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Thatching For Pop-Up Events

Creating a pop-up visitor attraction that’s 400 years old?

Shakespeare's Rose Theatre productions wanted to create two incredible pop-up, full size replica Shakespeare's Globe Theatres. One in the shadow of Clifford's Tower, in York, and another in the gardens of Blenheim Palace. 

They contacted us early, during the design phase, looking for a thatch roof option. This needed to be quick to apply, affordable, fire retardant and re-usable year on year. We came up with a material, an application method, and then built a mock-up in our workshop for them to visit.

They were so impressed it wasn't long before our thatch instillation team were working to the blood curdling sound of thespians rehearsing. Despite the very English weather we finished with time to dress in the pigeon loft and scratch build a weather cock!

In its first season, the theatre attracted 75,000 paying visitors in York, including our team who returned for a fantastic rendition of 'A Midsummer Night Dream.'

To top it off, our crew returned the following year to repeat the success!


The popup Globe Theatre attracted 75,000 paying visitors in York in its first season

We created a modular thatching system with prefabricated elements. This enabled us to quickly cover large areas, with real thatch. At the end of the production run the thatch was removed in its component form, saved, and re applied the following year.

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Thatched Film and TV Sets

Thatched architecture provides a portal into history and tradition for the viewer. Shaggy, handmade  thatch tells of Iron age round houses, hovels or Viking long houses. Shapely smooth curves, tightly clipped gables, and smart ridges are merchant’s houses or an imperial temple. Thatch offers action prompts too - As the battle rages, thatch burns really, really well !  We have helped many film and TV production weave stories with thatch.

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Props, Bespoke Make, and Rented

Weaving, Thatching, Carpentry, Metal Work, Platting and Splicing. We hold a huge stock of natural materials and our craftsmen (& women) turn them into props.

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Thatching for Theme Parks and Attractions

Ensuring your visitor attraction is still attractive. Fenland Leisure - the play professionals, were renovating a slightly tired play area at one of the UK's leading visitor attractions.

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The Chelsea Flower Show

A thatched cottage is an excellent centrepiece to theme a show garden around. We bring our film industry know-how to construct the complete buildings in a modular form. We have been involved in five Chelsea gardens and the inaugural Singapore garden show, with the gardens winning Gold, ‘Best in Show’ & ‘People's Choice’.

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