Past Projects

The Enlightenment Comes Alive / Games Time / Elemental Force / Chatsworth Luminaire / On Site

The Enlightenment Comes Alive

Déda|Producing in partnership with QUAD, Derby Museums and Barret Hodgson

Friday September 25 2015

Winner Inspirational Award for Best Special Project

Derbyshire Heritage Awards 2016

The Enlightenment Comes Alive was created by Déda Producing in partnership with QUAD, Derby Museums and artist and digital projection specialist Barret Hodgson as part of The Grand Tour 2015.

The creative project was unveiled on the opening night of Derby Festé 2015.

The Enlightenment Comes Alive was inspired by Joseph Wright of Derby - one of Britain's most celebrated painters - who was a member of the Lunar Society, a group of artists and influencers of the Enlightenment period.

Stories of their time were re-created through animation and projected onto the Silk Mill in a unique way using the latest building mapping technology.


Games Time

4 locations, 480 participants & 46,000 audience members

A journey to be proud of!

Games-Time.jpgIn 2011-2012, Déda|Producing was behind the £1.2m Games Time series of events.

Supported by Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council England, this spectacular outdoor stage show combined music, dance, video, fireworks and members of the local community.

Against a backdrop of giant video projections and music, four teams dressed in amazingly colourful costumes took part in an exciting battle.

Games Time appeared in front of an estimated audience of 46,000 people in Skegness, Loughborough, Northampton and Derby as part of London Festival 2012.

The creative team included: Lea Anderson, the South Bank-based choreographer and artistic director; Mahogany, which makes large costumes for events including the Notting Hill Carnival; and Walk the Plank, one of Europe's leading pyrotechnic event managers.

Games Time was one of four Community Celebration events funded by Legacy Trust UK, an organisation set up to help communities across the country build a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Watch videos from Games Time here

Elemental Force

Bronze Award for Tourism Event of the Year at the VisitEngland 2014 Awards for Excellence

A celebration of history; a feast of film, sound, light and fire

Elemental Force was a spectacular large-scale outdoor show which celebrated the rich history of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Building on the themes that made the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games so memorable, this event captured the drama and excitement of the region's past, present and future.

Some of the area's most significant historic buildings were chosen as the backdrop for these events. The stories of these sites were brought to life by some of the country's leading outdoor artists in a way that audiences had never seen before, using a combination of giant digital projections with stunning visual special effects and pyrotechnics.

Direction was by Liz Pugh with Production by Walk the Plank.

It has been a great pleasure for all of us at Chatsworth to work with Déda Producing on Elemental Force, the professionalism and enthusiasm of your team was much appreciated at this end. It was a spectacular show and I hope we can repeat the exercise at some time in the future.

The Duke of Devonshire - KCVO, CBE, DL

Chatsworth Luminaire

Déda|Producing and Illuminos, Chatsworth House and Garden

26 to 30 October 2013
4 to 7 October 2014

Winner Inspiration Award for the Best Special Project

Derbyshire Heritage Awards 2014


Oberon, The Faery Prince - A Masque in the Gardens (2014)

Chatsworth's beautiful gardens transport us into a world of light, music and revelry, as the Masque of Oberon illuminates its treasures.

Inspired by the wonderful drawings and designs of Inigo Jones in his 1611 masque for James I, many of which are housed at Chatsworth, each area of the gardens becomes a moment from the Masque, blending the features of the space with those in the original Royal spectacle.

As we move through the spaces we hear excerpts from the text by Ben Jonson, mixed with the music originally scored by Alfonso Ferrabosco II, each reworked for this luminary version of the pageant. Beauty, colour, and magic at every turn.

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On Site

Producing work for the outdoors

After the considerable investment through the Cultural Olympiad, Arts Council England - East Midlands commissioned Déda|Producing to deliver a programme which identified and addressed the issues around building capacity to produce outdoor work in the region.

The On Site programme offered a series of opportunities through workshops, mentoring, 'go-sees' and meetings, allowing for the creation of potential networks and partnerships.

On Site aimed:

  • To establish producing capacity in the East Midlands.
  • To develop the existing regional resource.
  • To identify new partners both UK and international.
  • To develop a sustainable business model: investment, partnerships & profile.
  • To create new audiences for arts & cultural events by developing the region's programme of outdoor events & festivals.

Déda continues to facilitate the On Site Open Network (Facebook group). This forum is for artists, producers and promoters with an interest in Outdoor Work to promote, discuss and highlight relevent opportunities within the sector. Please feel free to share any useful information with the group.

Read the On Site evaluation document (PDF)

I have been part of the On Site training programme, both in attending the seminar programme and as a mentee. The opportunity to share practice with peers and experts has been invaluable, with inspiring speakers and inspirational projects being explored. I was also fortunate to be part of the mentorship programme. Together we have explored possibilities for future plans through the development of new ideas, and how on-going creative possibilities can be shaped.

Alison Denholm - Creative Programme Officer, City Arts