On 6th July, hundreds of theatres, cinemas, galleries, museums and arts venues from all over the UK bathed their buildings in red light to take part in the #LightItInRed campaign, which aimed to draw attention to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the UK’s events industry.
The #LightItInRed campaign was co-created by Clearsound Productions Ltd and Backstage Theatre Jobs, and the aim was to shine a light on the 25,000 businesses and 500,000 industry professionals facing ruin.
Whilst Sharnbrook Mill isn’t a professional venue like the Royal & Derngate in Northampton, we felt it was vital to show our solidarity to the cause and support the campaign.
When we asked Ricky, our Resident Lighting Designer, if he’d be happy to help out, he jumped at the chance.
“I haven’t been able to design any shows since March, so having the opportunity to do something, even as simple as lighting up our lovely venue, was brilliant! Outside lighting design is very different to interior design so it was a nice challenge too.”
So, on a blustery Friday evening (due to work commitments Ricky wasn’t sure if he’d be available on the actual day), Ricky set about laying out cables and LED par cans ready to capture The Mill in a red glow… once the sun had set. By 10.30pm, it was dark enough to get the intensity he wanted and the photos proved how impressive The Mill looks under the spotlight!
Our thanks to Ricky for his time in supporting the campaign and in helping to put SMTT on the map.
For more information about the campaign (and to see the map of those supporting the initiative), visit www.lightitinred.co.uk