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 . . .
The industry’s fight for survival continues, culminating in a worldwide #WeMakeEvents day of action . . .
Rob Halliday checks in with the crew behind the musical adaptation, which marked the return of indoor theatre shows in the UK . . .
Julie Harper finds out how Cornwall’s iconic cliffside Minack Theatre has resumed its activities post-lockdown . . .
Kate Lyon reports on a series of UK drive-in events that marked the tentative comeback of live entertainment . . .
Mike Wood reviews Claypaky’s laser-based beam moving head luminaire . . .
Rob Halliday checks in with just a few of the lighting professionals affected by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic . . .
Rob Halliday reports from Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as Jesus Christ Superstar signals a cautious return for UK outdoor theatre . . .
LSi reports on an industry initiative that saw an inspired crew create an events series in aid of Music Support . . .
Mike Clark reports on how this year’s Verona Arena Festival adapted to proceed with its programme of operatic delights despite current restrictions . . .
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