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We Fit Out Studio Theatre at Northumberland’s Premier Arts Venue

by Phil Haldane , under Installations

We have played a key part in the recent revamp of the studio theatre at the Maltings Theatre in Berwick-upon-Tweed: the premier performing and media arts venue for north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Working to a very tight deadline, our installations team provided a full package of light and AV equipment to turn an un-equipped rehearsal space – the Henry Travers Studio - into a fully-functioning professional studio theatre for small scale theatre and dance performances.

“Black Light did a superb job,” says Dr Miles Gregory, the Maltings’ Chief Executive & Artistic Director. “They were courteous and professional to deal with, and the finish they achieved was exactly to the specifications we demanded. The new Henry Travers Studio is a beautiful room, which delivers the flexibility we wanted as well as looking like a high-quality theatre space. We love it.”

The project involved reviewing the plans for the refurbishment of the 100-seat studio and then selecting and installing equipment to fulfill the client’s brief. This equipment included Andolite IWBs, Zero88 Chilli dimmers and outstations, an ETC Ion control desk, Selecon Rama Fresnel luminaries, Nexo amplifiers and speakers and a Panasonic LCD projector.

“From the point of order to the point of project completion, the timescale for the work was around four weeks – including resource scheduling, design completion and procurement,” explains our Installations Project Manager, Paul McGreal. “Within this tight time window, we were able to deliver a cost-effective solution that met the technical specifications, requirements and timescale demanded by the theatre.”

According to the Maltings, the newly-revamped Henry Travers Studio will now be available for around 90 additional small- to mid-scale touring music, theatre and dance performances annually, as well as digital cinema screenings. It will also provide enhanced facilities to the many local groups who use the venue.

The Maltings Theatre & Cinema is the premier performing and media arts venue for north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. It presents hundreds of live events and over 300 film screenings annually. Housed within a purpose-built building in the centre of the historic market town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Maltings offers a full programme of nearly 700 events each year – mixing world-class professional performance and film with community-centred activities, workshops and amateur events.