The Elphinstone Theatre of Tower Hall Theatre Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Elphinstone Theatre of Tower Hall Theatre Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Total Solutions were commissioned by Lightstorm Trading, in the UK and Mahinda Dias Engineers (Pvt) Ltd, in Sri Lanka to design and manufacture a bespoke aluminium catwalk truss for the Elphinstone Theatre of Tower Hall Theatre Foundation. The Theatre itself, a beautiful blend of colonial and local architecture, started out in life as a cinema in Sri Lanka, but is now undergoing major refurbishment into a theatre venue under the supervision of Mahinda Dias Engineers.

The brief was to design a catwalk to span the 24mts of the main auditorium with safe access from the balcony level. The catwalk was to be suspended off the buildings original roof truss structure and stabilised by the existing walls. The system was designed to be 1.2mt wide to allow for a generous amount of room for engineers to access the theatre lights, which were to be hung from the On Stage side of the catwalk. In addition to the Lighting load, the system is able to support 3 persons with additional load able to be sub hung from the underside of the catwalk itself for future flexibility in performances.   The system was coloured to compliment the interior of the existing Theatre building.  The Catwalk beautifully blends in to the interior architecture of the Theatre.