Back to the Future

Electric Foundry was proud to supply Back to the Future the Musical in the Opera House Manchester with all they needed to electrify and illuminate wirelessly several stage trucks. We provided fixtures, LED tape, LED neon, battery charging and control solutions to the specification of Ammonite. Illuminating clock faces, street lamps and diner exteriors was all part of the challenge to provide the production with a high quality plug and play experience for the battery operated systems. We chose enclosures and construction techniques that would ensure that the elements we supplied would give great robust service.

LED Tape Tester (LTT)

Available to buy soon. An all in one LED installation tool to power your soldering iron, and flash up your LED tape as you install it. Reduce the amount of items you carry around. Improve the quality and efficiency of your work by testing in segments. Reduce costly driver damage by measuring the wattage actually consumed by your LED with the digital readout. Use as a demonstration aid to show your clients what a LED product is going to do before the piece is fully finished, no need for drivers and DMX/DALI sources etc.

Features

  • Internal 6aH battery, charged by USB-C PD port or 2.1mm jack.
  • State of charge indicator.
  • 0-30V output, 0-5A current
  • 4mm Banana jack & Weipu SP21/5 output
  • Variable current limit, great for testing at safe current level.
  • 4 USB A sockets, supporting QC-3.0, for charging phones, and powering TS-80 soldering irons.
  • Compartment for storing charger, test leads, soldering kit etc.
  • Rugged genuine Peli 1150 case, in yellow so you can find it in the workshop.
  • Use it as a portable lab power supply for powering up or charging all kinds of electronics / battery powered devices. Great in an emergency !

Measure for Measure

Electric Foundry has engineered and built 40 custom light fixtures for Measure for Measure at the Donmar Warehouse, along with a complete backwall lightbox that allowed the surface to be illuminated in gradations.

Each light fitting has a cool white beam of light emanating from the bottom, and a warm candle light illuminating the top grill.

Lighting design: Howard Harrison

Scenic and Costume design: Peter McKintosh

The Glow Room

We provided a complete set lighting solution for the “Glow Room” at Madame Tussauds in January, fitting LED strips on 3 sides of a cube structure to create an immersive cage of light. Stage centre stands a waxwork model of Dua Lipa, who visitors are invited to pose with to create a 3D freeze frame image which can be instantly uploaded to social media. Our client was Illusion Design and Construct who built and installed the structure for Merlin Entertainments. We worked closely with The Flash Pack to synchronise their cutting edge camera trigger system with our lighting.

 

The result of a visit to the Glow Room: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqeTVMxGNJw

 

A look back at 2018

2018 was a busy year for all of us at Electric Foundry! We contributed all sorts of electrical solutions to a range of exciting and very different projects.

Highlights in the world of theatre included: Set Electrics for Kinky Boots UK tour working alongside ASAP; 200 glowing lanterns for A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic; an LED portal for Richard II at the Almeida Theatre working with Illusion Design and Construct; all Set Electrics and Practical Props for Caroline or Change at the Playhouse Theatre, and the same for the Pinter at the Pinter season. Measure for Measure at the Donmar had us constructing a 80 bar wide array of individually controllable LED strips as well as an array of custom glowing tubes, and just this month Glyndebourne Productions commissioned us to help with a 8M diameter ring lightbox.

In events, we worked closely with our friends at White Light to deliver LED products ready to go for various corporate events and installations with their production department. In the summer we created some exciting hand held lighting solutions for 59 Productions for their production of Five Telegrams at the Edinburgh International Festival, and the Utilita Tree project saw us touring lighting and phone charging equipment to a selection of music festivals across the UK working again in partnership with Illusion Design and Construct. We also provided full set electrics services and 50 battery powered glowing orbs for Great North Star, a part of The Great Exhibition of the North. A build in October saw us designing, manufacturing and testing 440 custom LED fixtures to be used at the UAE 47th National Day in Abu Dhabi.

In hire we used our LED expertise and stock to enable others to deliver working systems for their own clients.

As we go into 2019, we are hitting the ground running with an installation at Madame Tussauds, building customised Pharos control systems for a major exhibition and LED is flying out the door for the start of the new theatre season.

 

 

 

Kinky Boots UK Tour

It was a huge pleasure to be a part of sending Kinky Boots The Musical out on it’s UK Tour this summer. Electric Foundry provided a wide range of set electrics solutions for set pieces and props alike. George led the project, support by Leo, Dan and a top shelf team of freelance electricians.

We worked closely with the scenic constructor, All Scene All Props, to integrate high quality lighting into several set trucks. Most of the systems were wireless and we designed them with touring and ease of use in mind.

 

Great North Star

Leo led this project for Electric Foundry – providing set electrics and light up orbs for this show of epic proportions up in Gateshead, as part of the Great Exhibition of the North. Lighting Designer Phil Supple and Designer Rebecca Brower approached us with a clear vision in mind and we manufactured and installed a range of custom items. We worked with Stage One, the scenic constructor, to integrate lighting into set pieces. We also designed and manufactured 50 battery powered light up orbs which featured in the performance.