We returned to play another sell out at the Hawth in Crawley. The crowd here are another great one, always up for a really good night.
From a technical point of view its an excellent venue, easy load in, big stage with plenty of space in the wings. This makes it easy to put the full set and lighting rig in. The Auditoruim is still wider than the Prosc here though, and without careful placement of the PA it's easy to encroach on sightlines to the wider seats, however its then possible to loose a portion of the sound to the wider seats because the PA can't face them properly! Always a delicate balancing act and one we try to get right wherever we go! Also the mix position, under a small balcony, can be a bit harsh, causing you to want to reign in some of the higher frequencies which of course is a mistake as it would leave the rest of the room lacking!
Another excellent crew making the load out nice and quick for us to be on our way to Yeovil.
The Octagon is another theatre this show has a long history with. It's an unusual auditorium given that is octagonal (incase you hadn't guessed!) and also has solid brick walls and hollow seating. That said, it's wide enough that with careful placement of the boxes its a really clean room without much in the way of reflections you would expect in a room with solid walls. The guys here are always excellent and today was no exception, setting a record time for the load in and fit up! Full set and lighting rig again completing the package and looking really great on this stage
The Somerset crowd is always "in the mood" and we had an excellent night, a nice easy room to mix in and everyone seemed to enjoy it!
Last stop on this leg the Queens Theatre Barnstaple. A really great reigonal theatre, despite the stage size and space lacking somewhat, we always have a great night here. Around three years ago the stage underwent a fairly extensive upgrade, new lighting equipment and most importantly, a complete set of 20+ motor bars all controlled from a fully programable automation system, a vast improvement given that previously the entire flying system was manual hemp!
The stage is still one of the smaller ones we visit, this always makes life interesting particulary for Ben with his Vi3000 monitor desk. The desk plus radio rack takes up the footprint of a medium sized Heritage or ML4000, meaning the already tight wing space really is streached once he's set up!
From my perspective it's a nice easy room, and whilst the narrow prosc limits you to one stack per side, its easy to achieve nice clean sound here. A tie into the upstairs delay's ensures the very furthest seats get good vocal coverage.
Mike enjoyed the luxuary of not only getting his whole flown rig in, but also tieing into some in-house Qwash 560z fuxtures which enhance the backlight with nice smooth washes and good punchy saturated colour. Check out the video below and see if you can spot them. It looks particularly good in here with the starcloth and also very even, uniform haze distribution, certainly not always the case!
Also I realised Ive been excluding the girls in my video snipets so check out a little something from them below!