Mother of the Nation

Balich Worldwide Shows

Technical Direction & Technical Design

Jeremy Lloyd (Wonder Works director) and the Wonder Works design team pulled out all the stops to support the Opening Ceremony of Abu Dhabi’s inaugural 2016 Mother of the Nation Festival.

With less than 3 months to the festival start Wonder Works were contracted by producers Balich Worldwide Shows to direct the technical production. Working with a wide network of international and local suppliers including ShowTex, PRG, JR Scenic and Al Laith Event Services, Wonder Works developed the design, managed the supplier tender process and built an entirely new 100m wide temporary venue within the exhibition hall.

It was not just the challenging time-scales and the need to build a new theatre, seating tier and control rooms. The creative design for the show was highly complex because of the height-restriction of the exhibition hall. All staging elements had to be introduced horizontally onto the stage, rather than from above.

Jeremy Lloyd, Wonder Works director, commented.

We had to be super innovative in working around the physical constraints of the space.