An Underglobe Birthday Brought To Life - By White Light

White Light

Leading entertainment lighting supplier White Light recently brought dramatic life to the Underglobe - the basement of the Globe Theatre on London’s Bankside - for a spectacular birthday party that included a concert featuring Sean Escoffery, Lemar, DJ Spoony and others. The latest LED and wireless control technology from White Light’s rental stock was used to ensure that equipment could be deployed quickly, unobtrusively and to maximum effect.

The lighting designer for the event, White Light’s Approved Venue Manager Steve Richardson, was working towards a brief to crate a “classy, exciting evening which slowly revealed a bit more of itself to the guests as they moved through the various spaces of the Globe.” To achieve this, he extended the Underglobe’s existing stage then built a 7m x 6m box truss around it, with a separate box on the upstage side to allow him to work around the venue’s pillars and coving. “I wanted to create a striking, vibrant focal point; to achieve this we hung twelve Thomas Pixeline 1044 LED battens in a funky diagonal but slightly random shape, with a further six Pixelines extending this to the front of the truss. The rig let us achieve an enormous range of lighting looks, and I think we achieved our aim!”

Elsewhere in the rig, Richardson made his first use of the new GLP Impression LED moving-head washlight, coming away impressed: “they move really quickly, and offer incredible light output and rich colours. I opted for the narrow lenses, and in a small space like the Underglobe, and with a bit of haze, they looked amazing.” The GLPs were joined by Mac700 Spots providing effects lighting.

For the rest of the room, Richardson was aiming for an “elegant, cabaret style.” To achieve this he selected PixelPar 90 LED Par cans to uplight all of the pillars. The unit’s low power consumption meant that they could simply be plugged in to nearby 13A sockets; to control them, Richardson used the Wireless Solutions W-DMX wireless system, “aesthetically, much better than having cables running down the columns.”

Providing a complete service to the event, White Light also arranged for the party’s sound, bringing in Delta Sound’s Lee Dennison, and power for the whole event, supplied by Cat Power / Energyst, Richardson avoiding the need to lift the generators over a 12 foot wall at Bankside by liaising with the Globe team to find some conveniently located parking spaces. A success all round, thoroughly enjoyed by both the ‘birthday boy’ and his guests.

Posted 18 August 2008