The Making The Difference Awards presented by the Belfast Telegraph, first took place in 2011, working for PC Productions Fleur worked as Co-Producer on these community awards which were held in the Grand Opera House, Belfast.
The awards included categories such as ‘best service with a smile’ for local businesses and ‘best street’. As the evening had to have a real feel good factor, the awards were complimented with entertainment provided by local performance groups and presented by Julian Simmons (UTV). Fleur choreographed and staged the ballet dancers who had been dancers in The Music Box (2010) and also the young performers from Les Miserables. There were additional performances from Razzle Dazzle (Britain’s Got Talent) and local legend May McFettridge.
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Fleur was responsible for coordinating all of the performers and providing an overview for the entire evening to make sure that the awards worked within the theatrical environment. There was a short pre-production phase for this project and the evening itself had a very quick turnaround. The get in for the awards took place first thing in the morning with rehearsals throughout the day culminating in the show that night. Shows that get in and out in a day need to be meticulously planned as there is no time for things to go wrong!
You can see the results of the awards here documented by the Belfast Telegraph with additional images of the winners.
The evening was such a success it went on to win ‘Best Event’ at the annual CIPR Pride Awards that year. You can read more about it here.
As a result of the success of the awards Fleur was invited back the following year to take over the full Production role and oversee pushing the awards on another level.