New musical Never Forget is based on the book by Danny Brocklehurst, a fictional story of a Take That tribute band featuring a host of hits and a large-scale sound system designed by Richard Brooker and supplied by Blitz. At its core is a combined analog and digital Cadac system comprising an 82-input Cadac J-Type live production console, complemented by D16 digital mix matrices and M16 remote-controlled microphone amplifiers. The main P.A. rig is from OPUS, representing the company's largest theater system to date, including eight AT1000 cabinets and eight SB218 subs, plus Sennheiser SK50 and SK5012 radiomics, and XTA 26 processing.
Photo: Catherine Ashmore
Brooker says, "The show is great entertainment and very well written. The songs are of course really well-known, but the dialog is very funny and the whole story line works brilliantly. Chris Egan's orchestrations are quite brilliant, crafted not only to enhance the pop songs but also beautifully assisting the transition from dialog to song and back to dialog again. My challenge has been to give the sound design a theme, enabling the audience to follow the story with crisp, sensible dialog before moving into the big numbers. The Cadac chain for the input stage gives a fantastically clear, defined and beautiful dynamic. I am using the M16 splits into the D16s, routing half into the J-Type—giving me an all-Cadac signal path into the Opus system. I am also thrilled with the separation and definition from the Opus; the whole sound is perfect. We have a 7-piece band that is working really hard all through the show, and the audiences appear to be loving it!"
Production sound is by Mike Walker and Mark Cornwell of Loh-Humm Sound. Brooker's sound team comprises Tom Marshall as assistant sound designer, Chris Dunkin as operator, with Robin Conway and Roisinne Mamdani backstage.
For more information, visit Cadac online at www.cadac-sound.com. For more information on the musical, visit www.neverforgetthemusical.com. For additional touring news, visit mixonline.com/live/tourprofiles/.