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  •   A.C. Lighting Supply Theatre Equipment to Two New London Performance Venues

A.C. Lighting Supply Theatre Equipment to Two New London Performance Venues

8th December 2004

A.C. Lighting have supplied theatre equipment to The Broadway and Artsdepot newly fitted theatres in London. The company won competitive tenders after being approached by Roger Fox of Theatreplan Consultants (The Broadway) and Chris Baldwin of ACT Consultants (Artsdepot).

The Broadway is Barking and Dagenham's newly re-developed live performance arts venue, presenting a mixed programme of high quality, professional music, dance, drama, comedy, children's and family shows. Tim Foster Architects were commissioned to re-design the original Broadway as part of a regeneration programme of the town's city centre. The new 950 capacity venue opens its doors this Christmas with Dick Whittington and his Kool Kat - an updated version of the London classic.

The Broadway's lighting rig, which includes several products from A.C.'s exclusive product range, comprises of Chroma-Q® Original scrollers and PSUs, Tourflex Datasafe scroller cables and Vision Par 64s. Other equipment included ADB Fresnel lanterns, ETC Source 4 Zoom Par lanterns, DMX cabling and Socapex Multicore extension cabling, 12 way IWBs and an Avolites Pearl lighting console.

The theatre's audio system comprises of custom 19" racks containing various playback, effects and processing units, XTA GQ600 dual graphic equaliser, Midas Venice 32 channel sound desk, Dynacord monitor speakers, 8 way stage box, various mic equipment, and cabling.

The Broadway's Technical Manager, Jon Brighton, commented: "With the very short lead time A.C. Lighting were given, it is amazing that all the kit we ordered turned up by the required date. The cables and lanterns were all pre-labelled with Broadway logos and supplied in a ready to use status, so all I had to do was hang them in the venue."

Artsdepot is North London's exciting new arts venue. The state of the art facility contains the 400-seat Pentland Theatre auditorium, smaller 150-seat Studio Theatre and Educational Spaces for the provision of drama, dance and visual arts. The venue opened in October with a diverse range of performances from acclaimed artists including world renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie, choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh, political funny man Mark Thomas and reggae poetry from Benjamin Zephaniah.

Lighting rigs for Artsdepot's Pentland and Studio theatres consist of various beam angle ETC Source 4 and Junior Zoom Profile lanterns, Vision Par 64 lanterns, Selecon high performance 1200 fresnels, Robert Juliat followspots, Varilite VL1000 moving heads and Selecon Aurora and Acclaim cyclorama fixtures . A.C. Lighting's in-house Cable Express manufacturing department also supplied a large number of various made up cables.

Artsdepot's Head of Operations, Peter Bingham, commented: "A.C. delivered our specified requirements on time and within a very competitive budget. The product knowledge displayed by sales staff and technicians was impressive and helped the installation process significantly. A.C. also proved flexible enough to cope with the inevitable last minute changes that such a project involves."