Durham County Council
Gala Theatre Trench Experience
1916: No Turning Back
Design and Build
To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Durham County Council invited Studio MB to design an exhibition within their Gala Theatre auditorium, to commemorate their own ‘Band of Brothers’ – the Durham Light Infantry.
Studio MB proposed instead to create a play in eight acts, where the audience would be led on an immersive journey through a series of simple sets and theatre backdrops. A journey that would take them from volunteers, through basic training to the front line. The audience would endure the conditions of the trench, the bombardment of shells and a dawn attack on enemy lines, before visiting a field hospital and returning home to a life that could never be the same again.
The team at Studio MB were responsible for all design and implementation stages for this project, from inception to completion, including research, narrative planning, content development, concept design, developed design and technical design, graphic design, AV software and AV hardware design, lighting design, actor performance direction, script and copy writing, illustration, plus procurement, project management and contract administration.