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South African State Theatre Invests in Robe LED Fixtures

The South African State Theatre in Pretoria has added more Robe LED fixtures to its lighting inventory specified by Head of Lighting Simon King.

The latest purchase includes 12 x MMX Spots, four DLX Spots and four ROBIN 300 LEDWashes and follows quickly on the heels of 40 x Robe LEDForce 18 PARs and eight new ColorSpot 250E ATs.

The Theatre also now has a total of 36 x LEDWash 600s, the first batch of which were purchased in 2011 from Robe’s SA distributor DWR, after being specified by King who was keen to embrace the many advantages of LED stage lighting.

The State Theatre is housed in a distinctive and imposing building in the heart of the city. It has five main performance spaces, the largest two being the 1300 capacity Opera Stage and the 650 capacity Drama Stage.

Dr. Quinton W Simpson was appointed as the organisation’s new CEO in 2012 and was very conducive to Simon King’s proposals to move more and more towards LED lighting as the fixtures became brighter, more efficient and ever more cost effective!The theatre is 75% a receiving house and 25% producing, staging around 30 major productions per year, several with long runs, plus a variety of other shows and performances ranging from Gospel Choirs, rock concerts, raves, dramas, dance works, opera and virtually every other type of performance including the spoken word.

Flexibility is therefore a key to any new lighting investments.
Simon King commented: “LED makes sense in terms of reducing power consumption and on-going maintenance costs.”

The new Robes are distributed around the Theatre’s different spaces with the majority on the two main stages. The four DLXs and two of the ROBIN 300 LEDWashes are in the Arena Theatre together with six LEDForce 18s, while the eight ColorSpot 250E ATs are in the Rendezvous Theatre, and two more LEDWash 300s are in the Cabaret venue.

The MMX Spot is currently Simon Kings favourite moving light, he said: “The punch and the zoom are lovely together with the colour mixing, the gobos and of course the dual graphics wheel.”

Simon lights around 50% of the shows staged in the State Theatre’s venues as well as having his own international lighting design clients.
Recently he lit a production of ‘The Merry Widow’ in Montevideo, Uruguay, at the Archivo Nacional De La Imagen-Sodre and was delighted to be using Robe LEDWash 600s in his rig, which were specially hired in for the occasion.





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