Josh Baskin is twelve-years-old and hates being little, until one night at the carnival the mysterious Zoltar machine grants his wish to be big. Now trapped in an adult’s body and alone in New York, he innocently tries to find his way around a grown-up world where it’s all work and no play.
Big: The Musical opened at Plymouth Theatre Royal before transferring to Dublin’s Bord Gais Theatre for christmas 2016. The show makes use of a curved, double sided video wall of 7mm LED, able to revolve downstage to use as a scene masking or upstage as a backdrop.
Imagery was a mixture of sourced period footage of new york, hand drawn elements, photo montage and a shoot in suburban New Jersey, in the neighborhoods where the iconic movie was originally filmed, all providing backdrops and scenic elements for a show which has fast and complex scene shifts. The entire video system was mounted within the wall, and operate wirelessly from the lighting desk.