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ETC lighting installed at “magical” Royal Court Theatre

London's Royal Court Theatre stands as Britain's first theatre company and prides itself on being a writers' theatre. Upgrading its lighting system with ETC dimming and control system were debutants to the install industry Push The Button.

Installation company Push The Button (PTB) has launched into the AV industry with its first install – comprised of an ETC dimming and control system at London’s Royal Court Theatre.

Assembled in January 2012, the fresh company aims to deliver a comprehensive approach to installations in the entertainment industry.

Minimal disruption to the theatre’s busy schedule was integral to the project: “The Royal Court receives and considers an extraordinary quantity of new work and each year presents an ambitious programme across its two venues. It’s therefore of paramount importance to us that our entertainment technology equipment is robust and properly installed,” said Matt Drury, head of lighting for The Royal Court.

In the main hall PTB replaced 360 dimming mechanisms with Sensor dimming racks, fitted with the latest Sensor 3 processor. Further installation work took place in the foyer, where an ETC Unison Paradigm control processor with plug in touch screen and two four way custom button panels were incorporated.

Integrated into The Jerwood Theatre Downstairs (JTD) was an EOS 4K Console with capability for 5000 channels or devices and 4000 outputs or parameters. Meanwhile The Jerwood Theatre Upstairs was equipped with a new ETC GIO 2K Console – with both theatres controlled via an ION Control Desk 1000 as backup, with remote control from an Apple iPad with downloaded ETC app.

“We’re over the moon to have completed our first project as Push The Button at one of London’s coolest theatres,” said PTB’s managing director Nick Ewins. “The Royal Court Theatre really is a magical place on a world-class scale. To be responsible for the installation of its dimming and control system is an honour, and it was also great fun. Matt Drury and his team were totally supportive throughout, which meant that going into production week for ‘In Basildon’ was technically drama free!”