Author: James Price

Storm goes for Breakfast at The Cereal Cafe

Storm goes for Breakfast at The Cereal Cafe

We were pleased to be given the opportunity to provide lighting on the new musical, The Cereal Cafe. Working closely with Lighting Designer Michael Fox we supplied a complete lighting package utilising some of the latest Robe and ChromaQ equipment from our expansive inventory. Including the Robe MegaPointe and Robe 150 LED Beam along with ChromaQ ColorForce MKII.

When asked about his choice of fixtures for the show LD Michael Fox says, “The MegaPointe’s were a must have for this show. Their ‘Mega’ output and ability to create sharp parallel beams was a great advantage, particularly for the riot scene. They pack a huge amount of features which makes this fixture invaluable for rigs of any size. There is, in short no other unit available that offers everything the MegaPointe does in one fixture. The 150 Beam’s were another fixture I was keen to use for the production. Their compact size, super bright output and wide zoom range were all reasons why this fixture was perfect for the show.

Part of the set was a concrete block style wall which was full of features that I really wanted to be able to show off. So I specified ChromaQ’s ColorForce MK2’s for the ground row. I knew they would be up to the job and I wasn’t disappointed.”

The show is based on an extraordinary café opening on the vibrant streets of East London. Centred on the childhood dreams of two young brothers, where its presence will result in unimaginable consequences. In a threatened neighbourhood, fighting to survive, something so simple as cereal will divide the community. Inspired by the Cereal Killer Café and the Shoreditch riots of 2015, this musical is based on a remarkable true story.

Michael goes on to say, “I knew when I was approached to design this show that Storm were the rental company to go to. The quality of their equipment, prep and support is second to none. I had complete confidence in their equipment. Combined with Robe and ChromaQ’s excellent record for reliability, it certainly was the perfect match!”

Storm’s Rental Coordinator, James comments: “It certainly was a pleasure to work on this new exciting musical with Michael. His creative lighting design and full use of every fixture in the rig made for some really powerful & special moments. With our continued investment into new equipment, for instance, most recently ChromaQ ColorForce MKII’s and expansion of our Robe stock. It therefore allows us to consistently provide the latest fixtures to meet the needs of Lighting Designers.”

Extract from The Cereal Cafe Musical

Book and Lyrics by: JACOB DORRELL & TOM LING
Music By: ADAM DICKINSON

Storm Invests in Indu Electric

Storm Mains Distro Type 19

Storm are pleased to announce our continued commitment to Indu Electric with our latest investment. The Indu 72 Way Mains Distribution racks. Featuring 12x Socapex outputs, 63A 3 Phase, 32A 3 Phase, 6x 16A outputs. Also with additional Auxilliary outputs including USB charging.

Built in a flight case these distros are ready to roll into any event. Able to cope with the toughest of touring environments and can provide the power you need for your event. All available in one complete package.

This latest investment in Indu Electric also follows on from the recent addition of more of our compact mains distribution racks. Including our Type 20, Type 13 and also our smaller rubber box Type RBDIST 8.

Our continued investment in Indu Electric comes from the consistent high build quality, reliability and also the support we have come to know from the team at Indu over previous years.

Find the full details about these new distros here

Storm has the Time of Their Lives with Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing UK Tour

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, she shows little interest in the resort activities. Instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles across an all-night dance party at the staff quarters. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. Baby’s life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end, not only as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off. Two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Storm are very pleased to be providing full Lighting, Sound & Rigging packages for the 2018-19 tour. The 2018-19 touring lighting rig contains a mixture of ROBE, SGM & ETC LED fixtures. The touring sound rig is powered by D&B with Shure and Yamaha completing the package. Storm provided equipment for the previous UK tour in 2016-17.

Dirty Dancing opened in Brighton in September and is currently playing at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh and will continue it’s tour until late 2019. Visit www.dirtydancingontour.com to book tickets and see more about the show!

Storm Goes MEGA

Robe Mega Pointe 2

Storm are very pleased to announce our recent investment into the Robe MegaPointe as part of our rapidly expanding inventory. These fixtures are in stock and available for rental immediately for the Autumn. View in our rental catalog here.

The all-new MegaPointe elevates the original all-in-one fixture to a whole new level. Unleash your creativity using the bright sharp parallel beams, excellent gobo projection, precise movement, smooth CMY colour mixing and dimming plus a multitude of beam splitting, wash and shaping effects.

The Robe R&D team worked with Osram to provide a 470W lamp that aligns perfectly with the cutting edge optical system. This design provides a brilliant, crystal clear, razor-edged beam, adjustable from a punchy 1.8 out to a wide 42 degree zoom.

Both static and rotating (glass) gobos produce precision in-air effects or projected images with a sharp, high-contrast, flat field.

The newly designed effects engine can produce 12 varying beam and ‘flower’ effects. The beam can also be shaped using innovative shutter emulation, further creating a whole new blend of content & creativity.

Chroma-Q ColorForce 2

ChromaQ ColorForce MK2

Storm have now added the new and incredibly popular Chroma-Q ColorForce 2 LED Battens to the rental inventory. Storm now stock the ColorForce 2 48 and ColorForce 2 12 battens available for rental. View in our rental catalog here.

The multi award-winning ColorForce II, a batten that delivers formidable output and superior colour blending, all with smooth even coverage.  With four powerful homogenised cells per foot/305mm, these units can be grouped and controlled to release your creativity. Unsightly colour shadowing is eliminated with this innovative optical system that gives power enough to light nearly 12m of cyclorama.  Perfect for a wide range of cyclorama, flood and wall washing applications where a powerful throw is needed.

Using the very latest fully homogenised optics found in the popular Chroma-Q Color One 100 and Inspire product ranges, the ColorForce II fixtures’ output is a single, clean and pure beam of light, delivering a superior colour blend with no unsightly colour-mixing shadows. The homogenised optics and improved Chroma-Q technology provide even higher quality saturates and pastels, and a purer white with no skittles – all from a single source.