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DID YOU KNOW? J&C Joel’s Case Studies

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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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  • 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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  • Africa Hall, Sharjah

    J&C Joel was proud to provide their stage engineering and drapery services at Africa Hall, Sharjah. Sharjah’s newly built Africa Hall serves as a venue for conferences, lectures, film screenings and stage plays related to activities of the ‘Africa Institute’, as well as, providing a meeting place for the larger community of Sharjah and the UAE. J&C Joel began by …

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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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  • 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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  • Caudan Arts Centre, Mauritius

    J&C Joel designed, supplied and installed a range of their stage engineering services and drapery solutions to the Caudan Arts Centre. The works were carried out working with ARUP UK theatre consultants and the main contractor General Construction Company from Mauritius. The Caudan Arts Centre, Mauritius, is a landmark Arts and Conference venue perfect for a range of events from …

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  • BBC Hoddinott Hall, UK

    J&C Joel designed, manufactured and installed a complete system solution to optimise the acoustics in Cardiff’s Hoddinott Hall. This major project included the installation of specifically engineered acoustic duvets, pilewind winch units, motorised track  and acoustic drape systems. To improve the sound quality within the hall, four sets of motorised acoustic duvets were designed and manufactured by J&C Joel. Each …

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  • Workers’ Children Secondary School, Hong Kong

    J&C Joel was approached by Workers’ Children Secondary School, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong, to design and produce a range of brand-new drapes in their theatrical space. The school, which was founded in 1946 and now has 20 classes and around 700 students, uses Chinese as the major medium of instruction. J&C Joel began by producing a pair of Front …

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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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  • Parisian Hotel, Macau

    When the Parisian Hotel in Macau was being built, they called upon J&C Joel to provide a full stage engineering and drapery package for its theatre. The Parisian reportedly cost $2.5billion to build, has around 3000 rooms, 170 shops, 56,000 sq feet of meeting space and features a half-scale 525-foot Eiffel Tower as one its landmarks. J&C Joel’s Project engineers installed …

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  • PAAET, Kuwait

    J&C Joel were commissioned to provide the stage engineering solutions for the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) in Kuwait. The PAAET is an academic institute in Shwaikh, it is considered one of the largest institutes in the Middle East in terms of the number of enrolled students. The PAAET offers a wide variety of programs across its …

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  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    J&C Joel carried out a refurbishment of the existing stage engineering solutions at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is one of the top tertiary institutions committed to playing a key role in higher education in Hong Kong. J&C Joel refurbished an existing counterweight system by replacing the rope locks, ropes, all of the 5mm steel cable, head …

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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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  • MOTIONGATE™ Dubai

    On the back of their successful installation of SkyDeck at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, J&C Joel, were commissioned to design, manufacture and install a circus tent at the Hollywood-inspired theme park. MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, a ground-breaking $2.86 billion multi-theme park complex, which has become the city’s hottest new attraction. At more than 25 million sq ft …

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  • Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Liverpool

    Working with Adlib Solutions, J&C Joel provided an acoustic solution and the option to separate classes in the busy performance area at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Liverpool. Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School is a comprehensive school for boys and is situated in Liverpool. J&C Joel supplied and installed a 75-metre continuous ‘U’ shaped T60 perimeter track to the outer walls …

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  • Bastille, World Tour

    J&C Joel provided drapery and a screen for four-piece rock band Bastille’s World Tour. Bastille are an English rock band from London who formed in 2010 and have since taken the world by storm with their catchy music and amazing shows. The band’s world tour started in the UK and culminated in them playing their music across the globe. J&C …

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  • Abbey Theatre, Ireland

    Working with its premier Republic of Ireland dealer, Stage Lighting Centre, J&C Joel supplied and installed a Zetex fire curtain to the main rigid safety curtain at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. As with many traditional theatres the original safety curtain material had a certain level of asbestos located within its composition. To do this the safety curtain had to …

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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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  • Harrow School, Middlesex

    J&C Joel transformed Harrow School’s Ryan Theatre when they manufactured and installed new show-stopping Front of House curtains. The Ryan Theatre at Harrow School boasts a 389 seat auditorium with a large stage, and lift which can create a thrust stage or orchestra pit. J&C Joel manufactured and installed a complete set of Front of House curtains and re-cabled the …

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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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  • Sea Containers House, London

    When the prestigious Sea Containers House underwent a huge refurbishment, J&C Joel manufactured and installed beautiful drapery and perimeter curtains in its roof top auditorium. During the refurbishment, global advertising and marketing agency Ogilvy and Mather Group UK, relocated their business to the riverside building and incorporated the auditorium into their office space. The J&C Joel Projects Team worked in …

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  • FBN Rehearsal Studios, Redditch

    In advance of its completion, J&C Joel was approached by FBN Rehearsal Studios for advice in relation to perimeter acoustic drapery for their new state of the art rehearsal facility which boasts 1,600m2 of uninterrupted floor space, height clearance of 18.5m and a 500-tonne weight capacity in its roof. Following detailed discussions, J&C Joel was asked to manufacture almost 3000m2 …

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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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  • Zayed University, Abu Dhabi

    In one of the company’s largest installations to date J&C Joel carried out a complete fit out of Zayed University’s Abu Dhabi campus auditorium installing a complete rigging system, stage dressings, stage machinery and an acoustic shell for the venue’s stage. A total of 55 suspension bars for lighting, scenery and stage drapery were installed above the auditorium’s stage, 22 of which are powered …

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  • Jumeirah English Speaking School, Dubai

    J&C Joel improved the usability of Jumeriah English Speaking School, Dubai’s, main hall by undertaking a complete installation of perimeter curtains and tracking. The is one of the UAE’s premier English speaking schools, teaching a British curriculum over 700 children. Its main hall is a multi-purpose space that hosts a wide range of activities, performances and events. Perimeter curtains made from self-lined marine Velvet …

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  • Clydebank Town Hall, Scotland

    During the refurbishment of Clydebank Town Hall in West Dunbartonshire, it was found that the Front of House track and screen system had perished and required major remedial works, therefore J&C Joel carried out installation and safety checks throughout the hall. The Town Hall was built in 1902 and is now category A listed building. It was refurbished to create an …

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  • Sevenoaks School, Kent

    Sevenoaks School’s performing arts centre, The Space, was completed in April 2010. The complex provides the school with outstanding facilities for music and drama and cost £13 million to build over 87 weeks. The Space’s main venue, the Pamoja Hall, has a high ceiling clad in timber and decorative steel that is visually stunning but causes sound to reverberate around the hall, …

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  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff

    In a huge installation, J&C Joel designed and installed their stage engineering services to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s (RWCMD) Richard Burton theatre and the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall to establish them as facilities in which the college’s students can perfect and perform their craft. To begin, J&C Joel installed 28 four-line counterweight sets in the Richard Burton Theatre, …

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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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  • Durban University of Technology, South Africa

    J&C Joel manufactured and installed a complete set of Front of House curtains, a curtain tracking systems and perimeter curtains within the Durban University of Technology’s Arthur Smith Hall. To completely refurbish the stage in the Arthur Smith Hall, J&C Joel provided Oxford blue Velvet Velour (VEL045) Front of House curtains and valance. Both the stage curtains and valance were lined with …

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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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  • 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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  • World Travel Market Exhibition, Excel Centre, London

    J&C Joel supplied a range of white String Drape (STR006) for the Israeli Tourist Board’s stand at the World Travel Exhibition at London’s Excel Centre. The World Travel Market Exhibition is held annually in London and is one of the most important events for the global travel industry. The 2010 event played host to 628 main exhibitors, each of which vied for the …

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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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  • Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

    A 27-way manual counterweight system was installed on for the main stage. A full stage depth counterweight wall frame was manufactured and installed capable of accommodating up to 37 counterweight sets. Each of the five-line manual single counterweight sets can be operated from either the fly or stage levels and due to the theatre’s height restrictions the front five counterweights are double …

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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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  • Acoustic Performance Shell

    Acoustic Mobile Performance Shells are an iconic new high quality acoustic staging concept from Soundforms which have been designed to enable traditional orchestral sound to an outside audience. A peak has been designed to project sound beyond the stage platform and with the addition of the acoustic reflector panels designed by Arup Acoustics allows as much sound as possible to be reflected towards …

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  • Kallang Theatre, Singapore

    Formerly Singapore’s largest cinema, the Kallang Theatre is now one of the country’s premier performance venues. After closing since 2007 the theatre re-opened in August 2011 by staging Singapura: Lion City, a music and acrobatic extravaganza chronicling the history of Singapore. The show saw more than 60 professional acrobats and artistes portray Singapore’s rise from a small island country to one of …

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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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  • Sunderland Empire

    J&C Joel manufactured a bespoke Front of House curtain and pelmet to mark the centenary of one of the grandest theatres in the north of England, the Sunderland Empire. Manufactured from luxurious custom dyed true red Heavy Velvet Velour (VEL117) and adorned with gold tassels and appliqué work, the front of house tabs are befitting of their grand surroundings. The pair of fully lined …

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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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  • Concert Hall, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

    Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Singapore awarded J&C Joel the project of replacing the acoustic curtains to the Concert Hall in 2011. The project was undertaken over the Christmas break and finished early 2012. The project was completed in record time, due to the venues near 95% occupancy, thus allowing a small window for the installation. This had to be met …

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