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Masters of pop, The Pet Shop Boys, have even made squares cool with the help of the team at Specialz.

Rockdrops Gary Cooper-Burrows said, “After discussions with Joe Sanchez and Es Devlin as to the requirements and uses of the cube, there was no choice in my mind as to whom I should use for the engineering and manufacture of the cube, after working with Dave Smith and Keith Owen on the Franz Ferdinand tour last year, I knew it had to be Specialz”.

Specialz were therefore commissioned to provide a multifunctional cube for use on the latest Pet Shop Boys “Live” 2006 tour. The cube, which is internally illuminated, functions as a giant projection screen, a band prop, and dancer platform. Subdividing into four separate parts which are moved around the stage during the show.

Whilst these truly unique items look absolutely stunning on stage this is not the end of the story. Design features incorporated into the cube provide the additional ability to transform into dollies upon being disassembled and hence also cutting down on trucking costs.

Joe Sanchez Production Manger of the Pet Shop Boys commented;

“ This was a complex design and a build in a very short time, the guys at Specialz and Rockdrops did what they said they would, when they said they would and on budget I can’t ask for more ! ”

Set Designer Es Devlin added;

“ Specialz really are peopled with men of exquisite skill and indefatigable stamina !”

Dave Smith, Managing Director of Specialz commented; “ It’s a simple, well conceived idea, which has been excellently lit by Carl Burnett and is in keeping with The Pet Shop Boys highly artistic previous shows. They liked the first cube so much we are building another one for America !”.

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