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Our thanks go to Unusual Rigging for this month’s striking cover image - part of a campaign shot by the company in support of the recent #WeMakeEvents Global Day of Action. Our coverage of activities that took place around the world on 30 September - and indeed, in the days and weeks leading up to it - can be found inside.

Indoor theatre made a tentative return in London recently, with Sleepless: A Musical Romance the first to lift the safety curtain. For his report, Rob Halliday passed a COVID test to join the crew and creatives on-site at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. Here he discovered the stringent safety measures in place - and whether or not audiences approved . . .

Also inside, we check in with a number of al fresco activities, including a revival Jesus Christ Superstar at London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, an opera festival at Italy’s Verona Arena, and a number of successful drive-in events. Meanwhile, Julie Harper takes a trip to Cornwall’s Minack Theatre to see how the open air venue resumed its activities post-lockdown. Mike Wood takes a closer look at Claypaky’s Xtylos laser-based beam moving head for this month’s Technical Focus review, whilst Richard Cadena continues his account of living in a bubble to light the NBA’s return in the US. Meanwhile, our back-page In Profile interview focuses on the career of rock and roll lighting designer Bryan Hartley. Plus, as ever, all your regular favourites and more in what is - remarkably - the 400th edition of the magazine! Enjoy . . .

Claire Beeson

Global outcry

The industry’s fight for survival continues, culminating in a worldwide #WeMakeEvents day of action . . .

Theatre : Sleepless

Rob Halliday checks in with the crew behind the musical adaptation, which marked the return of indoor theatre shows in the UK . . .

Theatre on the rocks

Julie Harper finds out how Cornwall’s iconic cliffside Minack Theatre has resumed its activities post-lockdown . . .


LSi talks to rising star Ryan Perry

Always the bridesmaid Phil Ward speaks volumes

The Shend Interrogates Barry McClelland

Now everything can be IP

Restarting the industry, pt. 2

RCD woes

Digital light tracks

Julie Harper talks to rock and roll show and lighting designer Bryan Hartley . . .

James Simpson predicts the shape of tech to come : Deepfakes

A tale of two drive-ins

Kate Lyon reports on a series of UK drive-in events that marked the tentative comeback of live entertainment . . .

TF : Claypaky Xtylos

Mike Wood reviews Claypaky’s laser-based beam moving head luminaire . . .

Glimmers of light?

Rob Halliday checks in with just a few of the lighting professionals affected by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic . . .

Superstar returns

Rob Halliday reports from Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as Jesus Christ Superstar signals a cautious return for UK outdoor theatre . . .

Warehouse Manifesto

LSi reports on an industry initiative that saw an inspired crew create an events series in aid of Music Support . . .

Opera finds its voice

Mike Clark reports on how this year’s Verona Arena Festival adapted to proceed with its programme of operatic delights despite current restrictions . . .

Group dynamics

LSi talks to France’s Novelty Group, an emerging force on the production rental scene . . .

NEXT ISSUE*: Event: The Proms • Festival: Tomorrowland • Installation: Milan City Studios • Live Music: Socially-distanced gigs • Tech: Allen & Heath’s Avantis console • Plus all of your regular favourites . . .
*Subject to change


Claire Beeson

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Assistant Editor

Ellen Critchley
Circulation and admin
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Media Sales Executive

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