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Tech training at the South African State Theatre

Tech training at the South African State Theatre

Tech training at the South African State Theatre

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Having invested in a DiGiCo SD12 at the end of last year, the South African State Theatre in Pretoria recently received training on the new desk from DWR’s Kyle Robson. This was followed by dot2 training for its MA Lighting console and a Theatre Lighting Workshop.

The SD12 is currently being used in the 1,300-seater Opera Theatre, which is the largest venue at the State Theatre. ‘We initially decided on the SD12 as we wanted a mixer that could handle large productions without having to compromise on channels and Aux/Group busses, explained Tshiamo Mokgadi, an audio technician at the State Theatre. ‘We hosted a production called Freedom the musical, using over 70 lines. It was a bit of a challenge at the beginning because of the old console we were using – channels had to be cut and so on. After getting the DiGiCo we managed to pull off the show without having to cut anything.’

Mr Robson presented a practical two-day SD12 training session at the start of 2019, covering all the basics from major setups, functions, controls and parameters the enhanced features of the desk such as control, mirroring consoles and programming for complex shows and systems. ‘We got the desk set up and running to cover the major shows the State Theatre will be doing,’ commented Mr Robson. ‘The guys are blown away by the ease of use of the console.’

The following dot2 training was presented in English, Tshwana and Zulu at DWR’s premises in Johannesburg by Ole Boinamo. ‘Because the team are used to working on a grandMA2 full size, it was all about decoding to a smaller scale trick in their minds,’ noted Mr Boinamo. ‘But they got it, and we covered everything from effects, to patching, layout and presets.’

The Theatre Lighting Workshop was an intensive two-day course focused on all aspects of lighting from history to design, presented by DWR’s Michael Taylor-Broderick and hosted at the theatre. ‘The crew were deeply invested,' said Mr Taylor-Broderick. ‘I was moved by one of the senior staff who came to me after the training and said I had instilled a new passion for lighting in him. That’s what it’s all about. Making people enjoy what they do and giving them the tools to do so.’



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