Denis Irving, Australian Lighting Pioneer, Dies at 74

06 March 2008,

flowersIt is with deep sadness that Selecon aknowledge the recent passing of Denis Irving at the age of 74, at his home in Terang, Australia following a long illness.

Peter McKenzie, Australian Market Manager for Selecon notes; "We have lost one of the founding legends of the Australian theatre industry in Denis, however he has left an indelible mark and a lot to be remembered for. He will be sorely missed".

Irving began his career as an office boy at Strand Electric Australia, eventually rising to the post of chief executive. In 1979, he founded Entertech, a theatre consultancy, working on many buildings, including theatres, casinos, and performing arts centers.

Among his projects were The Araluen Center in Alice Springs, and regional theatres in Renmark, Port Pirie, Mount Gambier, and Whyalla. He was also passionately interested in theatre restoration; the Theatre Royal in Hobart, Her Majesty's Theatre in Ballarat, the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba, and the Capitol in Sydney all benefited from his expertise. In 2006 Entertech merged with Marshall Day Acoustics to form Marshall Day Entertech.

Irving was well-known internationally, visiting Europe and the U.K. regularly to maintain contact with current trends. He was for several years national president of the IES and ANCI (now CIE Australia) culminating in the winning of the CIE's Quadriennial Session in Melbourne in 1991.

Irving is survived by his wife Judie and his children.