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Hawthorn Supports Showstopping ‘Crazy for You’ UK Tour
UK – Following rave reviews and sell out shows, the Watermill Theatre’s production of ‘Crazy for You’ has hit the road for a national tour. Working with producers Jamie Wilson, Gavin Kalin and the Watermill Theatre, full service technical production company Hawthorn is supplying lighting equipment for the highly-anticipated show.
The high-energy, high-kicking and gloriously glamorous musical stars Strictly Come Dancing winners Tom Chambers and Caroline Flack as Bobby Child and Irene Roth. ‘Crazy For You’ is the ultimate feel-good musical with a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook.
The lighting designer for the tour is award-winning Howard Hudson, with Hawthorn supplying lighting equipment to his specification: fast and bright fixtures perfect for the high energy, feel-good production. To create the look and feel he was after, Hudson drew on a mixture of Martin Mac Viper Profile and Performance, GLP Impression 90 RGB and Clay Paky Sharpy Wash fixtures along with Martin MAC Aura XB and ETC Source Four LED Lustr 2 fixtures, all controlled by an ETC ION system.
“The show was created at the Watermill in Summer 2016, always with the intention of touring in 2017. As such the lighting design was planned with this in mind. This wasn’t necessarily using like-for-like lighting fixtures, but more about using systems which we would be able to scale up for the tour,” says Hudson, talking about the design of the rig. “With so many shows touring in and up in a day now, the overhead rig was designed with just moving lights, removing the need to get ladders or Tellescopes onto the stage. The only lights needing a focus are easily reachable booms and a small conventional FoH rig.
“The understanding from Hawthorn about what we were trying to achieve artistically was very helpful, and consequently Mark Burnett and James Curtis were great in making suggestions as to what units might be better to use for certain aspects of the show. As ever with Hawthorn, the equipment was top quality and arrived well prepped.”
With a host of productions currently touring both nationally and internationally with Hawthorn’s equipment, the company have invested heavily in expanding their already sizeable hire inventory. This includes increasing their stock of Viper Performance, Mac Aura XB and ETC Lustr 2 fixtures as well as adding the new Martin MAC Encore Performance to its inventory.
Mark Burnett, business development manager at Hawthorn, said “We’re absolutely over the moon to be involved with ‘Crazy For You’ as it tours the UK. We have a great relationship with the team at Jamie Wilson Productions so it’s amazing to be working alongside them again. We’ll actually be on the road with two of their productions as we’re also working with them on new musical ‘Nativity’ which opens at the Birmingham Rep in October prior to heading out on a UK tour.
“It’s been a busy 12 months for Hawthorn as our growing reputation for delivering an excellent service increases and we continue to see substantial expansion in our supply to theatre productions. To support this, we’ve continued to invest in our hire stock to ensure we have the right kit available to meet the needs of our ever-expanding client base.”
Crazy for You will be touring the UK until May 2018.
photos: Richard Davenport
3rd October 2017
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