Five years in, The Gig Company’s annual Evening With Suggs & Friends event for Pancreatic Cancer UK continues to successfully raise valuable funds and awareness with the support of Entec Sound & Light, whilst offering a unique, star-studded bill of entertainment.
At October’s event, which featured Jools Holland, Tony Christie, Ruby Turner, Andreya Triana, Margo Buchanan, Andy Caine, the host himself, Suggs, and his wife Bette Bright, the record-breaking £200,000 accumulated through a VIP auction, donations and ticket sales represented another victory for producers Jenny Johnson and Viva McPherson, the fearless duo who run The Gig Company.
“It felt perfect to return to Porchester Hall in Bayswater where it all started for us in 2013,” reported Jenny. “And having Entec behind us all the way once again meant that the quality of our evening was going to be absolutely first class.
“While Viva and I take the lead with all things production-related, experience has told us that we need somebody on hand when we have to start concentrating on the hosts. When we were at the Emirates Stadium, there was a large, supportive team in place but with this venue it’s more like a blank canvas.
“When I consulted Noreen [O’Riordan], she suggested we bring in Emma Jensen to help relieve us of the technical aspects of the production. Emma was also able to be at rehearsals, take note of the artists’ requests and cross over into stage management, and she was a great asset.”
Jenny continued: “We generally approach Noreen for advice on pretty much anything. She will always recommend a way forward or someone to fill a particular requirement. In fact, Entec is very much our backbone. Once you have that strong core, you have the confidence to make things happen.”