Chroma-Q Color Force LED Battens Generate Vivid Cycs for Grumpy Old Women Live UK Tour

UK – Lighting designer, Matt Veitch has specified Chroma-Q Color Force 48 premium performance LED battens to provide vivid cyclorama lighting for colourful live comedy show, Grumpy Old Women Live: Fifty Shades of Beige.

Back by popular demand, Perrier Award-winning comedian, writer and original star of Grumpy Old Women, Jenny Eclair is joined by fellow recruits Susie Blake and Kate Robbins in a brand new theatrical production based on the hit BBC British TV show.

Matt has been providing the raucous live show’s lighting since 2007.

“The lighting had to recreate a number of contrasting scenic environments – from the initial sunny garden, to a torture chamber, a Saturday night TV Strictly Come Dancing-like show studio, a wine bar, and a tea shop, amongst others,” explains Matt. “With only one full set, all these environments had to be created with lighting and the cyc, which was constructed from the set’s washing line and sheets. Colours were purposefully comic-book in their conception – pinks, reds, blues and greens dominated the design.”

Matt specified three Chroma-Q Color Force 48 1.2m / 4 foot battens rigged directly in front of the cyc, uplighting from approximately 30cm beneath it. The powerful fixtures easily wash up to 8m / 26 foot – making them ideal as stage show lighting.

“I needed something that would give a powerful ‘punch’ of color up a flown back-cloth to create some vivid color washes,” says Matt. “The Color Force 48s were fantastic – super bright, offering amazing colours, and a uniform wash which really helped me create a sense of scale and architecture to the lighting that in turn would support the comic-book styling of the scenic design.”

The set consisted of a garden and shed, which opened on all sides at the top of the show “as if it was a spacecraft that had just landed”. For this scene, the production team employed smoke, stage haze, lightning, and strobe effects which the Color Force units were essential in helping to create.

Elsewhere in the rig, Matt specified Mac Auras and Vipers, plus conventional S4s and Pars. “The theatrical grade dimming meant that the Color Force fixtures seamlessly blended in with the rest of the rig in every fade, each night” says Matt.

“The Color Force fixtures are a joy to tour with – robust and super simple to rig, power and patch,” says Matt. “I’m looking forward to showing them off across the UK on the next tour.”

The Color Force 48s were recommended by A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd’s Neil Vann.

“I knew my first call would be to Neil Vann and the team at A.C. – there’s no-one more knowledgeable about contemporary lighting solutions than those guys,” says Matt. “Neil and I had been discussing how to create the most impressive colourful cycs for ‘Grumpy Old Women’ and Neil was right on the money with the Color Force suggestion!”

Every aspect of the Color Force range, both inside and out, is designed to deliver the highest performance levels from a lighting instrument, for today’s most demanding applications.

Chroma-Q’s advanced ColorSure™ technologies provide meticulous color consistency between fixtures, with smooth, even light output and outstanding color blend across the spectrum.

Combined with theatrical grade dimming to emulate the smooth dimming curve of tungsten fixtures, the Color Force range seamlessly integrates into designs without compromise.
As a result, the Color Force range has been used on leading theatrical productions by, amongst others, the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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