All Hands


“Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.”
- “John F. Kennedy”



All Hands is a celebration of collective human endeavour and the power of connection. It combines fire, fireworks, music and performance to create a spectacular and moving transformation of a site, driven by audience participation: if people engage, change happens.

The show is driven by original live & recorded music composed by Kuljit Bhamra and David White.

All hands is being created in public, experimenting with ideas in front of audiences at 3 UK festivals over the summer of 2011; it will tour in 2012 and beyond.

… a lone figure pulls on a thread which gently unravels,
starting a chain of events that transforms her world…

A series of interconnected structures are created, using human effort and simple but effective technology (levers, pulleys, ropes and pivots) rather than of cranes and telehandlers.

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We are working to make touring the show as sustainable as possible. A small kit of equipment is toured, and the show is designed around locally sourced equipment & materials.

All Hands is flexible – able to adapt to different sites. There will be different versions at a variety of scales for a range of budgets. Working internationally we will adapt to use locally available material.

The show can be performed on grass or hardstanding – parks, squares, carparks are ideal and we are open to exploring more unsual sites.

Created by: Mike Roberts – Producer & Co-Director / Mandy Dike – Designer & Co-Director / Maria Hingerty – Pyrotechnic Designer / Pippa Bailey – Associate Director / David White & Kuljit Bhamra – Musical Directors / Thor McIntyre-Burnie – Sound Artist / Phil Supple – Lighting Designer / Flick Ferdinando – Performance Director / Mat Ort – Production Manager
Makers , Pyrotechnicians & Crew – Paddy Benedict / Jon Bielstein / Paul Bryce / Gabriel Burden / Tim Carter / Amy Draper / Graeme Gilmour / Chris Hoxey / Mathew Nicholls / Liz O’Byrne / Ben Rigby / Cara Smyth / Ben Steven / Brian Thunder

Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Contact us for the latest news, or to talk about touring opportunities for 2012 and beyond.

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