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Rackheath Lighting Project


Rackheath Players launched a project to update their lighting equipment at the end of 2016 and, through donations and fundraising have raised in excess of £2,500.
The Players were established in 1953 and, apart from a period away from Rackheath Village Hall when it was being rebuilt in the mid 1970s, have performed there regularly. Although it is not clear when and from where the Players obtained their lighting equipment it is thought that some lights might have been in position since the rebuild.
Some of the lamps that the Players currently use date back at least forty years, we know this as some, such as the Strand Patten 23 pictured, ceased manufacture in 1978.
Little of the Players lighting rig has been purchased new and some is on long term loan from other societies or donated from societies that no longer exist.
The Players produce four shows a year at the Village Hall with the equipment also being used by the local Home Education Group and occasionally by groups in other village halls.
With the coming of LED, stage lighting has become more economical, generates less heat, uses less power and is generally greener - and they can move!
It also provides greater opportunities in terms of the effects that can be a achieved as one lamp can produce many colours during a show where previously this could only be achieved by physically changing the colour filter.
The Players estimate that will cost some £10,000 to bring the equipment up to date and are looking at fund raising opportunities, grants, donations and sponsorship.
If you wish to help this project, donations can be made via bank transfer (BACS) to the Trustee Savings Bank, Account Number 26273460, Sort Code: 77-66-38. Please specify that your donation is for the "Lighting Fund".
Alternatively cheques made payable to Rackheath Players and annotated "Lighting Fund" on the back can be forwarded to Rackheath Players, 113 Silver Street, Norwich NR3 4TU.
All donors will receive a receipt if their contact details are provided with their donation.
Fund raising progress can be monitored by checking the "thermometer" on the home page.