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White Light Sponsors London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season

White Light Sponsors London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season

Produced by Gods and Monsters Theatre, London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season presents a free, action-packed programme that aims to introduce new audiences – irrespective of age, education, financial circumstances, physical ability or ethnicity – to theatre. Running since 2003, the season has simply grown each year and is once again taking place in Central London’s The Scoop from 5th - 30th August. Having worked closely with Gods and Monsters Theatre on previous projects, White Light is not only providing the lighting equipment but also sponsoring the occasion; helping to make theatre accessible to a whole new generation of theatre-goers.  

Gods and Monsters Theatre is an organisation dedicated to producing shows that share the myths and legends of the recent and distant past and bring these to a modern-day audience. It is the only company that hosts a free season of classical theatre in London, with this year’s programme featuring two shows: Captain Show-Off and Women of Troy. Suzanna Rosenthal, producer at Gods and Monsters Theatre, comments: “What’s important for us is making theatre accessible. Every performance is free, something that is unheard of in Central London on this scale, so any barriers preventing people from participating in the arts are completely removed. It’s also important to us that those in attendance get to engage with mythical stories yet that these remain powerful and entertaining for what will probably be a new theatrical audience,” Craig Bennett, White Light’s hire business development manager, adds: “It’s great to be able to support such an important cause as London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season. White Light’s origins are in theatre and it’s vital that it is enjoyed by as wide a range of people as possible.”

This year, Phil Supple was lighting designer on both shows and drew on White Light’s extensive lighting range to realise his vision. The equipment he used included SGM P5 RGBW LED floods, SGM G Spot IP65 LED moving heads, PAR 64s with assorted heads and CORE Point30 RGBW WDMX uplighters. Phil comments: “The LED units and moving heads delivered colour and a series of effects which complemented the stage design and action of the plays, with an additional dimension added by the uplighters. The P5s delivered both a real depth of colour and great blending for slow fades, transitions and unusual hues, whilst the G Spots were super bright and ran virtually silent thanks to a series of fan mode settings.”

As the entire season takes place outdoors, Phil and the Gods and Monsters Theatre team had to accommodate for the sometimes challenging setting. He comments: “The plays are staged in the round so there are obstacles when trying to light the work whilst at the same time keep the audience comfortable, particularly with open face LED units. Also, The Scoop is constructed entirely of stone, with no installed cable runs, so footlight or float positions have to be wireless. Fortunately, White Light supplied us with state-of-the-art technology which perfectly suited our requirements and allowed for maximum ease and audience enjoyment.” Craig adds: “We find ourselves working on more and more unique events, and the summer is an obvious time for several of these to occur outdoors. The range of kit we now have means we can help Lighting Designers like Phil get the most out of their projects – something which is extremely exciting for us as a company.”

The season is now well underway and with more than 43,000 in attendance last year, with ten percent of these experiencing their first trip to the theatre, Gods and Monsters Theatre is hoping that this year proves just as successful. Phil comments: “Last year more than half of those who attended said they were more likely to go to the theatre as a result of seeing our shows. That’s why it’s so important having a company such as White Light supporting our work. Not only was their service and equipment first class but they are clearly an organisation that cares about theatre and its future.” Suzanna adds: “White Light have been unbelievably supportive, not only this year, but also with previous seasons. We cannot thank them enough for all they have contributed and for helping us ensure that a whole new audience get to experience theatre.”

photos: Shelia Burnett 

White Light Sponsors London’s Free Open Air Theatre SeasonWhite Light Sponsors London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season

17th August 2015

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