Komedia Venue Installation
When the Komedia Group saw the dilapidated 1911 Beau Nash Picture House in Bath they knew instantly that they had to rescue it by transforming it into a spectacular performance venue. Komedia is a leading arts and entertainment organisation operating live entertainment venues in the UK, offering everything from stand up comedy to cabaret and theatre acts.
Komedia had previously worked with Stage Electrics on the refit of their venue in Brighton and knew that we could deliver the technical services needed for this impressive renovation. Komedia's conceptual brief to Stage Electrics was to create a lighting systems design and sensitive venue installation for the old cinema which would transform it into a live performance space. It was essential for the lighting systems design and subsequent installation to be sympathetic to the art deco architecture and carried out in accordance with the Grade 2 listed status of the building. A false floor was built over the original floor and the venue stage and a cable trap was built into the floor.
The Stage Electrics installation comprised of a production power and data infrastructure, technical communications, a flown front-of-house truss rig and a large on-stage goal post truss system. This venue installation was complimented with a range of moving and programmable stage lights such as Martin MAC 500's, MAC 600's, Pro 918's and Thomas Pixelines all controlled by an Avolites Tiger Pearl lighting desk. To create the highest impact within the set budget, Stage Electrics supplied Komedia with both new and ex-hire equipment for their lighting rig. Stage Electrics also supported Komedia right up until their opening night, where they set up the operational lighting and plotted for the first show.
The end result is a very unique and sensitively restored entertainment venue with a wow factor that has awoken Bath's nightlife. Komedia's Technical Manager Chris Williams comments:
"I have been very impressed with the service Stage Electrics has supplied. Their technical support and the crew they provide is second to none. They had a real understanding of the specialist requirements for Komedia Bath and from the start were very supportive and worked closely with us to deliver the technical solutions we wanted at the venue within a strict deadline."