Audio specialist Tube UK recently supplied the sound system for A Blessing, a public outdoor performance produced by arts group Walk The Plank as part of Manchester’s Dashehra Diwali Mela 2017 celebrations, staged in and around Albert Square in the city centre.
The show was one element of a range of classical and contemporary Indian music, dance and arts performances, which jointly celebrated the Hindu festivals of Dashehra and Diwali.
One half of Albert Square was commandeered for A Blessing, which ‘told a story from the Hindu epic Ramayana with strong themes of good over evil and light over darkness’.
With lots of onstage action, the sound system needed to be highly directional. As such, Tube positioned two ground stacks of d&b V-Series PA speakers either side of the stage, which served as the main show PA. Either side of the ‘Tiger’ stage was a stack of d&b Y-Series speakers that ensured that a 10ft mechanical tiger puppet’s sounds could be amplified and heard b the audience.
The mics chosen were Sennheiser 5212s fitted with DPA 4066 capsules, selected for their good vocal characteristics.
A QLab system was utilised for all the playback audio, sound effects and music tracks, plus the narration, running via Dante into a Yamaha QL5 console on which FOH engineer Adam Taylor mixed the show. He was joined by Jamie Taylor-Sharman as systems engineer.
The biggest challenge for Adam and Jamie was providing even coverage across the space and also keeping the PA footprints small and neat as possible whilst maintaining the different focal points, so that the sound came from where each of the actors was performing. This was intended to increase the physicality of the show for everyone watching the show.