Lighting Designer and TV Lighting Director for the 2011 Olivier Awards, Ben Cracknell, needed a large profile fixture that could deliver a strong beam to wash the 80 strong BBC Concert Orchestra in shades of colored light. He found it in the Martin MAC III Profile.
“The MAC III has a high light output which cut above the rest of the rig, as well as a good beam angle for coverage,” he commented. “The lights held up exceptionally well which was great given the intensive rehearsal time.”
This year’s Olivier Awards, which are recognized as the highest honor in British theatre, featured a star-studded ceremony at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Eighteen of the 1500 watt MAC III luminaires were configured on overhead trusses. Twelve units were grouped in four’s on three separate trusses above the orchestra to provide color wash and texture with a further six units used on a downstage truss to provide dapple and wash onto the forestage where musical companies performed. The MAC III Profiles were also used to provide sparkle into the camera for winner walk up sequences within the awards show.
Lighting supplier for the awards ceremony and after show event was leading UK rental company White Light. Hire & Technical Director at White Light, Dave Isherwood, commented, “The MAC III has a great feature set that includes superior optics and excellent color mixing and is amazingly quiet considering its high level of intensity.”
Other Martin gear used on the show included Martin MAC 700 Profiles™ for beam looks and MAC TW1s™ for tungsten audience backlight and architectural uplighting of the backstage.
Lighting Programmer: Alex Passmore
Gaffer, Production Electrician: Keith Duncan
Chief Electrician at Theatre Royal Drury Lane: Steve McAndrew
Production Manager: Lee Batty