Producer and director Futais Mohammed Bugnah recently directed a new show in the Ta'if Tent Theatre for the Souq Okaze Cultural Festival, in the presence of his Highness Prince Mishaal bin Majid Al Saud, Governor of Jeddah.
The production told the story of the poet and warrior Amroo bin Kulsoom, well known in his time more than 3000 years ago, long before Islam. The tale tells of authoritarian conduct against the poet’s mother and his eventual revenge on the King.
Italian lighting designer, Emiliano Morgia, was again involved in designing the lighting for Riyadh-based production company, Rhythm Media Production. Together with Giochi di Luce Dubai , they set up a fifty-plus-yard-wide stage and a video control room to project original spectacular twelve-yard-high scenic settings.
Morgia says: "Getting Giochi di Luce Dubai involved in this video production was a winning idea. The company works across the whole Arabian Peninsula with a large number of Clay Paky lights, such as Mythoses, B-Eye, Sharpys and the whole Alpha 700, 1500, Beam, Wash and Profile ranges."
Morgia has already worked several times in the Ta'if Tent Theatre and knows the constraints that have to be taken into account when designing the lighting. Owing to the limited space, high performance lightweight lights need to be installed far from the stage or deployed on supplementary structures to illuminate the scene properly.
For this production, 24 Clay Paky Alpha 1500 Profiles were included in the lighting design for their power, brightness, precision and exclusive framing system, capable of generating countless shapes in several dimensions. They were fitted along a linear fifty-plus-yard truss to illuminate the stage and actors.
24 Alpha Spot HPE 700s proved crucial to create vibrant atmospheres and gobo nuances on the set, while 24 compact, easy to handle Sharpys, with their characteristic optical unit, provided all the backlighting needed.
The show was pre-programmed by the lighting designer using WYSIWYG thanks to Wysisuite.