White Light transforms NT’s Olivier for Fast Forward gala

Last month’s Fast Forward fundraising gala at the National Theatre helped raise money for NT Future, the project that will provide new facilities at the institution for audiences, artists and young people.

White Light supplied LED lighting for the star-studded event, which included among its guests Simon Callow, Olivia Colman, Frances de la Tour, Anne-Marie Duff, Sir David Hare, Ian Hislop, Patricia Hodge, Tom Hollander, Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville, Andrew Scott, Fiona Shaw and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Held in the Olivier Theatre, the event required innovative lighting that White Light was happy to provide. The team – lead by head of lighting Matt Drury, lighting director James Farncombe, and production LX Breandan Andsell – installed CORE Pinpoints, Mac Auras, Pixelines, VLXs, and Sharpy washes and profiles to transform the space.

Meanwhile, the NT’s lighting resources’ Huw Llewellyn designed the lighting for an underground walkthrough space. Blueprint then added additional SGM LT-200 vertical tubes and SGM ILDs, which were used for a circular truss above the guests.

“This fundraiser was a prestigious addition to White Light’s events calendar, and we relished the creative challenge of transforming the Olivier for a more bespoke set-up,” said White Light’s project manager Richard Saunders. “It was also an exciting opportunity to fully demonstrate the capabilities with some of our new LED kit.”

Photo: Cameron Slater