Mice arranges T200 display

Agency Mice International was behind the multi-million pound production of the Son et Lumiere that included the spectacular re-enactment of the Battle of Trafalgar, which formed the main highlight of the T200 celebrations.

Agency Mice International was behind the multi-million pound production of the Son et Lumiere that included the spectacular re-enactment of the Battle of Trafalgar, which formed the main highlight of the T200 celebrations. The two-day festivities, organised by the Royal Navy, took place from 28-29 June at Southsea Common in Portsmouth with the aim of commemorating the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar. Mice was responsible for the casting, scripting, choreography and special effects of the costumed battle re-enactment. It also devised the content and narrative of the International Drumhead Ceremony, which took place on 29 June and was attended by 10,000 guests and led by the Bishop of Portsmouth. It featured veterans, school children, sea cadets, a choir and a Royal Marines band. On 28 June, 17 tall ships and their crews played the part of the British, French and Spanish fleets. While the ships re-enacted the manoeuvres of the naval battle, actor Robert Hardy provided a dramatic commentary. The Son et Lumiere finale involved an impressive pyrotechnic display featuring 12 tonnes of fireworks supplied by Kimbolton Fireworks. These were launched from 42 different locations covering an area of one square kilometre. The memorable display simulated cannon fire, musket shots and gunpowder explosions, some of which reached heights in excess of 275 metres. The whole finale, including the gunshots and explosion, was designed around a script and musical accompaniment. It was split into three sections – The Death of Nelson, The Great Storm and Brotherhood of the Sea.

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