Mailing List 
Site Search 
Lighting Professionals





CFT crew with their new purchase
CFT crew with their new purchase

Chichester Festival Theatre is happy to report a successful outcome after investing in two MDG ATMe haze generators and two MDG FAN digital units.

"The main driving factor behind our investment was the need for greater controllability than the on/off capability offered by our existing units,” says CFT’s Head of Lighting and Technical Manager, Sam Garner-Gibbons. "We have a purpose-built atmosphere generation system that sites the generators and fans above the rear of the audience and ducts CO2 gas through copper pipes to gas canister storage locations back of house. The units are placed front of house so the venue’s air handling system pulls the haze across the stage to create the optimum coverage. Because we are a very exposed venue, any fan noise and or excess haze output percolating around the upper audience level could be distracting to the audience.” It was clear that controllability would be paramount when addressing these issues.

The two ATMe units are installed in the Festival Theatre where they have been busy since day one. The 2016 season saw lighting designer Paule Constable employ them on the critically-acclaimed production of Half A Sixpence, while they were also used to great effect on the RSC double bill Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost lit by Oliver Fenwick, An Enemy of the People lit by Mark Henderson, and Ross lit by Paul Pyant – all of which featured haze heavily.

Constable voiced her pleasure at having the new units at her disposal: "It was joyful to have the control that the ATMe offered which was dead impressive!” she says. Warren Letton, who programmed Half A Sixpence, agreed, "We were really impressed! The ATMe units gave us a very nice remote control of the output (finally!) which we utilised a lot! They are very nice units.”

Overall, the team at CFT are very happy with their purchase. "The MDG investment has proven just what we needed to upgrade our system,” confirms Garner-Gibbons. "It is now possible to fine-tune the effects from a fan speed that is much lower and quieter, up to full speed for quick delivery. We are able to introduce haze gradually at a lower level which means it does not escape into the audience or distract with fan noise."

Web Link:

Date : 19-01-2017


© Lighting Professional | Site Terms