Lighting Design- Original Script
For an original piece, this lighting design was crafted. The script highlighted the oppression of the LGBTQ+ society in India where traditional mindsets still clash with the freedom demanded by the members of this society. The script emphasises the stories within the closet and portrays four stories which range from the rich neighbourhoods of Delhi to the small villages of Uttar Pradesh. It also explores various forms of oppression from the subtle taunts to the beatings and imprisonments.
Since there were four different stories, there were blackouts created to separate the stories. Below, is my initial annotation of the scripts.
Annotated First Reading of the Script
Initial ideas and observations of the play along with the directorial intent. The draft above was after a preliminary pitch by the Director
lighting design #1
The first lighting design I created was simple: Red (LD 787) and Yellow (LD089). This was because I wanted to create a standard lighting because I felt too many things were going on: the actor was changing costumes (through a piece of cloth worn in different ways) and roles (one person played all roles). Moreover, the play discussed such important things that I felt that it wouldn’t be right to keep changing the lighting because it might serve as a distraction factor.
However, this lighting design didn’t work out because the preliminary audience we had picked out found it hard to see the distinctions between the different characters. Originally, there was only a change of the dupatta, not the set or lights and since the Direct was adamant on having a fixed set, I was able to experiment with the lights.
Lighting Design #2
The first scene, of a girl named Tara, is the first experience to be shared and the essentially explores the most subtle form of homophobia explored in the play.
Here the lighting I decided to use was White with a hint of Blue. The Lee Colour Filters were used in the colour LD071.
The effect this lighting served to create was a subtle one. It was meant to linger in the background and introduce a somber tone through the blue, which is a colour linked to sadness and calmness.
The second scene portrayed the experience of Gauri, a girl from the villages of India. This scene was meant to show strength and depth regarding coming out of the closet and how the villages may be more understanding. Since this scene is directly after the scene with an urban girl, I decided to maintain an element of the previous lighting to help maintain similarity, to allow the audience to compare, and contrast, the two scenes.
Here the lighting I decided to use was Yellow (Amber Gold) LD089 with a hint of Blue (LD071) as used before. The effect this lighting created was once again subtle but more mimicking the natural light seen in the warmer villages of India. It also instills a sense of increased dramatic tension and builds the pace of the play.
The third scene illustrated the point of view of the oppressor, and by an extension society. The scriptwriter still chooses to paint this character as a victim, and she talks of the aftermath her husband coming out and her life being destroyed. Here the sense of drama elevates as the tension rises. I kept the dramatic yellow from the second scene and accentuated it with a subtle amount of red to highlight the growing tension.
Here the lighting is mainly Yellow (LD089) with toned down amounts of Red (LD787). This emphasises the increasing unravelling of her mind and heightens the dramatic tension seen in the play.
This scene starts off with a man in prison. Here I decided to start with blue to mimic the inside of a prison. The man then goes on to talk about the present in a way that disassociates him with his initial surroundings. For that, I first introduced an element of white, while reducing the blue. I then increased the red lights in the scene to increase the tension, which rose with the momentum in this scene.
Here, the lights Blue (LD071), Red (LD787) and White have been used.
In the picture to the left, is the lighting for the narrator. A simple white spotlight was used to emphasise the fact that it is a fact and not dramatised or exaggerated.