13th May 2022
Our mental health, and the mental health of our colleagues, friends and family is something that we at Unusual feel is important to address all year round.
4th January 2022
Unusual's MD Tom Harper reflects on 2021 and shares his hopes for the industry in the year ahead.
12th October 2021
Reading the recent article in The Stage “Set materials ‘double in price’ as theatres struck by nationwide shortage got me thinking. This ‘news’ wasn’t news as such to some – a shortage of materials and long lead times for deliveries is something we’ve all been experiencing in this industry and in the wider construction industry for some time, an increasing consequence of the risks associated with a ‘linear economy’ (take, make, waste).
8th June 2021
Two years ago, we were privileged to be a part of Processions– a once in a lifetime mass participation artwork which celebrated one hundred years of votes for women.
10th May 2021
Last week we were reminded by a longstanding client of ours, Artichoke Trust, about an event that took place 15 years ago. To this day, Sultan’s Elephant remains one of the pinnacle moments in our history of rigging events.
8th February 2021
We were saddened to hear of the death of dear friend and industry colleague Tony Lawrenson of Global Infusion Group.
27th January 2021
It’s now a year since COVID-19 became a part of our consciousness. From the first murmurs on the news of a virus in China, little did we realise last January the devastating impact the pandemic would have on our industry.
23rd December 2020
After possibly the most tumultuous year ever experienced collectively, and continuing the tradition laid down by AJ of a Christmas speech of sorts; I wanted to say a few words before we break.
23rd November 2020
Earlier this year, when the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the first national lockdown, we knew that as an industry we'd be hit incredibly hard.
27th October 2020
Unusual's senior project manager, Mike Goodwin gets to work on Phase 1 of a major refurbishment at the Adelphi
22nd September 2020
Our support for the #wemakeevents campaign ramped up a notch last week when we invited some riggers and an aerial performer to take part in a photo shoot to highlight the plight of our industry.
7th September 2020
Unusual's technical director, Robin Elias pays tribute to colleague Paul Taylor who lost his battle with cancer in August.
29th July 2020
The events sector urgently needs government support to survive the COVID-19 crisis.
7th July 2020
As the government pledged a £1.5billion lifeline to the arts this week, Unusual's Managing Director, Tom Harper gives his thoughts on the news.
26th June 2020
It's been three months since the UK's theatres went dark and life as we know it changed irrevocably.
21st May 2020
In the month since AJ's death, we've been overwhelmed by the hundreds of wonderful messages that have poured in. We wanted to share with you this beautiful tribute to AJ which was published in The Guardian today, written by Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries.
28th January 2020
Following the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, it seems pertinent that we revisit the Circular Economy.
19th December 2019
It's hard to believe a year has passed since our last blog about Christmas.
29th October 2019
When people ask us "What is it that Unusual Rigging does?" we tend to regale them with tales of all the latest exciting projects we've been installing.
19th August 2019
Our cable camera jobs are earning us quite a reputation – so much so that this summer, we were honoured to be asked by ACS (Aerial Camera Systems) to provide our services for Wimbledon Fortnight.
18th July 2019
Into its fifth year and showing accelerated signs of becoming the ‘go to’ industry event; Kartfest was yet again a resounding success.
22nd May 2019
Our work with cable camera suppliers, isn't something we're all that well known for, but it's certainly become something we're doing more and more of.
11th April 2019
It's been a really, really busy first quarter here at Unusual Rigging.
12th March 2019
Our operations manager Lizzie Richmond recently embarked on a two day Mental Health First Aid course run by the St John's Ambulance.
24th January 2019
Unusual's Tom Harper, Director and Head of Sustainability takes a look at how the company is committed to meeting the UNs Sustainable Development Goals
15th January 2019
We're well into January now – and it feels almost a little too late to be saying Happy New Year. Nevertheless, we ended 2018 on a high.
10th December 2018
Given the time of year, chances are, if you told your friends you saw two 8m slugs flying above the skies of Chelsea, they'd think you'd had a few too many drinks at the office Christmas party.
4th December 2018
It's not often we have time on our side. So many of our projects see us brought in at the 11th hour to perform some sort of last ditch rescue mission that this is how we're used to working – quickly, efficiently and under immense pressure.
16th November 2018
Thanks to a generous dose of sunshine this year, it feels as though summer has barely ended.
20th September 2018
If you were taking a stroll along London’s South Bank last weekend, you most likely spotted something: a giant wooden head mounted on the end of Queens Stone Jetty, standing between 15 & 20 meters above the water depending on the tide.
14th September 2018
Another year - another rigging conference - albeit in a different guise.
26th July 2018
I’ve been asked to blog about one of my most defining memories of working with Unusual...and this one is up there with some of the best. But of course, the best are almost always the most challenging.
16th July 2018
The RAF celebrated its 100th birthday last week, with a line up of events that were covered by the world's media
25th June 2018
Guest blogger, Emily Egleton, our brilliant (female) design engineer, discusses how she sees herself in the industry, how things have changed and of course, how she thinks things need to change in order to attract more women into, dare we say it, one of the most rewarding jobs going.
15th June 2018
It's been a busy couple fo weeks for us, what with an extremely successful couple of days at the ABTT Theatre Show and prior to that the ITEAC Conference where we were global sponsors.
29th May 2018
15th May 2018
The next few months will see us undertake some weather-related projects.
3rd May 2018
We've been working with Premier Construction magazine this month.
16th April 2018
Welcome to our blog, a new feature of our website which we've introduced as a way of keeping you up to date with what we’re doing, either behind the scenes or as a way of giving you a little bit of insight into projects where we have to be discreet.