Total Production


10 February 2008

(London) - Rental company APR will provide sound reinforcement for the latest UK tour of the hit theatre show 'Oh! What a Night'. APR's Electro-Voice X-Array system will be on the road until July, as the latest star Kid Creole takes the show to a new audience.

‘Oh! What a Night’ is an unashamedly escapist, high-energy, feel good show, combining comedy, romance and stunningly choreographed versions of everybody's favourite disco hits. First conceived in 1997, it has proved to be one of the most successful and enduring touring theatre shows ever.

Performing the show’s 35 classic hits from the 70s, a cast of singers and dancers, all on wireless headset microphones, are working with 20 tracks of playback.

APR’s Matt Gunter has designed the sound system for the production, taking into account the diversity of the UK’s regional theatres. “We’re carrying 8 stacks of X-Array and typically we will use 3x Xcn 2-ways, with 2x Xb LF boxes, a side. In the majority of venues, these will be ground-stacked. They are powered by EV’s P3000 Precision Series amplifiers, and additionally, there are 8x EV1152 cabinest which we use as stage fills. In bigger venues, we might fly them as frontfill or infill if the house system isn’t up to the job.”

Matt Gunter has moved down the presets on the EV Xb LF cabinets to produce more bass, thus saving APR the need to truck separate subwoofers. “It has saved budget and it has saved space; the PA is barely occupying a 45-footer, although the lighting guys seem to have no trouble filling it up!”

Gunter, his front-of-house engineer Tim Stephens and radio systems man Matt Nunn, are delighted with the performance of the X-Array rig, supplied via main contractor R2 Digital Productions Ltd. “The PA has performed superbly over the first few dates of the tour,” says Gunter, who is nevertheless planning to boost the system with extra EV XLC cabinets for the dates near APR’s home town in the West Country, “it’s just showing off because we can!”


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