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Haywards Heath College reopens Hub Theatre after Stage Electrics £100,000 project installation


Hub Theatre

Haywards Heath College reopens Hub Theatre after Stage Electrics £100,000 project installation

The Hub Theatre, at Haywards Heath College, is to reopen after Stage Electrics announced that it had completed the contract for the design, supply, and installation of specialist production lighting, sound and video projection systems, valued at just under £100,000.

The closure of the venue back in 2016 saw all the previous working theatrical control systems removed and the latest contract ensures that the systems now installed have future-proofed the facility to ensure that the students have the best possible experience to facilitate their future steps into the world of theatrical work.

With a deadline focussing on an early Autumn opening, a quick turn-around was required, with work starting on site in September, just three weeks after the contract was awarded, and completed six weeks later. With work commencing during student inductions, a safe COVID working environment was also created and maintained throughout.

The project included a vast array of new equipment and systems to transform a disused space back into a working theatre. An RCF Acustica PA system was selected for the main auditorium with a Midas mixing console along with a selection of Sennheiser wired and wireless microphones. An ETC element lighting console was selected to control a selection of ETC S4 Profiles and ColorSource Pars. Prolyte Staging and Doughty rigging accessories were utilised to give the space flexibility for future productions. Throughout the venue, new custom patch panels and Altair wired communications units have been installed, along with paging and show relay systems. A Dante Enabled Audio system covers the main auditorium.

Alongside the main theatre installations, the project also included the provision of a new Panasonic projection system and RCF PA system into the Dance Studio and two additional RCF PA systems into two smaller studios on-site.  

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