The theatre is set to achieve a BREEAM 'excellent' rating for environmental sustainability
UK - West Wales has a new theatre. Partly funded by the Welsh Government and including the refurbishment of a listed chapel alongside a 504 seat auditorium and 100 seat Stiwdio Stepni , Y Ffwrnes will be run by Carmarthenshire County Council to provide a cultural and creative centre, offering space for community and professional events.

The theatre is set to achieve a BREEAM 'excellent' rating for environmental sustainability and is a key player in the regeneration of Llanelli. Y Ffwrnes is expected to attract some 70,000 visitors and provide new full and part time employment for 35 people.

GDS UK dealer Northern Light were commissioned to install a complete sound and lighting package for Y Ffwrnes. The consultants specified that the contractors installed the GDS Stage Manager's Console and CueSystem cue lights. The need to meet the exacting standards of environmental sustainability in modern theatre development, led the consultants to further specify the use of the GDS BluesSystem working-lights for all backstage areas.

GDS supplied a bespoke wood-enclosed Stage Manager's console with all the specific facilities required by the theatre, including a 16 channel CueSystem. Other features included white and blue panel lighting, four-preset digital lighting control, two channel intercom control, three zones of paging, digital timer and digital clock and LED stalk lights.

The backstage areas of both the main auditorium and the studio theatre were equipped with GDS BluesSystem. This product constitutes the industry standard worldwide for the provision of reliable, fully dimmable working light for backstage areas.

Chris Baldwin, theatre designer for Y Ffwrnes comments: "The Main Theatre auditorium and stage uses 48 GDS Blues and Whites integrated into the 5-scene working light scheme, part under dimmer operation and part switched. These provide an excellent in-show access lighting solution, particularly to areas dimmed to minimum levels and in the public view."

A full feature on Y Ffwrnes Theatre can be found in the April issue of LSi.

(Jim Evans)

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