Shropshire stationers' fasteners help transform bus to wow West End audiences - with pictures

By Deborah Hardiman | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

A 'flying' bus decorated with fasteners supplied by a Shropshire stationers' has helped to wow West End audiences.

Red bus at London Palladium's panto Dick Whittington

When special effects company The TwinsFX were creating the red bus to suspend above the auditorium during performances of award-winning panto Dick Whittington at the London Palladium, they called on their regular stationery supplier Telford based Chrisbeon for help.

The business, which has showrooms in Stafford Park and in Lancaster Road in Shrewsbury, supplied 2,500 paper fasteners which were used to copy the look of rivets used on a real bus for the show starring Julian Clary and Paul O'Grady.

Chrisbeon partners brothers Richard and Craig Hughes

The magic bus included a cab for one of the performers in the show and had no wires or any visible support, meaning it amazed audiences at every show.

The Qdos production panto, which was staged in December, recently won an Olivier Award for best entertainment and family production.

Close up of the fasteners supplied by Shropshire stationers' Chrisbeon

Chrisbeon, which is run by brothers Craig and Richard Hughes, said: “When we were approached by The TwinsFX, we were more than happy to help out – our stationery is used in many places but to say it had its own starring role in the West End is pretty special.

“We’re always happy to help out where clients have requests for more


Red bus at London Palladium's panto Dick Whittington

unusual stationery items and it was a pleasure to work with The TwinsFX - not only because the founders are brothers too. But also because of the amazing special effects they produce for films, television and theatre like a life-size T-Rex, an 8-metre tall gorilla and floating magic carpets.

“From everyday items like pens and pencils to parts of awe-inspiring creations like the London bus, the Chrisbeon team always goes the extra mile for our customers.”

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.


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