Coventry theatre set for London award

The set design for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s recent production of The Lord of the Flies, which was built in Coventry by Belgrade Production Services, has been nominated for a prestigious What’s On Stage Award.

Lord of the Flies set Photo:Johan PerssonThe nomination recognises the work of Set Designer Jon Bausor who designed the ambitious and sizeable set for The Lord of the Flies, which included the fuselage of a real aeroplane, charred debris and scattered cargo.

His design vision was brought to life by the Belgrade Theatre’s set building company Belgrade Production Services (BPS), who built the set at their workshops in Red Lane, Coventry over a period of four weeks. As part of the build the BPS team had to construct a nine metre aeroplane wing on which the cast could stand and a six metre vertical tail fin, both of which were attached to the plane fuselage.

Andy Hilton, Head of Workshop at Belgrade Production Services said, “We’re really pleased that John Bausor’s set design has been nominated for such a prestigious award. His design for The Lord of the Flies was fantastic and we’re very proud that we had the opportunity to build the set for him. It’s also a great achievement for Belgrade Production Services because when we opened in 2007 we only had two members of staff and now we’re employing up to 15 people and building sets for theatres up and down the country.”

Andy added, “Working on large scale projects such as The Lord of the Flies is not only great for us but also for the city as it enables us to create more jobs for skilled workers. We’ve had great feedback from all of the theatres and designers that we’ve worked with so hopefully we can continue to grow. We’ve certainly got lots of work lined up, which is great.”

Joshua Williams as Simon in Lord of the Flies at Regents Park Open Air Theatre Photo:Johan Persson

Joshua Williams as Simon in Lord of the Flies at Regents Park Open Air Theatre Photo:Johan Persson

The set design for The Lord of the Flies was also nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award, alongside Giles Cadle’s set design for the National Theatre’s recent production of The Kitchen, which was also built by Belgrade Production Services.

From its workshops in Red Lane, Coventry, Belgrade Production Services manufactures and installs sets for all of the Belgrade Theatre’s productions and for theatres around the country, including the National Theatre, Stafford Gatehouse and Newbury’s Watermill Theatre. The team also builds sets for film, TV and other events. In addition to the construction of sets, the BPS workshop also houses a fully equipped wardrobe department and a scenic art department.

The What’s On Stage Awards, from the UK’s leading theatre website, are the only UK event for the theatre industry voted for purely by the ticket-buying public. This year more than 11,000 theatregoers have cast nominations for their favourite performances and productions across 26 different award categories.

The public can vote for their winners at until 31 January 2012 and the winners will be announced on 19 February at a live concert and ceremony held at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre.