On Tuesday the 23rd September creative event experts Private Drama transformed One Mayfair into a pop-up theatre supper club in which extracts from the Royal Ballet’s Deloitte Ignite Festival were performed.

The ‘elements’ theme of the festival, fire and ice, were evident in every aspect of the event. On arrival a performance by an eccentric fire tuba man introduced the theme and once inside guests entered a watery interior where the entire floor of the Narthex was covered with mirror. The walls were draped with long hangings of Prussian blue velvet and thick silver swagging topped with glittering, crystal chandeliers and ornate antique rococo mirrors.
A watery trompe l’oeil effect completed the picture. For the reception down in the Crypt the entire space was lit with hundreds of fiery candles. Finally as the guests made their way upstairs for the dinner and entertainment they appeared to be immersed under a river bank with the balcony providing a water line below which was created the dining and performance space. Tangled, twisted roots cascading down the pillars, eau de nil table cloths, mirrored chairs and a watery projection placed within a giant silver frame completed the fairy tale picture in which to place the myth inspired performance.
In addition tables were decorated with succulents and olive coloured palms in willowy, fantastical vases and spherical glass globes filled with reeds and pebbles. Hand crafted fish sculptures created with a combination of recycled drift wood, tin and feathers appeared to float in space above the tables. By the time the Royal Ballet took to the stage to perform extracts from the Dying Swan, Matthew Boune’s all male swan lake and a newly choreographed commission of Leda and the Swan the audiences imagination had been floated to another world.
Private Drama worked alongside some of our favourite suppliers including; Last Supper, Ingenious and Shane Connolly and Co to perform a quite memorable evening.

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