a clichéd sentiment but people do appreciate it when you make an effort to speak their language, and that’s especially true on international collaborations – and this production was a World Premiere. Being able to speak franglais together definitely brought us closer, which makes the whole collaborative process smoother and gives everyone a stronger feeling of working together as a team. It helped to quickly develop trust, and so Transe Express were happy for me to edit and re-arrange a mix of several of their percussion pieces into a soundtrack suitable for the firework finale, and for the first time they allowed the firework display to be fired whilst performers were still suspended from their “Mobile”. On the event itself in South Shields there was great team spirit, friendship and respect between the Transe Express team and the Alchemy Fireworks crew. Vive l’Entente Cordiale!” And what did the client think of the Alchemy firework display?
“I just wanted to congratulate you on the brilliant job you did on the fireworks accompanying the performance of Transe Express at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival last weekend. I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard pyrotechnics better synchronised to a music score and the choice and sequencing of material was excellent. Our clients at South Tyneside Council were delighted, as you may have gathered from their immediate enquiry about November 5th! Alchemy couldn’t be faulted on this event for professionalism, cooperative attitude or value for money, and it reflects great credit on you and your team.” Frank Wilson, Managing Director, Event International.
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