Sustaining its annual tradition, PixelRange provided products from its LED lighting range to support the The Sunday Times’ National Student Drama Festival (NSDF), held in Scarborough. NSDF is celebrating its 55th year. PixelRange supplied a selection of PixelLine K2 Luxeon RGBA battens, including PixelLine Micros E and W, a single PixelMax Wash and PixelPar 90s via Stage Electrics, the festival’s technical sponsor.
The festival each year welcomes productions, participants and professionals to Scarborough from all across the UK, to create a unique week of performances, discussions, training and over 180 workshops covering every area of theatre and including technical theatre. “On the technical side, we take on a crew of about 60 young people, selected from hundreds of applicants, who build and manage the stages for the performance groups who’ve also been selected,” said technical director, Nic Watson.
“Some of the venues already exist,” he continued. “We take over other venues – like sports halls – and turn them into black box venues and other bespoke performance spaces. The technical crew learn to operate the shows and help with the plotting sessions and so on. The theatre and stage building is part of the training and the access they get to equipment, like that from PixelRange, is amazing.”
The PixelRange LED lighting products were installed in the Ocean Room at The Scarborough Spa Complex. Used for workshops during the day, the Ocean Room was transformed at night into a light entertainment venue, where students were able to experiment with the lighting sets. The wash units were also used to illuminate the corridors of the black box theatres that were created.