The PLASA Show made a welcome return to Olympia London this September. Organised in a much shorter timeframe than it usually would be, the show undeniably exceeded expectations across the board, with pretty much everyone the LSi team spoke to throughout the event expressing their joy at being able to see their industry colleagues face-to-face once more. You can read more about the show in our review inside, including info on this year’s PLASA Award for Innovation winners.
Also inside, I catch up with Autograph’s management team as they reveal a new organisational structure and their path through the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus: Rob Halliday details the production elements at work for new musical, Cinderella; Sarah Rushton-Read visits Plymouth to witness The Hatchling, an impressively theatrical piece of public art in the form of an almighty flying dragon puppet; Mike Wood reviews Martin Professional’s MAC Ultra Performance; Jo Boyd meets the team behind FollowSpot Manager; and Phil Ward reports from the Serpentine Gallery’s summer sound art installation and Metropolis Studio.
Sustainability is a recurring theme throughout the issue, with Metta Green’s Will Reynolds looking at how creatives are practicing green thinking; James Simpson considering the benefits of renewable materials for this month’s Future Tech; and Roland Hemming delving into recent research on how to make touring greener for this month’s Second Fix. Enjoy!
A tale that marks the West End’s triumphant return, Rob Halliday reports on the production magic at work for the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, Cinderella . . .
Claire Beeson and Teodora Lyubomirova report from Olympia London on a very people-focused PLASA Show . . .
Sarah Rushton-Read revels in the magical experience of The Hatchling, brought to life by a team of multi-skilled theatre makers . . .
The company that launched the automated lighting industry has big plans for the future. Richard Cadena reports . . .
Far from being the final curtain, the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns gave the management team at Autograph time to make strategic changes. Claire Beeson reports . . .
Mike Wood reviews Martin Professional’s latest moving head workhorse with a proprietary LED light engine . . .
Sound art is a flowerbed for immersive audio to grow, writes Phil Ward . . .
Jo Boyd meets the duo behind FollowSpot Manager, a cue management system that's transforming live shows . . .
Phil Ward visits a studio control room with tie-lines to, well, everywhere . . .
Will Reynolds explores how creatives can get started on their individual journeys to a greener future for all . . .
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