Light manufacturer ETC is busy gearing up for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the UK, hoping to better last years impressive production with more lighting and control desks in use than ever before.
The festival, which runs each August, has almost 300 venues which can vary as widely as upstairs at a pub or a conference room to an otherwise disused store room and a shipping container in a car park.
This year, theatre company Pleasance has teamed up with dealer Black Light to install ETC lighting and control in every one of its spaces – including 26 ETC control desks.
Head of lighting Dom Knight explains: “Our venues range from the 50-seat Cellar and Hut to our flagship Pleasance Grand, which seats up to 750. Each venue hosts about ten shows a day for 27 days and we had over 200 companies performing last year, during with, for the first time, we only used desks from ETC."
With no stone left unturned, Knight stated that Pleasance have installed everything from ETC control desks – a variety of SmartFades, Ions, a Gio and, for the biggest venue, an Eos – chosen for it's inherent familiarity to many of the incoming lighting operators.