What's happening at Theatretech?
Theatretech have received Planning and Listed Building Permission to carry out a number of works to the Grade 2 listed theatre building, and the project will start late summer 2019.
The majority of the works are much needed technical systems modernisation, and internal refurbishment, decorations etc. However, we are adding six new electric hoist sets immediately upstage of the proscenium, and a large new foyer extension to the south side, which the image illustrates.
The main entrance approach is being widened and the existing ramp and steps inside the foyer are being removed to make it wheelchair friendly,
The works are scheduled to last for one year.
International School of Kuala Lumpur
Theatretech have completed two new theatres in the new Campus for ISKL, with another two pending funds to fit out. The main High School theatre is 650 seat proscenium style auditorium with orchestra pit and near full-height motorised flying, fully equipped to professional standards.
The Elementary School theatre is a flat floor auditorium which seats anything up to 600, 350 of which can be accommodated on a large retractable seating unit which can track up and down the room to suit the staging format.
A technical gallery all round allows easy access to lighting positions and a safe environment for pupils to learn technical theatre. The School opened in its new campus at the end of 2018 and the theatres were complete and operational at the beginning of 2019.
Bute House Preparatory School
Internal modifications to classrooms releases a double height space on the top floor of the School to create a Drama Studio.
The project is due to be commenced and completed in the summer vacation over the available 7 week period this year 2019, and includes a new semi-sprung floor, mechanical ventilation system, and a new truss rig which supports stage lighting outlets, audio, projection and perimeter curtain track.
The lighting and audio control equipment will be portable but normally housed in a technical cupboard. Loose seating and various rostra will allow audiences up to 80 persons to watch small scale shows in multiple formats.
Putney High School
Theatretech are working with Broadway Malyan Architects on several music and recording studios for a new development at Putney High School, which also includes a new Drama Studio.
The project is intended to commence on site this summer 2019 and will be a 15 month build.
South Hampstead High School
After an initial start last year which saw the technical gallery steelwork and high level acoustic ceiling and secondary steel infrastructure, this summer 2019 sees the completion of a comprehensive fit-out of the Waterlow Hall.
This will be a highly specified multi-purpose school auditorium, which will also cater for external events, dinners, music and drama, as well as similar school events, assemblies, exams etc.
The Hall will be equipped with power assisted rigging, state of the art stage and programmable Hall lighting, audio and presentation systems, and a custom developed LED decorative lighting scheme. The 18 week programme will result in completion by Christmas 2019.
The new theatre for BSM is nearing completion and will be handed over to the School at the end of June 2019.
The theatre is a 350 seat fixed seat fan-shaped auditorium with no structural proscenium, the downstage format being created by moveable towers and draperies which can all be moved off-stage to create an open flat floor.
Additional mobile retractable seating units can be moved onto the stage area to create theatre in the round, or thrust formats, increasing the audience potential to well over 500. Side balcony areas allow space for performers of musicians.
The overstage area is equipped with power hoists and fixed rigging, and there is a complex of lighting catwalks and fly galleries which are all at a common level. This is an exciting project not only for the School but for the wider Muscat community.