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Little Shop of Horrors – Royal Exchange, Manchester



KV2 Audio were delighted when the Sound Design team at Manchester’s unique Royal Exchange Theatre specified 28 active EX loudspeakers to enhance a production of Little Shop of Horrors.With the production featuring a live band it was felt that the existing in house Meyer system would not provide the required level and coverage required for such a show.

A total of 20 EX 6’s were flown around the venue to ensure even and accurate coverage for all the audience along with 4 EX26’s and 2 EX10’s to further amplify the performance. Bass reinforcement was handled via a single EX2.2 and single EX 2.5MkII.

Directed by Derek Bond and with incredible live puppetry and design undertaken by Toby Olié (War Horse) it was vital that the audio reproduction was of an equal quality. 

Deputy Head of Sound Sorcha Williams had the following to say about the production: Little Shop of Horrors is a tremendously fun production, not least because of the music. Staging a musical in the round adds another level of complexity to the Sound Design and with a small band of just five musicians it was important that we created an impact with the music in the big moments and subtlety in the quiet moments. The quality in combination of EX6, EX26 and EX10 allowed those moments to shine through in detail. On numerous occasions I had audience members commenting on how fantastic the band sounded.”

The show represented another successful Theatre project for KV2 Audio and with exciting productions already underway, 2015 is proving to be another fantastic year in Theatre for KV2. 

Photo credits: Jonathan Keenan


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