Co-Mission Revive 2017 – Christian Conference

University of Kent, Canterbury

Hosted on the University of Kent’s Cricket ground, Co-Mission Revive is the joint effort of a group of London Churches. The weekend is an opportunity for delegates to sit in on talks, be part of services and strengthen their bond between other churches across London...

DPS have worked alongside Co-Mission for a number of year and have consistently supplied the production requirements with ease.

2017s theme was that of Creation, so naturally it left the door open for the design team at DPS to get creative! Working closely with the Co-Mission representative tasked with heading up the technical production for 2017, DPS produced a plan that was in budget and in line with the weekend’s theme. Once again transforming empty structures into homely spaces for the weekend’s conferences, studies and services.

The design for the main venue differs slightly from last year, in that the client was looking for more of an “in the round”, idea but still wanted to keep the backdrop. DPS worked with the client producing a number of options before finally settling on a three quarter approach.

The accurately designed truss grid that’s flown from the big tops king pin upright supports had to be redesigned with less than a week until show day. Co-Missions Revives big top suppliers had made a mistake with this year’s booking and consequently couldn’t offer us the same venue we saw in 2016. Instead, a slightly different shape and size king tent venue was built in its place. DPS redesigned the truss grid, expanding its length and width to suit the new dimensions of the main venue.

Supported by four 0.5t CM Loadstar motor hoists, the 12x12.5m structure supported lighting and video equipment.

Lighting this year’s weekend was a combination of Thomas PAR64 Par Cans, ETC Source 4 15-30 zooms and ETC Source 4 Parnells. House lighting was provided by a mix of Thomas PAR64 Par cans and Philips Showline SL Strip 10’s. Towards the front of the truss grid, along the upstage truss and scattered at floor level on stage, Highend System BEAM PCs and Martin Mac700s provided the venue with a variety of moving head looks.

The centre piece of this year’s backdrop was a blinder bank consisting of 12 Showtec Sunstrips pixel mapped to produce some great effects and low resolution letters and numbers. Framing this impressive centre piece was a large 3D White backdrop, providing an intense glow thanks to 20 Prolights COB Pars flown from under the upstage trusses. An additional 4 Prolights COB Pars were deployed on stage to up light sections of set.

In total, 2 universes of DMX control by an Avolites Tiger Touch II, over 80 lighting fixtures and 38 channels of dimming were used in the main venue alone!

In the world of Video DPS installed 3 projector screens all mounted to the central grid. Along with two 5K Panasonic projectors and a third 6k Sanyo projector for the central screen. In addition to the 3 projection set ups, DPS installed four 50” displays to ensure every delegate had a good view of any presentations, camera feeds or words.

In addition to the main venue, DPS also supplied AV equipment and staging to multiple other venues across the Co-Mission Revive site. The main venue was designed as this year’s event spaces as well as the main service area, as a result the requirements for other venues differed from previous years. For example, the youth venue was a daylight only space, meaning the technical production could be stripped back to simplify the operation of that space.

In total, DPS supplied 258KVA’s worth of Generator sets, over 2km of power cable, ten 50” displays, over 150m of truss, 32 Thomas PAR 64 Par Cans, over 40 LED fixtures, 12 moving head fixtures and 59 sheets of Prolyte Litedeck.

And 6 health and safety conscious extremely hard working and knowledgeable crew!