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Wholehog II and WYSIWYG Get Night Fever

30th April 1998

White Light and The Moving Light Company win contract to supply both conventional and automated lighting to the new West End production of Saturday Night Fever.

White Light has been awarded the contract to supply the lighting rig to the new musical production of Saturday Night Fever, which opens at the London Palladium on May 5th. The company's specialist moving light division, The Moving Light Company, will supply the productions complex automated lighting system.

Designed by Andrew Bridge, who has won Tony awards for his work on shows such as Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard, the lighting rig is based around a core of automated units: 31 MAC 500 spotlights and 28 MAC 600 washlights. The control was handled by the meticulous Stewart Porter using a Wholehog II, which allowed Stewart unprecedented moving light control but retained the familiar theatre programming style.

One essential part of the Saturday Night Fever lighting production is the underlit disco dance floor. Originally Built by HELL the complex modular structure was also "built" in WYSIWYG, which enabled the dance floor to be pre-programmed in the London Palladium bar on a computer whilst the real floor was still being fitted on the stage.

The automated rig is complemented by a conventional rig containing around 200 ETC Source 4 profiles, 47 PAR cans and 37 Strand Cantata Fresnels along with 60 Rainbow colour scrollers. The show will also be creating special effects using 6 High End Dataflash Strobes, 4 UV lanterns and 10 ETC Source 4 PARS, to be used with White Light VSFX disks as effects projectors. The rig installation is being masterminded by Production Electrician Gerry Amies, Associate Lighting Designer Alistair Grant and Moving Light Technician Chris Dunford. The show's production Manager is Richard Bullimore.

Once again A.C. Lighting are pleased to see new and innovative ways of using the WYSIWYG programme.