Belfast-based lighting rental company Production Services Ireland (PSI) has made its first investment in Vari*Lite moving lights with the purchase of 12 VL2500 Spots.
These were specified by LD John Gallagher for the "All Ireland Talent show", the second series of which is being shot on Stage B at Ardmore Studios outside Dublin and broadcast live every Sunday evening on Ireland's RTE1.
PSI had been considering Vari*Lites for some time explains PSI's Brian Reilly, due to an increasing number of requests for them from designers. "As a premium brand, we wanted to start building a stock, so when John specified them for the Talent Show, it made sense rather than cross-hiring". He adds that he thinks that Vari*Lites will also compliment their existing extensive stock of Robe moving lights very well.
Many features have impressed him about Vari*Lites, in particular the fast and seamless colour bumps, the gobos, plus the excellent optics.
The purchase is part of an ongoing programme of investment in the latest kit by PSI. They have recently expanded their stock of ChromaQ ColorWeb 125 and 250 and JTE PixelPARs, together with 32 new 1 tonne CM Lodestar hoists and Outboard motor controls for the rigging department. Other new equipment includes Hippotizer digital media servers, 2 more Avolites 48-way ART dimmers and an Avo T2 24-way dimmer with 12 x 5K channels, which is always in huge demand.
This has been necessary due to a busy end to 2009 and a strong start to 2010.
In addition to the All Ireland Talent Show, other major PSI shows have been the dance event "Into The Light" in Belfast Kings Hall and a theatre tour for the Coisceim Dance Company.