We love a challenge at Portland Productions, and every year I eagerly await the invitation to help produce the next weird & wonderful event. I am lucky to have a huge variation of experience with regards to sectors, scale and lead time.
Here is a selection of my work …
I am now an official Dragons expert after an incredible winter curating the Viking world of Berk. Working with Broadwick Agency in a superb team, we had a huge amount of fun bringing this film to life in a secret underground concrete music hall in North London.
We worked with some outstanding creatives; Urban Electric brought us the Hidden World using 5000 UV disks, lasers and mirrors and shout out to Take 1 Scenic for the on point recreation of the viking village.
Summer 2018, I had the pleasure of supporting my very good friend, producer at East London Dance, to present a one off celebration of dance, diversity, and equality.
The evening was hosted by Levi’s with performances from Houston Dance Collective, a panel talk led by Jack Guinness and a voguing workshop with top dancer Jay Jay Revlon. It was a treat to be a part of such an expanse of creativity.
A weird and wonderful fundraising concept was brought to us by Olympic wrestler Saeed Esmaeli. This event was vibrant, energetic and silly and we raised over £25k for an incredible charity Temwa, who work in northern Malawi implimenting sustainable programmes across forestry, education, health and education.
An unforgettable evening of hysterical performances, ambitious tournaments and all for a brilliant cause.
I spend years developing the famous carnival parade at Bestival which after 4 years resulted in a huge explosion of creative arts, cross collaborations and a fusion of colourful costumes, performance, pyro and glitter!
This project was heavily subsidises by the Arts Council England which allowed me to invest in unique commissions, bring multi disciplinary arts together and develop a one of a kind Carnival Producers course.
For 2 years I made myself a second home in the basement of Apartment 1a, now family home to the Cambridge’s. I was supporting Coney in producing a new theatrical exhibition in the Kings and Queens State Apartments of Kensington Palace.
We installed magical mirror models, entire trees, soundscapes in pillows and learnt very quickly that this entire job depended entirely on the all important freezer schedule! Pallet wrapping for days.
Art 4 Africa gathers Bristol’s top urban artists to a ravie corner of Stokes Croft where DJs drop a tune each time a piece of art is auctioned off.
We curated kids workshops with Paintsmiths and set up live painting sessions that were also added to the auction that evening. Another great way to fundraise within the generous, supportive arts city of Bristol.
My first Christmas in Bristol saw me assisting in producing a month long event of circus, cabaret, music, dinners, bands and club nights. Christmas at the Spiegeltent hosted thousands of guests in a beautiful pop up mirrored tent on the waterside. Delicious food, amazing atmosphere and a great way to explore the talented performers local to the South West.
The UKs largest contemporary circus clique who brought me in to assist with their show Bianco for the Perth international festival in Australia. This company work as a family and it was a pleasure to be involved in making this show happen nightly. We were all challenged by the intensive heat with performers having to train in the tent from sunrise, but then non of us complained after spending most days exploring the beaches.
For two winters I assisted with the RNWSA in Tignes where a team of industry friends coordinate the travel, accommodation, races and social logistics of hundreds of Navy officers over 3 weeks.
The event offers an insight into a new winter sport and inspires the next generation of athletes to challenge themselves.
Greenwich Wintertime Festival
Winter of 2017 was spend in the stunning grounds of the Old Royal Navy College, Greenwich, next door to the Cutty Sark. Listening to the musical scholars in the background, a team of us put together a winter world of independent carts and crafts market traders, a theatrical Santa’s show, bars, delicious local food traders, music, comedy, circus workshops and one of London’s only indoor ice rinks, all set amongst 500 real Christmas trees.
Staff Swim to Bestival
To celebrate 10 years of the charity swim to Bestival, Isle of Wight, a few of the team, lead by our Captain Rob da Bank, took part in a staff swim, row, paddle board to the IOW.
It was great to organise a very different type of event but it was a terrifying and challenging experience. We raised over £10k for the Ellen Macarther Foundations and other charities on the IOW.