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Creative projection and full stage lighting for a hugely popular comedy tour

Sarah Millican

Sarah Millican Lighting Stage Comedy Tour

Comedian Sarah Millican had been booked for tour dates at the Apollo, and her Tour Manager came to us to provide the lighting for each show to provide atmosphere. We were asked to provide stage colour, go-between optics (GOBO) projection, and more.

The Brief

Tour Manager Bianca Houston gave us a simple brief asking for full stage lighting for Sarah’s tour dates at the Apollo. We were asked to create atmosphere without using haze by creating a go-between optics projection and a bright central stage highlight. We also needed to make provisions for BSL singers for the first date.

Sarah Millican Lighting Stage Comedy Tour UK

Our Approach

We kept our responses to the brief simple, but worked them to maximum effect. We used a full-stage colour wash using MAC Quantum Wash and MAC Viper Performance profiles for the GOBO projection. We also added a floor range of Rush PARS lights. We lit Sarah front-on, but used additional Source 4 10° tungsten profiles on the theatre balconies to make sure we weren’t creating shadows on her face. This approach worked well, and provided flattering and live-event-ready lighting for the show. To provide all this, we used a mainly in-house team, and hired a small team of freelance professionals, too.

The results

Sarah’s Apollo dates went smoothly, with our diverse selection of lighting solutions meeting the requirements of the brief in simple ways that offered the highest level of atmosphere and quality.

Sarah Millican Lighting Stage Comedy Tour Set Up