LEDs Magazine recently highlighted an interesting student project involving Shakespeare and LED lighting. Liverpool Hope University student Emma Armstrong took on the enormous task of attempting to recreate lighting conditions on a performing stage during Shakespeare’s era using modern lighting technology, that is, light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
Armstrong explains that “lighting” in Shakespeare’s day mainly consisted of tallow (pig fat) candles used in lanterns and chandeliers. Her objective, then, was to reproduce the range of color, light, and flame using only LEDs. A difficult and time-consuming task, to say the least.
After much research, Armstrong first constructed a lighting environment for a stage using replicas of the chandeliers and lanterns that held the tallow candles. After construction, plays were performed and data catalogued.
Next, she attempted to reproduce the exact same lighting environment using LED light as a base. The performances for this experiment are scheduled to take place in July.
Emma Armstrong is a Master of Arts student at Liverpool Hope University, UK. For more information on the project, please visit www.lightingupshakespeare.wordpress.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.