for the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest was the Point Theatre in Dublin.
With theatrical flying facilities comprising
90+ counterweighted flying bars it afforded a very different approach to
that of the Eurovision Song Contest
The primary concern was to create as much visual variety as possible throughout
the 3 hours of live broadcast. To this end a central permanent set was
designed to be complimented by several flown elements.
The main performance area was a triple layered rostrum swept back in a
curve to join the flown centrepiece of the set. Built into the floor were
camouflaged voids accommodating sound monitors, microphone cables and production
lighting. Concealed lighting highlighted the layered edges.
Steel and gauze pieces were combined with side-emitting fibre optic and
sculpted polystyrene in an ever changing configuration from performance
In addition to the physical changes to the set, five large video screens
surrounded the stage onto which were projected animated forms echoing the
Careful co-ordination between Director, Lighting Designer, Video Editor
and Production Designer was vital to ensure a coherent an appropriate
look for each performer and not least for the development of the dramatic
opening sequence at the start of the show.