The Act Dubai installs Avolites Sapphire Touch

Newly-purchased Avolites console controls the show at Dubai venue
The new Avolites console in action.
The new Avolites console in action.


Dubai theatre and dining venue, The Act, has invested in an Avolites high-end Sapphire Touch console. The console was supplied by the Dubai-based distributor of Avolites, Procom Middle East.

The Act, an award-winning venue, has revived the concept of dinner-and-a-show with its combination of Peruvian dishes, theatrics and world class acts and DJs from its location at the Shangri-La hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road.

The Victorian-themed venue is made up of 930sqm of multi-level structure with antique wooden flooring, bejeweled chandeliers, U-booths, table sets and balconies overlooking the state-of-the-art-stage.

Dubai-based audio and stage lighting company, Imagine Audio Visual, designed and installed the Act lighting set up. It recently upgraded to an Avolites Sapphire Touch lighting console to control the show which includes a diverse array of fixtures.

James Field, technical director, says: “The brief was to create a brand new performance space which appears to be 100 years old, and yet still gives the LD creative choices to light the speciality acts that come through the venue. There are about 100 fixtures in the patch including everything from Martin Macs and Atomics, through to custom-made retrofitted antique chandeliers and strings of incandescent festoon bulbs.”

“The Sapphire Touch was a clear choice for us due to its versatility." Field continues. "We use a lot of theatre style cue stacks for the cabaret show, and the ease of programming allows us to tech new numbers quickly and efficiently. Conversely, in the late hours the venue progresses into a club night, and this is where the two touchscreens, 45 faders and newly improved shape generator in Titan 9 gives the lighting operator superior live control for busking”.

“In addition," he adds, "the owners of the Act have already Avolites consoles in their other venues, making it a wise addition to keep the flexibly in the utilisation of the consoles between venues."

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