When the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon realised it would need to update its dimmer lights, Matt Stridgen of SRD was the first person who came to mind for Head of Production David Duffy.
“Matt had a professional history with Polka as he’d installed a new theatre space previously. He knew the venue and knew the potential issues,” Duffy says. “I know he would approach it in a robust and thorough way and that I’d have a well-managed project. I would’ve turned to him anyway, but it was great that he had that venue insight.
“He’s a calm, level head and is interested in what you want as a client.”
The theatre has been in operation for 40 years, and the lighting infrastructure isn’t renewed as often as it is by hiring companies and event production companies.
“We were looking for something serviceable that would help bridge the move from the older kit, giving us more variance,” continues Duffy. “With venues like ours you’re upgrading a bit at a time.”
The SRD installation provided more circuits for the venue team to play with and a continuation of the gradual move to more sustainable LED lighting.
The venue is currently closed for 18 months for a major rebuild, and Duffy has the peace of mind that the new lighting infrastructure is ready to go when the building reopens.
“It’s all about giving our creative teams the best opportunity to make the highest quality theatre they can.”
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