HSL steps up commitment to Hope Mill
Monday, 11 June 2018
hsl-hope-mill-theatre-hop011509197-photo-by-louise-sticklandAlice Longson and Joseph Houston (photo: Louise Stickland)
UK - HSL, technical partner for Hope Mill Theatre, has updated the lighting rig of the Manchester production space with a number of profile, Fresnel and flood fixtures.
Hope Mill Theatre, an alternative arts production space based at a former Victorian cotton mill in Ancoats, partnered with HSL two years ago. HSL undertook a structural survey followed by the design and installation of a trussing mother grid in the roof.
While an assortment of lighting kit has been supplied over the last two years, this this has now been reviewed and updated to include a standard rig of ETC Source Four profiles, 1K Fresnels, and Acclaim Fresnels together with a variety of floods.
Moving lights and other specials will be supplied as required by the individual productions. The original mothergrid has also just been extended with some new sections, giving more capacity for the quick and simple addition of specials.
Hope Mill Theatre is the brainchild of Joseph Houston and Will Wheton, working with producer and co-artistic director Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment. The 120-seat theatre can be set up to accommodate shows in different formats, and recently welcomed its first technical manager, Alice Longson (pictured).
The venue has received three equipment transfers from London already and HSL has vowed to provide “more and a wider range” of lighting equipment for the forthcoming season and the future.
Hope Mill’s next big musical number in the autumn will be the Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love.
(Jim Evans)

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