We have moved!
PERRY SCENIC MOVE TO PRODUCTION PARK
Production Park welcomes Perry Scenic Creative to their South Kirkby site in Wakefield.
The long established creative scenic, design and set building company have moved into over 15,000 sq ft of new workshops on the park.
The workshops are their trademark orange throughout and are split into four sections.
There is a carpentry workshop, a large hard coating & spray room and a dedicated arts room with a mezzanine floor for fabrics.
The main arts room has motorised hoists for scenic painting huge scale backdrops, complex applique and drapes work.
Perry Scenic Creative’s Managing Director Jon Perry is son of the companies founder David Perry who started the company back in 1965 as a scenic artist and set designer, painting backdrops and designing and building sets for theatre and pantomimes.
By the early 80’s David was pioneering in the Rock n Roll industry, creating an increasing number of more creatively demanding and sophisticated sets including the now infamous life size Stonehenge set for Black Sabbath in 1983 that was later parodied in the film ‘This is Spinal Tap’.
Throughout the 80’s and 90’s the list of Perry’s Rock ‘n Roll clients grew to include The Eurythmics set for the “ Must Be an Angel” video, the huge Egyptian backdrops for Iron Maiden, Metallica, Prince, INXS, The Cure,
huge shows for The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Madonna.
Jon Perry explains; ‘Through my Dad I gained the privilege of working with the forerunners of our industry, including ground breaking sets designed by the late Mark Fisher, and our long standing patron, the hugely creative Le Roy Bennett.’
After David sadly passed away in 2010 Jon has continued to build on the company’s impressive heritage with clients such as Katy Perry, Bruno Mars,
Robbie Williams, Carnival Cruises, Roxette and John Bishop, building all manner of artistic creations, scenic effects, themeing and 3D sculptures, resulting in some spectacular sets such as Rammstein’s Made In Germany Tour. Jon explains; ‘The Rammstein set, designed by long standing clients LeRoy Bennett and Peter Aquinde, is one of our most complex and ambitious to date and incorporates a constantly moving ballet of huge set pieces. The vision was very dark and industrial, it was a lot of fun to make.’
Perry Scenic made the move to Production Park from the Industrial heart of Birmingham, Perry explains the advantages of relocating to their new headquarters.
‘I feel making Production Park our new home, gives us the best advantage
for taking the company forward, and building on our long heritage and extensive portfolio.
Our new workshops are in the heart of Production Park, next door to LS Live’s 80 feet high Studio 001, which we used to test the automated Blind systems we made for Roxette’s tour and to hang and clean One Directions large printed drapes after they were subjected to a sand storm at shows in the middle East.’
Perry continues, ‘Considerable investment is currently going into Perry Scenic Creative providing a great opportunity for our talented and skilled team to grow and shine with our expansion plans. We must have one of the biggest drapes benches in the UK now, it’s certainly the largest I’ve have ever had or seen. We are also investing in the latest equipment and our new workshops are higher meaning we now have full scenic and set building capabilities.’
‘The move also means we are in a great position to continue to offer our existing and new clients the same high standards, attention to detail and creativity we always have, but now we are also able to expand the services we offer beyond what we have been traditionally know for so watch this space!’
Perry goes on to explain that it’s not just the facilities that were a good fit for Perry Scenic Creative, he continues; ‘Production Park is made up of like minded companies we have worked along side of for many years and being on the same site as Backstage Academy is also a big advantage because it gives us access to new young talent. We already have a junior project manager and soft goods assistant who were both previously students from Backstage Academy. We are also excited that the fantastic sculptor Jacqui Pyle has just joined our team.’
Moving the business from it’s original location in the Midlands has provided Jon the opportunity to reflect on the companies journey so far and what the future has in store. He explains; ‘We’ve been through ups and downs in our business over the years but now I really do feel Perry Scenic Creative is flowing fully again and our future looks bright, we are busy for the rest of the year and looking at orders in 2016 and 2017.
My Dad used to say we “ Knit Fog “, to me this means transforming the very beginning of an idea into a realisation true to its initial conception so “ if you can dream it we can make it !!’