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

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 offers home computer repairs, malware removal, broadband & wireless setup, new computer setup, all done in your home so you don’t need to unplug cables to take it to the computer shop. 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, I have a colleague who will be able to help you out too. I’m also experienced in creating small websites using WordPress which is ideal for making you visible on the internet.

Theatre Skills

Amongst my skillset is Set building, production management, lighting design, sound mixing and setup. This is based on 40 years at the Criterion Theatre Coventry, The Albany Theatre Coventry, Belgrade Theatre and other venues about the West Midlands. There’s a link at the bottom to the Criterion’s Archive that give my list of shows there. During 19 years at Central Theatre Supplies I worked on a variety of spaces such as churches, village halls and schools. I’ve also specified, quoted and installed a wide range of hardware.


I have experience in Lighting, sound, staging and drapes so am able to give impartial, valid advice on your space or your proposed space. Nor do I usually supply equipment so I don’t have a preferred brand except those that are reliable for projects on 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, I can tailor my rates to suit your project. It might be for projects I feel are worthy, I may 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 specialising in repairing “legacy” Zero88 products. I’m also able to service/repair newer Zero88 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 e.g. Tempus dimmer racks, consoles, Patt 123’s and Patt 23’s. I can refurbish older theatre lanterns by replacing the mains cable & plug so you can use them with newer 15a plug systems. We can PAT test the finished equipment and issue 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?

I simply don’t have space to carry the stock needed nor do I have accounts with the brands I would want to supply. Whilst I can sell parts for equipment e.g. a fader for a Zero88 Solution it would be difficult to sell the Solution itself.  If you need advice you what to buy and where to go for the best prices and after sales, I’m more than happy to do this by eMail or phone, use this contact form to start a conversation – here.

PAT Testing

For landlords looking for PAT testing of appliances, we’re able to do that using industry recognised equipment and labelling. Small businesses need to ensure their equipment is electrically safe too. We can offer a lower price for a small number of appliances 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

BetaLite buys first bacth of UK SGM Paclo 5+

LSI Online – Albany Theatre Coventry buys Zero88 Orb

Criterion Theatre Coventry Archive – my productions