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Stage Technologies installs power flying system at The Backstage Centre

Stage Technologies has provided an automation system for The Backstage Centre, which opened in Purfleet’s High House Production Park in the spring of 2013. The Backstage Centre is to be used not only for rock and roll tour rehearsals, TV and film productions, and other professional projects, but it will also provide high calibre training for students working towards a career in technical theatre and the live music sector. Stage Technologies has installed a fully integrated powered flying system including four flybar winches, a two line performer flying winch and four moveable point hoists with re-configurable rigging hardware for setting up complex 3D flying applications. Equipment is controlled using the latest Au:Tour equipment as well as an array of desks running eChameleon software.

Nikki Scott, managing director of Stage Technologies Ltd commented: "We are delighted to have been working with the incredibly creative and talented team at the Backstage Centre alongside their original theatre consultants Charcoal Blue. Our engineers have relished the opportunity to provide additional equipment to such an inspiring new space. The whole site is extraordinary and the Centre’s business model has amazing potential. We are really looking forward to a long partnership with the Backstage Centre and wish them every success with this ambitious and very valuable venture."

Gary Sparkes, technical consultant at The Backstage Centre said: "The state-of the-art Stage Technologies equipment has added tremendous value to The Backstage Centre’s facilities. We’re able to provide a unique training opportunity, with a range of power flying technology that is rarely available to students and practitioners. Our main performance space can now accommodate powered and 3D performer flying in a 15m high space. The equipment has already been in use by FE & HE students, as well as international students and staff from performing arts and educational institutions.

"We’re currently developing plans for contextual and specific master classes to be led by Stage Technologies trainers and industry professionals. The equipment Stage Technologies have provided adds a great deal of flexibility to what we can offer as part of these projects and others at The Backstage Centre."

The site is also home to the Royal Opera House’s Production Workshop, where many of the props and scenic pieces that are used in performances in Covent Garden are constructed.

The Stage Technologies system includes: AU:tour Drive and Control Racks, a Nomad desk, an Acrobat desk, a handheld desk, six PC Wing desks, a Stage Technologies Sculptor Suite and 3ds Max Toolkit, four point hoists with swivel pulleys and 3D rigging, four flybar hoists and a 2-line point hoist.

1st July 2013

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