Martin MACs are the perfect teaching tool

Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2008

Queensland Academy for Creative Industries has been developed in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for high school students wishing to pursue a career in Design and Technology, Media, Film, Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, or one of the emerging creative professions in Business or Industry.

This month the Academy showcases its’ inaugural performance at their new multimillion-dollar theatre venue at 61 Musk Avenue in the Kelvin Grove Urban Precinct. The venue seats around 360 with a multi-format proscenium and adjacent divisible Drama-theatrette teaching space. Architecturally the auditorium started life as a lecture theatre and is buried in the centre of a seven-story complex with the raked slab hard on the bedrock.

Phil Viney, Principal of Brisbane-based Design Stage, who specialise in architectural lighting, theatre and audiovisual system design, was called in fairly late in the design of the project when the decision was made to change the brief.  It proved a challenging task to squeeze a functional theatre into the available building envelope as it was difficult to reclaim any space at all, especially above the stage.

“It is not a big lighting install by any means with only two moving fixtures to complement the traditional stage lighting rig – two Martin MAC600 and two Martin MAC575 Krypton – however it is unusual for moving lights to be included in the initial fit-out due to budget considerations and rare indeed to see any professional models in an educational institution,” commented Steve Beck, Design Stage’s designer for the project. “It’s great to see quality moving lights such as Martin’s appearing in secondary education. The initial fit-out equipment gets them underway and they can expand the rig as required once they settle in. As it is, they are thrilled with the toys they have.”

The Martin MACs were chosen for their industry proven track record. Famous for their reliability, ease of use, fabulous optics and wide-acceptance throughout the country, they are the ideal moving heads with which to learn about lighting.

Brisbane Sound Group provided the fit-out equipment with the AV infrastructure works being carried out by Videopro throughout the entire building.