Open Day for Stage ‘Aladdin’s Cave’

Open Day for Stage ‘Aladdin’s Cave’

Sydney based scenic supplies company Yeo Creative Solutions will be holding a series of open days in November. Managing Director Jonathan Yeoman reveals what’s on show and what inspired his business.

Our business is modelled unashamedly on a quirky little shop in London’s West End that resembled something out of Harry Potter.

The door was so old and low you had to bend down so you didn’t bump your head to enter and the door step so high that you’d usually trip over on your way out! But it was full of useful things for the stage – yes, a real ‘Aladdin’s Cave’.

We can’t offer the low doorway but when you come into our showroom you will find shelves filled with creative products sourced from around the world, a busy design studio, a never-ending supply of coffee and, hopefully, the feeling that we’ll go that extra mile to help you realise your design.

I visited the shop in the UK in my capacity as a theatre production manager for the Royal National Theatre, where it was my job to work to turn the designer’s vision into reality.

The huge scale of the European theatre industry means that it has generated its own support industries with which I have a strong network of contacts.

We offer a wide range of quality products for the mechanists, prop makers, art directors, set decorators, construction carpenters, scenic artists and designers.

The products we sell must all be accessible. If a school production wants seven metres of 8mm black polyester sash cord then they shouldn’t need to order a 100m reel and give four weeks’ notice.

We hold these items in stock and sell by the metre. They must be reliable – a castor should work as well a year into a tour or production run as it did on day one. If the tyre comes off after two months, then it’s not designed for this industry.

Some of our most recent clients include major television programs such as Home & Away and the Logies, as well as the Sydney Theatre Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre and Queensland Theatre.

On our open day all our stocked products will be on display.

We will be demonstrating the Triple E track systems, new castors that lift a stage truck off the floor using compressed air, magical clear projection screens and new waterproof equipment cases from Italy, as well as showing our vacform brickwork and rock face panels. Representatives from suppliers will also be here to answer technical questions.

Come in, see, touch and feel the products. A show stopper is a heavy looking gold gilt frame. It’s not gold of course, it’s vacuum formed gold coloured PVC, but it’s an example of some of the ideas you’ll find here – or on our website www.yeocreative.com.

To book a place at one of the sessions visit www.yeocreative.com/open and complete the short online form.

For more information call 02 9460 8159, email jonathan@yeocreative.com or visit us at our showroom at 59 Hume Street, Crows Nest, NSW 2065