Late 2013 saw Kneehigh Theatre’s production of Noel Cowards ‘Brief Encounter’ grace stages throughout the country. Fresh from Broadway and the West End the theatrical tour began its 3 month journey around Australia in Adelaide’s Dunstan Playhouse before heading through Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong and Perth.
Production for the tour was provided by the Adelaide Based Novatech Creative Event Technology. The team at Novatech worked closely with Arts Projects Australia and Kneehigh in developing a turnkey touring audio and lighting solution to cater for the shows in depth technical requirements.
“We were very pleased with the level of technical support Novatech provided to the Australian tour of Brief Encounter. Novatech were professional, knowledgeable and efficient with friendly staff who were always willing and on hand to help. We found the Novatech equipment to be of a very good quality and the tour was prepped by the Novatech team with a high level of care. The excellent on road support allowed the touring show staff to focus on the specifics of each venue. We would not hesitate in recommending Novatech following our experience with them on Brief Encounter.”
– Steph Curtis, Company Stage Manager, Kneehigh UK.
After lengthy discussions, Novatech began building a series of custom equipment racks and looms designed to cater for the shows needs. After the extensive equipment prep was completed Novatech assisted with the first show build at the Dunston Playhouse before the touring crew took the system to other venues around the country. Continual on-road support was offered when required including flying some Novatech crew to Melbourne when it came to setting up the Athanaeum show with a tight bump in time.
Along with a series of specifically designed patch systems and cabling, the audio component of the tour consisted of a vast selection of Meyer Sound “UltraSeries” speaker systems for both FOH and on stage sound - all being driven via Yamaha control equipment including a Yamaha M7CL and DME64N. 16 channels of Shure UHF-R wireless microphone belt packs connected to DPA 4061 microphones were used on the cast members. The tour utilised both Shure Wireless Work Bench and Winradio and software/hardware for RF Spectrum scanning and management to ensure no RF issues were encountered. As well as the wireless microphones a selection of unique wired microphones from leading brands DPA, Earthworks and Audix were used for various applications throughout the production. All signal distribution was via custom made input/output patch panels and multi pin stage looms.
On the lighting side, in-house fly lines were utilized to rig the 60+ flown fixtures, being a mix of ETC Source 4 Revolutions with custom strings and gobos, ETC Source 4s and the ever faithful PAR 64s also complete with custom gel strings and scrollers. The remainder of the rig consisted of 10 x custom built pre-rig booms, home to over 30 ETC Source 4s of varying sizes once again complete with custom strings and Wybron scrollers. Continuing with the ETC theme, control was via an ETC EOS Ti console complete with ETC gateways and an ETC RFR to ease the focusing process. Custom looms for the rig made patching into each venue a breeze.
‘The ‘Brief Encounter Tour’ utilised Audio, Lighting and Staffing resources from Novatech Creative Event Technology to achieve its touring requirements. Working with Novatech provided a great deal of flexibility and support to accommodate the very specific audio and lighting challenges associated with presenting an internationally touring show. As the Australian Production Manager, I found having Novatech as the provider of all technical production equipment sourced in Australia, provided a cost-effective and very efficient solution for the production’s technical logistics - additional to this, Leko and his staff provided a very professional, yet personal service to the Australian Tour making even the difficult moments just that little bit easier.”
– Nicholas Filsell, Production Manager, Arts Projects Australia.
Proudly built in the USA, the VL3500 Wash FX luminaire has an output that exceeds 70,000 lumens as well as varied new options for color and beam control making it the standard by which all wash lights are measured.
The VL3500 Wash FX luminaire features internal zoomable beam optics with either Fresnel or Buxom options, an interchangeable front lens system, and four position plus open rotating FX pattern wheel. The fixture provides CYM color mixing, variable CTO color temperature correction, dual five-position color wheels, a separate dimmer, and an independent dual blade strobe mechanism.
In conjunction with its zoomable optics system, Vari-Lite introduces the VARI*BRITE mode. From almost any zoom position, this mode can be engaged to offer a tight column of remarkably intense light making the VL3500 Wash FX the most versatile wash luminaire on the market.
The impression X4 features 19 RGBW high output LED’s. In its slimline body, with no base unit, the impression X4 houses a 7 to 50 degree zoom range, full color mixing including CTC and customizable pixel patterns across its front face.
Weighing just 17.5 lbs., the impression X4 delivers high output with even color mixing across the beam at all angles. With its RGBW homogeneous sources, offers a wide color palette from soft pastels to deep saturates.
For more information see: http://www.germanlightproducts.com/products/impression-x4/
This 1500 W moving head is the most impressive graphic effects spotlight available, with an incredible array of colour and imagery devices, including 20 gobos on 3 wheels, animation disc, rotating prism and the exclusive Automated-Star-Gobo (patent pending).
All devices are fully combinable with limitless rotation and morphing possibilities. The zoom has an extreme aperture range from 7° to 57° (1:8 ratio) with an amazing 120 bpm speed. An auto-focusing function combined with the Dyna-Cue-Creator make programming and operation easy and creative.
A special high definition iris, the advanced Zoom-Tracking-Diffuser and silent operation position Alpha HPE 1500 at the edge of show-lighting technology.
For more information see: http://www.claypaky.it/en/products/alpha-spot-hpe-1500
Sharpy Wash 330 is an extraordinarily compact, lightweight 330 W wash light, with the luminous efficiency, graphic and optical performance of a 1000W fixture. It is extremely silent and quick, and fitted with a complete CMY color system, special colors, 6.5°-48° zoom, mechanical dimmer, beam shaping filter and motorized top-hat. It is an eco-friendly light, allowing considerable running and consumption cost savings.
For more information see: http://www.claypaky.it/en/products/sharpywash330
The grandMA2 full-size represents MA Lighting’s most powerful console and offers the control of conventional light, moving lights, LED fixtures and media from on one platform.
Equipped with the most up-to-date technology and even some special features (e.g. keyboard drawer and multi-touch command screen), the grandMA2 is suitable for all lighting segments and supplies an intuitive and fast control of all connected fixtures and channels.
Furthermore the grandMA2 fader wing provides up to 60 extra motorized executor faders for an almost unlimited number of pages.
Moreover grandMA ‘series 1’-showfiles can be converted to be used with the grandMA2. And for yet easier operation, all command keys can be found in the same place on every console of the grandMA2 series.
The grandMA2 offers extremely flexible and comfortable ways of programming, including nearly infinite numbers of presets, cues, pages, sequences and effects.
ColorBlaze is a robust, high-performance linear LED fixture for washing large areas with far reaching, rich, saturated colors. With a rugged, extruded aluminum housing, ColorBlaze is designed to withstand the rigors of the touring and rental market.
ColorBlaze is an easy-to-use yet powerful solution for theaters, TV studios, concerts, events, casinos, and exhibits.
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Smaller, lighter, faster and brighter. Since its introduction, the impression has taken the world by storm and set a standard for LED wash lighting. Innovation rules in this fixture.
For more information visit: http://www.glp.de/index.php?id=impression90&L=1
Christmas has come early for Novatech! To celebrate this we’ve added a slew of new equipment to our rental inventory and we’d love it if you took some time to celebrate the end of the year with us. Grab a drink or two and see what new toys we have to offer at the Novatech Lighting Open Day.
Feel free to come along for as short or long as you like between 3pm and 6pm on Wednesday 18th or Thursday 19th of December. Will also be showing off our freshly built Pre-visualisation Suite complete with ESP, WYSIWYG, MA, Vectorworks and d3 products !
A console capable of delivering everything from a local theatre show to a stadium gig! All the power of the Hog 4 in a more compact package, with sleek lines, raked screens and familiar layout.
Like it’s predecessor it allows for total expansion enabling you to create, manage, edit and playback all types of shows. The Full Boar 4 comes packed with the latest hardware features - 10 point multi touch, motorized faders, solid state HDD to name a few.
For more information see: http://www.highend.com/products/controllers/FullBoar4Console.asp
A lighting designer’s favourite, the 1044 is ideal for touring, television and theatre applications. Creates stunning effects and offers exceptional colour clarity from its vast LED colour palette. IP20 rated, UL approved product available, outstanding longevity, very low power consumption and can be floor or truss mounted.
For more information see: http://www.pixelrange.com/pixelrange/assets/manuals/PixelLine_1044-v1-07b.pdf
Although it is a busy time for our crew and events team, our offices will be closed from December 21st to January 5th. We are available if you should need us urgently.
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and have a safe & happy New Year.
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PHONE : +618 8352 0300