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Sound and staging for outdoor city centre performance

  • Sound and staging for outdoor city centre performance
  • Outdoor events sound systems by SES Technical
  • About the Project

    City Centre outdoor performance

    A theatrical performance over two outdoor stages in Leicester City centre to an estimated standing audience of 10,000.

    Stage 1

    A small 3 x 3m x 600mm stage on which the actors performed the opening acts of the play to a audience of around 1000 who encircled the performance area.


    Eighteen discreet theatrical head microphones which transmitted signal wirelessly to a radio receiver rack at the mix position were distributed amongst the 50 strong cast. Speakers were positioned around the perimeter of the square and also on stage to provide full coverage to a large area.

    Stage 2

    The main stage was robust three tier construction of approximately 10 x 15m at 2.5m at its highest level. This included an orchestra pit. In addition a compound was erected to enclose the stage and backstage area. A cordoned viewing area was established for the use of wheelchair users.


    A large festival specification P.A. system was used with delay stacks to provide maximum coverage of the 9000 strong crowd. In addition to the theatrical performance, live bands provided music throughout the event.

    Audio Visual

    Two high definition cameras relayed images to a 5m outdoor LED screen which also displayed PowerPoint slides.


    A crew of ten technicians worked with a team of volunteers to build both stages over two days. Professional event security patrolled the site.

    SES Technical’s experienced event team oversaw the entire project from start to finish, managing every aspect from technical to logistics to infrastructure. SES obtained officially licensed radio frequencies for the wireless microphones. Full UHF radio communication between event control, stewards and technical staff was in place throughout the event.

    SES also provided a professional stage manager to supervise the performance process and also to liaise between artists and technicians. The event was acoustically monitored to ensure compliance with the local authority’s noise pollution policy.

    A wet weather contingency plan was developed and subsequently implemented to allow the show to continue despite poor weather conditions. At all times SES ensured communication between all concerned parties throughout the planning process.

    Project Info

    Client :

    Christ in the Centre

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