Measure for Measure

Electric Foundry has engineered and built 40 custom light fixtures for Measure for Measure at the Donmar Warehouse, along with a complete backwall lightbox that allowed the surface to be illuminated in gradations.

Each light fitting has a cool white beam of light emanating from the bottom, and a warm candle light illuminating the top grill.

Lighting design: Howard Harrison

Scenic and Costume design: Peter McKintosh

The Glow Room

We provided a complete set lighting solution for the “Glow Room” at Madame Tussauds in January, fitting LED strips on 3 sides of a cube structure to create an immersive cage of light. Stage centre stands a waxwork model of Dua Lipa, who visitors are invited to pose with to create a 3D freeze frame image which can be instantly uploaded to social media. Our client was Illusion Design and Construct who built and installed the structure for Merlin Entertainments. We worked closely with The Flash Pack to synchronise their cutting edge camera trigger system with our lighting.

 

The result of a visit to the Glow Room: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqeTVMxGNJw

 

A look back at 2018

2018 was a busy year for all of us at Electric Foundry! We contributed all sorts of electrical solutions to a range of exciting and very different projects.

Highlights in the world of theatre included: Set Electrics for Kinky Boots UK tour working alongside ASAP; 200 glowing lanterns for A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic; an LED portal for Richard II at the Almeida Theatre working with Illusion Design and Construct; all Set Electrics and Practical Props for Caroline or Change at the Playhouse Theatre, and the same for the Pinter at the Pinter season. Measure for Measure at the Donmar had us constructing a 80 bar wide array of individually controllable LED strips as well as an array of custom glowing tubes, and just this month Glyndebourne Productions commissioned us to help with a 8M diameter ring lightbox.

In events, we worked closely with our friends at White Light to deliver LED products ready to go for various corporate events and installations with their production department. In the summer we created some exciting hand held lighting solutions for 59 Productions for their production of Five Telegrams at the Edinburgh International Festival, and the Utilita Tree project saw us touring lighting and phone charging equipment to a selection of music festivals across the UK working again in partnership with Illusion Design and Construct. We also provided full set electrics services and 50 battery powered glowing orbs for Great North Star, a part of The Great Exhibition of the North. A build in October saw us designing, manufacturing and testing 440 custom LED fixtures to be used at the UAE 47th National Day in Abu Dhabi.

In hire we used our LED expertise and stock to enable others to deliver working systems for their own clients.

As we go into 2019, we are hitting the ground running with an installation at Madame Tussauds, building customised Pharos control systems for a major exhibition and LED is flying out the door for the start of the new theatre season.

 

 

 

Kinky Boots UK Tour

It was a huge pleasure to be a part of sending Kinky Boots The Musical out on it’s UK Tour this summer. Electric Foundry provided a wide range of set electrics solutions for set pieces and props alike. George led the project, support by Leo, Dan and a top shelf team of freelance electricians.

We worked closely with the scenic constructor, All Scene All Props, to integrate high quality lighting into several set trucks. Most of the systems were wireless and we designed them with touring and ease of use in mind.

 

Great North Star

Leo led this project for Electric Foundry – providing set electrics and light up orbs for this show of epic proportions up in Gateshead, as part of the Great Exhibition of the North. Lighting Designer Phil Supple and Designer Rebecca Brower approached us with a clear vision in mind and we manufactured and installed a range of custom items. We worked with Stage One, the scenic constructor, to integrate lighting into set pieces. We also designed and manufactured 50 battery powered light up orbs which featured in the performance.

Moments of Silence

September saw the opening of several new galleries at the Imperial War Museum London, including “Moments of Silence” created by 59 Productions. We provided full lighting design and installation services for the gallery, including cove lighting, emergency lighting and our main feature: the “Light Room” surrounded on all sides by light boxes.

Five Telegrams

We were pleased to design and provide 250 tiny light sources with a comprehensive battery kit for the opening event of the Edinburgh International Festival “Five Telegrams” created by Anna Meredith and 59 Productions.

The lights fit into the palm of a performers hand are are operated by a simple button. They are programmable – here we created a simple fading effect when the button was operated.

The source is a tiny 3000K LED which kicks out some serious light.

These sources are in our hire stock for all sorts of uses – whether in the palm of a performer’s hand or integrated into a prop or set-piece. They can be programmed to integrate with sensors, buttons or other inputs.

Click here to see the official video of the performance, in which you can see our lights in action!

 

 

 

LED Rainbow Shelving and Plinth

Electric Foundry provided custom LED design and build services for this event. We created rainbow scrolling LED shelving plus a plinth with multiple modes and effects, controllable from the client’s phone.

Top spec high brightness LED tape in deep extrusion meant no spotting and ultimate quality of light from the LED strips. Ideal for this clean and stylish corporate event.

 

March

This month we have been working on logic boards for an interactive museum game, a set lined with LED pixels, a light-up laptop and a bar tending robot.