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Wondrous Stories
Birmingham Festival 2022 Launch Spectacle

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Centenary Square, 17 - 20 March 2022

Motionhouse were commissioned by Birmingham Commonwealth Games to create a large-scale launch spectacle to mark the start of Birmingham Festival 2022.

 

OPUS are thrilled to have been the Producers for the brand new show, Wondrous Stories.

A six month festival shining a global spotlight on creativity in the West Midlands, Birmingham Festival 2022 runs from March through to beyond the conclusion of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. It will feature hundreds of creative commissions across the region including art, photography, dance, theatre, digital art and more.

 

Wondrous Stories is a free outdoor spectacle; blending Motionhouse's unique choreographic style with dazzling aerial surprises, spoken word and a brand new musical score, the show draws inspiration from George Dawson’s “Everything for Everybody”, the Shakespeare Collection in the library and contemporary diverse perspectives in order to present a work that speaks from us all, to us all. 

Collaboratively with Motionhouse, OPUS worked with a multitude of local stakeholders, professional dancers, Freewheelin, The Choir With No Name, and Critical Mass, who brought together hundreds of community cast members. 

Visit the Birmingham 2022 website here.

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You can re-watch the live streamed performance here.

Relive the magic!

As Producers for the show, we were ultimately responsible for integrating all Production, Creative and Event teams. Here's just a few of the project-specific things OPUS managed:

Stakeholder Liaison

 

Accessibility Planning and Provision (OPUS now owns a brand new set of Audio Description headsets!)

BCU Professional Placements for Four Stage Management Students to ASM on the production

Volunteer Recruitment and Management

Welfare Provisions on Site

Accreditation and Artist Liaison

Costume and Wardrobe Team Management

Team

Commissioner
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games // Birmingham 2022 Festival

 

Collaborators
Artistic - Motionhouse

Production & Technical - JA Productions
 

Creative Team
Artistic Director - Kevin Finnan

Composers - Sophy Smith and Tim Dickinson

Video and Projection - Logela Multimedia

Associate Choreographers - Sonia Sabri and Jamaal O'Driscoll

Guest Performances by Freewheelin and Choir With No Name

Storytellers - Sebbie Mudhai, Leon Finnan and Raza Hussain

Lighting Design by Light Refreshment

Costume Consultant - Sophie Donaldson

Costume Design -  BA Hons Costume Design & Practice, Birmingham City University

Community Cast - Critical Mass 

Production 

Production Design by JA Productions
Production and Operations Director - John Adkins
Production Manager - Samuel Adkin

Stage Manager - Stacey Griffin

Show Caller - Rich Hale

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We have a dynamic and exciting partnership with OPUS where all the moving parts of the creative concept and/or the artistic vision are in synch with the production and operational compliance ensuring successful and sustainable delivery every time.

John Adkins
Managing Director - JA Productions
Technical Production Partner

Highly professional, confident, forward thinking and flexible when needed, OPUS really delivers what it promises and more, all with great flair, care, attention to detail and an unflinching determination to deliver the very best.

Louise Richards
Executive Director - Motionhouse