Cricket World Cup Opening Event!


To deliver a high profile Opening Event for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, with over 10,000 attendees.

To celebrate the iconic elements of one-day cricket as a heart-warming tribute to fans, players and match officials.

To showcase Melbourne and it’s spectacular setting through a fast paced live experience that resonated with all Australians.


Using existing protocol templates from events such as Olympic Opening Ceremonies, GPJ broke the 2.5 hour show into three key sections to cover the objectives of welcoming the world to Melbourne, acknowledge the international cricket community and engage the local community. Including the creation of a ‘cauldron’ moment’ that could become the signature of the Opening Event of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

The three sections included Welcome the World (community based performances), Protocol (Captain’s March), and Welcome Home (a celebration of Australian music) all underpinned by the creative strategy of Lights Up, Game On. Drawing on the magic moment when the MCG transforms from day to night and the iconic light towers switch on.

Through performance, music and light, we created a spectacular 150 minute theatrical show that touched the heart of the cricket community both domestically and internationally. The ‘caldron moment’ was developed with an original composition by Musical Director Chong Lim and played by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra together with Director Peter Wilson to craft a 5.5-meter high puppet that embodied the Cricket World Cup 2015 logo and symbolically hit the first ball of the tournament.

The pupped (DON) was developed in consultation with Felipe Reynolds and Joe Blanck. DON was a sealed air inflatable designed in sections, sitting on a boom with acrylic pads, LED light fixtures controlled with radio DMX. He was brought to life through nine puppeteers.


GPJ delivered a flawless show for the Victorian Major Events Company. Making news in key national papers throughout the world including the London Times who showed a picture of DON in the sporting section on Friday 13th February 2015.


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