What is Fireworking?
For 15 years, The World Famous thrilled and entertained hundreds of thousands of people with their unique blend of fire and fireworks, pyrotechnics and performance.
Since the company closed, we've been working on a book that captures the shows we created, and the experiences we shared. We've called the book Fireworking. We need your support to make it a reality.
We've had some financial assistance already: the Arts Council of England has supported us in sourcing, compiling and designing Fireworking. Your pledges will mean we can get it printed.
So what's in the book?
Fireworking is a visual celebration of The World Famous. It has an introduction by Lyn Gardner of The Guardian, and a mix of hundreds of stunning photographs, personal stories and comments from those who witnessed their shows, as well as designs, site plans and technical drawings.
“Fireworking is a luminescent archive of the ground shaking work of The World Famous.”
(John Fox, Welfare State International)
Here's a selection of sample spreads:
Over 200 pages (each 300 x 225mm), featuring over 600 colour photographs, and over 30,000 words.
Full colour, printed by Pureprint, an award-winning sustainability-savvy printer.
Lyn Gardiner (theatre critic, The Guardian)
John Fox (director, Welfare State International)
Mandy Dike (associate director The World Famous, director of AndNow)
Pippa Bailey (associate director The World Famous, Total Theatre, Performing Lines)
Julian Crouch (Improbable Theatre)
Bill Gee (producer)
Flick Ferdinando (performer, director)
Tom Bailey (production manager, producer)
Mat Ort (production manager)
Jon Linstrum (Arts Council England)
Neil Butler (UZ Arts)
Katy Fuller (Pinwheel Productions)
Howard Moody (composer)
Charlie Morrissey (choreographer)
Angus MacKechnie (National Theatre, Independent Street Arts Network)
Caterina Loriggio (Creative Programmer, London 2012)
Greg Woods (The World Famous)
Maria Hingerty (The World Famous, Theatre of Fire)
Sophie Thomas (thomas.matthews)
Thor McIntyre-Burnie (sound artist)
Editing & design:
Mike Roberts (director of The World Famous)
Stan Grenier (Grenier Ltd)
As well as the book, you can also be rewarded with a unique The World Famous Crackers? t-shirt (available in large size only), and a specially compiled DVD of highlights from 12 of our shows, including Full Circle, Blast!, Crackers? and Flame.
Thanks to the generosity of Doug Southhall, we're also offering fine art prints of one or more of his stunning shots of our shows. Each will be printed on 18 x 14 inch fine art paper, with a white border. All of these appear in the book, but you can choose one or all of these prints (see rewards boxes).
Risks and challenges
Risks to this project include:
printing costs are more than anticipated: we have a long established relationship with the printer and have an estimate in place for this project;
copyright issues with the photographs: most of the photographs were taken by people employed by the company during our shows. We have contacted those photographers whose images were taken independently, and have agreed their usage;
loss of artwork files - all files are saved on Dropbox, as well as on local machines in the UK and Australia;
problem with our chosen couriers - if this occurs we will a) source other courier companies and b) keep people who have supported the book informed of any delays;
illness or health issues - should any unexpected health or illness occur to Mike or Stan, we will keep supporters informed. We have other colleagues who are working closely with us on the book who can deputise for us.
- (35 days)