Partly funded by the Welsh Government and including the refurbishment of a listed chapel alongside a 504-seat auditorium and 100-seat Stiwdio Stepni , Y Ffwrnes will be run by Carmarthenshire County Council to provide a cultural and creative centre, offering space for community and professional events.
The theatre is set to achieve a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating for environmental sustainability and is a key part in the regeneration of Llanelli. Y Ffwrnes is expected to attract some 70,000 visitors and provide new full and part time employment for 35 people.
The consultants specified that the contractors installed the GDS Stage Manager’s Console and CueSystem cue lights. The need to meet the exacting standards of environmental sustainability in modern theatre development, led the consultants to further specify the use of the GDS BluesSystem working-lights for all backstage areas.
GDS supplied a bespoke wood-enclosed Stage Manager’s console with all the specific facilities required by the theatre, including a 16 channel CueSystem. Other features included white and blue panel lighting, 4 preset digital lighting control, 2 channel intercom control, 3 zones of paging, digital timer and digital clock and LED stalk lights.
The backstage areas of both the main auditorium and the studio theatre were equipped with GDS BluesSystem.