Soho Theatre Company has been making its mark on the streets of London for over 40 years. Since March 2000 it has operated from premises at 21 Dean Street, after a major Lottery funded project to create the Soho Theatre and Writers' Centre.
In 2011, a new 150 seat comedy and cabaret venue was created out of downstairs space that formerly housed the Indian restaurant Café Lazeez. Known as, (not surprisingly), Soho Theatre Downstairs, the space has been transformed into a dedicated venue seating audiences around tables and serving up three shows a night until 1am.
During the day, the new space can be cleared to use a rehearsal space or hired as a cabaret style venue, with its own integral bar.
The new bar and cabaret spaces were designed by Russell Sage, who created the RSC’s new restaurant in Stratford-Upon-Avon and the recent pop-up lounge at the House of St Barnabas on nearby Greek Street.
To provide the new venue with a top notch and flexible sound system SSE Audio Group, in conjunction with NEXO and Soundcraft, has sponsored the Downstairs Auditorium.
Soundcraft supplied its Vi1 digital mixing console. With such a variety of shows the venue really needed a compact digital console that can store show settings, but equally is easy to use for an incoming engineer, who needs to mix a band or comedy act with little or no preparation. The Vi1 is a great choice to fit these criteria.
The downstairs space is very atmospheric with a low ceiling, but this demanded a PA system that is as compact as possible, while providing the necessary audience coverage.
The Nexo PS range was the perfect solution. Nexo supplied 2 x PS10 R2, a PS8 for infill and an NX4X1 and NX4X4 Amplifiers with digital Controller.
NEXO LS1200 subs were supplied by SSE Audio and a custom preset was written especially for the NXAMP to match the set up to the venue.
SSE also installed a Mains Distribution and Equipment rack, together with a complete Theatre line system, designed to allow ultimate flexibility for the future.
SSE Audio Group's London Operations Director, Emma Bigg, commented:
"We are very excited to be working with such a forward thinking and innovative venue. It provides an opportunity for future collaboration in terms of training and allows us to extend our work in Theatre."
For more information on this installation, contact:
Emma Bigg Tel: 020 8961 1225 email@example.com