Thursday, May 15, 2008

Mary Poppins - Plymouth Theatre Royal Fitup Week 2






The pace has slowed right down now here in Plymouth we’re now half way into week two and we’re on to dry teching. Last week was a fairly full on as this is quite a big show and there was quite a fair amount to achieve. For a start we have a AB vocal system which means anywhere there would normally be one speaker there are two. Oh and it is a separate band system, which means there is also a band speaker so on the prosc there are three Meyer MSL2’s for the band and six Meyer UPA-1P’s per side. The double UPA pair and their rigging weigh in at 90Kgs it’s a real four man operation to get it all up there. I’m quite glad to be the one up the truss on the receiving end.
The front of house desk setup is fairly substantial I think at the last count there were ten LCD’s and that’s not including the five built into the consoles. But there is an awful lot of clever things out there. The amp racks are fairly compact but there are a lot of active speakers we’re also using the XTA 428’s, which are a bit more space effect than the 226.
As I said we’re now into dry techs which means we are spending mornings and meal breaks ticking off the small jobs list, which mainly involves repositioning and focusing cameras that have been hit by automation or other pieces of set. Most of the talk though is about how exactly it’s all going to fit into Edinburgh Playhouse.

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