Touring productions often required clever reworkings of more traditional engineering. Speed of installation and derig are of far greater importance, as is the ability to break down a set into compact and easily transportable modules.
Working to the production requirements of Michael Cassel Group International, we designed and manufactured this large, bespoke steelwork grid specifically with touring in mind. With the exceptionally high production values associated with The Walt Disney Company, the set is both larger and heavier than standard touring events, with the grid supporting 52 tonnes of set and scenery. The load is shared between four 19m-high truss legs positioned in each corner of the 21m by 15m grid. We worked with structural engineers, Cundall, running comprehensive tests and stress analysis to ensure the system would function correctly. The entire system was test-built here prior to shipping to the first tour venue.
The truss legs were specially designed to minimise installation time. Using a combination of hinges, castors and spigots, the four legs were installed simultaneously, each 5m section attaching horizontally and locking in as the main grid was raised. The 32 tonne grid was specifically designed to load efficiently into five 40ft sea containers, facilitating the tour throughout South East Asia.