Lights, Camera, Action: Lighting and Colours in Theatre for Young Audiences

A series of photos from Soro et le Grain de Mais Magique and Zapato busca Sapato, both performed at The Baxter Theatre on Monday, 22nd May, 2017.

LED lights are set up around the front of the stage. These are the main sources of lighting used throughout the Performance. There are no other lights rigged in the Theatre.
Soro et le grain de maïs magique: LED lights are set up around the front of the stage. These are the main sources of lighting used throughout the Performance. There are no other lights rigged in the Theatre.

The following series of photographs highlight the unique use of stage lighting in two performances of Theatre for Babies.

Soro et le grain de maïs magique (trans. Soro and the magic grain), directed by Déborah Martin from La Vie à Pied (co-production of Réunion/France/Mauritius/Ivory Coast/South Africa):

Shadow puppetry is used to introduce the characters. This creative feature seemingly excites the Children and undoubtedly adds to the atmosphere.
Shadow puppetry is used to introduce the characters. This creative feature seemed to excite the Children and undoubtedly added to the atmosphere.
The LED lights change colour when the scene location changes. For example, the use of green lighting represents a forest.
The LED lights change colour when the scene location changes. For example, the use of green lighting represents a forest.
The lighting creates a very enigmatic and mysterious atmosphere, one that seems to keep the Children on the edge of their seats.
The lighting creates a very enigmatic and mysterious atmosphere, one that seemed to keep the Children on the edge of their seats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zapato busca Sapato (trans. I’m looking for the shoe), a collaborative and intercultural production produced by Mexican, Brazilian and Mozambican artists (La Maquina de Teatro and Troupe de Truoes):

Differently coloured lights are rigged in this production to create an explosive and vibrant scene.
Aside from the lighting, an abundance of colour is shown through several props incorporated throughout the Performance, which seemed to transport the audience on an adventurous journey.
Aside from the lighting, an abundance of colour is shown through several props incorporated throughout the Performance, which seemed to transport the audience on an adventurous journey. The exceptionally detailed puppets are lively and colourful. They are key to this beautiful narrative as they truly bring the story to life:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Moran (Facilitator & Documenter)
Victoria is a Theatre-Maker with experience in Theatre-in-Education, Directing, Acting and creating Community Theatre. She is passionate about all aspects of Theatre and its ability to enact positive change. Victoria has been involved in many creative projects across the UK, and is interested in Community Performance practice around the world. Recent projects in the UK include: facilitating a project with 20/20 Youth theatre with LL/D teenagers for Reading Rep, helping to devise and perform interactive shows for children with Chickenshed’s Tales from the Shed programme, and teaching Drama in Southwark Inclusive Learning Service (SILS) for children who have been excluded from mainstream school.