H40V lighting surface for South African comedian's show


South African comedian John Vlismas presented “Revelations II – The Good Racist” to a sold out audience for two consecutive nights at the Teatro at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg. Sound Stylists supplied the full technical and were one of the sponsors of the event. The same set and gear was then used for the for the Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards the week thereafter.

John Vlismas is a stand-up comedian and the owner of Whacked Special Project, the producers of the Savanna Comics Choice Awards.

“Lighting the show was a bit of a challenge for me as I’d never done a comedian act before,” admits lighting designer Sean Crawley. “When I spoke to John Vlismas prior to the event, asking him what his vision was for the show, he said he was aiming to combine rock and roll with theatrical twist. He enjoys beams, but also required clean looks, and essentially wanted the stage to be lit up to have this big, live feel.

The show saw five diamond shaped boxes, made out of H40V trusses, hung at an angle above the stage. At the centre of each “diamond” was a floating white canvas, suspended with steel rope from the grid, and used as a lighting surface. The lighting rig included various Robe spots combined with Chauvet and Aryton fixtures all hung from H40V Prolyte. “Working with the Prolyte kit is great because it offers us all the flexibility in the design we require”.

“Our team was awesome,” said Sean. “With Jo Metter as Project Manager, Sabello Mzizi as my systems tech, Rayne Ramsden on audio and Clinton Fowler on AV, we as team understood what had to be done to achieve optimum success for the show and we all enjoyed it. The best part of all was the running the show and seeing a mere drawing transformed into an actual production.”

Source: DWR distribution

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