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Robe aids Pilbeam Theatre’s transition to LED

Robe aids Pilbeam Theatre’s transition to LED
L to R: Pilbeam Theatre Rockhampton's Jim Thorogood and Ashley Salter

Robe aids Pilbeam Theatre’s transition to LED


The Pilbeam Theatre in Rockhampton, Queensland, is looking forward to reopening, not least to show off the Robe T1 PC wash moving lights it invested in before the pandemic took hold. The purchase is part of a general lighting upgrade to transition to LED.

“We were keen to replace tungsten with the newer technology, but the source also had to match as much as possible in appearance and style,” explained Jim Thorogood, the Pilbeam’s head of lighting. “The T1 was the only fixture that did this well, specifically in the white ranges where the quality was outstanding.”

The theatre, which is both a producing and a receiving house, regularly presented a mix of drama, dance, musicals, concerts and comedy productions in its main 1,000 capacity auditorium pre-Covid-19.

“It was vital we chose a product that is reliable and well supported, both now and in the future,” said Ashley Salta, supervisor of technical and production services, who explained that the theatre’s location away from large cities means relying on consistent and competent phone support. For this, he cites the good relationship the theatre has developed with both Robe and Australian distributor, Jands.

“The transition to LED lighting is a big step,” he added. “We are keen on getting as much tungsten emulation as possible from the replacement fixtures so we can offer Jim and any visiting LDs all the effects that they know and love, but in a new and more sustainable source.

The T1 offers advantages of LED, including reduced power requirements and less heat being generated, while also providing the wide zoom needed for the theatre’s low proscenium arch.

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