Light It in Red

Off The Wall Entertainment Ltd Gemma and Matt Morris took part in the Light It In Red event by lighting their house and unit in red in support of the #WeMakeEvents campaign.

This national event was designed to highlight the plight of the millions of people in the entertainment’s industry who are affected by the closure of large-scale live events. The events sector urgently needs government support to survive the COVID-19 crisis. Without major immediate support from government, the entire live events supply chain is at risk of collapse.

Gemma’s husband Matt is an Event lighting technician and has been working full time for Off the Wall.

The entertainment’s industry is a huge eco system and the effects of the pandemic can be felt all the way down the supply chain.

“Off The Wall’s ” Gemma Morris said “Did you know that for each live performance, there are on average 443 jobs”

“They can range from venue security, catering, warehouse, trucking, video techs, lighting techs, sound techs, stage managers, costume designers, set builders, riggers and promoters . The list is vast”

“The “creative sector” which includes live entertainment, music, events, theatre, performance, and the arts generates around £110 billion annually (based on DCMS figures) for the UK economy. Yet unlike other industries, it has been given no timeline or guidelines for when live events, festivals and performances can restart after the Covid-19 shutdown. The funding for venues will be useless unless the government support the freelancers and companies that supply those venues”.

“The entertainment’s industry is used to hiding in the dark, generally if you see a tech on stage it is because something has gone wrong. Last night was the time for the skilled professionals from the industry to step into the light and demand the parity they deserve from the government. They did this by lighting iconic entertainment’s buildings across the country and staging peaceful marches. In Manchester out of work entertainment’s staff pushed flight cases down the road to show the scale of the problem facing the industry. In London entertainment’s staff lit many locations including: The London Eye, Tate Modern and National Theatre. Many regional venues and supply companies showed their support by lighting their venues too”

Gemma and Matt Morris

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