Truly Scrumptious collaboration between Leeds firms
December 4, 2015
Two of Leeds' fastest growing theatrical manufacturers have collaborated to create part of the set to bring West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Christmas production Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to life.
When big bad Baron Bomburst’s car takes to the stage
it will be thanks to the teamwork of theatre paint and coating specialist Hicks and Weatherburn and set builder Q Division, both based in Leeds.
Andy Wood, project manager at Q Division, said: “It’s a real privilege to be involved in such an iconic set build for the latest of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s renowned annual Christmas shows.
“Theatrical projects like this often call for specific colours and coatings and we are fortunate that Hicks and Weatherburn is on our doorstep and has the chemical engineering expertise to create what we need from scratch.”
It isn’t the first time the two firms have worked together. Q Division has used Hicks and Weatherburn coatings for numerous projects in recent years including the build of parts of the McBusted arena tour set and the stage for the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies.
Jonathan Wain, chemist and owner of Hicks and Weatherburn, which is one of Yorkshire’s oldest manufacturing companies and dates back to 1741, said: “Q Division is one of our biggest theatrical customers in what has become a growth market for us.
“We work closely with them, the West Yorkshire Playhouse and other set builders and theatres up and down the country.”
Ginny Whiteley, the theatre’s head scenic artist, said: “It has been a delight to work with local experts on this project and we are really lucky to have Jonathan and the team at Q Division right here in Leeds to help us with some of the exciting elements of our latest set.
“We’re not giving anything away but they’ve pulled out all the stops for us and our audiences are in for a real treat.”
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang runs from December 2 until January 30 at West Yorkshire Playhouse.