The Roundabout team receive their award
UK - Avolites provided lighting control to Paines Plough's Roundabout which won Theatre Building of the Year at the 2015 Stage Awards. The touring pop-up theatre features lighting controlled via an Avolites Sapphire Touch console running Titan Version 9.

The structure, described as "one of the most exciting new spaces in the country" was praised for its unique portability by the judges. Roundabout shares the honour with The Everyman in Liverpool.

The Roundabout is one of the first venues to utilise Titan Version 9, having had close involvement with the Avolites team. Lighting designers Emma Chapman and Howard Eaton specified Avolites for the installation, with Howard particularly keen on Titan for its Pixel Mapping ability.

Avolites technical director, JB Toby and lead software developer, Oliver Waits had close involvement with the Roundabout team, developing software specifically for Paines Plough's use, as well as providing access to Avolites' existing control platforms.

"We initially supported Roundabout with an early version of Titan V9 to programme the new Howard Eaton Lighting fixtures and stage configuration," says Toby. "These features are now fully integrated into the software, which will be released in April."

The Roundabout is a fully transportable theatre-in-the-round, seating 168 people, which can be 'flat-packed' for deployment in a range of locations, anywhere that can house it, both indoor and outdoor.

The newly crowned Theatre Building Of The Year will be back out on tour around the UK in 2015.

(Jim Evans)


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