SHOW PRODUCER Adrian Grant aimed to create “big sumptuous” looks for the latest leg of Respect: The Aretha Franklin Songbook, which features singers Stacy Francis, Tanya Edwards and Cleo Stewa performing the music of the “Queen of Soul”.
Production manager Aaron Booth invited London-based Colour Sound Experiment, the show’s provider of lighting, LED screen, rigging and crew, to source a lighting and visuals director for this outing.
Long-standing company collaborator Sam
Kenyon joined the team and had to recreate the visuals from scratch, without an existing show file.
“That was a major task with plenty of pressure as the producer put great emphasis on production values and general standards of excellence,” says Kenyon. As well as capturing the show’s signature looks, he added his own touches including sections of new video content.
With venues ranging from Stockport Plaza (cap. 1,300), The Cresset (800) in Peterborough, and the O2 Newcastle City Hall (2,150), the rig needed to be versatile says Kenyon.
“Combining a bit of rock ‘n’ roll with some theatre methodology, using trusses for some shows and house fly bars for others, we ensured maximum production continuity each day,” he adds.