It was Brighton's Royal Pavilion as it's never been seen before. For five nights during the 2016 Brighton Festival, the Regency Palace of George IV was magically transformed with multicoloured projections and moving shadows perfectly superimposed on the striking architecture of the palace with its Indian style minarets and oriental domes: marching soldiers, banners and flags unfurling, elephants, butterflies, lotuses unfolding, and darker images of barbed wire, weapons and streaming blood. The Dr Blighty show drew packed crowds every night filling the Pavilion Gardens and spilling out onto the main thoroughfare of the Old Steine. 'Blighty' is the Urdu moniker for Britain and the 'Dr' a reference to the fact that during the WW1 the Royal Pavilion was converted into a 722-bed hospital, home to 2,300 wounded Indian soldiers from 1914 - 1916. Through the extraordinary visual projections, Indian music and the spoken words of the soldiers based on their letters, Dr Blighty was a memorial to the sacrifices made by the 1.5 million Indian soldiers who fought in this tragic war and the 2,000 who found themselves unexpectedly recuperating in a King's palace.
For the spectacular Dr Blighty show, performance company Nutkhut collaborated with Artistic Director Ajay Chhabra, video design and animation company NOVAK as well as QED Productions who designed the projection mapping onto the Royal Pavilion, an amazing feat that required 22 synchronised projectors."It was a totally pioneering projection mapping project of the most intricate detail and quality," said QED Director Paul Wigfield. "We simply had to do justice to the Royal Pavilion, to honour the WW1 commemorations and to celebrate 50 years of the Brighton Festival, so we put all our resources and skills behind it to make the experience something that Brighton will never forget."