Flames fanned fur­ther

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By GRANT BRYANT

Vet­eran Queen­stown cor­po­rate per­for­mance com­pany Fire Flame Pro­duc­tions is re­vamp­ing it­self to take in a wider mar­ket. Started in 2000 by Milly Be­g­ley and Hol­lie Wade­man, the com­pany will now be known as Flame En­ter­tain­ment, and while still aim­ing to cap­ture the cor­po­rate and fes­ti­val mar­ket, is look­ing to di­ver­sify into pro­vid­ing themed events for wed­dings and pri­vate par­ties as well. Now un­der the sole di­rec­tor­ship of Ms Be­g­ley, Flame En­ter­tain­ment has a re­vamped web­site and is re­launch­ing with an in­vite only show­case event at Vudu Larder on Beach Ston Novem­ber 7. ‘‘In the past we’ve in­cor­po­rated fire dancers and per­form­ers, hula hoop­ing and stilt char­ac­ters,’’ Ms Be­g­ley said. ‘‘But with our re­vamp we’re look­ing to take things a bit wider, be­come a lot more flex­i­ble and bring our pro­duc­tions to a larger mar­ket.’’ The com­pany will now ramp up its cos­tum­ing and themed char­ac­ters tai­lored to fit events, plus aerial artists, acro­bats, dance and art-based per­for­mances, as well as hu­man ta­bles. Hu­man stat­ues, whip crack­ing, py­rotech­nics, ul­tra­vi­o­let light­ing ef­fects and body paint­ing are also on the menu for any prospec­tive party throw­ers. ‘‘In the past we’ve pro­vided them­ing and en­ter­tain­ment to events like the 42 Be­low Cock­tail World Cup, Wanaka Fest and the Dunedin and Wellington fringe fes­ti­vals, as well as the In­ver­cargill Santa Pa­rade, but with our new growth and ex­pan­sion we are look­ing to get into wed­dings and pri­vate par­ties or what­ever event peo­ple want to ‘‘Queen­stown has been a great lo­ca­tion for us to base our­selves in, and has sup­ported us for a long time, but we want to re­ally ex­tend and build on the niche that we’ve cre­ated here.’’ The up­dated web­site, which en­cap­su­lates the com­pany’s slick new look and di­rec­tion, is now live online at flameen­ter­tain ment.co.nz

Re-ig­nited: Queen­stown per­for­mance com­pany Flame En­ter­tain­ment is re­launch­ing.

Photo: SUE FEA

Knit one: Knot Your Nanas, from left rear, Christina Caw­ley, Fiona Gray, Deb­bie Clark, Hay­ley McKee, Robyn O’Neill and front Tam­sin Gor­man, left, and Jen­nifer Hughes stitch it up at Monty’s.

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