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White Light Returns to Edinburgh Fringe with Gilded Balloon

teviot_0001b_photo-steve-ullathorneThe Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. Every August, Scotland’s capital welcomes an explosion of creative work from across the globe, with this year marking the Fringe’s seventieth anniversary. 2017 is set to be the busiest festival yet, with more than 50,000 performances of 3,300 shows in over 300 venues. Gilded Balloon is one of the four largest venues at the Fringe and White Light is once again supplying the lighting equipment in all of its spaces.

The Gilded Balloon has an international reputation for presenting a programme of theatre, comedy and cabaret.  The venue was established in 1986 and, in 2001, moved to Teviot Row House where it currently resides during the Fringe Festival. For over ten years, WL has supplied the venue with the latest lighting equipment and this year has proven to be no exception. Dan Last, WL’s Senior Hire Co-ordinator, comments: “The Gilded Balloon is one of the busiest venues during the Fringe. As a result, it is vital that we provide the latest lighting technology. Our brief was to supply equipment that was not only suitable for the numerous spaces but would offer lighting designers and their creative teams as many options as possible”.

Gilded Balloon has over 14 spaces during the Fringe, including the Billiard Hall, Balcony, Dining Room, Turret and even the Wine Bar. Dan states: “Such is the nature of the Fringe that lots of spaces which are not traditionally considered to be ‘theatrical’ are transformed to accommodate the multitude of performances. Gilded is a great example of this and the spaces within Teviot Row House are each used to their full potential”.

IMG_0305This year in the Gilded Balloon’s Nightclub space, there will be a range of comedy acts, including the Stephen K Amos Talk Show and Sean Hughes’s Blank Book, along with a Donald Trump satire and even a midnight rave party which lasts three hours. In the Nightclub, WL has supplied a range of Martin Professional MAC Aura LEDs, Mac Profiles, a range of Fresnels and ETC Source Fours along with Prolyte trussing.

Alongside the Nightclub, the Debating Hall at Gilded Balloon also has an extremely busy programme, with children’s shows such as KID/DUB, a live stand up show by John Shuttleworth along with the grand final of So You Think You’re Funny?. For the Debating Hall, WL has supplied Martin MAC Aura Washlights, SGM LED Washlights, Unique 2 Haze Machines, Look Solutions Viper Smoke Machines along with DMX Splitters. Similarly, the Balcony space, which will host productions such as Ray Bradshaw’s BSL stand up show, is drawing on equipment such as ETC Source Four Lustr Profiles along with BB4 LED Washlights.

Dan states: “Each space is of varying size, layout and caters for different types of show. Therefore we needed to ensure that what we supplied was perfectly suited for each one. As a result, we worked two weeks on the build of the various rigs, as well as oversaw the technical previews to ensure everything was in place and ready to go for the opening”.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe officially opened last week and will run until the end of August.

Dan comments: “We’re delighted to be back at the Fringe again and supplying the lights to one of the busiest and most exciting venues in all of Edinburgh. As a company whose heritage is firmly rooted in theatre, we appreciate what a significant role that the Fringe plays in this, so it’s great to be at the heart of this”.

Photos courtesy of Dan Last and Steve Ullathorne.