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           When you’re in an amazing performance space, you can feel it. Moving Light Productions knows how to create performance spaces that come alive. We speak the languages of construction, design, and the arts. From visioning through design and construction, we provide advice on planning and design decisions that affect the art, the architecture, how the performance technology functions, and how artists and audience will use each space. 

Working closely with clients, users, architects, and builders, we apply our experience of what makes a dynamic performance space—intimacy, density, flexibility, and simplicity—to create extraordinary spaces.

           Our theatre and venue consultants understand the artistic, operational, technical and commercial needs of all types of venues. We work with colleagues across the firm to maximise MLP's unparalleled experience in the multi-disciplinary design of performing arts facilities. 

           We work with our clients to understand their needs and give the advice and technical support that will help turn their creative vision into a reality. Our specialists help architects to design spaces that inspire and delight while delivering the best in theatrical functionality, excellence, visual quality and audience comfort.

We consult on the design and renovation of venues across all sectors – from intimate spaces for drama and music to large regional performing arts centres, from media production studios to the highest quality broadcast TV and radio concert halls, and from conference and exhibition centres to entertainment arenas.

            Our team includes experts in brief development, feasibility, venue planning, auditorium design, stage engineering, seating design, production, specialist architectural lighting and performance sound, video and communications systems design. We can provide a fully integrated service or a tailored package of skills.


            We anticipate each detail that makes a venue function better – in front of an audience or out of sight. Seeing the complete picture equips us to deliver success on complex projects, such as the recently opened Mentone Grammar School in Mentone  – who are now able to bring state of the art productions, lectures and events to their students – or to develop the technology brief that helped turn the Kilvington Grammar School's Theatre Hall, into a world-class hub for experimental art, dance and drama. 

            Many of our people have backgrounds in performing and operating venues and so understand the needs of performers, technicians and operators. We can weave those requirements into an efficient design that makes optimal use of space and budget to deliver venues that are both cost-effective to build and economically sustainable to operate.

We seamlessly partner with other specialists, most often drawing on our acoustics, and technical skills. For Mentone Grammar School's most advanced performing arts venue, close partnership between acoustic consultant, stage engineer and technology specialist, working in close cooperation with the architect, allowed this exceptional project to be delivered on a tight budget while maintaining the architect’s and client’s vision.


            A future-fit performing arts space must be adaptable to the evolving requirements of audiences, artists, programmers and funders. Increasingly, cultural and economic drivers require projects to be commercially and environmentally sustainable. We design versatile theatres for diverse programming. We do this with flexible staging, seating and technological infrastructure so that the venue can quickly adapt to maximise potential revenue. For Kilvington Grammar School Campus, our theatre consultants helped the architect fully integrate the new dimmer room and  technological conferencing systems so that the hall’s visual impact was not compromised.

We bring new life to old spaces such as the Adamson Theatre, Wesley College, where we led the design team to renovate an unpopular existing theatre with poor acoustics, sightlines and technical systems. The revitalised venue is now a new home to the Adamson Theatre Company and Wesley College Family – and an acclaimed space for dance, theatre, music and multimedia, with adjustable acoustics and advanced technical systems.

The growing ‘green theatre’ movement draws on MLPs ability to merge sustainability and arts expertise. We responded to this with Catholic Regional College's new Performing Arts space installing a LED Lighting package on stage and FOH allowing the venue to limit the power consumption during its day to day usage. 


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Mentone Grammar School Creative Arts
Thoral Theatre 
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St Kilda Road, Prahran
Adamson Theatre Hall, Wesley College,
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Kilvington Grammar School Hall
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