Zero 88 control solution for Little Field Theatre
Thursday, 18 July 2019
zero-88-little-field-theatre-st-andrews-school-img9963The venue’s technical specification was delivered by consultants Theatre tech
UK - A Zero 88 lighting control solution - including FLX S48 lighting console and Bypass dimmer / switchpacks - has been supplied to St Andrew’s School in Woking, Surrey, UK, by rental, sales and installations specialist Henley Theatre Services (HTS).
The school, founded in 1937, is a respected co-educational prep school for around 300 children aged 3 to 13. As part of a commitment to deliver a stimulating and vibrant educational and developmental environment for its pupils, last year St Andrew’s invested in a new, 230-capacity purpose-built theatre - the Little Field Theatre - and rehearsal space in its 11-acre grounds.
The venue’s technical specification - including the Zero 88 elements - was delivered by consultants Theatre tech who designed the production lighting, sound and comms systems. A tender issued for the equipment supply was won by HTS who liaised closely with both the consultants and the client. HTS completed the installation and commissioning of the equipment on site.
HTS’s Reg Berry explained that the FLX S48 provided an ideal lighting control option due to its “clever but simple” approach to controlling a combination of different lightsources including LED and tungsten units.
In this case, the client also had several tungsten ‘legacy’ fixtures from their previous drama studio (Jnr School Hall) that needed to be integrated into the new theatre system, together with some new LED PARs, Selecon Acclaim fresnels and profiles.
The two Zero 88 Bypass dimmer / switchpacks provide dimmed and hot power for the lighting rig, making it straightforward to power both old and new fixtures, and a Zero 88 rack Split2:8 RDM device is used for DMX distribution. This set up also means hassle-free integration of more LED fixtures, moving lights, etc., in the future.
HTS has itself specified and supplied several Zero 88 FLX consoles to a variety of projects in the last two years. Berry comments: “FLX is a highly practical, well-thought-out cost-efficient console that’s easy to understand, programme and operate and ideal for this type of scenario.”
Darwins Ltd were St Andrew’s School main contractor, and David Rogers were the electrical contractors.
(Jim Evans)

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