XL Events supplied sound, video and lighting production to Brainiac Live for its West End debut at the Palace Theatre in London.
Rich Rowley, XL’s director, has been associated with the cult show, which ‘Laughs in the face of science’, ever since it first went on the road in 2008, following an award-winning five-year run on Sky TV.
One of the biggest challenges to staging it in the capital was playing underneath Derren Brown’s residency at the Palace. It meant the set and technical production had to be cleared in as little as 30-minutes to allow the illusionist’s crew to have access.
The sound, for example, was therefore designed to hook into the stacks-and-racks of Brown’s Martin Audio mid-size line array/WT3 PA system.
“My relationship with Rich and XL as a technical solutions provider has really grown over the years, so now I think of them more as a ‘supply partner’ than a rental contractor,” show producer, Dan Colman, said. “They always offer the best and most appropriate equipment for the job, and fit this to the budget.”