LD Rajiv Pattani deploys Martin ERA 150 Wash fixtures for SMOKE at the Southwark Playhouse
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LD Rajiv Pattani deploys Martin ERA 150 Wash fixtures for SMOKE at the Southwark Playhouse

Photo credit: Lucy Hayes - Meaghan Martin (Julie), Oli Higginson (John) in Kim Davies’s SMOKE at the Southwark Playhouse.

London-based lighting designer Rajiv Pattani, formerly senior technician at the Bush Theatre, recently deployed a pair of the new compact Martin ERA 150 Wash fixtures for the production of Kim Davies’s play SMOKE at the Southwark Playhouse.

In search of the perfect super-compact yet high performing wash fixture, Rajiv discovered the Martin ERA 150 Wash. “I was interested in finding the next new compact fixture, suitable for low-ceiling, tight theatre applications that would deliver great colour balance and a wide zoom range.” he explains.

The Martin ERA 150 Wash moving-head LED wash fixture provides class-leading lumen output at 3900 lumen, high-intensity narrow zoom and full-gamut colour calibration for accurate colour reproduction and colour temperature control, making it an incredibly versatile yet affordable workhorse lighting solution.

Co-directors Polina Kalinina and Júlia Levai presented SMOKE in the round, with an abstract non-naturalistic design by set designer Sami Fendall for the kitchen in which the play is set. Acting as the main colour wash the ERA 150’s were able to successfully bring the LD’s concept for the intense design to life.

In one memorable scene an opened fridge, spilling atmospheric effects, is dramatically lit by the ERA 150 Wash from both behind and in-front from their discrete positions.


Rajiv also praises the speed of the fixture’s pan and tilt and its quietness for theatre applications and concludes, "The ERA 150 Wash is tailor-made for applications in smaller spaces. It’s compact and lightweight, simple to programme, and delivers a usefully wide zoom range with exceptional colour balance. I look forward to using it on future projects!”

About to go into rehearsals, Rajiv’s next production is Great Expectations at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester.

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