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Zero 88 ORB in control at London Theatres

Zero 88’s theatrical lighting console ORB is continuing to make waves in London’s theatre scene; lighting two challenging productions at the intimate Arcola and Landor theatres.

At the Arcola Theatre the ORB was in control of the highly acclaimed production of ‘Elder Latimer is in Love’ directed by Sebastian Michael. Dubbed, ‘an explosive adventure of hearts & minds’, the play follows the story of young Morman Elder Latimer as he arrives in London to talk about the truth.

After using the ORB recently on 'What's Wrong with Angry’, Lighting Designer MJ Urbanek was happy to specify it again for Elder Latimer. Talking about the console he explains “The ORB is an incredibly easy desk to learn and has all the features needed for controlling moving lights and LED fixtures. With the two screens, it is easy to see exactly what is going on. I love using the ORB as its intuitive and simple to use yet boasts all the features of a more complicated console”

With sustainability projects part of its core business, the Arcola Theatre aims to be the world’s first carbon neutral theatre. As such they supplement their energy supply with a hydrogen fuel cell and only offer 36 channels of house dimming. In order to maintain their green approach and meet the shows design requirements numerous LED battens and LED pars were brought in for Elder Latimer.

Urbanek specified ORB to cope with the additional channel demands of the show, leaving the house desk (a Zero 88 Jester) to act as a fader wing utilising the DMX Input on the ORB.  Using the ORB gave designer Urbanek the ability to use the in built colour picker to great effect, speeding up the programming of the LED fixtures in the rig.  Another feature proving popular on the ORB is the User Definable Keys, which Urbanek used as group selections, again to speed up programming.

The ORB has also been put through its paces at the Landor theatre’s production of Into the Woods.

One of London's most adventurous and attractive theatres the Landor has earned a solid reputation for it’s productions of both classic and new musical theatre. To mark the fifteenth birthday of the Landor Theatre, artistic director Robert McWhir chose to revive Into the Woods - the venue's first musical production.

With around 500 cues in the 3 hour Sondheim-Lapine collaboration the ORB had to be capable of fast programming. The ORB’s cue list display which graphically shows the cue split time was invaluable during the programming phase.

“The screen allows operators to immediately see what’s happening during each cue fade transitions, and can be edited in real-time using the cue list or command line” explains ORB specialist Richard Lambert. “The record and update options make for really easy changes to the cues in any way desirable” he continued.
Into the Woods featured 96 channels of dimming, 6 Moving lights and many LED channels – all controlled by the ORB, plus an MA Video Server and Projections.





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