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I’ve blinked and somehow we’re in 2023! I hope it’s got off to a good start for you all and proves to be a happy, healthy and prosperous year. There’s certainly plenty to look forward to on the horizon for the UK’s live events industry, including the coronation of King Charles III and a trip to Liverpool for the Eurovision Song Contest. Both will no doubt provide huge opportunities to showcase production and performance talent from across the country and the wider world.

Back to the here and now, and our cover story this month is Rob Halliday's in-depth report on Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of My Neighbour Totoro, currently playing at London’s Barbican. Also inside, Steve Moles reports from Glasgow’s OVO Hydro on the latest touring outing by indie rockers Kasabian, plus Phil Ward attends a number of spatial audio showcases by leading pro audio brands d&b and L-Acoustics. In the second of our spotlights on diversity by Sarah Rushton-Read, we meet Pembe Tokluhan of Petok Productions to learn more about the work she’s doing to encourage women, trans and non-binary individuals with their careers in the live entertainment technology industry.

We’ve two company profiles for you to enjoy as Phil Ward gets the latest from Sonosphere, and I chart the first 10 years of business for Brompton Technology. Meanwhile, on the tech front, Richard Cadena plays with the ARRI Orbiter, while Simon Allen takes a look at two Shure offerings - the Axient Digital system, including the AD600, and the KSM11 microphone capsule. Plus, ahead of ISE later this month, we present a round-up of expected highlights from the show as it prepares to return to Barcelona. Enjoy!

Claire Beeson

My Neighbour Totoro

Rob Halliday reports from London’s Barbican as the Studio Ghibli tale is brought to life on stage by the RSC . . .

On Tour : Kasabian

Steve Moles reports from Glasgow’s OVO Hydro on the band’s evolution and most recent tour . . .

Preview : ISE 2023

A round-up of some of the expected highlights from this year’s ISE exhibition, set to take place from 31 January - 3 February at Fira de Barcelona . . .


LSi talks to rising star Oscar Mitchell

The soft machine, Phil Ward speaks volumes . . .

The Shend interrogates Chris Pyne

Second-hand gear. Roland Hemming discusses the business of installations . . .

Take it to the limit. Automation specialist Sam Woodward goes through the motions . . .

Standard skills, electrical safety consultant James Eade lets sparks fly . . .

LSi talks to frame:work co-founder Laura Frank . . .

James Simpson predicts the shape of tech to come : Infrared wallpaper

TF : A Shure double bill

Simon Allen looks at the Axient Digital and KSM11 Digital Wireless systems, including a new wireless cardioid condenser capsule . . .

TF : ARRI Orbiter

Richard Cadena wonders whether ARRI's Orbiter will circle the earth . . .

Widening the lens

Sarah Rushton-Read meets the driving force behind Petok Productions as it works towards diversifying the entertainment technology industry . . .

Event horizon

Phil Ward profiles Sonosphere, where time and space are expanding . . .

The final frontier

Spatial audio is on a voyage. Phil Ward boldly goes . . .

The power of processing

Claire Beeson charts the rise of LED video processing specialist, Brompton Technology . . .

• Theatre: The Wizard of Oz
• Immersive: Gunpowder Plot
• Industry: Audio advances
• Technical Focus
• Plus all of your regular favourites . . .
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