Audica Professional Makes its Theatre Sound Debut on Never Forget
Audica Professional MICROline loudspeakers have made their theatre sound debut on
Never Forget, the hit musical with the songs of Take That.
Written by BAFTA award winner Danny Brocklehurst (Shameless and Clocking Off), Guy
Jones and Ed Curtis, this spectacular, energetic musical has already enjoyed a highly
successful West End run, drawing audiences totalling over a quarter of a million.
On April 3rd it started a full UK tour. Opening at The Manchester Opera House the
show will take in 21 venues nationwide and close at The Liverpool Empire Theatre
in December 2009.
The tour is being engineered by Marcus Wadham (Lazy Town, Dancing in the Streets),
who will be working with the system designed by independent sound designer Richard
Brooker and supplied by leading theatre hire company, Blitz Communications.
Along with a Digico SD8 console and Sennheiser radio mics, Brooker specified Opus
Audio for the main FOH system, having previously used the company’s products to such
stunning effect on Daddy Cool at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The system comprises Opus
PSD800 and CS850 loudspeakers, augmented by SB118 and SB218 subs, and driven by Opus
HD amplification. The foldback system consists of a combination of Meyer, EAW and
Blitz Communications had recently used Audica Professional loudspeakers on a number
of AV projects and Chris Jordan, Head of Sound and Theatre, suggested the MICROline
as a possible option for the under balcony delay system to Brooker. Not wishing to
be biased by the MICROline’s size and weight, which would be ideal for touring, Brooker
agreed to a blind listening test against established products used for under balcony.
The test was arranged by Blitz and the MICROlines won through on audio quality, with
eight now being used for the delay system on the tour.
“I have been involved with theatre sound for over 25 years” commented Audica Professional
sales director, Derek West, “and know this is the most critical of all applications
for audio quality. I have also heard Richard Brooker’s systems on many occasions
and rate him as one of the top designers we have today, so to have Audica Professional
products endorsed by his choice is the highest compliment I could ask for”.