The BFBS Live Events Beneficiary Fund took an all star cast halfway across the world to lift and sustain morale to troops and their families.
BFSB Live Events (formerly CSE) were asked to provide a good quality, memorable entertainment package in the Gull and Penguin Theatre to deployed service personnel across all three services and their dependants. The Falklands is an isolated and remote location where professional live entertainment is inaccessible or limited.
It was felt although technological innovation has broadened the range of entertainment in the Falklands, the significance of a live show with human contact is still highly sought after and was described as a key ingredient missing from the general welfare package for personnel.
We devised a solution using a talented combination of acts who could deliver adult appropriate shows in the evening, an adapted family friendly matinee, plus a special dance workshop for the children where they learnt a simplified routine and were given an opportunity to perform on the stage. We also provided a clever slimmed down production package in order to adhere to freight restrictions and keep costs low, which still packed a punch for sound, and was enhanced by existing lighting in the Gull and Penguin. Cold spark machines added extra dazzle. We put together a versatile production designed to promote group cohesion and esprit de corps including:
- Magician and Britain’s Got Talent winner Richard Jones
- X Factor Finalist Kevin Davy White
- Comedian and compere Jarred Christmas
- Covers Band Boomin
- The CSE Dancers
- Professional sound and light production freighted from the UK
- All crew and technicians to run the above plus an event manager to ensure smooth running of the event throughout the tour.
Whilst in the Falklands the cast also undertook BFBS Radio interviews which played out across Mount Pleasant Complex to build momentum and excitement. We also undertook a range of visits in order to meet the military and get to know them.
The 5 sell-out shows were extremely successful and the buzz around camp was astounding. Each and every show was electric! We also demonstrated real value by utilising the acts as appropriate to appeal to the different audience members.