The Gospel of Matthew
(Prepared May 2004, by George Dillon
SET & PROPS
PROJECTOR & SCREEN
The Gospel of Matthew requires a projector capable of filling the entire backdrop - white wall, cyclorama, curtain, screen - i.e. BIG.
Both projector and 'screen' are usually provided by the venue.
For theatres seating 100-500 the usual requirement is a 3,000 lumen digital projector with an S-Video input. Occasionally venues have provided 2,000 lumen projectors, which have been a bit pokey.
Suitable projectors can be hired for around £150 per day.
I have found Projected Image to be very reliable,
competitively priced and pleasant to deal with: -
Contact: Jon Freeman
As stated above the screen should fill the entire background.
If needed I can bring a 9m wide x 5m drop white sharkstooth gauze (fireproofed), which is very effective when hung in front of black drapes. It is light-weight but bulky, so I do NOT travel with it by default - please contact me if you think it MIGHT be required.
Both the video and sound are run from DVD. To ensure compatibility, I used to bring a DVD player - but now the DVD spec has become a bit more reliable I ask venues to provide a DVD player... If necessary I can also bring a 25m S-video and 5m audio cable to connect to the projector and the mixing desk, but by default I don't bring these either, so if they will be needed, please make sure I know in advance.
A lighting plan can be downloaded as a PDF or a GIF.
THE PLAN shows 24 lanterns, INCLUDING A GENERAL COVER.
This may not be enough for larger venues and should be interpreted and expanded accordingly.
The important thing about the lighting is that no lights should shine directly onto the screen (or bounce onto it if the floor is shiny) - so, as the plan indicates - lots of top and side light and very little front.
matthew_lighting_plan.gif (100 kb)
matthew_lighting_plan.pdf (160 kb)
ARRIVAL TIME AND GET-IN
Usually I aim to arrive at the venue between 1 and 2 o'clock on the day of the show. If pre-rigging has been done, this leaves enough time for a relaxed focus and plot.
If pre-rigging is NOT done by 2 pm, we both have to work without a break right up to the show, and even then it can be touch and go.
George Dillon's Tour Dates
(as of Wednesday, 21 August 2019)