Theatre and Opera Bank on the New MAC III Performance™

October 11, 2010

The National Theatre Mannheim, Oberhausen Theatre, and Osnabrück Theatre in Germany, as well as the Vienna State Opera are in complete agreement: for all four venues, the new MAC III Performance, Martin Professional’s new 1500 W profile moving head with continuous framing system, is the fixture of choice when it comes to precise illumination of a stage scene. The four venues will acquire a total of 48 Martin MAC III Performances, which will replace older Martin MAC 2000 Performances and Martin PAL 1200s, as well as fixtures of other manufacturers.

Preceding the investment decision however, there was work to do. In order to be certain in their decision, several benchmark tests of currently available profile moving heads with framing systems took place. The result was obvious: the Martin MAC III Performance excels with cutting-edge technology, superior projection quality, extreme low-noise operation, ease of maintenance and a high degree of investment security.

Various fixtures were at the disposal of the National Theatre Mannheim for an endurance test prior to the production start. This long-term test helped the development department at Martin Professional to adjust the MAC III Performance perfectly to the unique needs of daily operation in theatres. The result: there has never been a more quiet and precise moving head in the 1500 W performance class.

The Martin MAC III Performance is based on the successful MAC III Profile™, which has proved its operational reliability for years on the largest tours. It was therefore the perfect starting point for the theatre version. The effects module of the MAC III Profile can be easily replaced with the framing module of the MAC III Performance. Due to the modularity of the luminaire, nothing further is required – the assembled module is detected automatically - so if there is a theatre piece on the schedule that requires more gobo slots, the MAC III Performance can be converted into a MAC III Profile in an instant.