I found it very interesting and it opened my eyes to certain things within the industry which people sometimes overlook. We’ll definitely be able to make use of what we learnt at the training in the future.Grant Nortman MGG Productions
Splitbeam invests in ProLyft26/09/2017
To cater for top-notch theatre productions Priscilla Queen of the Desert (South Africa & Hong Kong Season), The Sound of Music (Asian tour 2017/18) and Evita (South African & Asian Tour 2017/18), South African based Gearhouse Splitbeam, a theatre equipment rental company, have invested in 90 additional ProLyft hoists and six controllers supplied by DWR Distribution.
Alistair Kilbee is the Managing Director of Splitbeam and writes on his experience with the brand and why he went this route: “I have always liked the ProLyft brand and this purchase made sense as we already had a stock holding of 57 ProLyft hoists (1 Ton & ¼ Ton). The new acquisition in Prolyte materials, consisting of 85 ProLyft Aetos 1 Ton and 5 ProLyft Aetos 2 Ton, all in cases, along with 6 Aetos Pro range low voltage 8 way controls, fits in nicely with our current stock holding to give us a total of 147 hoists within Splitbeam”.
“While the rest of the Gearhouse Group use CM, I felt that it was best to stay with a brand that I know and trust… We now stock 2 ton, 1 ton and ¼ ton hoists. There was also the consideration that the ProLyft hoists are easy to upgrade to double break for the future-proofing of the purchase. Furthermore there is the noise factor that very few “non-theatre” people worry about, but in our market, this is a critical consideration. The new ProLyft hoists are so quiet it is hard to even know that something is moving unless you see it happening”.
“Theatre shows over the last few years have been getting bigger and heavier and the motor counts have been increasing every year. Our largest show to date was War Horse with 70 hoists, which for a “play” is extraordinary. There are now theatre tours that have well over 120 hoists each; so to stay competitive in the theatre rigging market we had to increase our stock”.
“Supplying rigging for tours to other countries is not easy but as Splitbeam has a lot of experience with working on Asian tours, we are perfectly placed to deal with the changes in law and have an in-depth knowledge of what is required to rig in these markets”.
“Splitbeam is committed to helping grow the South African Theatre and if we can supply equipment at a price that makes sense for our producers, all the better for us and the industry as a whole. The more the South African shows make financial sense, the more the producers will do them and therefore there will be more work for our local Cast, Crew and more work for the equipment.”
Source: DWR Distribution, Sherryn Riley.