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Dragone Studio’s immersive spectacular La Perle is our cover-star this month, as we report from Dubai on the production behind the constantly-evolving show. Staged in a purpose-built theatre, La Perle is without doubt a state-of-the-art production, featuring two waterfalls, a giant automated puppet and a Globe of Death (yes, that’s what’s on our cover - not a festive bauble). Throw in a mix of awe-inspiring acrobatic, aquatic and aerial stunts, and the result is a show that pushes technical boundaries, as Sharon Stancavage discovers in her report, starting on page 40 . . .

From globes of death in Dubai to a dystopian media landscape on the stage of the National’s Lyttelton Theatre - aren’t we full of festive cheer this month? - as Sarah Rushton-Read goes behind the scenes of Network. Based on the 1970s film of the same name, Lee Hall’s stage adaptation sees the Lyttelton’s stage transformed into a TV studio, with roving cameras capturing every painful moment of Bryan Cranston’s news anchor unravelling live on air. Discover more in Sarah’s fascinating feature, starting on page 54 . . .

Also inside, we report on a world-first lighting installation at ATG’s beautiful Grade II-listed Bristol Hippodrome; Tim Frost meets the team behind laser specialist ER Productions; we take a look at Stageco’s new mobile staging solutions and Phil Ward breaks down the relationship between architects and pro audio contractors in Building Trust. We also report from JTSE, Paris, learn about RockArt Design-founder Nicoline Refsing’s design philosophy and examine Robe’s new MegaPointe moving head. Plus lots more!

With that, we say goodbye to 2017. I’d like to offer genuine thanks to all of you for reading and supporting LSi, and on behalf of all the team here, we wish you happy holidays and all good things for 2018. See you there!

Claire Beeson

Dragone’s La Perle

Sharon Stancavage reports on Franco Dragone’s captivating immersive spectacular, staged in a purpose-built theatre in Dubai’s Al Habtoor City . . .

Theatre : Network

Sarah Rushton-Read meets the team responsible for transforming the National Theatre’s Lyttelton stage into a TV studio for Lee Hall’s adaptation of Network . . .


Review : JTSE, Paris

Claire Beeson and Teodora Lyubomirova present a round-up of highlights from the annual Paris-based trade show . . .




LSi talks to rising star Luke Rolls

A Class Act, Phil Ward speaks volumes

The Shend Interrogates Zachrich Just

Tender Talk

Perfect Pixel Placement, by Richard Cadena

The Shocking Truth

Lust for LiFi

LSi talks to entertainment lighting consultant Alan Luxford, who celebrates 50 years at Philips Strand Lighting . . .

TF : Robin MegaPointe

Mike Wood’s puts Robe’s latest all-purpose moving head, the MegaPointe, through its paces . . .

Bristol Hippodrome : In a New Light

Claire Beeson reports on a world first lighting installation for Bristol’s Grade II listed theatre . . .

Channel Hopping

Phil Ward finds out more about production consultancy FAC365 . . .

ER Productions : Setting the Record Straight

Tim Frost meets laser specialist ER Productions on the eve of its Guinness World Record-setting celebrations . . .

Nicoline Refsing : Authenticity in Design

The founder of RockArt Design tells Kate Lyon about her design ethos and taking cues from the ancient Greeks . . .

Building Trust

Phil Ward exposes the complex relationship between audio consultants and architects . . .


Stageco : Going Mobile

The Belgian stage manufacturer reveals why it has ventured into mobile venues . . .

NEXT ISSUE: On Tour: Marilyn Manson • Venue: The Bridge Theatre • Venue: BFI Festival, South Bank • Tech: Shure’s Axient Digital • Show Preview: ISE, Amsterdam • Profile: Bryte Design


Claire Beeson

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