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Wycombe Swan upgrades with additional equipment from A.C. Lighting

31st July 2001

Wycombe Swan Theatre upgrades with additional equipment from A.C. Lighting opened in October 1992, the Wycombe Swan Theatre located in the town centre of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, has made a major upgrade to its lighting system to increase the ease and flexibility with which the venue can handle the regular through-flow of touring acts and productions.

The theatre is a receiving house for a rich diversity of acts and shows, which appear for runs ranging from single evening shows through to productions with 8 performances spread over six days. The variety is realised by a look at the programme for the month of July. This includes Buddy Holly and the Cricketers, The Pete Allen Jazz Band, The Ken Dodd Happiness Show, The Bert Kaempfert Orchestra, Thunderbirds F.A.B, Honk, and Marty Wilde and The Wildcats, to name just a few of the acts appearing.

The original lighting console, installed when the theatre opened, had given good service, however, a decision was taken to invest in a new console which more closely matched the current needs of the venue. "We needed a console that was more acceptable to a high proportion of our visiting acts", said Carlos Queiroz, Technical Manager of the Wycombe Swan. He continued, "Many shows arrive with their lighting programmed on a disk for a Strand 500 Series console and therefore this became our obvious choice".

Considerations to upgrade the console became the catalyst for the theatre to review its range of lanterns, as some of these had been in situ for nearly nine years. Carlos particularly wanted to deploy ETC Source 4 Zooms but did not believe this could be achieved within the overall budget available. Discussions were entered into with A.C. Lighting to discuss the desirability list and potential problems in relation to the available budget. This resulted in a package proposal from A.C. Lighting that fully achieved the needs of the theatre. The package comprised a Strand 520I Series Memory Console equipped with 500 channels and 30 ETC Source 4 Zooms. 16 of the lanterns were specified with 25/500 zoom and a further fourteen with 15/300 zoom.

The equipment was delivered and installed on 24th July 2001 and was put to immediate use with Marty Wilde and The Wildcats when their 'Born to Rock 'n' Roll' tour visited the Wycombe Swan on Wednesday 25th July.