LD Isabella Byrd brings Martin MAC Ultra to the Cabaret
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LD Isabella Byrd brings Martin MAC Ultra to the Cabaret

Header Image: CABARET. Sally Frith 'Frenchie' and Sophia Maria Wojna 'Rosie'. Photo by Marc Brenner. Lighting Design by Isabella Byrd.

London’s Playhouse Theatre has been spectacularly transformed into the Kit Kat Club for an immersive, mesmerising new production of Cabaret, where Lighting Designer Isabella Byrd has taken the opportunity to incorporate the brand new Martin MAC Ultra into her Olivier Award nominated design.

Photo above: CABARET. Amy Lennox 'Sally Bowles'. Photo Marc Brenner. Lighting Design by Isabella Byrd.

“The MAC Ultras are the literal punchy centre of the in-the-round Cabaret light plot.” explains Isabella. “They often playing solo in cues, and work in tandem with the Zactrack spotting system.  Their clean colour mixing and speedy response enabled the design to gracefully tip the colour story— from a welcoming warmth, and later smash in with a just-right terrifying white. A perfect big sister to the many Encores in the rig.”

“Truthfully, we were a bit worried they might be sluggish as automated spot lights,” she continues, “but they really proved they were up for the task, and landed in the sweet spots, along the plots ‘equator’.”

The MAC Ultra Performance features Martin’s all-new 1150 W, 6000 K proprietary LED light engine, pushing an incredible 46,500 lumens in projection across the zoom range. The MAC Ultra also features a next-generation framing system, high definition optics and astoundingly low noise levels.

In conclusion, Isabella confirms, “I’m really looking forward to using them again, where I can explore the next layer of texture and movement effects.”

The lighting team for the production includes associate LD Rob Casey, associate LD Lucía Sánchez Roldán, assistant LDs Charly Dunford and Tom Turner, programmer Miguel Figueiredo, and project manager Matt Roper.

Co-produced by ATG and Underbelly, Cabaret is playing at the Kit Kat Club at The Playhouse Theatre now.

For more information on Isabella Byrd please visit https://www.isabellabyrd.design/ 

For more information on the Martin MAC Ultra please visit www.soundtech.co.uk/professional-lighting/martin/mac-series/mac-ultra

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