A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of “Lizzie” at Hope Mill Theatre

Manchester’s beloved Hope Mill Theatre has once again graced the stage with a mesmerising production, and we couldn’t be prouder to play a pivotal role in bringing this theatrical marvel to life. Just as we illuminated the success of “Rose,” we are thrilled to take you on a journey behind the curtains of Hope Mill Theatre’s latest sensation, “Lizzie.”

About “Lizzie”

In the heart of Manchester, “Lizzie” is a musical inspired by the infamous true story of Lizzie Borden, a young woman from Fall River, Massachusetts, who became notorious in the late 19th century due to her alleged involvement in the gruesome axe murders of her father and stepmother. The musical delves into the complex psychology of Lizzie and explores themes of love, betrayal, and redemption in the backdrop of a chilling mystery. With a powerful rock score and captivating storytelling, “Lizzie” promises to leave audiences on the edge of their seats. The production features four talented leading ladies who bring the central characters to life, creating a rich tapestry of emotions and intrigue.

The Debut of Our New Robe Tetra2 Bars

But there’s an exciting twist to our involvement in “Lizzie.” We are thrilled to announce that this production marks the debut of our brand-new Robe Tetra2 bars. These cutting-edge lighting fixtures, carefully selected by renowned Lighting Designer Andrew Exeter, have been chosen to illuminate “Lizzie” in a way that has never been seen before.

Robe Tetra2 bars represent the latest innovation in theatrical lighting technology. With their versatility, precision, and stunning visual effects, these fixtures promise to elevate the audience’s experience to new heights. We are proud to have “Lizzie” as the inaugural production where our Robe Tetra2 bars take centre stage, quite literally.

Setting the Stage with Cutting-Edge Sound and Video from Stage Sound Services

Sound is the heartbeat of any theatrical experience, and for “Lizzie,” we’ve partnered with our sister company, Stage Sound Services. Their cutting-edge sound equipment, has been instrumental in ensuring that every note, every spoken word, and every sound effect is delivered with impeccable clarity and precision.

Stage Sound Services boasts a legacy of excellence in providing high quality audio and video solutions for the theatre and live entertainment industry. Their commitment to sonic perfection aligns seamlessly with our mission to deliver the best possible experience to audiences.

Taking “Lizzie” to Iconic Venues

From the historic stages of London’s West End to the grand theatres of cities like Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh, this sensational production will share its electrifying storytelling, powerful score, and captivating performances with audiences in some of the most renowned cultural hubs. As “Lizzie” takes its bow on the road, the excitement is set to travel far and wide. After its captivating run from Friday 1 to Saturday 30 September 2023 at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, “Lizzie” is scheduled to visit the Dukes Lancaster from 5 to 8 October, Junction Goole from 12 to 14 October, Trinity Arts Centre from 17 to 21 October, and New Theatre Peterborough from 6 to 16 December. The show will also have an Off West End run at Southwark Playhouse Elephant from 26 October to 2 December.

Don’t miss your chance to experience “Lizzie” in these iconic venues. Get your tickets now and be part of this electrifying journey through history and mystery.

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Photos beautifully captured by talented Pamela Raith.

Unrivalled Equipment for Unforgettable Performances: ZOO Venues 2023

Stage Lighting Services Ltd has had the pleasure of supplying equipment to ZOO Venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for over 15 years, and this year is no exception. We are delighted to announce that two 40ft trailers packed with state-of-the-art gear have now arrived to enhance the festival experience at ZOO Playground and ZOO Southside!

Our long-standing partnership with ZOO Venues, a leading venue management company at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, has allowed us to witness the growth and success of their two thriving theatres: ZOO Playground and ZOO Southside. Situated in prime locations, these venues feature a total of five performance spaces between them, providing a diverse and vibrant festival atmosphere.

ZOO Southside, located on bustling Nicolson Street, is one of the Fringe’s most established venues. Its impressive main house boasts one of the largest stages on the Fringe, making it the perfect home for an enviable dance and physical theatre program. The venue also offers an intimate cabaret bar and an excellent studio space.

ZOO Playground, just a two-minute walk from ZOO Southside and one minute from the Pleasance Courtyard, offers two exceptional studio spaces, providing an ideal setting for fringe theatre performances.

For the 2023 festival, ZOO Venues equipment spec includes cutting edge LED lanterns, Steeldeck Staging, Theatrical Drapes, Avolites Dimmers, ETC consoles, Lighting, and Power Distribution. We take pride in delivering the highest quality equipment to ensure outstanding performances and unforgettable experiences for all attendees.

For tickets to the events at ZOO Playground and ZOO Southside, you can visit the following link: 

• ZOO Festival Tickets: https://zoofestival.co.uk/

Get your tickets now and secure your spot to witness the incredible performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023!

If you’re planning your next event and in need of a custom truss structure or staging design, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Zoo Southside
ZOO Venues Southside Venue

From Hope Mill to Ambassador’s: Illuminating the Success of “Rose”

We take great pride in once again being selected as the preferred supplier of lighting equipment for the highly acclaimed and award-winning production of Martin Sherman’s play, “Rose.” This production has garnered widespread recognition for its powerful storytelling and exceptional performances.

“Rose” initially captivated audiences during sold-out runs at the esteemed Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester and The Park Theatre. As a testament to its success, the production made its transfer to the prestigious Ambassador’s Theatre, where it enthralled theatre goers with a series of 28 awe-inspiring performances.

Martin Sherman’s “Rose” is renowned for its compelling narrative, which intricately weaves together personal experiences, historical events, and the resilience of the human spirit. The play provides a poignant exploration of themes such as love, loss, and survival set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 20th century.

The production of “Rose” at the Ambassador’s Theatre has received accolades for its exceptional performances, captivating staging, and meticulous lighting design. Our contribution to the lighting setup, featuring the cutting-edge Robe 350 LEDBeams and the versatile ETC Source Four Lustr 3’s, added an additional layer of depth and visual impact to the already immersive storytelling.

We consider it a great honour to have been part of the extraordinary journey of “Rose” and to have played a role in its resounding success. The seamless combination of outstanding performances, masterful storytelling, Jane Lalljee’s beautiful lighting design and our state-of-the-art lighting equipment has transformed “Rose” into an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Cardiff Castle Christmas Festival 2022

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas …

We are once again back at Cardiff Castle / Castell Caerdydd working with Live Under the Stars on the brand-new Cardiff Castle Christmas Festival, offering a delightful children’s Christmas story in the daytime along with a unique evening cabaret show.

Alongside Stage Sound Services, we have provided a complete technical package with Steeldeck Rentals Staging, full site power distribution and full theatrical lighting comprising our brand new ROBE lighting Painte and LED Beam 350. Along with equipment we also supplied a dedicated team of technicians and project managers staff the full programme of performances.

A full EM Acoustics distributed sound system has been designed by Stage Sound Services for the unique Spiegeltent, that has been built within the castle grounds.

Tickets are still available for both shows – Click here for tickets

Lighting Design by Elanor Higgins

Images by Natalie Johnson-Rolley

Supplier Saturday – ETC

For those who don’t know, we are official ETC dealers!

ETC develop professional tools and make them accessible to everyone. Their products can be found in small and large venues worldwide, such as theatres, churches, restaurants, hotels, schools, television studios, casinos, theme parks, and opera houses

Have a project coming up? why not ask us for a competitive quote

#ETC #SupplierSaturday #ElectronicTheatreControls

Throwback Thursdays! – HAY Festival 2022

It was great to be back at Hay Festival after 3 years away due to the pandemic. 

Once again working alongside Stage Sound Services, we have supplied a complete technical package for the 5 venues at the festival, along with supplying Sky Arts with a rigging and technician package for their pop up studio onsite. 

This package includes Avolites dimming, Electronic Theatre Controls consoles, Milos and Total Solutions Group truss structures, full compliment of fixtures and complete project management with a onsite project manager onsite for the duration of the build.

If you’re interested in hiring any of the equipment above please get in touch!

Zoo Venues & C Venues in Edinburgh Fringe 2022

Stage Lighting Services Ltd have been supplying equipment to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for over 15 years!

Zoo Venues is one of the leading venue management companies on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. with two thriving theatres at the heart of the Festival.

ZOO Southside is one of the Fringe’s most established venues, located on busy Nicolson Street. Its beautiful main house, featuring one of the largest stages on the Fringe, hosts our enviable dance and physical theatre programme. While the venue also boasts an intimate cabaret bar and an excellent studio.

C Venues aims and purpose are cultural and educational. They seek to showcase the best artistic and creative work. At the heart of what they aim to achieve is to create an environment where creativity can flourish, where people can learn from each other and develop their skills and mutual understanding, where diversity is celebrated, where participants and audiences are enriched culturally, and where participation is accessible and inclusive for all.

For more information on C Venues and their program fro Edinburgh Fringe 2022, please click here

Zoo Venues & C Venues equipment spec. for 2022 includes Steeldeck StagingTheatrical DrapesAvolites Dimmers, ETC Ion & Colousource 40 AV Lighting Desks, Lighting and Power Distribution. And Sound and Video from Stage Sound Services.

Event organiser: Zoo Venues, C Venues

Are you planning your next event? If you would like us to create a custom truss structure or Staging design. Please contact us

ETC Source Four LED Series 3 – now in stock!

Stage Lighting Services have received a shipment of ETC Source Four LED Series 3, which are now available to hire. Check out some of their great features below.

Setting standards that are far from standard

Over a decade of research comes together for the market that has inspired ETC for over 45 years. The Source Four LED Series 3 brings the brightest light to the stage with the Lustr X8 array for the most nuanced colours and the Daylight HDR array for tuneable white light.

We’ve added wireless DMX/RDM by integrating City Theatrical’s Multiverse® protocol, and easy NFC configuration using your mobile device and ETC’s Set Light app.

Get the brightness you need from every distance, the colour you’ve been craving, and the control you deserve for the most efficient workflow. Like all ETC fixtures, Series 3 is backed by an unmatched industry warranty

The colour of emotion

When ETC added lime to the x7 array in 2014, it was a revolutionary step forward for colour mixing. Lime green increased the lumen output in open white and lighter tints making them brighter and livelier than other LED mixes. It was a step closer to matching the tungsten output of a conventional Source Four fixture. It also enriched colour-rendering by better marrying the red and blue ends of the colour spectrum.

Well, we’ve done it again. This time we’re adding Deep Red to the mix. With the eight-colour Lustr X8 array, Series 3 renders skin tones and sunsets with new depth. With the tuneable white Daylight HDR array, you get a wider range of warm and cool whites. All, without sacrificing brightness.

Hang this fixture in a box boom, overhead, or from the farthest back-of-house position and be amazed at how bright your stage is. Source Four LED Series 3 truly brings brightness from every position.

ETC’s R&D department developed a way to give you fixtures that output a surprising number of lumens while maintaining the nuanced colour control you need to enhance every set, every stage, every venue. We’ve reached further into the corners of the CIE colour space to grab a red that is essential to accurately capture the life within every shade of skin, the warm glow of firelight, and the romance of sunset.

For more information on the ETC Source Four LED Series 3, please click here

To view the other LED lighting that’s available to hire, please click here

For prices, availability and information, please get in touch.

Hay Festival 2022

It is great to be back at Hay Festival after 3 years away due to the pandemic.

After months of planning and two weeks of build onsite, the festival is now open.

Once again working alongside Stage Sound Services, we have supplied a complete technical package for the 5 venues at the festival, along with supplying Sky Arts with a rigging and technician package for their pop up studio onsite.

This package includes Avolites dimming, Electronic Theatre Controls consoles, Milos and Total Solutions Group truss structures, full compliment of fixtures and complete project management with a onsite project manager onsite for the duration of the build.

Lighting Up Hospitals for the NHS

We are happy to be supporting the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board with this special project to commemorate two years since national lockdown, and celebrate the amazing work of the NHS.

To light up four different hospitals we used a range of fixtures, including SGM P6’s, Pulsar Chromaflood’s and Robe Pointe’s, all controlled with ETC Colorsource AV 40 consoles.

Production Manager Tim Lewis