Project: Little Andromeda
Executive summary: Little Andromeda is a pop-up venue, festival, and hang-out zone in Christchurch operating throughout October and November, showcasing performers from Otautahi (Christchurch), and abroad.
Client: Little Andromeda
The challenge: Theatre Producer Michael Bell received permission from the Christchurch City Council to run a temporary theatre complex in the heart of the partially completed Performing Arts precinct. With a 300-seat tent theatre, portable stage, and bar, Mr Bell was still missing a few things. As the pop-up would only be there for six weeks, it needed to be completely portable, but he still wanted to provide an authentic experience for guests and performers.
The solution: Royal Wolf sponsored six shipping containers to help finish Little Andromeda’s temporary set up. Each serves a different purpose – an office, a tech booth, a ticket booth, a dressing room, a 20-foot open side to shelter visitors from the elements and even a kitchen. As the land Little Andromeda is on is going to be developed in the near future, it was not feasible or cost effective to build these crucial elements, making the temporary and portable nature of containers an ideal solution.
The result: With over 400 performers putting on 75 shows and events over 45 days, Little Andromeda has brought people back into town after the quakes and given local performers a place to showcase their talents. The containers provide the space with crucial amenities needed to complete the pop-up while keeping costs down and being completely portable for this six-week event. It has been so successful the Little Andromeda teams hopes to repeat the event at a later date.