Hokey-cokey, pig in a pokey! This issue is full to the brim with ‘special stuff’ and ‘precious things’ . . . Sorry, I couldn’t resist launching in to full-on League of Gentlemen fan mode in honour of this month’s cover stars. As the masters of dark comedy return to their live show roots for the first time in over 12 years, Kate Lyon ventures backstage to detail the technical production behind the Royston Vasey roadshow.
Also inside, Steve Moles decamps to Branham Park for this year’s Leeds Festival where he discovers a crew open to assisting our industry’s next generation in getting their first taste of live production life in a bid to address the skills shortage. Meanwhile, we learn how award-winning sound designer Gareth Owen utilised d&b’s innovative Soundscape to revitalise Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, Starlight Express 30 years after its opening.
With the PLASA Show having taken place just weeks ago, we also present our extensive roundup of the latest news and developments from the showfloor, including the winners of this year’s PLASA Awards for Innovation. Plus, on the technical front, Mike Wood reviews SGM’s weatherproof G-Profile Turbo.
Kate Lyon braves a visit to Royston Vasey as the masters of dark comedy return to their stage show roots . . .
Claire Beeson, Jim Evans, Kate Lyon and Teodora Lyubomirova report from London Olympia as the PLASA Show makes a triumphant return to form . . .
Steve Moles visits Bramham Park to meet the production crew behind Leeds Festival . . .
LSi pulls into Bochum’s Starlight Express Theatre to see how new technology has refreshed the hit musical . . .
Mike Wood takes the weatherproof luminaire for a trial run . . .
Béjart Ballet dances into a new season with an LED upgrade . . .
Mike Clark reports from Italy’s Lucca Summer Festival on a crucial first gig for a new dry hire company . . .
FOH engineer John Gale makes sound decisions for Björk’s latest European tour . . .
Phil Ward visits a boutique English festival alive to new audio options . . .
NEXT ISSUE: On Tour: Nick Mason • Report: Theatres Trust Conference 18 • Theatre: Walking with Dinosaurs • Company Profile: Unusual Rigging • Technical Focus: Avid’s S6L-24C • Plus: Touring, the latest tech and much more!