"The revival of Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production of An Inspector Calls graces our cover this month as Rob Halliday charts the production’s evolving design, from the early ‘90s to its most recent West End run. JB Priestley’s classic thriller will no doubt be familiar to many - not least those of us who studied the text for GCSE English! With its iconic revolving ‘doll house’ set piece and trilby-wearing Inspector Goole, the production design will likely be just as familiar; no surprise considering Daldry’s production is apparently the longest-running revival of a play.
Salford University certainly knows how to celebrate a milestone anniversary, having opened a new, multi-million pound arts facility to mark its 50th year. Kate Lyon takes a trip to the state-of-the art New Adelphi Building, home of Salford’s School of Arts & Media on pages 48-54. We also report from the Guildford School of Art’s recent Robe NRG ‘LED by Theatre’ event.
On the pro audio front, sound engineer Simon Allen puts Wisycom’s new MPR50-IEM and MTK952 wireless IEM solutions through their paces for this month’s Technical Focus. Meanwhile, we report from Dorking Halls in Surrey as the venue’s theatre space installs a new sound system, and Phil Ward talks to Sue Harrison of Bose for this month’s In Profile.
With trade show season now in full swing, we look ahead at expected highlights from this year’s PLASA Focus Leeds, whilst Andy Ciddor reports from Australia’s travelling trade show, Entech.
With that, I’ll leave you to enjoy the above and more as I head off to Frankfurt before the ink is dry for what looks set to be very busy Prolight+Sound. Our bumper review of this show will feature in the next issue - so watch this space . . . "