TSL were pleased to announce the West End debut of their new Clay Paky Axcor Beam 300 in Rick Fisher’s lighting design for the acclaimed English National Opera production of “Man of La Mancha”.
TSL caught up with Associate Lighting Designer and Lighting Programmer Rob Halliday about the show:
“One of the first conversations we had about Man of La Mancha was about the Knight of the Mirrors sequence, where the idea was to have rays of lights reflected by mirrors held by the cast. I knew we’d need a light that offered a true parallel beam of light; I also knew the lights would only be used for one sequence, so ideally would be LED so as not to be wasting power for the rest of the evening, and would be quiet. From experience in Italy last year, I knew that Claypaky’s Axcor Beam 300 – the ‘LED Sharpy’ as it should really be called – was the perfect choice. TSL had them; we were delighted to have the company be part of the show, and the lights worked wonderfully well to create a distinct moment in the show just as we’d hoped.”
Tony and Olivier Award winning Lighting Designer Rick Fisher added “ the Knights of the Mirror sequence really needed a ‘wow’ factor that was different than the rest of the show and these new units got that response from the creative team and the company the first time we turned them on!”
‘Man of La Mancha’ was produced by Grade/Linnit with English National Opera, directed by Lonny Price, choreographed by Rebecca Howell, designed by James Noone, with lighting by Rick Fisher, costume design by Fotini Dimou and sound design by Mick Potter.
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