LightShark lighting control system at Adele’s concert performance

The lighting company Black Cat Audio, which is currently providing technical support to Someone Like You – The Adele Songbook theatre tour, uses the LightShark DMX-based hardware lighting console provided by WORK PRO. Someone Like You – The Adele Songbook is a live concert performance, celebrating the music of one of our generations’ finest singer-songwriters.

Black Cat Audio needed a lighting console that was quick to set up, easy to use and capable of dealing with a wide variety of theatre venues – from 350-seater to large 2000 capacity premises. 

“We looked at a number of alternatives but the LightShark console was the only one that ticked all the right boxes,” says Black Cat Audio’s Technical Director Adey Osbourne. “It has a lot of interesting features that we really like, such as a proper hardware unit with faders and built in software so that you don’t have to download anything to a computer. But what really sold it to us was having a core that can be controlled from a laptop, tablet or even an iPhone. It is perfect for a medium-sized touring show because it isn’t too large or too complex to operate.”

UK-based Black Cat Audio has been providing lighting and sound services to the show since its inception. “At the end of last year, we redesigned the show and decided to invest in some new equipment including the LightShark,” Adey Osborne says. “We had rehearsals at the start of this year, which gave us our first opportunity to use LightShark and start to programme the sequences we wanted. I really like the fact that it is very easy to create profiles – and that we can do this on the road.”

“We are using our own rig so that we can deliver continuity at every venue,” Adey Osborne explains. “The LightShark controls everything, from the position and movement of the lights to the colour changes and Gobo’s. And all this can be done from either the console or from a computer, a tablet or iPhone, which means our lighting engineers are free to walk around the theatre and actually see what is happening rather than being stuck in one position.” Osbourne adds that the reaction to LightShark has been very positive and whenever the tour visits to a new venue, the lighting technicians are keen to see what it can do.

“I think this console has a great future because it is ideal for so many different applications,” he says. “It is perfect for medium-sized touring productions like ours, but it also has a lot of potential in fixed installations like theatres and arts centres, as well as nightclubs and other rooms or places. For its price it packs a lot punch and I can’t see much else that competed with it in this segment of the market.”

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