Londoners are used to spotting the occasional theatre star on the street — but they tend to be less conspicuous than this one.

Trunk road: Oona the elephant causes a scene at Baker Street. Puppeteers were taking the model to rehearsals of Running Wild, based on a Michael Morpurgo book Alex Lentati. 

Life-sized elephant puppet Oona stopped tourists in their tracks as it was taken to Baker Street for rehearsals of a new play, based on a book by Michael Morpurgo.

Oona stars in Running Wild, which is being staged by Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (a client of made) this summer and tells the story of a boy’s adventures in Indonesia after a tsunami hits.

The model was created by some of the team behind the West End adaptation of Morpurgo’s War Horse. It will share the stage with the professional cast, as well as about 20 local young people recruited for the show. 

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Great for Groups: The Beautiful South exhibition at Kempton Park.

The team at SEE tickets and made have just about recovered from the Great for Groups exhibition and are looking forward to the next one in Coventry!

Wednesday’s event attracted over 150 exhibitors and 567 group bookers, which was a huge increase on 2015. 

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IGLTA 2016 a big success

More than 300 delegates participated in the 33rd Annual IGLTA Global Convention in Cape Town (14-16 April), making it IGLTA's largest conference outside of North America. The historic first conference in Africa included five IGLTA Foundation-supported educational tour options within the local communities and an IGLTA Foundation reception that raised more than $5,000 for education, advocacy and information sharing related to LGBT tourism.

Pictured above are the IGLTA Global Ambassadors. (The IGLTA Ambassadors represent the association in their local communities. They help market LGBT travel, hold events and connect the organisation with LGBT travel businesses and travelers around the world). The UK Ambassador is made's Jonathan Mountford. 

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‘Made’s’ first ever Focus on Africa

This past week made has exhibited at WTM Africa. Held under one roof at the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) and over three days (from the 6-8 April 2016) the congress was a vibrant must attend business-to-business travel and tourism event. 

Pictured are VIP guests Derek Hanekom (South African Minister of Tourism) and James Vos (Shadow Minister of Tourism and Member of Parliament) with made's John Bridge and IGLTA's LoAnn Halden. 

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Launch of new Jersey Boys workshops with BETA

Last night made co-hosted a networking event on behalf of the British Educational Travel Association (BETA) the umbrella body representing producers and suppliers of youth, student and educational travel related products. Youth tour operators and wholesalers attended a drinks reception at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! followed by a ticket to the hit West End musical Jersey Boys.

The evening also saw the launch of a new educational product, 'Jersey Boys themed workshops' from BETA member Theatre Workout. Theatre Workout is a specialist in creating bespoke drama and theatre workshops, events and hospitality for youth and adult groups in London's West End.

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Making an exhibitionism of ourselves!

Last night we attended the Gala Opening of EXHIBITIONISM the first international exhibition on The Rolling Stones. Our client iEC (International Entertainment Consulting) have taken over the entire two floors of the Saatchi Gallery with 9 thematic galleries, EXHIBITIONISM combines over 500 original Stones' artefacts, with striking cinematic and interactive technologies offering the most comprehensive and immersive insight into the band's fascinating fifty year history.

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Olivier Awards 2016

What a fabulous night we had at the Olivier Awards. Absolutely fantastic awards won – truly deserved by all the winners. 

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