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This month we board the famous blue police box that is the TARDIS and take a trip through the ‘wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey’ treat that is Doctor Who: Time Fracture, a new immersive theatre experience now playing in London. For his report, Rob Halliday meets the creatives responsible for bringing the world of the British TV classic to life in great detail for audiences to enjoy their very own adventure in time and space - Time Lords, Cybermen, Daleks and all!

Also inside, we present Kate Lyon’s report on this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which finally took place at the Rotterdam Ahoy having been postponed in 2020. Meanwhile, Simon Duff gets the latest on The Vertical Theatre, a new concept in temporary venue design from entertainment architects Stufish and friends. We also report on Stuttgart’s stylish Porsche Museum, where a bespoke lighting system was developed to showcase a moving motor show.

Robe’s new Forte LED luminaire is our Technical Focus subject this month, with Mike Wood putting the unit through its paces to provide a comprehensive overview of the fixture. Forte features Robe’s innovative transferable LED engine, which saw the Esprite fixture win the company a prestigious PLASA Award for Innovation at the PLASA Show in 2019.

With the PLASA Show set to return to Olympia London this 5-7 September, the 2021 Awards for Innovation are now open for entries once again. If you have a product in mind for entry, visit: www.plasashow.com/awards.

After such a long period without a good old industry get-together, I’m sure many of us look forward to this year’s PLASA Show as a chance to reconnect. Our next issue - September - will feature our usual PLASA Show preview to help you best plan your visit. Until then, enjoy this edition, and have a great summer!


Claire Beeson
Editor
claire.beeson@plasa.org

Doctor Who: Time Fracture

Rob Halliday reports on London’s latest immersive experience that sees audience members assist the famous Time Lord on a bold new mission . . .

Eurovision 2021

Europe’s flamboyant song contest dazzled millions of TV viewers as the production team realised an ever-evolving show to a strict design and safety brief. Kate Lyon reports . . .

New Formula

Simon Duff reports on a radical new venue design intended to alleviate the social-distancing pressures of the entertainment industry . . .

Regulars

Safety curtains,  Phil Ward speaks volumes . . .

The Shend interrogates Chris ‘Showfile’ Harding, audio wrangler of varying talents

Commissioning time, Roland Hemming discusses the business of installations . . .

Culture of fear, electrical safety consultant James Eade lets sparks fly . . .

Phil Ward talks to Simon Hodge, founder of Surfhire . . .

James Simpson predicts the shape of tech to come : Pixel-mapping the sea

TF: Robe Forte

Mike Wood looks under to hood of Robe’s latest colour-mixing workhorse with a transferable engine . . .

Retail therapy

Online shopping platform OOOOO has added a music channel that could help artists interact with fans during the pandemic. Phil Ward tries it on . . .

Futureproof sound

International Theatre Amsterdam readies itself for an immersive future with a new audio installation. LSi reports . . .

Innovation in the driving seat

Lighting manufacturers pooled their expertise to create a bespoke lighting and control solution fit to illuminate automotive masterpieces. Kate Lyon reports . . .

Review: ISE 2021

Two small-scale regional events signal a tentative return for industry tradeshows. LSi reports . . .

Video Matters

Richard Cadena takes a look at the evolution of holograms in live entertainment . . .

NEXT ISSUE*:  Preview: PLASA Show 2021 • Profile: Martin Audio at 50 • Live: Coldplay’s Big Weekend • Event: The Hatchling hatches • Tech: Sennheiser’s EW-D • Plus all of your regular favourites . . .
*Subject to change

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