Showforce was awarded the contract to provide stage and show crew to the Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Birmingham to assist with the build, show calls during the ceremonies and subsequent de-rig. With a large emphasis placed on sustainability and social values by the organising committee, Showforce’s ability to demonstrate its credentials in both areas were essential to securing the contract. At its peak crew numbers reached 300 with over 100 recruited from the Birmingham and wider West Midlands region.

With ISO14001 certification in place for many years, Showforce is able to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability throughout its global operations. We’re committed to providing crew from the local area where a project/ event is located and the Commonwealth Games 2022 was no exception. Not only does this drive local employment whilst improving skill sets with training and development, but it also reduces the need for transport and reduces our carbon footprint.

To meet the projects’ extensive crewing requirements, over 100 crew were recruited in Birmingham and surrounding areas. An extensive recruitment drive included contacting people from our existing database (prior to Covid we had an office in the Midlands), attending careers fairs in the areas and working with local colleges and universities who were offering event related courses. This allowed us to recruit people who were engaged and ready to work.

Crew Numberscrew on-site at peak periodsType of CrewKey SkillsLocation
Production Crew, stage crew, crew, local crew
Backstage, changeovers, props, scenic, show crew
Birmingham, UK

Once through the onboarding process, the crew underwent SPA Health & Safety training and specific skills training e.g. manual handling, building pipe and drape, installing cables and basic lighting etc. From there they were split into stage crew, who were assigned to departments and assisted with the show build and the show crew who would be responsible for set and scenery changes during the ceremonies participating in rehearsals in the months leading up to the event.

The feedback for the local crew from all stakeholders – from organising committee to suppliers on the ground – was outstanding with several future superstars identified and a lasting legacy of employment and skills. The Birmingham crew has since gone on to support several large projects nationwide including Creamfields North and Operation London Bridge at Windsor Castle. In addition, large numbers of the team will travel out to the Middle East this winter to support events such as MDL Beast Soundstorm in KSA and FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Commonwealth Games event crew
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