Latest News from External Combustion

More Flood

18 May 2017

An image from Flood final scene, act two.

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Flood

18 May 2017

Our friends at Slung Low are producing a year long theatre project for Hull, City of Culture, which demands our expertise in producing flame and explosion effects that are safe and reliable.

Part two of the four part performance has been completed. Part four will see us back in Hull in early October.

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Demolition day

20 April 2017

An unusual request to provide colour and noise to a demolition ceremony in Barnsley. Press and media converged at 9.30 am in Barnsley City Centre to document the start of the destruction of the old concrete shopping centre monoliths.
Powder paint fountains and rapid firing strings of maroons were a surprise for all.

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Effects for theatre

20 April 2017

Director Doug Nicholson continues to work with innovative theatre companies and event producers on outdoor projects. He has developed a fresh approach to creating very bold flame and explosion effects for sensitive site specific performances in residential or city centre spaces, Shinning City with Slung Low Theatre being a good example.

Find out more on the artistic directors blog page.

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Helios

18 February 2015

Helios is an idea we have wanted to do for some time and was realised as an ‘Enchanted Parks’ commission at the end of 2014 with great response.
Find out more on the blog page.

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Switch on

18 February 2015

Busy and rewarding last quarter of 2014. Many pyromusicals, light switch on’s and New Year celebrations to occupy us in our civic firework mode.
An exciting installation project was completed for Enchanted Parks, Gateshead. More to come.

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Spring is here!

19 March 2014

Well spring has sprung and it is time to provide a bit of news from Ex Com. We had a great autumn and end to last year with our usual visit to Cardiff to entertain the revellers. And now after a brief hiatus, work has started on plans for the company and its artistic director, usual pyro gig opportunities are being investigated and funding is being sort for new, none pyro artistic projects.

With good luck and clever negotiation the company may have some exciting news in the next couple of months, the blog will have more to say.

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Summer has ended.

09 September 2013

Summer turned into an eclectic mix of projects for the company and its members, with some notable gigs to report:

Flame machines went out for the church and the celebration of Pentecost, not what we expected when we built them.
Queens College Cambridge May Ball asked us to produce a pyromusical on the roof of the college, a great success and the talk of the town.
Glastonbury Festival returned and so did we with our 20th year of producing exciting shows in a challenging site.
The opening of CAST, Doncasters new civic theatre in collaboration with Slung Low.

We are now in planing stages for a busy autumn, watch this space.

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Tour de France
Yorkshire Grand De part 2014

29 January 2013

Following a very busy 2012, the company completed the year with a great show for Cardiff’s NY. Following on we are asked to produce a roof top show for the public announcement of the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire. We rigged 12 flame machines and an intense 3 minute aerial display on Leeds Town Hall and indoor stage pyrotechnics for the event, all to coincide with a live BBC broadcast.

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November shows continue

28 November 2012

The company is still out doing shows this month and into December with eight completed and three to go and a finale gig to the year at the third capital, Cardiff for New Year.

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Prometheus Showcase
Prometheus Showcase

28 November 2012

Prometheus’ Garden was finally performed on the 13th October. Thanks to all who were involved and to our terrific audience, it was a great success.

Go to the blog for more.

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Arts Council funding confirmed

09 July 2012

External Combustion has been awarded our Arts Council funding for the development of Prometheus’ Garden. This will be a fantastic boost to the project and help to realise the showcase to our highest ambition.

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Cardiff beacon
Jubilee Beacon

07 June 2012

Twelve of our gas woofers were set at the top of Cardiff Castles Keep as part of the Jubilee Beacon chain. A big thank you goes to the uncomplaining local crew, who took the majority of the equipment and 30 large propane bottles up dozens of steep medieval steps and then down again.

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Humunculus
Prometheus' Garden showcase

25 April 2012

Following the confirmed partnership with Barnsley Events Team and venue for the showcase/tryout, we are now contacting festival and event programmers for expressions of interest.

The performance will be held on the 13th October 2012 at Elsecar Heritage Centre, South Yorkshire. All expressions of interest will receive an invitation and details on the show, event, directions and accommodation.

Visit the Blog for more.

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Schools prom
School Awards and Prom

18 April 2012

We are in the season of indoor gigs. Various theaters are being rigged with specialist stage pyrotechnics and left a total mess after the firing.

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City Park
Bradford City Park Launch 2012

16 April 2012

External Combustion produced a major pyrotechnic spectacle for the launch of Bradford’s new City Park on 24.3.12. The whole event was a fantastic success; the company firing team worked hard to prepare and rig 2 difficult city centre sites with over 1600 cued firework and pyrotechnics units. The show was a triumph and we will be adding a record to the video archive shortly.

The company is now planning summer projects for the Queen’s Jubilee and Olympic torch relay in several towns and cities.

Posted By: Doug Nicholson

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