Chris15 said:You have to consider the safety aspects of strobes. They can trigger epileptic seizures. If you use strobes, you should be placing notices to that effect in public view at the entrance to the theatre. In many cases, it is also printed on tickets and made available to persons before they purchase tickets, but this would not apply in the case of a talent show I do not expect. The likelihood of seizure is significantly reduced when strobes are run at or below 8Hz. Where multiple strobes are in use, they should all operate in synchronisation.
Clearly, the use of strobes at such high frequencies is asking for trouble.
cutlunch said:Good warning Chris as some people don't realise the problems strobes can cause.
MHSTech said:Give your audience disposable cameras.
Chris15 said:Clearly, the use of strobes at such high frequencies is asking for trouble.
PATech said:Thank you very much Chris for bringing this up. Last summer I worked as a tech at a major corporate theme park (which will remain nameless as I am going back to work there this summer.) One of the shows that I was running had a substantial moving light rig and several cues in which most of the movers strobed. During one show a very young audience member with epilepsy suffered from a seizure despite the warnings posted at the door about the use of strobe effects in the show. Why his parents took him into the theatre is still a mystery to me. This is a serious concern that can cause a life-threatening medical emergency for a small percentage of the show-gowing population. Keep that in mind, because I can attest that it is not pleasant to have a 5-year-old kid seizing in the middle of your venue.