Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball returned for its eighth year and we were on hand to deliver full technical production for the star-studded event. Taking place at Battersea Evolution, we provided lighting, sound and video for the four-legged occasion.


To create the paw-fect atmosphere, we used the event branding as inspiration to deliver a chic and stylish production design. With black and gold making up the key colours for the evening, 60 linear metres of custom black and gold drapes were incorporated into the main dining space, helping to develop the overall style of the event whilst also creating an intimate atmosphere for the 748 guests.

Wanting to create a completely different environment to previous years, we used two truss circles with a tracked divide drape through the center to create two distinct spaces on the large 40ft x 28ft stage. This allowed the presentation side of the event to take place in the front portion of the stage before the big reveal of the band behind.

For lighting, the band side of the stage featured eight bars of six par cans, rigged in a vertical arrangement to provide a classic yet impactful look. On the other side, seventeen Sunstrips were used to create a bright, shimmering effect that radiated into the audience and helped build the tungsten look of the rig. This was further complemented using twenty-four Martin Mac Viper Profiles, twelve MAC Sharpy Washes and eighteen Martin Rush Pars as a floor package around the band. 

Heart-warming videos documenting the Home’s furry success stories were played out across the room on four 16ft by 9ft projection screens using Hawthorn’s Barco S3 4K switcher and eight Christie HD 10k projectors. Audio was provided using a d&b V Series line array with the company’s latest Yamaha CL5 desks providing control.