Schools | Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry
Schools | Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry
Schools | Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry
Schools | Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry
Schools | Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry
Schools | Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry
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Design and Installation of Sidney Stringer Academy's Drama Studio

Project brief

A.C. Special Projects were briefed to design, supply and install full technical facilities for the Sidney Stringer Academy’s multipurpose theatre and drama studio. Starting with an empty shell and power feed, the company specified the entire lighting, rigging, audio and AV products inventory for the theatre. A.C. Special Projects also supplied various equipment for a separate drama rehearsal space within the academy.
To enable the academy to utilise the new theatre for its end of term BTEC assessed student productions, A.C. Special Projects worked to a very tight deadline to deliver the system design, through to installation in five weeks. The company also worked with the academy to help facilitate its innovative approach to learning. Students on the Drama & Theatre Arts course shadowed A.C. Special Projects throughout the theatrical installation to learn how to use the equipment and the academy is now assessing their ability to operate and maintain the facilities for regular show productions.
To facilitate the most efficient use of the space, A.C. Special Projects used a heavy-duty aluminium truss, specially ordered to fit the room’s dimensions and to accommodate pull-out seating blocks.
The academy now has one of the most technically equipped theatre facilities in the country. It is being used for assemblies, lessons and performance work for its Drama & Theatre Arts and Music courses, to audiences ranging from 60 to 150 people. 

Project details


  • ETC, Robe & Chroma-Q™ lighting fixtures
  • Internally wired lighting bars and associated cabling
  • WYSIWYG Learn visualisation software
  • Litec QD30S ground support system
  • Shure microphones
  • Tascam, Denon and Pioneer DJ system
  • Robe DigiSpot 5000 DT digital moving light projector
  • Strand digital dimming
  • Jands Vista T2 lighting console
  • KV2 EX Series loudspeakers
  • Yamaha LS9 digital mixing console
  • Sennheiser radio microphones
  • Clear-com comms system


  • Overall system planning, design and layout
  • Specification of all equipment
  • Sourcing and supply of equipment
  • Complete installation of all lighting fixtures, cabling and control system
  • Programming and commissioning of lighting control panels
  • On-site training


A.C. Special Projects

The work carried out by A.C. Special Projects, their advice and support throughout the theatre project, was crucial to its success. A.C. Special Projects engaged fully with the ethos and ideals of the school. They showed support and endless patience as the students and staff learned the technology. The Vista, WYSIWYG and the Color Block™ lighting products in particular are fantastic.

Michael Collins, Head of Drama at Sidney Stringer Academy

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