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DID YOU KNOW? J&C Joel’s Case Studies

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  • P&J Live Arena Aberdeen, UK

    Motorised show rigging on grand scale in Scotland Technical Components • Stagemaker BGV-D8+ Chain Hoists, 4m/min, 10m travel 54 @ 1,000kg SWL, 76 @ 500kg SWL • 42 pairs of Igus energy chain for cable management • 48 panels (2,215sqm) from Sprinkler Stretch fabric • 432m of Sixty82 400mm box truss, with 54 junctions • 542m of Sixty82 300mm box …

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  • Garrick Theatre, UK

    J&C Joel was asked by Nimax Theatres Ltd to produce new Front of House drapes for Garrick Theatre, London. The theatre, which opened in 1889, is named after David Garrick who was considered the most influential Shakespearean actor of his time. In its early years, Garrick Theatre specialised in the performance of melodrama; today the theatre is a receiving house …

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  • When All Is Quiet Exhibition, Kaiser Chiefs, York Gallery

    J&C Joel was asked by Rob Sinclair to provide their drapery solutions for the “When All Is Quiet” exhibition at York Art Gallery, created by the indie rock band the Kaiser Chiefs. The unique exhibition, which ran from December 2018 to March 2019, examined the boundaries between art and music, creation and performance. The band brought together works by internationally regarded …

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  • Sam Smith – UK Tour

    Working with long-time partners, Brilliant Stages, J&C Joel manufactured and supplied the drapes for the stunning set of Sam Smith’s tour – The Thrill of It All. The set, designed by Creative Director Lee Lodge and Set Designer Jason Sherwood, allowed the focus to remain on the world-famous artist as well as creating an intimate feel with the audience, within …

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  • Ashgabat, Balich

    J&C Joel provided the flame-retardant fabrics and drapes which featured in performances during the spectacular opening ceremony of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The ceremony was produced by Balich Worldwide Shows and held at the newly built Ashgabat Olympic Stadium. It was broadcast to 57 countries and featured more than 7,631 performers, 65 …

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  • AIMAG Opening Ceremony, Asia

    Working in conjunction with ceremony experts Stage One, J&C Joel provided flame-retardant drapery which formed the centrepiece for the spectacular opening ceremony of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The ceremony was produced by Balich Worldwide Shows and held at the newly built Ashgabat Olympic Stadium. It was broadcast to 57 countries and featured …

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  • Perth Theatre, Scotland

    When Perth Theatre underwent a huge restoration, they called upon J&C Joel to provide a full drapery package and carry out a complete overhaul of their stage engineering facilities. Perth Theatre is one of Scotland’s oldest and best-loved repertory theatres. The current Grade B listed building was constructed in 1900 and is run as a producing theatre by Horsecross, who …

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  • Hillsong Conference, Australia

    J&C Joel worked with London-based designer Nathan Paul Taylor and Australian-based church, Hillsong, to produce a set of stunning drapes which acted as the backdrop to Hillsong’s conference. Hillsong is a contemporary Christian church and was founded in 1983 in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Now, Hillsong has churches in city centres in 21 countries around the world and …

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  • Pinocchio, Royal National Theatre, UK

    J&C Joel was asked by the National Theatre to help bring to life award-winning designer Bob Crowley’s design for the entrance to Stromboli’s circus tent in a reimagining of the classic tale Pinocchio. The look of the set was to be ‘larger than life’ to work with the incredible oversized puppets created by the National’s Scenic Shop. This required every …

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  • Manchester Central Convention Centre, UK

    Manchester Central Convention Centre is one of the UK’s leading exhibition and conference venues hosting high profile events such as political party conferences, international business events and even auditions for the hit television show The X Factor. The venue’s main exhibition space was formerly a Victorian train station and still retains its high arched ceiling and ornate brickwork. In order …

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  • Millfield School, Somerset UK

    J&C Joel completed an installation of a set of motorised acoustic drapes for the new Music School and Concert Hall at Millfield School in Street, Somerset. Millfield is one of the UK’s most famous independent schools. Set in the fabulous undulating Somerset countryside overlooking Glastonbury Tor, it’s renowned for the sporting achievements of many of its pupils. The opening of …

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  • The Voice Final, UK

    J&C Joel was asked by ITV Studios Ltd to supply drapery for the talent show The Voice. The voice is a British talent show. There are five different stages to the show: producers’ auditions, blind auditions, battle phase, knockouts, and live shows. The winner receives £100,000 and a record deal with Republic Records. For the 2019 Final, J&C Joel manufactured …

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  • The Sea Interludes, Opera North, UK

    J&C Joel manufactured four sails for ‘the sea interludes’, an art installation which was part of Opera North’s Festival of Britten. The event celebrated the musical achievements of the English composer, conductor and pianist, Benjamin Britten. It was held in the Howard Assembly room at Opera North, within the Leeds Grand Theatre. The four sails were manufactured from white Casement …

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  • London Coliseum, Home of ENO, UK

    J&C Joel were contracted to take part in a major, historically accurate refurbishment of one of the world’s most iconic venues, the London Coliseum. Home of the English National Opera, the work carried out by J&C Joel, who are experts in the refurbishment of theatres designed by prolific theatre architect Frank Matcham, was part of the biggest refurbishment of the …

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  • CanCan Coaster, Europa Park, Germany

    Working with leading design and theming company Scruffy Dog, J&C Joel manufactured and installed a series of drapes at the new CanCan rollercoaster ride at Europa Park, Germany. The ride centres around the iconic Moulin Rouge and has its own life-size windmill. Europa Park, which opened in 1975, is the largest theme park in Germany and the second biggest in …

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  • Kaiser Chiefs, UK Tour

    J&C Joel manufactured an Austrian curtain for British indie rock band, Kaiser Chiefs. Kaiser Chiefs are a British indie rock band from Leeds, West Yorkshire who formed in 2000 and have had three top ten albums in the UK albums chart. The band has won three Brit Awards, an NME award and was also shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. J&C …

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  • The Whitworth, Manchester

    J&C Joel was proud to be the drapery provider for the Whitworth, The University of Manchester. The Whitworth, founded in 1898, was the first English gallery located in a park and has since been transformed by a £15 million development. The gallery is part of The University of Manchester and has a long history of working creatively with schools. J&C …

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  • Cast, Doncaster

    Working with Centre Stage Engineering, who performed the installation, J&C Joel was able to create an outstanding and unique pair of Front of House curtains along with side and header panel covers for Cast, Doncaster. Within the auditorium, the Front of House curtains were manufactured from custom dyed plum IFR Sowerby Velvet (VEL705) and lined with black IFR lining (LIN110). …

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  • Julio Bashmore Tour

    J&C Joel manufactured a backdrop for house DJ, Julio Bashmore’s, world tour. Julio Bashmore is a house DJ from Bristol and mixes up deep house with elements of UK garage and Detroit techno. The backdrop for the tour was manufactured using black Molton (MOL002) with a white Voile backing (VOI001). The backdrop measured 10m wide by 7m drop, sewn flat …

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  • Muse, World Tour

    Working alongside Brilliant Stages, J&C Joel manufactured fabrics for the world-renowned English rock band Muse’s 2012 world tour. Due to the last-minute nature of the job J&C Joel only had a short time-frame to turn the vision into a reality, once the drawings had been received. As the band were touring, it was important that the fabric chosen conformed to …

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  • Mariah Carey- “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Tour

    J&C Joel was asked by long-standing customer Lizzie Props to manufacture and install a large set of drapes for Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” tour, which started in Paris before heading to the UK and then to the USA. Working with the artist’s US-based design team, J&C Joel quickly identified Polyester Trevira Satin (PTS001) as the …

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  • Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

    The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton has reopened its doors after a multi-million-pound refurbishment including a new drapery package provided by J&C Joel. In a rapid 16-week turnaround the UK’s largest regional theatre was restored to its former glory with a complete face-lift including being completely repainted with a new red and gold colour scheme. As part of the £7.5 million …

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  • Darlington Hippodrome, England

    J&C Joel were instructed to design, manufacture and install a full drapery package for the newly refurbished Darlington Hippodrome. The brief was simple; to design, manufacture and install a set of opulent drapes, finished with complimentary trimmings, that would give the aesthetic of a bygone era. Darlington Civic Theatre received a £4.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to …

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  • Victoria Palace Theatre, London

    J&C Joel designed, manufactured and installed a series of ornate and decorative swags and curtains together with custom trimmings throughout the Victoria Palace Theatre. The theatre was purchased and refurbished by Sir Cameron Mackintosh specifically to house record breaking American musical Hamilton. The £50m refurb restored the venue beyond its former glory making it one of the jewels in the …

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  • Qatar National Library

    J&C Joel supplied and installed the stage engineering solutions for the Qatar National Library. Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organisation under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. J&C Joel’s engineers installed a bespoke inclined tracking system on an inner continuous loop track and an outer u-shaped track. Each track was a modified version of …

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  • Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

    J&C Joel manufactured and installed a fabric mountain, measuring 35m tall with a base  circumference of approximately 400m, using their white Ripstop material for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. The creation was a centrepiece of the spectacular opening show, which culminated in the mountain “collapsing” to the ground to reveal the next segment of …

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  • Baku European Games, Azerbaijan

    J&C Joel designed and manufactured the skin for a gigantic pomegranate for the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. The giant automated pomegranate, designed and manufactured by Stage One, flew into the stadium to centre stage at which point, it opened – as if being bitten, to reveal the flesh of the fruit and at the same time releasing thousands of …

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  • Permastore, Cambridgeshire

    J&C Joel were instructed to design and manufacture a sound insulating drape for Permastore, a leading manufacturer of cost effective and reliable glass-fused-to-steel tanks and silos. The purpose of the drape was to divide a fabrication workshop where they undertook welding and other activities from their warehousing operation. In order to make the whole building functional, they needed to obtain …

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  • Russian MC-21 airliner, Siberia

    J&C Joel’s drapes created a real touch of magic when under the spotlight at a recent unveiling of a new Russian airliner. The MC-21 plane was showcased by airline manufacturer Irkut at a glitzy ceremony held in a 43,000 sq ft airplane hangar in Siberia. The event was attended by the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and around 1000 specially …

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  • The Wyld, Friedrichstadt-Palast, Berlin

    J&C Joel were approached by the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin, to create an eye catching drapery set-piece for their new production The Wyld. With a budget of over €10million, The Wyld was the most expensive production outside of Las Vegas. Hosted on the world’s biggest theatre stage at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin, it was a celebration of ultra-modern performance art. The show, …

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  • Robe, PLASA 2016

    Continuing their ongoing partnership, J&C Joel were again asked to dress Robe’s stand for PLASA 2016. Robe maintained their commitment to innovation by yet again producing a unique themed stand – this year depicting 1970’s London. Visitors to the stand were transported back in time onto a cobbled London street scene complete with a book shop, florist, café and a …

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  • J&C Joel stand, ABTT

    World leading theatre drape manufacturer, J&C Joel, continued their support for the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) by exhibiting at their trade show held at Alexandra Palace. J&C Joel took the design and build of their own stand in-house for this year’s show. The firm’s creative manufacturing team took the opportunity to demonstrate their traditional drape making skills by producing …

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  • ROBE, Prolight + Sound Frankfurt

    On the back of their successful stand at PLASA 2015 J&C Joel and Robe continued their partnership to deliver another show-stopping stand at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt 2016. Robe continued with their piazza theme – this time on a larger scale than PLASA and took the innovative step of combining a public walk way within their stand. J&C Joel again …

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  • Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

    Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre is one of the city’s landmark buildings and has played host to some of the biggest names in theatre and show business over past century. The theatre completed the first stage of a major renovation, including a complete refurbishment of the theatre’s Front of House Curtains and curtains dressing the royal boxes. The theatre’s grand Front of House …

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  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham

    J&C Joel were approached to manufacture new custom dyed Front of House curtains for Nottingham’s Theatre Royal. Brimming with history, the Theatre Royal Nottingham is one of the most beautiful Victorian theatres in Britain. At nearly 150 years old, the Theatre Royal still offers an exciting and diverse programme including major touring drama, opera, ballet and contemporary dance alongside blockbuster West End …

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  • Hippodrome Theatre, London

    The Hippodrome Theatre situated in London’s Leicester Square was designed by the renowned Architect Frank Matcham and opened in 1900. In 2010, work started on converting the auditorium into a casino and the stage area into a cabaret space to be called the Matcham Theatre. In 2012, working with Centre Stage Engineering Ltd, J&C Joel manufactured a highly decorative valance and stage curtains …

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  • Oslo Concert Hall, Norway

    Oslo Concert Hall is Oslo’s music festive hall which opened in 1977 and has since become one of the most important institutes for music and culture in Norway. Working with AVAB CAC AS, J&C Joel manufactured and installed five custom dyed Austrian drapes made from IFR Sowerby Velvet (VEL700). The bespoke royal blue curtains were installed into the main hall which has a …

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  • Metquarter, Liverpool

    Liverpool’s Metquarter aims to offer shopping experience like no other, offering a complete consumer experience within relaxing, aesthetically pleasing surroundings. Within this hybrid environment are four 10-metre-high light sculptures which were upholstered in white stretch fabric by J&C Joel. The sculptures were designed by Turner Prize nominee Mel Chantry and consist of aluminium frames housing LED lights and covered in J&C Joel’s white …

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  • Miss Nightingale Tour

    When Halifax’s Victoria Theatre played host to burlesque musical, Miss Nightingale, they called upon J&C Joel to manufacture a Reefer Curtain for the tour. The curtain was made from Polyester Trevira, measuring six metres by nine metres with 50% fullness. A Reefer Curtain (also known as an Austrian or festoon) has both vertical and horizontal fullness sewn into the horizontal pleated swags. …

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  • Brit Awards, London

    A television audience of 6.1 million tuned in to watch pop sensation Mika perform at the Brit Awards in front of a fabulous Trevira Silk reefer curtain supplied by J&C Joel. Mika performed at the 28th annual awards show which was held at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre alongside Gossip diva Beth Ditto. Other performers on the night included such luminaries of …

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  • Cambridge University American Stage Tour

    J&C Joel supplied Sharkstooth Gauze for the 2013 Cambridge University American Stage Tour (CAST). CAST is an annual theatre tour from the UK to the USA which has been running for the last 12 years. Each year Cambridge University’s most talented directors, producers, actors and technicians bring one of Shakespeare’s plays to Ivy League universities, high schools and professional theatres across America. This year …

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  • Arena & Convention Centre, Liverpool

    J&C Joel manufactured and installed more than 10,000 square metres of overlapping Jomeleon swags to dress the ceiling of the Multi Purpose Hall (MPH) of the Arena & Convention Centre Liverpool. The 75 metre by 50 metre Multi Purpose Hall has a capacity of 5,000 people and can be split into four sections via moveable acoustic walls and doors. The bespoke ceiling …

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  • MS Eurodam cruise ship

    It was full steam ahead when J&C Joel supplied an Austrian Front of House curtain for the MS Eurodam cruise ship. The 2,104 capacity MS Eurodam is a signature class cruise ship for the Holland America Line, and is the 80th ship to enter service for the line. It features an 890-seat theatre for which J&C Joel supplied an Austrian Front of …

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  • Batman Live media launch event

    J&C Joel took a journey to the dark side of Gotham City and set the scene for some of the most despicable villains in the Batman universe by providing flooring for the Batman Live European media launch event in 2011. Taking place on J&C Joel’s black Joelmat (JOM008) vinyl flooring, the theatrical event in central London saw the Joker introduce super villains …

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  • Ladyboys of Bangkok Tour

    The Ladyboys of Bangkok Fur Coat & French Knickers tour in 2011 saw the troupe performing on a stage dressed in a series of glamorous fabrics and draping by J&C Joel. The 13th successive UK tour, undertaken by the Ladyboys of Bangkok, combined the the glamour of a Las Vegas stage show with the spice of Bangkok’s nightlife, offering comedy, …

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  • Simply Red World Tour

    J&C Joel are proud to have provided a selection of stage curtains for the European leg of Simply Red’s farewell world tour. The band capped off a career spanning 26 years in which they have sold over 50 million albums with a final show in London’s O2 arena. 22 bespoke reefer curtains made from inherently flame retardant seer-suckered silver Polyester Trevira fabric …

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  • Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be, Theatre Royal Stratford East

    Musical comedy, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be, which was staged at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, featured three grey bespoke shaped rear Projection Screens from J&C Joel. Set at the end of the 1950s, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be is a witty and warm-hearted musical set within a West End underworld of gamblers, spivs, prostitutes and Teddy Boys. Written by ex-con Frank Norman, the show …

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  • BAFTA Film Awards, London

    Celebrating the greatest moments in television and film, the 2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards ceremony was the most important event in the British film industry’s calendar and took place at the Royal Opera House in London. Winners on the evening included Colin Firth who won the Best Actor category for A Single Man and Carey Mulligan who won …

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  • Circus of the Orient tour

    The Circus of the Orient rolled into towns across the UK with drapes manufactured by J&C Joel. The touring show combined gymnastics, dance and comedy and features international circus stars from China, Mongolia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. It featured the acclaimed Red Dragon Acrobats’ first performances in the UK after performing in shows around the world. J&C Joel manufactured scarlet …

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  • Bulgarian National Eurovision Semi-Finals & Final

    Fabrics supplied by J&C Joel were in the spotlight at the 2012 Bulgarian National Eurovision Semi-Finals and Final. The Eurovision Song contest is the world’s most watched non-sporting event and regularly attracts television audiences in excess of 100 million people. Many of the 42 artists competing for the 2012 Eurovision title were selected through televised public votes and the Bulgarian entry, Sofi Marinova, …

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