Welcome to Lighting up Shakespeare!

24 10 2008

Exhibition!! Paisley Museum, Scotland UK 22nd August 2012.  

Latest news to Lighting up Shakespeare!  Renfrewshire Arts and Museums have agreed to let me take over one of their spaces to exhibit some of my findings.  I will update the website with ideas of what will be included.

Here are some photos from Shakespeare at Hope, 2009. Lit by my LED candlelight! copyright Alan Edwards.  Much thanks to Alan for taking some great shots.

The project began in 2007 with an idea that I would like to recreate stage lighting of the past.  My original idea was to replicate the lighting and equipment through a range of eras to see how it would have looked.  I began to realise that this would not necessarily be viable (risk assessment for limelight anyone? no?) and with the help of Mr. Joe Stathers-Tracey, began to look at how the light might be recreated using something else…something modern.

Since then, I have been focusing on Shakespeare’s stage.  I felt that if I had moved on to another era, this particular one would not be covered in a any great detail and there really is so much to do!

The project is broken down in to a few sub-projects:

  • The colour temperature of the candle-light.  Tallow candles were used which produce a difference colour flame to modern day paraffin candles.
  • Making this colour using LED colour mixing. My next project will be to create the colour of candle light that is not necessarily metameric but that looks the same to the eye when in a black space.  This can be used for basic shows and practical lanterns where the reflection of light is very minimal.  Next I will try to match the colour metamerically using a range of colours to mach the spectral diagram of the candle.  This will be more difficult and less cost effective but will provide a more accurate result.
  • The flicker of the candles.  Incorporating this into the recreation.
  • The spread of light.  LEDs are quite directional so making the light spread as much as a candle would.
  • Adding all of this in to chandeliers and footlights that seem realistic yet have no naked flames.

If you wish to use any of the information on this site, please contact me on emmaarmstronguk@gmail.com Hope you find it useful and interesting.   -Emma.




5 responses

18 12 2008
Dr Buckle

It’s good to see your work is progressing and you’re getting it out here on the web! Don’t forget to keep this updated so we can see what are your latest results and direction!

3 07 2009
Patrick Armstrong

I’m sure we are seeing the beginning of a fruitful career in theatre lighting and other projects!
I used to live in Ashland, Oregon, usa, a hotbed of Shakespearean activity, as you may know. I wasn’t quite good enough for the Bard, but had great fun building sets and props, shifting, etc. for some community theatre groups.
Nowadays, I am studying computer aided drafting in Tucson, Arizona, usa and learning as much as I can about the switch to LEDs – interior and exterior – for home, commercial and theatrical applications. (Can’t help but remember at this point that the Greeks painted the exterior of their imposing marble buildings with primary colors! What a sight it must have been inside.) But, I digress…..
Have you graduated? Continuing in post-grad? Working? Pat

10 12 2009

Lots of people talk about this matter but you said some true words!!

2 12 2011
Modern Lighting

Nice post, great points.

28 10 2012

An extremely interesting and informative write up on the subject. Having seen the lighting in action at a theatre in Liverpool I can honestly say that it gives a very authentic light. ll

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