Robe On Location

Robe connects with live entertainment industry people, personalities, influencers and trend-setters from around the world … talking about projects, opinions, experiences, inspirations and topics of interest from a cool location somewhere on our crazy planet … 

On Location 20 – Andrew Liddle in Old Dalby, Leicestershire, UK
On Location 20 – Andrew Liddle in Old Dalby, Leicestershire, UK

Standby for some dry with and humour! We met lighting designer Andy Liddle at the former army base where he started his engineering apprenticeship as a teenager before running away to go on the road and forge a career in live music and concert touring! We heard about how he started off, some of the many people who mentored and influenced him … and his love of the UK’s very special Glastonbury Festival.

On Location 19 – Roger Williams in Glasgow, Scotland
On Location 19 – Roger Williams in Glasgow, Scotland

The OnLocation team was delighted to be back in the fabulous Scottish city of Glasgow – which seems to be emerging as a favourite UK location - to catch up with television lighting designer and director Roger Williams whist working on a new show for the BBC. He told us about his professional beginnings in the theatre, his 18 glorious years at the BBC and some highlights from his very successful freelance career since then, including lighting “The Jump”, a popular celebrity winter sports competition show broadcast on the UK’s Channel Four.

On Location 18 - Patrick Woodroffe in Batheaston, Sommerset, England
On Location 18 - Patrick Woodroffe in Batheaston, Sommerset, England

Patrick Woodroffe is our OnLocation guest this week … and he needs no introduction to the entertainment lighting industry. As one of the pioneers of contemporary stage and effects lighting design, Patrick has worked with massive stars like The Rolling Stones, AC / DC, Adele, Elton John, etc … as well as designed lighting for musicals, operas, spectaculars, and art projects.

Known for his imagination and painting beautiful pictures with light, Patrick is a global influencer.

In the interview, he highlights the importance of networking and connections as well as creative skills … and we talk specifically about a very recent architectural project, illuminating the Sakhir Tower at the Bahrain International Circuit / Formula 1 racetrack.

On Location 17 – Romain Pissenem at High Scream’s office in Soho, London
On Location 17 – Romain Pissenem at High Scream’s office in Soho, London

Romain Pissenem from High Scream was responsible for the show design of David Guetta’s stunning New Year’s Eve livestream from the Louvre in Paris. We caught up with him at High Scream’s London office in Soho to chat about that … how he became interested in the atmospheric engineering of shows, events and parties and the evolution of High Scream‘s unique and eloquent show design magic!

On Location 16 – Tom Campbell at MIRRAD in Park Royal, West London, UK
On Location 16 – Tom Campbell at MIRRAD in Park Royal, West London, UK

This week’s OnLocation checked out the offices of creative design collective MIRRAD in Park Royal, West London, UK. We met award-winning lighting designer Tom Campbell and heard what he’s been doing during the pandemic and lockdown periods – and things have not been quiet! Looking forward to the industry re-starting, Tom and his business partner have launched a practical and stylish new clothing brand - STNDBY TECHNICAL GEAR Co - tailored to production crew and technicians looking great and working smarter.

On Location 15 - Bertil Mark in the Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany
On Location 15 - Bertil Mark in the Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany

‘Hello on Mars’, a creative community nestling in the beautiful undulating topography of Rhineland-Pfalz a wine producing region in west Germany, was the location for meeting musician, lighting designer and music producer Bertil Mark. In a fascinating interview, we discussed his musical beginnings, his lighting career, some philosophies and his ultimate love for work, life, and places like Japan.

On Location 14 - Jvan Morandi in the Scottish Highlands, Forres, Scotland
On Location 14 - Jvan Morandi in the Scottish Highlands, Forres, Scotland

Braving the cold and ice, the beautiful town of Forres in the Scottish Highlands was location to meet lighting and visual designer Jvan Morandi, and chat about being part of the talented production team on Jean-Michele Jarre’s incredible “Welcome to The Other Side” New Year’s Eve VR livestream concert from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris!

On Location 13 - Marc Lorenz in the English Gardens, Munich, Germany
On Location 13 - Marc Lorenz in the English Gardens, Munich, Germany

We met lighting designer and programmer Marc Lorenz in the leafy, beautiful, and peaceful English Gardens in Munich, sampling a perfect autumn day! We chatted about his career, his teaching activities, the VLLV – the new German association for lighting and media designers and programmers - and how he loves the crazy and creative people who make this industry so special and invigorating!

On Location 12 – Grant Anderson at the Botanical Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland
On Location 12 – Grant Anderson at the Botanical Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland

The warmth and vibrancy of Glasgow in Scotland pushed t the January chills and rain away as we met lighting designer Grant Anderson on a soggy day at the city’s famous Botanical Gardens! We talked about Grant’s career and work, and the specific challenges of lighting illuminated trails including the GlasGLOW3 event which was staged right there at the location …

On Location 11 – Michael Kuehbandner at Olympic Park, Munich, Germany
On Location 11 – Michael Kuehbandner at Olympic Park, Munich, Germany

Munich Olympic Park was the location for our night-time chat with German lighting designer, director, and programmer Michael Kuehbandner. We discussed his career and work, the massive emotional power of lighting and some of his activities during the pandemic including helping to establish the VLLV, a new German association for LDs, programmers, and operators.

On Location 10 – Tim Routledge at Bushy Park, Richmond, UK
On Location 10 – Tim Routledge at Bushy Park, Richmond, UK

We met multi-award winning lighting designer Tim Routledge on a frost morning at Bushy Park in the London Borough of Richmond, UK … and chatted about his career beginnings, his talented team of associates, a selection of lockdown projects and some memorable moments …

On Location 9 – Chris Moylan at Motorwerk Berlin, Germany
On Location 9 – Chris Moylan at Motorwerk Berlin, Germany

We met lighting designer and programmer Chris Moylan at one of Berlin’s fabulous industrial venues - Motorwerk - where he chatted about lighting, programming, creating light art and the importance of live entertainment and performance to well-being … as well as life in the dynamic metropolis of Berlin.

On Location 8 - James Dacre at Royal & Derngate in Northhampton, UK
On Location 8 - James Dacre at Royal & Derngate in Northhampton, UK

We caught up with the incredibly busy James Dacre – artistic director of the Northampton Royal & Derngate Theatre in the UK. He gives the low down on “Made in Northampton”; the importance of theatre in the community; and the technical and creative skills that are vital to keeping the sector fresh, dynamic, and evolving!

On Location 7 – Christopher Bauder in Lichtenberg, east Berlin, Germany
On Location 7 – Christopher Bauder in Lichtenberg, east Berlin, Germany

Christopher Bauder of WhiteVOID and Kinetic Lights is a world-renowned light artist and inventor, known for his ground-breaking creations like SKALAR and Apologue. We caught up with him in Lichtenberg, east Berlin and chatted about his work and “Dark Matter” and exciting new exhibition and light art gallery space which is opening early in 2021!

On Location 6 - Haydn Cruickshank at Teesside Autodrome
On Location 6 - Haydn Cruickshank at Teesside Autodrome

Vroom Vroom!!!! We chased British Pro Drift Championship racer Haydn “H” Cruickshank all the way to Teesside Autodrome in the UK … and chatted about the art of drifting and the science of his amazing drift supercar (H also owns one of the UK’s most successful lighting and visuals rental companies, Colour Sound Experiment).

On Location 5 – Elliot Baines at the North Yorkshire - Gordale Scar
On Location 5 – Elliot Baines at the North Yorkshire - Gordale Scar

We visited the remote, peaceful, and stunningly beautiful wilds of North Yorkshire - Gordale Scar in particular - to catch up with young lighting designer Elliot Banes of SpiralStageLighting and chat about lighting, vlogging and dreaming big!

On Location 4 - Andy Webb at the Cirencester Abbey in Gloucestershire
On Location 4 - Andy Webb at the Cirencester Abbey in Gloucestershire

We rocked up to the leafy green grounds of Cirencester Abbey in Gloucestershire, UK … to catch up with lighting designer and director Andy Webb from Tigz Creative, and chat about the crazy, surreal, trippy, and fun world of pantomime! A very English performance genre!

On Location 3 - Gordon Torrington at the Margate and Dreamland
On Location 3 - Gordon Torrington at the Margate and Dreamland

We travelled to Margate and Dreamland, a classic and popular theme / amusement park on the east coast of the UK to catch up with Gordon Torrington from rental company Liteup … and hear about some of the projects he’s been involved with this summer including #TechsOnTheDecks and #WeMakeEvents as well as the Hot Chip livestream he was working on at Dreamland.

On Location 2 - Philip French at the Peachy Playhouse in Guildford, Surrey
On Location 2 - Philip French at the Peachy Playhouse in Guildford, Surrey

For this week’s On Location, we visited the Peachy Playhouse in Guildford, Surrey, UK … a new and successful socially distanced live performance / entertainment concept that ran over the summer as a direct response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Philip French explains the ideas and challenges he and the team faced in staging this innovative event …

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