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Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, UK
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Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, UK

Shelley Theatre project (Bournemouth, Dorset) represented our inaugural Re:LIT project.

In 1801, the Shelley Manor was home to Percy Florence Shelly, the son of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.

Shelley Manor had been abandoned and boarded up in a neglected state for several years, but has since accommodated a GP practice, apartments and the revitalized Shelley Theatre.

The theatre was selected by Michael Grubb Studio and to obtain superseded, damaged
and ex-demo lighting equipment. The end result is to transform community projects throughout the UK.


The theatre was slowly being restored but relied on hugely inefficient tungsten floodlights to light the main theatre, consuming as much as 8KW of power.

Our new implemented architectural lighting scheme consumes less than 1KW, and has opened up unused areas consequently transforming and enhancing the character of the venue after dark.

Special thanks to all of the lighting manufacturers who generously supported the initiative, which included: ACDC; Architainment; Ecosense; Commercial Lighting; iGuzzini; High Technology Lighting; LED Linear; Light Projects; Lucent; Lumenpulse; Martin; Megaman; Mike Stoane Lighting; Precision Lighting; Remote Control Lighting; TM Lighting; Universal Fibre Optics; Xicato.


Client: Shelly Theatre
Lighting Design: Michael Grubb Studio
Images: Mike Massaro