Bear Grylls has jumped off our screens and on to the stage for his Live Arena Spectacular – Endeavour.
Described as an ‘immersive expedition across the globe’ the show takes it’s audience on a journey through some of humanity’s ‘greatest feats of courage, endurance and endeavour.’
With the need to create multiple story settings on one stage, Quantum’s brief was to provide ‘atmospheric effects’ that would not distract the audience but help to transport them to the various worlds of the show.
Effects included a steam effect for the jungle scenes and low smoke for the arctic and space acts, using a combination of fog and smoke machines to get the right atmospheric visuals for each.
The biggest challenge for Quantum was the recreation of the Apollo 13 story. The replica pod needed co2 jets to fire from its underbelly, but as the capsule also needed to hold Bear Grylls inside it, standard jets would be too big and too heavy to use. Instead Quantum came with a way of using several small cylinders and wireless control in order to achieve the effect with the minimum equipment on set.
The pod was also rigged with SPDs that helped to re-enact the Apollo 13 emergency, giving off dramatic sparks on two cues.