Working with the National Theatre’s Video Supervisor Matthew Morgans, XL Video is supplying a large semi-transparent LED wall for the current production of ‘Everyman’ at the Olivier Theatre.
The cast of ‘Everyman’ is led by BAFTA award-winning actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, in this version of a classic 15th Century morality play in a new adaptation by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
The production is directed by Rufus Norris, with Video Design by Tal Rosner. Everyman will be broadcast live to over 550 cinemas in the UK and many more internationally on 16 July. Final performance of the show is on 30 August 2015.
The giant 9 metre wide by 8.4 metre high curved video screen forms the both the backdrop for the play, as well as creating a semi-transparent dividing wall between the main performers and the on-stage musicians.
The screen towers above the cast, supported by custom curved metal work built by the National Theatre’s video team, and with specially fabricated curve links from XL Video.
The LED chosen for the video wall was XL’s ROE Visual MC-18 – an 18mm pitch LED which is semi transparent, allowing the performers upstage to be seen through the screen when lit. It was also selected as it is waterproof, which is required during the scenes that include a rainstorm live on stage.
Ed Cooper, Head of UK Theatre for XL Video, comments: “We were delighted to work with the National Theatre’s Video team to supply an imposing LED backdrop for the new production of ‘Everyman’. Our versatile 18mm LED product was selected as it fulfilled the diverse requirements for this exciting new production.”
XL Video’s crew of Steven Grinceri and Gareth Manicom worked with the National’s in-house video team to install the screen and ensure they are supported throughout the show’s run.
For more information on the National Theatre’s production of ‘Everyman’, click here: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/everyman
Photos : Richard Hubert Smith