Theatrical experience benefits from stunning Shingles

The visual impact of a breath-taking new night show covering 2,000 years of English history has been supported by the specification of JB Western Red Cedar Shingles from Marley Eternit to help decorate a range of set buildings and back stage areas.

‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’ produced by Eleven Arches, a registered charity, is running for 14 shows across the summer of 2016 in Bishop Auckland and tells the story of England as seen through the eyes of Arthur, a 10 year old boy.  He encounters myth, legend and history as he witnesses many of the great English historical events including Viking and Norman invasions, the Elizabethan era, the Industrial Revolution through to World War II. The show has a cast and crew of over 1,000 people and boasts dazzling pyrotechnics and stunning visual effects.  It has garnered rave reviews from audiences and media alike.

To help bring the spectacular show to life the set design had to match the ambition of the story, North East-based sub-contractor S & A Fabrications was challenged with the construction of stable buildings, actors’ changing rooms, the props store and even a train’s housing.  It turned to Marley Eternit for assistance as it sought out the market’s best performing material covering – Western Red Cedar Shingles.

After discussions with the show architect, shingles were specified to act as the most authentic covering for the set and backstage buildings.  

Simon Pelly, Group Sales Manager from S & A Fabrications comments: “We were approached and asked to tender for the work on the show as the project directors wanted to involve local North East businesses in the production.

“A particular challenge was the fact that we had never put shingles on a roof before, while the size and quantity of the roof spaces meant we had to assess different fixing methods to allow us to meet the challenging time constraints we were facing.  However, thanks to the ease of installation of the shingle solution based on Shinglefix from Marley Eternit, not only did the Western Red Cedar Shingles provide a brilliant cladding material, but we could also install it in double quick time compared to other materials.”

In what is believed to be the largest ever UK-based shingle project, Western Red Cedar Shingles offer a renewable and sustainable roofing and cladding solution that also has one of the lowest carbon footprints of any widely used building product.  It also requires zero maintenance and colour blends to ensure it sits seamlessly within the type of natural environment visuals the show’s designers were looking to replicate.

Simon Pelly concludes: “Marley Eternit worked with us to supply the entire package of treated cedar shingles, fixing staples and fixing battens, as well as offering installation guidance as required.  It is safe to say that its specification has added a dramatic and visually impactful finish to a stunning set design that truly complements a theatre experience of such ambition.”

Sarah Jackson, marketing product manager from Marley Eternit, concludes: “The use of shingles as part of this epic production is testament to the aesthetic appeal, reliability and speed of installation they offer.  With the need to fit seamlessly as part of the set, it was crucial the shingles could be installed easily and that they supported the action on stage, and with the ongoing success of the show, it seems they have done this to great effect.”

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