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In the spring of 1999 a member of Rackheath Players went to see a production of Ruddigore by the East Norfolk Operatic Society (ENOS) and got into conversation with the lighting operator and things progressed.
The next year Players' members manned the follow spots and by the following production Rackheath Players were responsible for the design, rigging and operating the lighting for ENOS.
News of this "service" spread and the following years have seen Rackheath Players lighting the productions of Frettenham Theatre Group, Frettenham Festival, Horning Amateur Theatrical Society (HATS), Livewire Opera, Conical Productions, Great Hall Players, Phoenix Opera, Bystanders Theatre, Firside Middle School and Funcky Dance Media as well as continuing with ENOS and their own productions and various events at their "home", Rackheath Village Hall.
Venues were not confined just to the north of Norwich with productions being staged in Central Hall, Wymondham, Wymondham High School, Queens Hall Watton, Aylsham High School, St. James Church Great Ellingham, Downham Market Town Hall, Frettenham Village Hall, Horning Village Hall, Wroxham Village Hall, Norwich City College, Norwich Playhouse, Maddermarket Theatre, Sprowston High School, Firside Middle School and St. Peter's Hall Norwich.
The involvement with HATS and, in the early years, ENOS involved hiring lighting equipment from a company based some 26 miles away - and so Rackheath Players began using their own equipment.
The Players continue to run this service. Sometimes just designing and controlling the lighting and at other times providing a complete solution.
We must stress that the Players are not in the business of lighting hire. Quite often we do not receive payment for our services - although payment for expenses or a proportion of what would have otherwise been spent on lighting hire is always welcome! All proceeds go to Rackheath Players.
So if you believe you have a requirement and that Rackheath Players could help provide a solution, please contact us.
The Mikado - East Norfolk Operatic Society, 2001 & 2009