Since last October, PRG has been working with Gary Numan, in partnership with Production Designer and Production Manager, Luke Edwards of Cue Design. PRG supplied lighting, video and rigging for the Savage Tour, which takes audiences on a journey through a post-apocalyptic world.
Numan’s shows are known for spectacular visual displays and impressive creativity, with most of the elements of the production being based on lighting or video technology. Cue Design has been working alongside Gary for the past four years, designing collaborative lighting, video and laser packages for the iconic shows.
The Savage tour itself combined Numan’s renowned industrial synth sound with powerful, emotional performances from The Skaparis Orchestra and the huge talents of the Kantos Chamber Choir, creating a high impact, spectacular rock show.
Creative Director Luke Edwards began the design process by conversing with Numan on what the look and feel of the show would be. He then developed renders based on these conversations. Numan went on to tweak the renders and add his own personal touches, ready for the designs to be brought to life at venues across the UK.
The end result was something Edwards was incredibly proud of. He said, “we were the world premiere of Avolites Synergy which in itself was great. I also took a risk by putting no spots or washes in the overhead rig but just using X4 bar 20's which worked out incredibly well!”
Edwards told us he gets his inspiration everywhere, from nature and art galleries to the sights and sounds you experience just walking around in cities. This year, he’s been most impressed by the lighting creative for Bruno Mars, telling us it’s the “best show [he has] ever seen.”
For the Savage tour, PRG supplied GLP products which helped to make Edwards’ vision a reality, such as the Xbar 20, X4, JDC Strobes, PRG Icon Edge & PRG BAT pre rig truss. Our Lighting Project Manager was Leigh Yeomans, with Daniel Briggs working on lasers, and video was managed by Nilkanth Patel. Bradley Stokes was Crew Chief, supported by crew members Dan Everitt and Tom Prew. The Tour itself was managed by Dave Dupuis.
Luke Edwards of Cue Design said, “Our Account Handler, Rob Watson, really looks after me and understands the importance with building relationships with people. PRG is wholly people-based and it’s lovely. They have supported us endlessly to make this production happen. For me, that relationship and level of trust is invaluable.”
“I see Rob as part of my crew as I do my crew chief or any other member of crew. He is instrumental in getting these shows to work.”