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A WORCESTERSHIRE manufacturer has become one of the latest stars to appear on London’s West End stage.

System Support Engineers will be breaking a leg every night in one of the district’s oldest – and best-known – venues, the Garrick Theatre.

The Redditch-based firm struck a deal to create an automated trapdoor for the theatre’s stage.

The deal has seen SSE work alongside MachNC, which has fitted a platform lift on the underside of the stage.

SSE also had to co-operate with Sir Kenneth Branagh’s prestigious theatre company as it alternated work on productions including Winter’s Tale, All On Her Own and Harlequinade.

Ben Smyth, SSE Technical Director, said: “The trapdoor has been installed to help them with moving their set and equipment around. It also helps with loading equipment from a street level.”

He said that due to the Garrick’s location in London, close to Leicester Square, the theatre company had faced problems moving equipment around for the various productions.

The trapdoor enables stage workers to place equipment into the automated lift without losing any stage space.

SSE said the contract with the Garrick was something of a departure from its regular work but creating a solution to a difficult problem had demonstrated the flexibility and innovative skills it possessed.

“We’ve achieved something and worked in an environment that we’ve never worked in before. It is a bit of an alien place for us to be as I’ve been rubbing shoulders with some rich and famous people. Coming out of a factory environment and walking into Dame Judi Dench was certainly a shocker,” added Smyth.

Dame Judi was appearing in Branagh’s theatrical productions alongside a group of actors including Rob Brydon, Derek Jacobi and Zoe Wanamaker.

Smyth concluded: “Hopefully, Nimax Theatres who own the theatre like it and it serves them well. They will probably want to have it installed in the rest of the theatres they own in London.

“Striking a deal with Nimax would be a brilliant testimonial to SSE’s versatile engineers.”

SSE said the contract with the Garrick was something of a departure from its regular work but creating a solution to a difficult problem had demonstrated the flexibility and innovative skills it possessed.

“We’ve achieved something and worked in an environment that we’ve never worked in before. It is a bit of an alien place for us to be as I’ve been rubbing shoulders with some rich and famous people. Coming out of a factory environment and walking into Dame Judi Dench was certainly a shocker,” added Smyth.

Dame Judi was appearing in Branagh’s theatrical productions alongside a group of actors including Rob Brydon, Derek Jacobi and Zoe Wanamaker.

Smyth concluded: “Hopefully, Nimax Theatres who own the theatre like it and it serves them well. They will probably want to have it installed in the rest of the theatres they own in London.

“Striking a deal with Nimax would be a brilliant testimonial to SSE’s versatile engineers.”

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