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Little Field Theatre, St Andrews School

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Woking, Surrey

Brand new, purpose-built, state-of-the-art theatre and rehearsal space.

FLX S48 lighting console, 24 channels of Chilli Pro (Bypass) and a Split 2.8 RDM for data distribution.

FLX S48 was chosen for it “clever but simple” approach. Reg Berry, from Henley Theatre Services, says “FLX is a highly practical, well-thought-out cost-efficient console that’s easy to understand, programme and operate.

The two Chilli Pro (Bypass) units make it straightforward to power both old and new fixtures, resulting in hassle-free integration of additional LED fixtures and moving lights in the future.

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 an established, respected and thriving coeducational 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 brand new, 230 capacity purpose-built state-of-the-art 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.

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.

Reg Berry, Henley Theatre Services

HTS has itself specified and supplied several Zero 88 FLX consoles to a variety of projects in the last two years. Reg 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.

”The School’s Head of Drama is charged with the day-to-day running of the theatre’s technical elements and Reg and the HTS team have also trained up key teaching staff on the lighting system and FLX. “They don’t have much time, so something uncomplicated but powerful enough to operate modern stage lighting effects has really ticked all the boxes!”

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.

The Little Field Theatre is a much-coveted addition to the school’s many facilities and is now in use daily for theatrical productions, events, visiting speakers and announcements.

HTS also has a few FLX consoles in its own rental inventory – the company is known for its attention to detail and dedication to providing the highest standards of service – HTS can provide full production and event hire packages, including technical design, coupled with an extensive sales and installation business.

St Andrew’s school is a flagship installation for HTS, demonstrating their ability to complete full production and technical schemes to very high standards. “We have many years of experience and knowledge in our team and really enjoy working on projects like this” he concluded.

Reg himself has been specifying and supplying Zero 88 products for over 20 years and comments that the brand has maintained an “excellent reputation” throughout that time, and that the FLX range of consoles - launched four years ago - has “added substantially to that”.

He likes Zero 88’s people-and-products focussed approach and friendly attitude coupled with their own passion for their products, and still has fond memories of winning the Zero 88 Go-Karting Challenge Cup … back in 1999!

Darwins Ltd were St Andrew’s School main contractor, and David Rogers were the electrical contractors.

Products used

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Double the power of FLX S24 with intuitive control of up to 96 fixtures, and a touch monitor output to provide quick access to palettes and an overview of the show.

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ZerOS Remote enables wireless control of your rig, allowing you to manipulate, control and playback your shows from your smart phone or tablet.

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Chilli Pro

A range of high density wall mounted convection cooled power switching and dimming cabinets. Quick to install and set up, easy to operate and maintain.

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Zero 88 would like to thank Theatre Tech, HTS and Reg Berry of Henley Theatre Services, St Andrew’s School, Woking, Surrey. Darwins Ltd (St Andrew’s School main contractor), and David Rogers - electrical contractors.

Photos courtesy of St Andrews School

First published 2019