Jands distribute professional lighting, sound and staging equipment. Billy Elliot – The Musical, which is enjoying huge success in both the UK and Australia, is now repeating that success on Broadway.
Rick Fisher, who won Theatre Lighting Designer of the Year at this year’s LDI awards, has been using the automated ETC Source Four Revolution on the show since it first started in London, and has just finished work on the US show.
Across the rig, Fisher specified over 100 moving lights, of which 50 are Revolutions. The space in the rig is always at a premium and it is good to have the versatility of moving lights. Fisher placed both a Revolution and an arc lamp-sourced moving fixture at the rig. Revolution allowed Fisher to light the show as if there were a conventional rig with hundreds of units.
Billy Elliot – The Musical, tells the story of a boy growing up during a time of industrial unrest in County Durham, northeast England, who would rather be a ballet dancer than a boxer. Since it opened in London in 2005, the show has won or been nominated for over 20 different awards. Fisher won Best Lighting Design for the Sydney production at this year’s Helpmann awards, Australia’s equivalent to the Tony Awards.
For the New York production, Fisher specified Vari-Lite and Martin Mac moving lights and Strand Pirouette and ETC Source Four conventionals in addition to the Source Four Revolutions, which were purchased specifically for the project by rental house PRG. The Wybron colour scroller that comes with the Revolution, allowed Fisher to choose the exact gel colour.
The Revolution was specifically designed with theatre lighting in mind. Known for its low-noise performance, the Revolution features a tungsten lamp and has a plug-and-play module bay that accepts any two of four optional modules, including shutter, iris, gobo and rotating gobo.