Son et Lumière
Theatre Production students who have studied our FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management have the option to apply for a third BA (Hons) progression year - a chance to deepen their specialist knowledge and further prepare for a highly successful career in theatre, film, television or other entertainment industries.
For those who choose lighting as their specialism, the annual Son et Lumière project is a fantastic opportunity to practise their lighting skills in a live events environment, rather than a theatrical environment with which they might be more familiar.
Students are challenged to create a captivating light and video design in response to a brief, realised on a state-of-the-art lighting rig in RADA's Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre. In 2018, the lighting rig packed a punch of over one million lumens in total, with the help of equipment from sponsors NEG Earth and VER and headline fixtures by ROBE lighting, who support RADA through in-kind training partnerships. The event not only gives the students the freedom to experiment with a huge range of lighting fixtures, but also provides a training opportunity in learning how to use different LX platforms.
Second year students on the FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management also take part in the project; in 2018 this involved working at NEG Earth for three days to prepare the kit and build up experience in a warehouse environment.
Matt Leventhall, Head of Production Lighting at RADA, said of the project; “Son et Lumière provides our students with a vital insight into the world of lighting for live music. The project is very intense, with a two week turnaround from design concept to final performance, and our students combine live busking with pre-plotted sequences in both lighting and video".
Take a look at our picture gallery to get a flavour of some of the designs created by lighting specialists over the last few years.