Hebron becomes Double First

Busy few days moving the whole company from its previous brand identity of 21 years, Hebron UK Ltd, to Double First Ltd.

Intensive sales efforts in the Middle East over the past few weeks are adding to the list of schools that are using our management information system Engage. But sharing our company identity with the name of the largest city in the West Bank has created some concerns that we might be misunderstood in some way, a reaction that was never foreseen when Hebron was founded.

So we’re moving the corporate brand to Double First, a name that originally featured on a successful suite of software written by the company a decade or more back.

l’Hermione: seduction and discovery

A couple of years back, when IPC Media moved into its Blue Fin building on London’s South Bank, I wound up in an office with a blank expanse of wall that was crying out for a picture. A few weeks later I found the solution…a Philip Plisson picture of the near symmetrical skeletal innards of a large wooden ship. The geometry of the picture seduced me each day I walked past the.gallery@oxo and eventually I weakened and bought it. My walk to the office was rather odd after that, somewhat hampered as it was by hugging the five foot or so of substantially framed purchase.

When I left IPC the Plisson print left with me; which was a story in itself as my earlier pedestrian efforts suggested the need for a car collection and I forgot to pay the congestion charge the day I picked it up; an easy way to lose £60.

La Belle Helene 3-7 March

I am currently scheduled to create the lighting design for four shows this year, all of which I have not worked on before, or even particularly know well, which should be an interesting challenge. They span everything from classical 19th Century opera to 1950s, 60s and 80s era musicals.

The first of them is Reading Operatic‘s production of Jacques Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène

Billy Elliot hits the mark

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Theatre adaptions of films don’t always work well but Billy Elliot is a notable exception to that rule.

We saw this show for the first time on Saturday and the matinee performance held our party of eight fully in its grip from beginning to end. Indeed one of our number was in pieces after the finale to Act 1 where Billy dances with great anger in a dream scene against an ensemble of riot shield-wielding policemen; never has the timeout of an interval been so well placed since Les Miserables‘ One Day More.