Philips Selecon LED PL Range Provides Vivid Colors for RADA Plays
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
by Philips Strand Lighting

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London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) staged Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" and Cole Porter's "High Society" utilizing the strong colors and smooth dimming of Philips Selecon's PL range of LED fixtures.

RADA runs a four-term specialist course in Stage Electrics and Lighting Design as well as a two-year foundation degree in Technical Theatre and Stage Management, which allows students to specialize in lighting in their final year.

Two of RADA's specialist lighting design students worked on each of the productions: Amy Mae for "Betrayal" at RADA's GBS Theatre; and Matt Leventhall for "High Society" at RADA's Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre.

RADA's Head of Lighting Matt Prentice consulted with Selecon to specify a mixture of PLProfile1, PLFresnel1, and PLCyc LED luminaires to the drama school, which is generally regarded as one of the most prestigious in the world.

"We had used LED lighting before, however, not as often as we would like as subtlety of color is so important to us as we mainly do drama," says Prentice. "It's important for our students to use all kinds of new technologies, and as LED technology becomes more prevalent it's great that they have the opportunity to design lighting using products such as the PL Series from Philips Selecon."

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RADA lighting design student Amy Mae used the Selecon PLProfile1 and PLFresnel1 luminaires for "Betrayal" stating "I found the PLFresnel1 fixtures were excellent in terms of brightness, strong colors, and cold tones, and I was impressed with the versatility of the beam angle. They were so useful when changing the color of the walls of a box set, which helped me cut back on fixtures, meaning I could use the dimmers for other specials, and I also found them useful as backlight."

RADA lighting design student Matt Leventhall used PLCyc luminaires for "High Society" at RADA's Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, "I used the PLCyc luminaires on a 8m x 5m cyclorama at a spacing of 80cm, and they performed excellent with very good, smooth coverage. I found the color mixing to be superb; the units produce a magnificent set of ambers and are also strong in the CTB range. The dimming is smooth and extremely beautiful.

"It was a new experience having an entirely LED cyc, the freedom over the look is both daunting and exciting," continued Leventhall. "What is daunting is the sheer power one has to totally overhaul a look at the touch of a button. It's certainly a power I had to weald with caution, because in the ambitious eyes of the director and designer it could easily have run away from my control. What's exciting, though, is that one has the ability to refine your picture to a high degree, achieving subtlety of color that complements scenery in a way that is usually difficult to predict before the real structure sits on stage."

The LED PLFresnel1, PLProfile1 and PLCyc luminaires operate in a familiar way to Philips Entertainment's industry-respected traditional tungsten fixtures, yet benefit from the advantages LED offers including low power consumption, no lamp replacements, greater creative flexibility through the RGBW light engine and less heat and wasted energy.

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