Who is “Service Guy” and what does he do?

Coventry YOG reunion Concert at The Albany Theatre Coventry May 2015

Coventry YOG reunion Concert May 2015 – Albany Theatre Coventry

Service Guy is Ian Knight, formerly of Central Theatre Supplies offering repair & service for a variety of theatrical equipment such as Zero88, Strand Lighting, Selecon, Anytronics, CCT & many others. I’m also a stage lighting designer of 40 years experience covering drama, dance, Irish dance, asian dance, musical theatre and installation specification for churches, drama studios & theatres.

Computing/IT Support

The Service Guy also offers home computer repairs, malware removal, broadband & wireless setup, new laptop or computer setup & of other issues. This is all done in your home so you don’t need to unplug cables to take it to the computer shop, the computer stays in your sight all the time. Whilst I’m based in Coventry, I’m happy to travel throughout the West Midlands, Warwickshire or further afield if needed.

I can also offer IT support services for small businesses looking to upgrade equipment or add new printers. If your business has a network and Microsoft SBS server, then I have a colleague who will be able to help you out too. I’m also experienced in creating small websites using WordPress, ideal for making a club, theatre or group visible on the internet to the wider world or its members.

Theatre Skills

Amongst my skillset is Set building, production management, lighting design, sound mixing and setup. My experience is based on 40 years at the Criterion Theatre Coventry, The Albany Theatre Coventry (Chief Electrician), Coventry Belgrade Theatre and other venues about the West Midlands.  During my 19 years at Central Theatre Supplies I worked on a variety of spaces such as churches, village halls and schools by specifying, quoting and installing for a whole range of hardware


If you have a project that you would like advice about then I can help – I have experience in Lighting, sound, staging and drapes so I’m able to give impartial, valid advice on suitability for your space or your proposed space. I don’t supply equipment so I don’t have to have a favourite brand except those that I’ve found to work and be reliable for projects that have limited budgets.


I’m happy to work with you in compiling a specification, reviewing a specification you’ve already got or reviewing quotes for work. Being self-employed, I can tailor my rates to suit your project – for worthy projects I may even give some time free of charge.

Equipment Servicing & Repair for Zero88, Strand Lighting

Because of my longstanding relationship with Zero88, I’m an authorised independent repair centre, my speciality is repairing “legacy” Zero88 products but I can also service/repair newer desks such as Solution and Orb with full access to OEM parts. If you have original BetaPacks, Sirius or Lightmaster desks that need repair or servicing then I can help & I carry spares too.

I have considerable experience in maintaining early Rank Strand/Strand Lighting desks, dimmers and lanterns. It’s also possible to repair Tempus dimmer racks, consoles, Patt 123’s and Patt 23’s to name a few and I have spares for many. I can refurbish older theatre lanterns by replacing the mains cable & plug so you can use them with new 15a plug systems. We PAT test the finished equipment and issue you the necessary paperwork to prove it’s been tested and is electrically safe.

If you need basic desk training on Zero88 Jester Series, Solution or older desks such as Sirius 24/48, basic confidence/handholding training on other systems then I can do that too.

Can you sell me theatre supplies?

In a word “No” – I’m sorry I can’t – I simply don’t have storage space to carry the breadth of stock that would be needed nor do I have trade accounts with the brands I would want to supply. I can sell spare parts for equipment e.g. a fader for a Zero88 Solution but not the Solution itself.  I can advise you what to buy and where to go for the best prices and services and I’m more than happy to do this by eMail or phone – use the contact form on this page to start a conversation – here.

PAT Testing

If you’re a landlord looking for PAT testing in your accommodation or a small business that needs items PAT tested then we’re able to do that using industry recognised equipment and labelling. We can offer a lower price for a small number of appliances are safe so you can ensure your tenants are safe.

In short – I can probably help you – use this page to get in touch contact us.

Honourable mentions from my past…

Coventry’s Criterion Theatre updates to Chilli

Topic/discussion on The Blue Room

The Albany Theatre Coventry re-opens with my help

LSI Online – Albany Theatre Coventry buys Zero88 Orb

Criterion Theatre Coventry Archive – my productions