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Theatre By the Lake

For their recent production of Swallows and Amazons, Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, UK sought to trial a new energy-efficient solution for cyclorama lighting. Lighting Designer and Technical Manager Andrew J Lindsay turned to entertainment lighting specialist White Light for options and advice.

White Light’s Jonathan Haynes worked with Andrew to find the right fit for the production and the venue as a whole. Like most performance venues, Theatre by the Lake is taking energy consumption into consideration when deciding on future lighting fixtures. For Swallows and Amazons, Andrew was looking for an LED fixture that could deliver on energy efficiency without compromising on brightness or colour.

After surveying the choices, Andrew employed 3 Altman Spectra Cyc 200′s and 4 Altman Spectra Cyc 100’s for the production. “Having seen the Altman units on demo, I was excited to see how they would perform in our space,” he said.


With cyc fixtures, there isn’t any room to hide. Inconsistencies are easy to spot. The Spectra Cyc units were great – they produced a lovely even field and fantastic colours. It is easy to imagine using them on a variety of productions with an almost limitless range of colours. From subtle pastels to the most intense saturates the Spectra Cyc is a really strong fixture. It also looks like and shares the same physical shape of a conventional flood. Many LED fixtures appear brash and out of place in a conventional rig. Because of the Spectra’s physicality it means there are no surprises when you glance up into the rig.

Andrew J. Lindsday, Lighting Designer

On working with White Light he continues, “The team is very knowledgeable when it comes to finding the best solution and they are always there to help. I’m always pleased to work with White Light for our lighting needs. They truly understand the constraints, pressures, challenges and demands of the modern theatre environment which is so important to us as a company and to me as a designer.”


White Light is the exclusive distributor of Altman Lighting products in the United Kingdom. For more than 40 years, White Light has been a leading supplier of lighting and technical production solutions for the entertainment, presentation and event industries across London, the UK, and worldwide.

Photos & Lighting Design by Andrew Lindsay, Set Design by Martin Johns