XL Video’s digital backdrop created an ambience for Shaw’s play

, a multi-award winning provider of creative video solutions, supplied over 130 square meters of Barco MiTrix LED to form a digital scenery for the Man and Superman play.

The Man and Superman have been staged at the National Theatre, London, from 17 February to 17 May. The play is a reinvention of Bernard Shaw’s provocative and philosophical classic, featuring Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes and dazzling Indira Varma as leads.

Barco LED backdropThe essential element of an elaborate scenic design became over 1800 modules of Barco MiTrix LED from XL Video’s rental pool, placed upstage and for both sidewalls of the set. The usage of 24mm pixel pitch semi-transparent LED display allowed for visual expanding of the stage without the need for changing settings as the play progresses

The director’s idea was to use MiTrix tiles both as a source of light and as a creative video scenery. The tiles are masked with a linear plastic to diffuse the light and create proper backdrop throughout the play, be it solid colors of interior walls, clear sky of exterior scenes or turbulent vistas of hell.

It allows the action to flow seamlessly from scene to scene without the need for additional transitions which is essential for any production,” comments XL Video’s Head of UK Theatre, Ed Cooper.

Especially for the play a custom metalwork was sourced, which allows three door openings within the set. The framework co-exists with XL Video's MiTrix touring frames, allowing for easier rigging and a rigid screen.

Founded in 1995, XL Video is a major provider of creative video solutions for a broad range of events, including concert touring, corporate and special events, exhibitions and trade shows, television, sports, theatre and the arts.

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