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Avolites Tiger Touch II selected for £3.3 million new-build theatre

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Avolites will support the house-desk at the new Griffin Centre | Photo courtesy of AndyWebb

Theatre lighting designer Andy Webb has selected Avolites Tiger Touch II as the house-desk to support all the live events at the new £3.3 million state-of the-art The Griffin Centre, located at prestigious Cotswold educational establishment, Rendcomb College. The Griffin Centre will also be used as a training centre for the college's theatre students. 
 
The brief to Webb from Rendcomb College was to build a theatre that meets high professional standard. The space will be utilised to host corporate events, product launches, musical concerts and theatrical productions. And so, the specified system had to be on par with that of a professional production house.

"For this venue, it was important that we had a lighting control platform that was intuitive, versatile and professional," says Webb. "The Tiger Touch II allows us to move about the theatre space in a whole new way. One minute we may be programming or training down in the stalls and the next we can move the console to its FOH box position. Everything on the desk is inbuilt and accessible through the touchscreen, so we don't need to mess around with mice or monitors.”

Another key feature of the Avolites brand is their transparent approach to software and console purchase. Users do not have to pay for software upgrades or for accessibility options. 

"The Tiger Touch II hardware and software is intuitive to students," says Webb. “They pick up the basics of control quickly and can develop creatively from there. Also, there is not the concern of learning a new platform if and when they move to another Avolites desk, as the Titan software runs across all of the control platforms. This is something that really appeals to the younger generation of designers I teach."

Webb has been working as technical consultant with the build since 2013. Having worked alongside the college for more than a decade now, his role involves supporting the theatrical department and teaching A-Level lighting design. Webb commented on the design challenge: "I was able to work with the architects to solve any design problems from a technical perspective before they were even engineered into the building."
 
Also, Webb has been working with Avolites in developing control features that meet the needs of the theatre lighting design market. 
  
"They are working on further developments for theatre and seeing these changes come in and what an Avolites desk can offer in terms of versatility, intuitive control and power has made me go from the extreme of not using Avolites to now specifying it on every job that I do."

The Griffin Centre was opened on the 24 February by the National Theatre's Technical Director and Rendcomb College alumni, Jonathan Suffolk. The centre contains a 350-seat auditorium, mirrored dance studio with sprung floor, dressing rooms, prop and set workshop and costume store. The centre is the first major building to be constructed at the school for 27 years.