Lighting, sound and technical: The gift of sound and vision
The UK is rightly world famous for its stage and film technicians and suppliers. Here is a selection of the services available:
dBS Solutions is a theatre, sound and lighting rental company based in the North West, offering bespoke, high-quality solutions to the live events industry. As well as equipment, designers and staff for theatre tours, it provides site-specific art. To deliver a successful project, dBS understands its clients require high-quality sound and lighting by friendly experienced professionals. Visit dbs-solutions.co.uk
Rigging Services, established in 1997, is an equipment and specialist services resource for theatre, film, TV and event production. Its remit is the supply of stringently tested, high-quality equipment such as Prolyte truss and staging, CM and Kinesys hoists, and Petzl for climbing and safety equipment. A number of other specialist services include inspection, testing, training, consultation and installation. riggingservices.co.uk
Le Maitre Events is a pyrotechnic specialist dealing with every aspect of an indoor or outdoor event. It offers a full range of services, from hiring equipment through to designing and firing complete events. From one-off private functions to global concert tours, Le Maitre has been responsible for some of the most spectacular pyrotechnics and special effects displays around the world. It manufactures all its products in the UK and can provide pyrotechnics, smoke, haze, flames, flares and special effects such as snow, dry ice, confetti, glitter and streamers. Visit lemaitreltd.com
National Stage Technology offers customers the practical advice and technical know-how that comes from more than 30 years’ experience transforming performance spaces into showcases of customer talents. With highly trained and experienced lighting specialists, sound and stage engineering experts, access to world-class manufacturers and three sites across the UK, it offers an end-to-end service. Whether it is creating the perfect performance area for a school production or delivering a complete turnkey solution for a new civic building, your project is in safe hands. national-stage.co.uk
Out Board is the market leader in source-oriented reinforcement, vocal techniques and automation. Nobody likes microphones in theatre, right? Directors believe they compromise realism, actors feel disengaged. But not any more. TiMax Tracker radar follows actors around stage, telling the TiMax Soundhub spatial audio processor to apply panoramic spatial amplification, which makes them sound exactly like where they are on stage. Premium shows using TiMax include Raymond Gubbay’s Albert Hall operas, Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, and the West End’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Visit outboard.co.uk
Freedom Flying has been supplying its own brand of fairy dust to worldwide productions since 2001 and continues to create flying effects to meet modern expectations, while retaining the charm of traditional live theatre. Lifting a person off the ground can be the easy part but getting a performer to look as though they are flying requires experience and knowledge. Visit freedom-flying.co.uk
Terralec Ltd is a specialist in stage and theatre equipment. With more than 25 years’ experience in professional lighting and theatre equipment, and a large UK-based warehouse, it is able to offer a complete solution for any project you may be undertaking. Dedicated technicians are happy to offer impartial advice, and all products are backed up with full after-care service. With a diverse product range, including all the latest developments in LED technology, it can cater for projects of all sizes and budgets. Visit terralec.co.uk
Hudson Creative Event Production is a dynamic and fresh event production company based in Leeds. With a first for lighting and sound for small to major events, Hudson Creative EP has a superb selection of equipment available for rental. Hire stock includes: D&B Audiotechnik, Martin Professional, Robe, Soundcraft and many more industry standard productions. For further information, please call 0113 279 0033, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hudsonav.co.uk
Chris Bogg, managing director of dBS Solutions, tells of the sound and lighting specialists’ rapid 10-year growth
Tell us about your business.
dBS Solutions is an independent sound, lighting and production specialist, with more than 10 years in the industry. It was established in 2005 to provide a creative, bespoke service from friendly, hardworking, honest staff. Since then our business has grown, year on year, to provide professional support, design and infrastructure to audio and lighting departments across all levels of the industry.
How did you get started?
When I graduated from LIPA, I noticed that the service from smaller hire companies was not as good as it could have been. I spotted a gap in the market for a small hire company that could offer a personal service, for any sized event, using quality equipment that reflected the production values.
Who are your clients?
They range from theatre producers to blue-chip companies, to local schools and production companies. We work with everyone to achieve the best for their event.
What is a typical day’s work for you?
No two days are ever the same! I can be working on designs at the breakfast table with the kids, to checking in on one of our tours, to mixing front of house. It’s a varied lifestyle!
What’s the best thing about your work?
The people. I’m definitely a people person. I get to work with everyone from producers to actors and engineers; all are equally important.
What sets you apart from the competition?
The personal service clients receive. We are available on the phone pretty much 24 hours a day. We treat all our customers with the same passion, commitment and dedication, regardless of the client or the size of the job.
What are your plans for the future?
We have moved to bigger premises, increased our vehicle fleet and are expanding our rental stock. Next year offers exciting opportunities to grow the business, while remaining flexible enough to manage all our clients’ needs.
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