Peachy Playhouse enjoys success with Robe
Friday, 18 September 2020
robe-peachy-playhouse-end-of-summer-season-pea312122271Live entertainment in Loseley Park (photo: Louise Stickland)
UK - Peachy Playhouse, a new socially-distanced entertainment concept developed to deliver safe live performances during the coronavirus pandemic, closed its summer season at Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey, on a high note.
That didn’t just include a spirit-rousing performance and from the Ambassadors Band, the ground-breaking season, a big leap of faith and some serious planning and investment by Philip French from Peachy Productions, was a resounding success.
Philip and his team supplied 95% of the technical production infrastructure for the six-week period including staging, lighting, video, and audio. The Playhouse show schedule ran for two two-week sessions with a two-week break in-between, working alongside some carefully selected locally-based partners to provide the other elements including catering, generators, marquees, and toilets.
Robe moving lights were front and centre of the production rig - with eight Pointes and 12 LEDBeam 150s prominent on the rig, pulled from Peachy Productions’ stock. When the company initially started and was investing in equipment, explained Philip, they chose a few key brands in all departments, and for moving lights, that was Robe.
“They are robust - definitely an asset in the English summer known for its erratic weather - great value for money, they have a good colour mix and the physical movement is very smooth,” he states. “They also provide a lot of power and punch for the size.”
With Pointes rigged overhead and upstage sides and LEDBeam 150s on the front bars above the cantilever of the stage and on the deck in the downstage corners for low-level cross lighting, Peachy’s main lighting designer Jared Greenall had plenty of opportunities to get creative with lighting the assortment of artists.
The event gave French a chance to bring back some of Peachy’s full-time staff from furlough and to employ some of their regular freelancers in doing what they loved best as well giving the array of artists, many of whom had not performed live since March, a chance to tread the boards once more!
“There is an energy and an engagement between performers and guests in live entertainment that - for all the great streaming events happening - you simply can get from being behind a computer screen,” says French.

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