11 July 2012: Silo D


On Saturday 30th June we presented Silo D, an exclusive show for Paradise Gardens Festival, at London’s Pleasure Gardens.
Silo D was a spectacular pyrotechnic display and theatrical performance that animated and celebrated the architecture of a unique piece of London’s industrial heritage and explored the history of the Silvertown site.


The show was inspired by and explored the traumatic event that happened on the site in 1917 when a TNT factory exploded, tragically killing 73 people and filling the sky with burning grain, at once both beautiful and terrifying.

Some audience thoughts:

Ellie Robinson ‏@EllieCRobinson
“amazing launch of @PleasureGardens last night! ‪#silod‬ fireworks were awesome”.

Teeny Tiny ‏@teenytinyleanne
“#siloD‬ fireworks were amazing @PleasureGardens tonight! ‪#paradisegardens‬ A huge piece of ‪#london‬ history I never knew”.

Newham London ‏@NewhamLondon
“Fantastic fireworks from @Theworldfamous1 at London’s PleasureGardens last night. ‪#SiloD‬”.


Silo D Credits
Director: Mike Roberts
Pyro Design: Maria Hingerty
Performance Director & Performer: Pippa Bailey
Movement Director & Performer: Gabrielle Moleta
Sound Design: Thor McIntyre-Burnie
Lighting Design: Douglas Green
Production Manager: Francis Watson
Solo Performer: Magdelene Mills

A huge thanks to all our extremely hardworking crew:
Alex Saunders
Brian Thunder
Cara Smyth
Liz O’Byrne
Mathew Nicholls
Paul Bryce
& Sally Langford


Silo D was created in partnership with Central School of Speech & Drama and we would also like to thank all of our wonderful volunteer performers and lighting & pyrotechnics crew who helped to deliver this amazing show.

Volunteer Performers:
Alex Johnson
Cecilia Segar
Evelyn Lockley
Laura-Jean Ross
Maria Bressler
Sara Alexopoulou
And Siu-See Hong

Pyrotechnics Team:
Carrie Lonsdale & Hannah Selby

Douglas Green’s lighting team:
Alan Fotheringham
Alfie Maroney O’Brien
Alex Hopkins
James Adkins
Martin McLachlan
Matt Peers
Max Spielbichler
Nathan Long
Tom Robson


Photograph Credits:

Doug Southall & Rob Youngson