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DID YOU KNOW? J&C Joel’s Case Studies

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  • Imperial War Museum North, UK

    Technical Components • 8PT Sharkstooth Gauze • Installation Services Challenges & Successes Each screen had to be individually shaped to match the size of the timber frame provided by the builder. We then had to make cutouts in the cloths so projectors could be installed inside the screens. All work was carried out around priceless war museum artefacts.

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  • RENT, The Musical, UK

    J&C Joel was approached by the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, to build, paint and deliver the full scenic package for RENT the Musical.  Hope Mill is a converted mill building on the outskirts of central Manchester, which is now an intimate 150 seat theatre. The space has many obstacles, with old pipework and ducting to consider and minimal load-in space.  This …

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  • Sutton High School, UK

    J&C Joel supplied and installed the Front of House and perimeter track and drapes to Sutton High School, in ‘The Study’ to transform their traditional school hall into a multi-functional drama teaching space. Sutton High School is an independent school for girls from the ages of three to eighteen. It was founded in 1884 by the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), …

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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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  • The Den, Royal Exchange Theatre, UK

    The Den is the Royal Exchange’s brand-new pop-up theatre, designed by Haworth Tompkins. The venue is described as a “space-within-a-space, a creative hub where people can share, learn and make.” The new venue is part of Local Exchange – which sees the Royal Exchange Theatre resident in communities across Greater Manchester. The Den was initially constructed at the Stalybridge Civic …

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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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  • Middlesbrough Theatre, UK

    J&C Joel was asked by Middlesbrough Theatre to produce a pair of striking Front of House drapes for the venue. Middlesbrough Theatre, formerly the Little Theatre, is a 486-seat playhouse in the Tees Valley. J&C Joel used their fabric Countess Velvet in the colour marine (VEL010) to support the existing blue colour scheme of the theatre and add a bright, luxurious …

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  • Hayward Gallery, London

    J&C Joel was asked by Hayward Gallery, London, to manufacture stunning drapery to support the “Kiss My Genders” exhibition. Hayward Gallery, London, is a “world-renowned contemporary art gallery and a landmark of brutalist architecture”. The gallery’s exhibition “Kiss My Genders”, running from June 2019 to September 2019, celebrates more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender …

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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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  • Hull University Union Awards, UK

    J&C Joel provided drapery solutions for the Hull University Union Awards; an annual event which rewards and celebrates the efforts and achievements of students who volunteer for the charity. For the award ceremony, J&C Joel manufactured three purple Polyester Trevira (PT017) curtains, two with a width of 6.9m and a third measuring 7.2m wide. The curtains all had a drop …

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  • International Anthony Burgess Foundation, UK

    J&C Joel provided a number of black Wool Serge drapes for the International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF), an independent charity championing the work of the internationally acclaimed Manchester-born author. The IABF occupies the Engine House in Manchester and preserves and promotes Anthony Burgess’s work. The foundation’s reading room offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in Anthony Burgess’s novels such …

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  • Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester

    The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester is one of the major centres for musical excellence in the North of England. In addition to being a centre for musical education, the school also stages concerts, recitals and other musical events. J&C Joel manufactured and installed eight 4m2 acoustic motorised Concertina Banners in the two large rehearsal rooms within …

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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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  • South Cheshire College, UK

    Working with Oxford Sound and Media, J&C Joel installed a range of products in South Cheshire College’s state-of-the-art television studio, allowing both production and technical students to learn in a realistic studio environment. J&C Joel’s installation team fitted a 2Way curtain track around the studio’s perimeter, from which J&C Joel’s Wool Serge 565 (WS090) curtains were hung, masking the walls …

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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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  • MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

    The new MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, designed by 6a architects in close collaboration with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman provides spaces for major exhibitions of contemporary and historical art, and for films, music and performances in the Sky Room – a stunning new space which looks out over the adjacent Campbell Park. J&C Joel was approached by MK …

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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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  • Tim Peake Exhibition, Bradford Science and Media Museum

    J&C Joel was chosen to supply the drapery package for the exhibition of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. The Soyuz TMA-19M descent module is the historic spacecraft that brought astronaut Tim Peake back to Earth after his mission to the International Space Station. The historic artefact arrived at the museum in 2017, to be …

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  • Kingswood School, UK

    J&C Joel installed stage curtains, pelmet and a motorised track in the theatre of the prestigious Kingswood School in Bath. Opened in 1994, the 375-seat theatre is a vital part of the school and is used in term time for performances as well as school assemblies. The theatre is also available for hire and regularly hosts seminars and conferences as …

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  • Embrace Nightclub, Sheffield

    As premier suppliers of specialist fabrics, J&C Joel was approached to supply several drapes to dress Sheffield’s largest and one of its most popular nightclub’s, Embrace. J&C Joel helped to put the finishing touches to the five room, 2000 capacity nightclub. All of the fabrics were chosen specifically to compliment the club’s decadent art deco interior and feature lighting. A …

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  • Ain’t Misbehavin’, Mercury Theatre, Colchester

    J&C Joel supplied their bespoke fabric for the set of the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’. Ain’t Misbehavin’ is ‘A Made in Colchester Production’, performed at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. The show is about the nightclubs of 1920’s Manhattan and celebrates the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and his energetic, exuberant and effervescent music. It was important that the fabric provided supported …

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  • Royal Horticultural Hall, London

    J&C Joel installed acoustic solutions in the Lawrence Hall at the Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference Centre in Westminster, London. The Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference Centre is one of the capital’s most important venues for exhibitions, corporate occasions and live events such as fashion shows. J&C Joel engineered a completely adjustable acoustic environment for the Lawrence hall; the newer …

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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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  • Leicester Square Theatre, UK

    J&C Joel manufactured and supplied curtains and tracks within the main auditorium at Leicester Square Theatre. Located in the heart of the West End, Leicester Square Theatre is one of London’s leading comedy venues and is renowned for its cabaret, music and theatre performances. The 400 seat theatre required curtains which could close off portions of the seats when hosting …

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  • Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

    J&C Joel was approached by the Epstein Theatre to upgrade the stage engineering in the venue. In 1997 after a £1.2m refurbishment, the Neptune Theatre situated in the heart of Liverpool has renamed the Epstein Theatre, in honour of the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. The Epstein Theatre is a traditional hemp house with a wooden grid. A specific requirement of …

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  • De La Salle School, St Helens, UK

    When De La Salle High School in St Helens underwent a multi-million-pound refurbishment J&C Joel was approached to help upgrade the school’s performance space. De La Salle High School is a Voluntary Aided Catholic comprehensive 11-16  school, under the trusteeship of the De La Salle Brothers. The school has a fully functioning theatre where the subject Drama is taught and …

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  • Royal Festival Hall Auditorium, UK

    J&C Joel was asked to improve the acoustics in The Royal Festival Hall at London’s South Bank Centre. The Royal Festival Hall is one of the world’s leading venues, playing host to performances ranging from operatic and philharmonic works to poetry recitals and sets from contemporary chart-topping performers. To ensure that the acoustics within the Royal Festival Hall’s Auditorium were …

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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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  • Chris De Burgh, GuildHall, London

    J&C Joel manufactured and supplied stage drapes for Chris de Burgh’s performance at London’s historic Guildhall. The artist performed some of his best-known hits from a career spanning more than 35 years’, including Lady in Red and Missing You, at a corporate event in the Guildhall’s 900 seat capacity Great Hall produced by Phil Barker of The Works Technical. J&C …

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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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  • iCon Centre, Uk

    J&C Joel was approached to improve the acoustics at the iCon Centre for environmental Innovation in Daventry. The Centre has been designed as a high profile supportive environment for companies at the forefront of the green economy. Built by Winvic Construction, it is a testament to low carbon construction and boasts a natural ventilation system, air-to-air heat pumps and carbon …

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  • Wellesley House School, UK

    J&C Joel was assigned to manufacture and install curtains for the stage in the main assembly hall at Wellesley House School. Wellesley House School located in Broadstairs, Kent is a co-educational Boarding Preparatory School for children between the ages of 7 and 13. The building was first constructed in 1898 and survived both the First and Second World War. The …

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  • Campion School, UK

    When Campion School wanted to improve the appearance of their main stage, J&C Joel was assigned to manufacture and install new Front of House curtains, rear, and mid-stage drapes as well as install a T60 track system and motorised projection screen. Campion School is located in Northamptonshire and is a secondary school and language college. The school is situated in …

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  • Malvern College, UK

    As part of the theatre refurbishment at Malvern College, J&C Joel supplied a range of their stage engineering and drapery services to the main auditorium and studio. Malvern College is an independent coeducational day and boarding school in Malvern, Worcestershire, England. Its theatre originally opened in 1903 as a gymnasium, but in 2018 it underwent a huge refurbishment and transformed …

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  • The International Centre, UK

    The International Centre in Telford is one of the UK’s most versatile and contemporary conference centres and is capable of catering for everything from small boardroom meetings through to large scale conferences and exhibitions. J&C Joel specialise in the manufacture and provision of high quality and flexible event fabrics that are ideal for all manner of applications, including conference and …

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  • Bonus Arena, Hull

    J&C Joel was proud to be appointed by BAM Construction to supply and install a number of their drapery and stage engineering services to the arena. Bonus Arena is a state of the art, music and events complex in Hull, with a capacity of up to 3,500 people. The arena is used for conferences, exhibitions, trade tours, major touring concerts, …

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  • QVC Studios, London

    J&C Joel manufactured over 35 custom curtains to mask the QVC studios’ walls and windows. QVC is the UK’s leading TV shopping channel, broadcasting 24 hours a day and reaching 26.8 million UK homes. Their customers can order goods via television, telephone, the Internet or even smartphone. Their new headquarters in Chiswick Park in West London contains four production studios, …

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  • Hull University, UK

    Hull University approached J&C Joel to upgrade the teaching equipment within the Gulbenkian Centre’s Donald Roy Theatre. The Gulbenkian Centre is the University of Hull’s arts complex which allows performing arts students to gain valuable experience of performing on stage and working with stage machinery and rigging systems in a working theatre environment. J&C Joel’s projects department designed, manufactured and …

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  • Prestatyn High School, UK

    J&C Joel was assigned to manufacture and install new Front of House curtains, pelmet with appliqué, stage legs and a new Front of House stage track at Prestatyn High School. Prestatyn High School is located in the Denbighshire county of north-east Wales. Built in 1956, the school has now become the fourth largest school in Wales and also has a …

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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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  • Solstice Arts Centre, Ireland

    J&C Joel installed pilewind winch units, rigging equipment and stage dressings within the main auditorium of the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan, County Meath, the Republic of Ireland. Solstice Arts Centre was the county’s first major cultural centre and one of the most important of its kind outside Dublin. Within the overstage area of the 320-seat auditorium 18 single speed …

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  • Gateacre School, UK

    J&C Joel was commissioned to provide theatre curtains and stage machinery at Gateacre School, Liverpool, to complement any performance within the wide remit of the school’s drama department. The school in the Belle Vale area is one of the best-equipped specialist colleges for Humanities and the Arts in the city, boasting a purpose built 300 capacity theatre showcasing music, drama …

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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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  • Central Exchange Hall, Manchester

    J&C Joel’s projects team were commissioned to supply durable and versatile perimeter curtains and curtain tracking capable of complementing any event held in Manchester Central Convention Centre’s Exchange Hall. The Exchange Hall at the Manchester Central Complex was designed to be a flexible venue capable of hosting a wide range of events, from trade exhibitions and event hospitality to conferences …

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  • Taibhdhearc Theatre, Ireland

    Working with its premier Republic of Ireland dealer Stage Lighting Centre, J&C Joel supplied and installed new stage equipment into the newly refurbished 148-seater Taibhdhearc Theatre in Galway. The theatre, now a listed building, was founded in 1928 by Michael Mac Liammoir and Hilton Edwards on invitation from a local committee, many of whom were academics in University College Galway, …

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  • Britten Studio, UK

    Working in conjunction with leading systems design and installation specialists Oxford Sound and Media, J&C Joel manufactured and installed acoustic motorised roller banners, acoustic curtains and a complete rigging system within the Britten Studio in the renowned Snape Maltings complex in Suffolk. The integrity of the acoustics within the studio was paramount so in order to reduce sound reverberation within …

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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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