Italia Conti Academy is one of the world's most recognisable names when it comes to performing arts education for secondary school and further education students. And so when Triple E were approached to supply ModTruss for one of the school's recent productions it was an opportunity to support the young performers in more ways than one!
Despite the short lead time of a month, Triple E worked with the school's production team to provide a bespoke platform, stairs and handrails which formed a centrepiece of the stage set for the production of "Life's Just a Bowl of Conti's" for a one week run at Rhoda McGraw Theatre in Woking, Surrey.
Amy Stevenson, Production and Stage Manager at Italia Conti Academy takes up the story. "We pride ourselves on the teaching and the production values here at Italia Conti and we only wanted the best for our students for their show. We already have Triple E tracking installed in our main theatre at the academy. So it made sense to approach Triple E to see if they could help with our staging for the recent production at the theatre in Woking."
"Italia Conti's requirement was for a large staging structure with access from on stage and off stage. With this in mind it made sense to use ModTruss for the structure because of its modular capabilities and being able to incorporate 12" ModTruss, 6" ModTruss and ModPanels." explains Lucy Edelstein.
"Lucy suggested ModTruss to us because of the additional benefits of this clever modular system – she explained it could be built with a limited number of uprights which was great as it meant we could increase the performance area by creating an open space underneath the platform for the performers. It provided a really interesting look for the piece," continues Amy.
And the overall stage set was well received by both the academy and the audience. "It was great working with Lucy – an old contact of mine from RADA days! The lead-time was quite short, but the drawings were sent over in record time, and the necessary adjustments made based on the show spec and the parameters set by the theatre. The production went really well and the audience certainly seemed to appreciate the quality of all aspects of the production," smiles Amy. "Italia Conti's future staging requirements will certainly have ModTruss at the top of the specification wish list!"