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Third Knight of Illumination Awards
The Knight of Illumination Awards, organised by ALD, STLD and Clay Paky, has now become an unmissable event for the performance lighting business. They are the only awards, entirely devoted to lighting designers, to provide public recognition of the best works in the theatre, touring and TV sectors.
The final act of the event takes place during the PLASA Show, and gathers together a large number of lighting designers, trade associations, production companies, rental companies, dealers and the press, in other words the leading "players" in the entertainment sector.
Once again the evening was held in the Enterprise Suite of the Hotel Ibis, Earls Court, London, on September 12. The organisers set up a scenic effect rig for the event, in the main using the new Clay Paky Alpha 700 and Alpha 1500 lights. This year too, the Knight of Illumination Awards was highly successful in terms of participation. They were sponsored by Osram (main sponsor) and 14 other sector firms who wished to link their names with the event.
The chairmen of the lighting designers associations Rick Fisher (ALD) and Stuart Gain (STLD) said: "This year, like never before, we realized just how much the Knight of Illumination Awards are looked forward to and loved by people in the business. Our task actually started several months ago, with the selection of the shows, followed by the assessment of the nominations and, lastly, the choice of winners. This evening is simply the final act of a meticulous and dutiful study of many shows, carried out by panels consisting exclusively of sector professionals in order to guarantee full assessment credibility."
The chairpersons were Paule Constable (for the theatre), Sarah Rushton-Reed (for rock) and Ian Dow (for television). The VIPs present at the evening included Roberto Vagni, Economic Attaché at the Italian Embassy in London.
After the awards were presented, there was a short ceremony during which a donation was made to Light Relief when Pasquale Quadri, president of Clay Paky, gave a cheque to the trustees of Light Relief.
Knights of Illumination 2010 Winners
Light Entertainment - Mark Smithers for “Mission 2110”
Drama - John Carberry for "Eastenders Live”
Small Studio - Iain Davidson for “Theatre Live! - Turning Point”
Events - Bernie Davis for “Festival of Remembrance”
Arena Events - Baz Halpin for “Pink”
Stage Events - Cate Carter for “The Editors”
Dance - James F. Ingalls for “L’allegro for Mark Morris” at ENO
Opera - Mimi Jordan Sherin for “The Gambler” at the Royal Opera House
Play - Peter Mumford for “Sucker Punch” at the Royal Court
Lifetime Recognition – Coral Cooper
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29th September 2010
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