Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. As part of their fundraising, Centrepoint At The Palace was recently held – a gala charity fundraising event at Kensington Palace in the presence of HRH The Duke of Cambridge, the charity’s patron since 2005.
Working with TFL Worldwide, and production manager Darren O’Connor, PRG XL Video’s Account Manager Gordon Torrington supported the organisers supplying lighting, rigging, and video equipment.
To prepare for the show, PRG XL’s visualisation specialist and lighting designer, Alex Mead, created a full render of the lighting, rigging and video design. He explained: “I was able to use visualisation software in production meetings to explain design decisions to the entire team using PRG’s wireless screen technology. It also allowed me to work out the best way to light each table and guest from multiple angles, and then to pre-program most of the show from my home studio beforehand.”
Taking into account the height and weight-loading issues of working in a marquee, Mead designed a rig that included GLP Impression and SpotOne LED fixtures, VL5 washes, Clay Paky B-Eye K10s, PRG Icon Beams and Sunstrips. The onstage screens were formed from PRG XL’s ROE Visual MC-7 LED, and multiple plasma screens were arranged around the venue to give all the attendees a view of proceedings. Around the marquee in the Orangery and garden, PRG Bad Boy spot lights and SGM P5 LED wash lights were arranged to lead the guests in to the venue.
A package of graphics, logos, and information films were created for the awards and artist performances, all edited together by Jack Dickinson of Jack Rabbit Visual. These were all served to the screens via PRG XL’s media servers programmed and managed by Erica Frost.
Torrington commented: “We were happy to support Centrepoint at the Palace by supplying them with equipment for this fundraising event. Our crew did a great job realising Alex’s design and building the show in a relatively short timescale.”