Manchester, UK

Neon Sonnets

Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile

The Neon Sonnet event was to celebrate the life and works of William Shakespeare, marking 400 years since the death of the bard.

As night drew in, the beautiful library was alive with sounds from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and each performance was uniquely lit by  Light4®.

  • Services

    Lighting Installations

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  • Client

    John Rylands Library and the Royal Northern College of Music

Shakespeare Stars, Romeo Balcony

The Pied Piper

The audience for the night moved through the library, following a pied piper, from one performance to another. In keeping with the fluidity and hustle of the audience moving through the space, the lighting design for each performance also moved with the audience. The lighting was set up for each performance and dismantled to move to the next. It was a quite unique, hands on and hearty task.


The lighting aided the performances by adding a subtle layer of projected light. Gobo projectors with custom patterns adorn the spaces and were collectively designed by the Cundall light4 team.

Romeo Balcony Shakespeare Stars

Imagery © The University of Manchester