Adlib gets D’Musical for Mrs Brown’s Boys
Adlib is supplying full technical production – sound, lighting, video and rigging with over 100 points – to the ongoing 2019 arena tour by Brendan O’Carroll and his Mrs. Brown’s Boys phenomenon. Hassane es Siahi is the FOH engineer, the Adlib systems engineer is Alan Harrison, Steph Fleming is the monitor engineer and Shona Steadman is looking after mics and RF. Lighting has been designed by Mike Summerfield. Fiona Gibney & Gareth Woods are the producers. Audio: Once again, a comprehensive CODA system was chosen to deliver sound for the tour. The cast members all use a variety of DPA headset mics which are sensitive and very transparent sounding. The two main PA hangs were smaller than normal – with (max) 12 x CODA AiRAY a side, flown slightly further downstage than the standard positioning.
The subs were 12 x CODA SCPs, positioned six a side on the floor. The side hangs were kept as discreet as possible – both for acoustics and sight lines – these comprised of up to 8 x AiRAYs, with four ViRAY downs depending on the venue. A flown center cluster of six ViRAY covered the first rows of audience. The delays comprised 8 x ViRAYs each on the left and right, with eight of the little 5-inch TiRAYs in the centre which Alan comments “pack a real punch” for their tiny size. All of the flown speakers and those attached to the trusses were powered by 18 amplifiers. The consoles were both DiGiCo’s – an SD10 for Hassane at FOH, Steph used an SD12 for monitors, and Shona utilised a DiGiCo S21 to monitor the RF channels. A DiGiCo Optocore network was used to connect and deal with all the track signal routing from the QLab, the FOH and monitor consoles and racks. Video: Adlib supplied two large IMAG screens each 7.5m-wide by 4m-high made up from their Unilumin UPADIIIH5 5.9mm product, together with a 5m-wide by 3m-high delay screen of the same surface plus and a four-way camera (Sony HXC-100s with Canon UJ90 broadcast lenses) / PPU package, while cutting and mixing was done using a Panasonic HS410 switcher.