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Theatre Royal, Newcastle opts for ETC Eos and Sensor

_Andy Main and his team at the Theatre Royal spent a long time discussing their requirements and considering their options, trying out many of the control systems now available,_ commented White Light_s technical sales manager, Roger Hennigan. _Ultimately, as so many other theatres have, they chose ETC. We then managed to find a slot of just six weeks to remove the old system and install the new__

The theatre_s new dimming system is formed of five 48-way ETC Sensor racks populated with 170 3kW RCD dimmers, 19 5kW RCD dimmers and 34 3kW contactor modules, plus an additional four six-way SineWave wall-mounted dimmer packs.

The control system is now based around a 4,000-channel ETC Eos console, with a matching RPU backup and a smaller ETC Ion console. DMX output from the console_s network output is generated using two ETC Net3 4-way Gateways, each offering four DMX outputs and four DMX inputs, and six ETC Net3 3-way touring Gateways, each with twin DMX outputs. A network PC allows dimmer monitoring and remote console operation, while a Net3 Radio Remote Focus unit allows easy channel control from the stage.

The dimming and control systems were supplied and installed by White Light, in conjunction with Audio Light Systems of Edinburgh; working with White Light were Lorne Stewart, responsible for the field wiring and production lighting boxes, electrical consultant White Young Green, along with the Theatre Royal_s staff, who installed the new Cat5e data network.

White Light_s Sales team had already supplied the theatre with a wide range of lighting equipment, including a new front-of-house rig of ETC Source Fours, over the past year. The first show to make use of the new infrastructure was the touring musical Never Forget _ which, coincidentally, uses a lighting rig from White Light.

White Light is currently installing equipment in the UK, Germany, Macau and Singapore.

Picture: Theatre Royal