Wordplay – Projection Design

Wordplay is a mass movement spectacular featuring a volunteer cast of 90 performers alongside Southpaw’s professional cast, performed as The Official Opening Ceremony to the National Centre for the Written Word, named The Word.

Created by Southpaw Dance Company and produced by Event International, WordPlay featured large scale video and projection by NOVAK, mass movement and visual effects choreographed by Robby Graham and Southpaw members, alongside text by writer and author Carina Rodney.
Wordplay drew on South Tyneside’s rich history and numerous literary connections to illuminate themes of contemporary, topical relevance. Wordplay is about using language to take ownership over the fears that limit us from achieving our dreams and aspirations. It examines the words and language we use in reference to ourselves, others, and the world, and how this language can affect the opportunities we allow ourselves. It is about the importance of words in shaping meaning and defining ourselves and the world around us.

NOVAK designed, produced and delivered all projection elements that featured throughout the show.

Dedicated to the memory of Neil Colebeck, 1971 – 2016.


Artistic Direction

Artistic Director
Robby Graham

Robby Graham & Dancers
Robert Anderson
Rachel Jean Birch
Alicia Colette Meehan
Alys North
Alex Rowland
Clémentine Télesfort

With huge thanks to the community cast members.

Produced by

Frank Wilson

Video and Projection

Drone Footage
Ross Hannon @ AYTBALL FILM
Kairong Zhu

Saskia Robertson at Edinburgh Letters



Sound Recordist & Editing

Production Management

Alisienne Petri

Screen, Stage, Sound, LX
Nitelites and Associates

Safety Management

Darren ‘Jelly’ O Kane


Rob Lawson