White Light Takes the Stage at Capitol Theatre


White Light recently supplied a range of ETC ColourSource Spots to the Capitol Theatre as part of the venue’s ongoing lighting upgrade.

The Capitol Theatre is a multi-purpose arts venue in Horsham, West Sussex. Originally built in 1923, its art deco style auditorium features more than 410 seats on two raised levels. The day-to-day running of the venue is overseen by Operations Manager Matthew Effemey, who is also the Production Manager for the venue’s in-house productions. He comments: “Part of my role at The Capitol is to ensure the equipment we have is industry-standard, offering shows as many options as possible. This was the biggest criteria when we were looking to upgrade the lighting equipment in our main theatre space”.

Matthew approached WL regarding the upgrade and worked closely with WL’s Antony Vine who visited The Capitol to demonstrate a range of fixtures he felt were most suitable. Matthew explains: “For the purchase to be beneficial, I knew the equipment had to achieve a full stage wash, which was around 14 units. As the theatre is run by the council, we also had to be aware of budgets and ensure we spent sensibly whilst also obtaining lights that fulfil their artistic purpose”.

Having been shown a variety of products, Matthew decided to invest in the ETC ColorSource Profiles. He comments: “Alongside the Profiles being great value for money, they are also an extremely versatile unit. The colour range is a huge benefit for the variety of big, bright shows we host at the Capitol, including our annual panto, and the fact you don’t have to change gels means a much lighter workload for our technicians! Similarly, we are also trying to move our entire rig over to LED in order to make the venue as environmentally friendly as possible, so the fixtures go towards achieving this ambition”.

The fixtures were purchased in early December 2018 and rigged the day after they arrived at the venue. They have already been used throughout the entire pantomime season and will be used across the 2019 season. Matthew comments: “The fixtures have already made a huge difference to our day-to-day running of the venue. Not only have they massively reduced our energy consumption, but we can now offer our visiting shows a huge variety of colour options which can all be achieved in relatively little time; something that’s important for the one night gigs we have”.

Matthew concludes: “As always, it was a pleasure working with WL. They were completely approachable and offered nothing but great advice and great service. I’m extremely grateful to Antony for all of his help”.

Antony concludes: “Due to our strong relationship with manufacturers, as well as access to the very latest technology, we are able to work closely with venues such as The Capitol Theatre and offer technical solutions and specific fixtures bespoke to their exact requirements”.

Photos courtesy of The Capitol Theatre.