Case Studies

Northwich Memorial Court Theatre

Northwich is a town in the heart of Cheshire and has recently opened its new theatre. It was built on the site of the old venue and the adjacent Magistrates Court. Both were demolished in 2014 and the new theatre opened as the Memorial Court Theatre on 9th May 2015. Cheshire West and Chester Council must be commended for commissioning this replacement theatre in the current economic climate.

The complex is run on behalf of the local authority by Brio Leisure, who also manage other venues in the area.

Main Theatre

The theatre includes seating for an audience of up to 500. The fixed proscenium is 10.5 metres wide by 6 metres high, with a stage height of 1 metre. The stage is 18 metres wide by 7.5 metres deep.

The stage is equipped with a technical gallery on the prompt side. On this gallery there are 5 off 350kg manual pile-wind winch sets, which can be driven by a hand-held 230v drive unit. There are also 13 off 100kg hemp sets. Additional winch and rope sets can installed at a later date, as funds allow. Over-stage lighting bars are also plugged up to this gallery.

Stage lighting is comprised of 120 ways of dimmers, any of which can be switched to non-dim use. These are ETC SmartPack ThruPowerSwitch units. Such dimmers are a great development, which allow any outlet to be dimmed, or non-dim. The lighting console is an Avolites Tiger Touch ProII, but any console can be used dependent on the type of production. 2 universes of DMX are provided.

There are 3 FOH lighting bars plus 2 vertical side booms. Over-stage there are 4 lighting bars plus 2 vertical perch booms.

A Personus Studio Live 24-4-2 digital mixer is installed with three Tannoy Clusters (left, right and centre) plus more Tannoys providing some fill to the rear of the auditorium. Tannoy Subs are provided plus Tannoys for on-stage fold back. The power for the Tannoys is supplied courtesy of Lab.Gruppen 4 channel power amps with control via an open architecture DSP, Solous 16. The Subs are built, flush, into the proscenium walls at auditorium floor level.

The tab track with velour tabs is electrically operated with a velour valance, and on-stage blacks in black wool serge, plus a cyclorama cloth. Other tracks are provided for cloths/gauzes/borders which can be loaded from the technical gallery.

A comms system is provided to the usual positions, plus show relay to back-stage, with calls facility.

The demountable Cameo staging was also supplied by NST. Decks are 2 metres by 1 metre plus two step units. These can be used to form an apron to the front of the stage, a runway into the auditorium, or risers on-stage. It is also the venues intention to use them anywhere in the complex. When the decks are stacked they can be rolled, for storage, on castors under the stage through doors in the front edge of the stage.

Conference Hall

The rear third of the auditorium can be partitioned off to create the conference hall, but leaving the theatre with smaller auditorium. Both spaces can have independent lighting and sound, with a projector and roll down screen to each space.

Hall Two

Another small hall is available with sound and projection.

Dance/Fitness Studio

The Dance/Fitness Studio is again equipped with sound and projection.

Technical Summary

Theatre

Stage area: 18m wide by 7.5m deep
Proscenium Opening: 6m high by 10.5m wide

Stage Lighting

Dimmers: 120 ways of ETC SmartPack ThruPowerSwitch 2.3kw
dimmers
Lighting console: Avolites Tiger Touch ProII

Luminaires

ETC Source 4 variable beam 15-30 degree profile spot 750 watt
ETC Source 4 variable beam 25-50 degree profile spot 750 watt
Selecon Rama 150, 7-50 degree 1,200 watt Fresnel spot
Selecon Lui Cyc 4 way cyclorama lights
Black PAR cans, 1,000 watt

Sound and Communications

Sound mixer: Personus Studio Live 24-4-2
Speakers:
Each of three FOH clusters: 2 off Tannoy VX12HP
Rear of auditorium fill/delay: 4 off Tannoy VX8
Bass: 2 off Tannoy VSX18DR
On-stage fold-back: 2 off Tannoy VX12HP
Audio processing: Symetrix Solus 16
Amplifiers: Lab.Gruppen C series 48:4
Radio mics: 8 way Trantec S5.3
Comms: 2 circuit system
Show relay/paging mic: AT 875R
Show relay speakers: ADS Kestrel 4 wall mounted

AV equipment

Projectors: Christie LX 605 6,000 lumen
Processing: Kramer VP27 Video switcher

Rigging

Hemp Sets: 13 off (16mm Hempex) for maximum 100kg payload
Winch Sets: 5 off, 6 line, pile-wind, for maximum 350kg payload
Fly-bar length: 10m long, 48mm OD, plus extenders
Winch set suspension Bar: 12m long, 48mm OD with levelling adjusters

Hall Two
Mixer: Soundcraft EMP compact mixer.
Speakers: QSC K8 active speakers
Radio mics: Trantec S4.4

Dance/Fitness studio
Mixer/playback: Unimark iCD Mix 3 CD player with iPod input and
integrated mixer.
Speakers: QSC K8 active speakers
Radio mics: Trantec S4.4