Never Forget moves to the West End
2 June 2008
UK - The musical Never Forget opened at The Savoy Theatre last week to an enthusiastic reception from Take That fans, and features sound design by Richard Brooker centered around an all-Cadac input chain.
The sound system incorporates a 94-input Cadac J-Type Live Production Console, Cadac D16 Digital Mix Matrices and M16 Remote Controlled Microphone Amplifiers, plus a large-scale Opus Audio loudspeaker rig. The show made its move to the West End after a successful two-part UK tour, with sound equipment supplied by Blitz in both cases, and production engineering by Loh Humm Audio's Mark Cornwell.
Brooker was faced with a number of challenges at The Savoy, as he explains: "It's a difficult theatre in many respects, with a very narrow proscenium that acts just like a horn, and highly reflective silver leaf walls all around. The first problem was what to do with the main PA system - the proscenium goes all the way to the auditorium wall. After a lot of head scratching, we came up with the idea of putting a stack of two Opus AT1000 and two Opus SB218 subs on each side of the proscenium, giving us the power and coverage we need.
"We had proved the system out on tour, and given the very short load-in for the West End opening, it came together really well. This was largely thanks to the excellent job done by Loh Humm Audio and some great creative ideas from Opus. We even ended up taking the ISO6 ribbon HF units out of the cabinets and put them onto special plates to touch in the highs in the rear of the stalls - a hunch that worked really well.
"The show demands a big system - it has a lot of powerful numbers, interspersed with intimate dialogue, and my challenge was getting the balance right. I am using an all-Cadac input chain, with the M16s as the front end, D16s for the band monitoring and J-Type front of house, providing a pure signal path into the Opus system. The Cadac/Opus Audio combination works brilliantly together - giving a perfect blend of quality and precision."
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