Due to unplanned personnel issues meant that The Gate Theatre asked Pirate to urgently help with transforming their venue into an immersive experience for their new production of Effigies of Wickedness, playing 3rd May – 9th June 2018.

We were all lucky enough to send 4 of our technicians over at very short notice on an otherwise busy Wednesday for us. The Production Manager, Julia was most grateful in the first instance that we could help last minute.

When the crew arrived they were given a brief from the Production Manager, Designer and Director. Then they set about the task of transforming the room with black vinyl flooring and mirrored vinyl for the walls. The crew worked largely without direction but always referred back to the Production Team for executive decisions.

Gate-TheatreThe task was a test of skill and wit for all involved as a day of measuring, cutting and problem solving ensued, all within a tight schedule. The guys were absolutely up for the challenge, enjoying becoming a short term part of the Gate Theatre’s team.

As ever, ensuring the best possible finish was of the upmost importance to all Pirates on site. They all appreciated the hard work in preparation that the Gate Theatre team had put in planning this production. Our conscientious crew didn’t want to let the client down in their hour of need.

By the time the Crew had finished on Day 2, everyone was very happy with the work accomplished. The Pirates expressed how much they enjoyed being trusted to get on with this job. They felt their skills and experience were acknowledged by the client, which made them happier in their work. The diversity of working for big shows like the Olivier Awards, small independent theatres, and everything in between is what keeps them happy in their jobs day after day.

Thanks to Julia and Team at The Gate Theatre for letting Pirates into your lives this week. We’ll be sure to catch your show! (Details Below – go see!)

Effigies of Wickedness, playing The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill 3rd May – 9th June 2018

In this groundbreaking collaboration, the Gate Theatre and English National Opera present a cabaret of riotous, witty, and shockingly prophetic songs banned by the Nazis in the 1930s. 

As the Nazis identified difference as something to be afraid of, the Weimar cabaret scene danced on with songs that celebrated it. With artists from Brecht and Weill to Schoenberg, this subversive underground scene was bursting at the seams with brilliant, visionary voices.

No surprise then, that they were censored, exiled, and incarcerated shortly after as ‘degenerates’. And their songs have been all but lost since. Until now.