The Parlotones Lite up in Johannesburg
SOUTH AFRICA: Vari-Lite proved successful in its offering of lighting solutions during The Parlotones performance at the Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg. Gearhouse Splitbeam served as the full technical supplier. Kevin Stannett, an award winning dramatic lighting effects designer, also worked on the project, programming on a grandMA2 light. The equipment was purchased through DWR Distribution.
The rig for the event boasted six VL4000 spots, six VL4000 BeamWash, three VLX wash, six VL2500 spot, six VL2500 wash, six VL3500 spot and two VL3000 spot. The front of house also included 24 ETC Source Four 19-degrees, as well as two MDG Atmospheres to create the haze effect for the show.
‘All the Vari-Lite fixtures are theatrically perfect but the additional output of the 4000s made my life very easy, they really were amazing,’ said Mr Stannett. ‘I used the VL 4000 BeamWash on the floor to achieve some incredible beams. I was impressed by the super accurate control, as usual from Vari-Lite, but was pleasantly surprised by the speed of such a large fixture.’
Additionally, the VL4000 spots were rigged on to an overhead bar behind the orchestra. ‘The zoom was incredible,’ Mr Stannett continued. ‘It allowed me to wash the entire orchestra and band with gobos as well as individually highlight specific members. Even at a very wide zoom the beams were exceptionally crisp.’
Mr Stannett also expressed appreciation toward The Parlotones. ‘The look I wanted to create, because of the additional orchestra, was somewhat more theatrical than what The Parlotones are used to. The band gave me a rough brief of what they wanted, but were happy for me to do what I do. They really are professional.’