The theatre lighting is controlled by an ETC Ion, capable of running any show that comes into the venue, and can handle static and intelligent (moving) luminaries and LED fixtures with ease.
For small scale events in the upstairs room, we have a Strand 200 12/24 desk, which is also available for use by schools and other outside events.
The desk powers a mixture of dimmers, comprising one 24-channel Strand Permus, eleven 12-channel ETC Smart Racks and four Zero 88 Betapacks (portable 6-way units). A number of small 4-way portable dimmer packs are available for feeding specials and other channels as needed.
There is a DMX network fed via the control room which allows any of the three DMX universe feeds from the desk to be fed around the theatre.
The standard lantern rig comprises mainly Strand and ETC equipment. Our Robert Juliat Marius follow spots were chosen for their ease of use and power to cut through even the brightest stage lighting rig.
Since 2010, the Abbey has invested regularly in LED lighting technology to compliment the standard rig, which not only allows a far more versatile colour wash coverage but also has a significant energy saving impact
Where larger more lavish performances require a more sophisticated lighting set up, we have a number of options for the hiring in of a variety of intelligent fixtures such as moving head/moving mirror luminaries, star cloths and the like. Please ask for details and pricing.
UV can be provided by one 400w UV cannon, two LED UV Lanterns and/or up to four 4ft fluorescent fittings. We have 5 strobe units, controllable from the booth via either DMX or analogue controllers.
Whenever required, the first floor Etone Lounge may be used as a studio venue, for which there is a portable section of lighting control suited to the size of room and the technical needs of such events. Control here can be effected using our smaller DMX desk, a Strand 200, and the smaller Prelude/Parnel range of lanterns, and operators can easily produce very satisfactory results.
Lighting Demonstration Videos
These video clips show what can be achieved when using additional moving lights to complement our standard rig. These lights can be hired in on your behalf (quotes available on request) but bear in mind that extra time MUST be allowed for pre-rigging and programming of these, and time spent doing so can be chargeable to the user group.
Video editing using effects loops or other VT content can also be prepared for you but again may incur additional charges.