Res X and Tim Newman create unforgettable Prime Minister’s Olympic Dinner

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2012


The Prime Minister’s Olympic Dinner held on the 23rd of June was a fundraising event for the Australian Olympic Team. Hosted by Eddie McGuire the show featured performances from Delta Goodram, Silvie Paladino, Marina Prior, Todd McKenney and David Hobson. The event was produced by Peter Jones Special Events with technical direction by Martin Featherston. 

Resolution X worked closely with lighting and production designer Tim Newman to deliver a successful event. Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Plenary Hall, it was always going to be a big event with 665 lighting fixtures used throughout Plenary Hall, the final outcome was a spectacular.

Tim designed an unusual stage set in order to accommodate a 90-piece orchestra and a 100-piece choir on stage and as the venue does not have wide sight lines, he came up with the idea of placing them on shelves! A proscenium, named the Crystal Proscenium, was constructed from scaffolding pipe and industrial palette wrap internally lit by LED lighting. Over 470m of truss was used.

As well as 240 static fixtures, there were 136 moving lights consisting of 70 Martin MAC700 profiles and washes, 12 MAC TW1 and Clay Paky fixtures including Sharpys, and 700 and 1500 Alpha Profiles. Added to that were 289 LED fixtures: Pro Shop Ehrgeiz Fusion Bars, Pulsar ChromaStrips, Pro Shop Honeycombs, Pro Shop MultiPARs, MAC301’s and Resolution X’s newly acquired Selecon LED PL-1 cyc floods.

The Pulsar ChromaStrips are used to light the faces of the choir whilst the Honeycombs lit the backdrop behind. The MAC700 washes provided wash over the stage whilst the MACTW1’s provided front light for the orchestra. The MAC301’s, positioned on the proscenium surround, did a fair bit of work front lighting the choir.

The show was controlled via two MA Lighting grandMA’s, two MA2 NPU’s a MA1 NSP, Pandora’s Box Media Manager Pro and 2 Players and data distribution throughout the building.