Feature: ‘As Trippy as its’ Name…’ – Behind the Scenes on SugarTrip (Week 3)

SugarTrip is this year’s Juice Festival Young People’s finale, a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in which the film will be brought to life before your very eyes. Working alongside Missing Piece are the SugarTrip team, a group of 16-25 year olds who will be involved in planning, designing, social media and technical production. The group meet regularly and in order to keep you up to date on what’s going on with the event, each week a member of the team will be blogging about their latest meeting meetings. For the second week in a row, it’s Karen Johnston…

We were all about the hype this week in our latest Sugar Trip meeting with updates galore from Missing Piece. We are now just three weeks away from the event and everything seems to be coming together nicely. In between the last meeting and this one Missing Piece tasked the four core teams with researching into making giant fake sweets.


As it’s going to be a fully Immersive Film Event the idea is that you will be immersed into the world of Wonka as soon as you walk into Northumbria’s SU. Missing Piece have been especially busy in between our meetings and had an exciting trip to Percy’s recyclable waste store in Middlesbrough to source materials to make some really cool designs and props. Percy’s is a company whereby businesses can donate any unwanted materials so that others can use it.

Sugar Trip has managed to acquire several large cardboard boxes, reams of cellophane, but most exciting of all, lots and lots of golden tickets! Missing Piece and the Sugar Trip team will be transforming these materials into exciting props. The Sugar Trip team are taking full inspiration from the Gene Wilder film and we will be incorporating this into the event.

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We’re talking survival kits, contracts, a red rolled out carpet as just some of the things that we’re designing. There were some exciting design ideas thrown about this week deciding on the look and feel of the space. It’s all very exciting!

During the meeting the Sugar Trip team decided on a few other items that need sourcing so we’ll all be busy over the coming days. John (one of the tech wizards from Missing Piece) will be looking into projection mapping to see how we can display the film in a fun way. John got very excited (albeit a little geeky) with talks of back projection, multiple projection and left to right displays. We want the event to be as trippy as its’ name, Sugar Trip, and we’re even thinking of going a little bit creepy with the screen projections.

With all the design talk we got the chance to try our hand at making some of the giant sweets for the event. This was great fun and Missing Piece had already started creating red and white swirly strawberry and cream sweets, giant toffee pennies and lollies. We’re looking to have craft days to really get cracking with making this key design feature as well as working during the upcoming meetings to make huge sweets.

We had a lot of fun and even posed for a pic wearing trippy Willy Wonka glasses and holding some of the crafty sweets. To get us in the spirit of designing we also stuffed ourselves with yet more popcorn and everlasting gobstoppers, a sugar theme that will no doubt continue throughout the remaining meetings. We have a lot to do before the event so it’s all systems go.

Next week the Sugar Trip dancers will be joining the team for a q&a session so we can really get our minds into visualising the event. It’s the last event of the Juice Festival and we want to go out with a bang so everyone; start hash-tagging, tweeting and promoting the Sugar Trip event to get everyone psyched up! #JuiceFestival #SugarTrip

SugarTrip takes place on 28th October at Northumbria Students Union. You can keep up with our planning antics at @missingarts or #sugartrip on Twitter, and share your own ideas!

For info on tickets, visit Juice Festival’s website.