Woodroffe & Greil present SA workshop
Thursday, 18 May 2017
workshop-1James Sey (Pro-Systems), Roland Greil, Patrick Woodroffe, Ofer Lapid (Gearhouse SA), Duncan Riley (DWR)
South Africa - Patrick Woodroffe and Roland Greil joined forces to present a Lighting Design Workshop brought to the South African entertainment industry by DWR Distribution. The workshop was held at the University of Johannesburg on 21 April 2017 and both DWR and their media partner Pro-Systems, were delighted with the good attendance and positive feedback.
“From my perspective, I think Patrick and I are likeminded in certain things as well as having some shared experiences as we have worked together on multiple projects over the past few years,” said Roland Greil, who is a freelancing lighting programmer, lighting designer and lighting director, as well as an associated partner of Patrick’s company Woodroffe Bassett Design.
“That experience and us knowing each other translated in this joint workshop. I think it is very important to give something back to our great industry and to motivate others who share the same passion and drive that we have. Knowledge is pretty much the only thing that grows when being shared, and therefore in my eyes, it is very important.”
The training session was attended by some 300 delegates from young varsity students to top lighting designers, from technicians to company owners.
“We both enjoyed our experience in South Africa,” said Patrick Woodroffe. “Not just the way that the workshop was received but the whole experience of being in South Africa and understanding the positive and united spirit in your extraordinary country. This optimism was also something that we felt very much in the theatre as we met and talked with students, designers, suppliers and technicians. The lighting community in South Africa is alive and well and on its way to greater things.”
Patrick presented a rendition of his work over years with behind the scene photos from the Olympics 2012, Adele’s concerts, Michael Jackson’s Show that Never Was and others. In turn, Roland presented drawings and described key notes in planning and designing large-scale events, both practical and inspiring information.
The event concluded with a panel discussion chaired by Pro-Systems editor James Sey, where Patrick, Roland, Ofer Lapid of Gearhouse South Africa - who was instrumental in bringing the workshop to South Africa, and Duncan Riley of DWR, answered questions from the audience.
“It was a privilege for us to welcome such remarkable industry icons to South Africa,” said Duncan Riley. “We were overwhelmed by the turnout and it was quite emotional for everyone, especially having all the young people attending. A big thank you to the DWR team who made this event possible and to the UJ team including the catering service. This was a unique workshop and I don’t think the speakers realise just how much their visit meant to us. Thank you for coming. The workshop was recorded by Silvercam and we look forward to sharing the video at a later stage.”
Ended Roland, “The response was super great, as everyone was really interested. It was fantastic to speak in front of so many enthusiastic and interested fellows from our industry, which was honestly quite rewarding.”
(Jim Evans)

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