TAIT provided theatre automation for Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes. With the show traveling to a new theatre each week, the overhead engineering and installation had to be a quick process. The production team knew they could depend on TAIT to get the job done safely and under strict time constraints. TAIT built a custom overhead engineering package which includes a 5 tonne overhead rig comprised of a traveling gantry with a track and trolley system to deliver the centre piece, a large ornate proscenium arch complete with curtains, of the production to any position on stage. To show both sides of the arch to the audience, the trolley also features a rotating slew ring which is continuously rotating the arch. Additionally, TAIT provided a pair of custom winches which are used to open and close the curtains.
New York Times’ Brian Seibert describes the staging as the “star” of the show and the transition between scenes with the mobile proscenium is at such a “smooth speed you can almost feel the wind.”