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SGM G-spot Adds New Dimension to National Theatre

Five Production Arts students from City College Norwich recently lit the exterior of London’s prestigious National Theatre during its 50th anniversary year, after winning leading British drama school Rose Bruford College’s Junior Ready Steady Light competition.

The ‘prize’ was coordinated by the National’s Head of Lighting Resources, Huw Llewellyn - and a pair of SGM’s groundbreaking G-Spot LED all-weather spots were ready to test the creative abilities of the students. 

Huw Llewellyn first saw the G-Spot immersed in water at last October’s PLASA Show and was immediately impressed: “I was just walking past the stand and wanted to see which nut had decided to put an LED light in a fountain - I must say, it was a great surprise to see it operating perfectly through water."

I knew that as well as providing students with a creative tool, it would also give us an opportunity to assess the fixture for our own use up on the roof. We certainly put it through its paces as we had torrential rain the night after we put it up. But I needn’t have worried about that, or the output as it was certainly bright enough.”

In fact, with one G-Spot set on the roof of the Grade II-listed Theatre, firing almost 50 metres onto the Lyttelton Flytower, and the other in the workshop, where the venue’s technicians could verify the build quality and optical path, SGM’s award winning fixture was probably subjected to its most demanding challenge yet. Huw confirmed: “We hooked it up to a Tiger Touch - it was a doddle to programme cues and our technicians gave it an excellent report.”

Meanwhile outside, the National assisted the students with programming cues into the Pharos as they attempted to represent stars in an abstract way. “We knew G-Spot would offer them a new dimension - rather than just the usual colour washes, and G-Spot gave them a chance to add texture and use gobo projections such as the impressive ‘Spiral Leaf’," concluded Huw.





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