Lighthouse and Robe highlight The Pride of a Nation
UAE: On the eve of the UAE’s National Day, His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi attended a special production of the musical, Fakhrak Ya Watan (The Pride of a Nation), along with a range of dignitaries and 10,000 members of the public as part of the celebrations in Ras al-Khaimah. Lighthouse Productions built the entire 1,250,000 sq-m venue for the show, including the stage and set, backstage and production areas, and even the seating tribunes and car parks. The production design company’s owner, managing director and principal creative director, Terry Miranda, personally designed the lighting solution, which saw the implementation of almost 200 Robe fixtures.
The show featured more than 800 singers, dancers, actors and poets and included large projection mapping displays across a 92m wide set, highlighting the past 45 years while also presenting a vision of the future for the United Arab Emirates. A four-minute pyrotechnic and laser spectacular brought the event to a close.
‘There was no roof on the stage, so all the lighting positions were created from a massive structure at the back with horizontal and angled lines of trusses sub-hung either side of a central V-shape,’ explained Mr Miranda. A total of 32 Robe MMX WashBeams were rigged across this structure for general lighting, washing the stage, gobo and beam effects.
Meanwhile, 22 300E Beams were deployed, 14 rigged either side of the stage on horizontal trusses and eight on the vertical ones. Rear and side lighting was delivered by 12 10-year old ColorWash 575 ATs, whilst 24 of Lighthouse’s newly purchased Pointes were setup on angled trusses each side. The Pointes were used in conjuntion with the MMX WashBeams as well as some 7K searchlight fixtures to create beam layers.
Along the front of the stage, illuminating the performers were 12 PARFect 100s. A further 12 were installed at the back. Completing the Robe rig were CycFX 8, LEDWash 1200 and ColorMix 250 fixtures.
In addition to a crew of 30 supplied by Lighthouse, more than 400 technical and event staff were involved in staging the mammoth production.
‘Intricate projections were mapped onto the side screens for the show whilst a large cast of dancers and actors played out onstage, so it was essential that I had the best and most versatile lighting fixtures to both support the video projections and to ensure that everyone could clearly see all the stage action across the vast area,’ said Mr Miranda. ‘I was extremely proud of what we delivered and also working very closely with the talented local Emiratis.’