Mateusz Karon, deputy of technical manager the Teatr Dramatyczny m. st. Warszawy (Dramatic Theatre of the capital city of Warsaw), is very happy with the new Robe Tarrantulas – the most powerful of the current LED wash beam range – that are part of the house lighting rig for this important venue, which has been at the forefront of producing Polish drama since 1949 and ensconced in the Palace of Culture and Science venue since 1955.
The four stages offer a busy and vibrant schedule of modern, classical and new works with a reputation for excellent acting and tackling relevant contemporary issues. Each space stages between 10 and 12 shows a year, primarily their own productions, which equals a lot of annual performance activity.
When initially looking for new fixtures for key lighting – with Tarrantula as one of the contenders – Mateusz and his team were all impressed with the controllability of the fixture, and beyond that, the sheer power, which they thought would be perfect for the 460-capacity Big stage – in addition to key lighting duties. They also wanted a source with a high CRI … and Tarrantula fitted all the criteria.
The decision to choose the Tarrantulas – delivered directly by Robe’s Polish distributor, Prolight – was a collective one made by Mateusz and the Dramatic Theatre’s lighting crew in consultation with some key individuals including deputy technical director Mariusz Guglas and influential lighting designer Ewa Garniec.
“As well as meeting all the tender requirements … Tarrantula offered the best value for the money because it was multifunctional,” said Mateusz, adding that ‘cost-efficiency’ is also factored into any purchases. The Tarrantulas are the first Robe fixtures to be permanently installed in the building.