Guildford School of Art, part of the University of Surrey and renowned for the quality of both performers and technicians that filter from their courses into London’s West End theatre land, have recently updated the sound in the Ivy, their on-campus theatre. After discussions between Paul McConkey, head of courses at the college, and LMC London’s Will Hinkly, a demo was arranged to cover a college production at the Electric Theatre in Guildford. A system of four Optima 5 per side flown under an Optima B210, with a reFlex SB118 per side ground stacked, was specified for the event and exceeded expectations.
The Ivy is very much a multi-function venue which can be used as a conventional theatre space or with seating retracted can be configured for performance in the round. As a result the system needed to be quick and easy to install or reconfigure and also scalable going forward. For the install system four AX8 were added to the specification for use as general purpose infills along with the new Kwik Lok equipped yokes. The system runs from four eFlex Q5 system managers fed from the theatres Digico console. The system has drawn praise not only for its audio quality and coverage but also from the unlikely source of the lighting technicians; for whom its discreet size is a major bonus come focusing time.
Commenting Inspired Audio’s Chris Scott said,
’The quality of the students passing through this venue is high and that they are learning the ropes on Inspired kit is a great coupe for the company. This is the kind of application for which Optima 5 was designed and marks another step forward for the product in the theatre and AV market where it is finding much favour. All at Inspired are looking forward to working with GSA going forward’.
GSA's Paul McConkey is pictured above left with an example of one of the flown arrays to the right.