Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting,
announces lighting designer Robert Hoey applied the award-winning Philips Vari-Lite
VL4000 Spot and VL4000 BeamWash to create a camera-ready, glittering lighting
design for South Africa’s prestigious Naledi Theatre Awards 2016.
The ceremony took place at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City, Johannesburg. The
Awards, which has been running for 12 years, celebrates excellence in the
performing arts and aims to raise the profile of live theatre in South Africa.
Hoey had to ensure the ceremony was perfectly lit for broadcast, so positioned the
VL4000 Spots in a Front of House position for maximum cover.
“The Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spots’ framing shutters and super bright output made
them ideal for Front of House,” explains Hoey. “The shutters allowed the looks to be
nice and clean as they cut off unwanted spill and there was loads of headroom for
“I used the Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash on the floor to help fill in the
background of each shot and for some striking beamwork in the entertainment
sections of the night, which they were perfect for.”
Hoey’s design was inspired by the vibrant Naledi logo set piece, which he used to
inform his colour palette for the varying looks.
“I have always loved the colour mixing system of Philips Vari-Lite products and
these latest additions are again top of the range,” says Hoey. “I was very
impressed by the output and colour temperature. The speed is also impressive for
such large units.”
The Philips Vari-Lite luminaires were supplied by South African theatre rental
company Gearhouse Splitbeam, which sponsored the lighting system for the event.
“I’d like to say a big thanks to Alistair Kilbee from Gearhouse Splitbeam – the
fantastic products they supplied made such a big difference to the event and it was
brilliant to have the opportunity to work with such a great rig,” says Hoey.
This year’s Naledi Theatre Awards recognized a broad range of talent from both
established performers and up and coming stars. Taliep Petersen and Alvon Collison
won the Lifetime Achievement Award for their dedication to South African live