This significant project is a re-development and re-scoping of the previous facility, Sutherland Entertainment Centre, now designed to attract touring theatre companies and other live performers.
The P.A. People were proud to work with builder, ADCO and theatre consultant Richard Stuart, in delivering a comprehensive new performing arts facility in the Shire.
The brief required solutions for audio, lighting, video replay, CCTV, stage management, venue engineering, av systems – across three spaces and building-wide paging across 16 zones:
The main performance space installation includes a 33-line counterweight rigging system, a stage management system – complete with a stage managers desk with functionality including BOH and FOH paging, talkback, vision of wide view and conductor’s (positional) cameras, clock and timers, and foyer bells. The stage management and paging systems, as well as control of the AV systems throughout the building are based around QSC Qsys systems. The Theatre audio solution includes an L-Acoustics A-series speaker system with arrays Left-Centre-Right plus front and under balcony ‘fills’, and P1 DSP amplifiers. The lighting solution includes Grand MA3 Compact desk, LSC GenVI dimming, Nexus NXS and NX1, and MDR DMX distribution.
In the two smaller venues, Blackbox and The Encore Room, we installed local AV systems for smaller functions and can receive calls for the site wide paging system. CCTV distribution around the building includes a Black Magic Design 40×40 SDI matrix feeding sixty-four Philips Q series LCD displays. A 16K Panasonic Projector and 375” Screen Technics Screen in the theatre and 8K projectors and 150” Screen Technics screens in the smaller spaces provide video replay for the Centre. Univox hearing augmentation systems are implemented in each of the three venue spaces as well as the box office, cry room and small meeting room.
End users potentially include a mix of community-based Theatre, Dance & Touring shows. Significantly, the venue recently hosted the first performance of Bangara Theatre as part of the Sydney Festival, and the first Sydney Festival event in Sutherland Shire.