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Our cover stars this month are Australia’s Drummer Queens. A celebration of the skill, passion and energy of a group of eight female percussionists, their show is currently entertaining crowds as it tours Australia - whisper it - mostly restriction-free. Inside, Cat Strom meets the production’s crew and creatives as it rolls into the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

Meanwhile, Kate Lyon reports on the striking illumination of Dubai’s modernist marvel, the Museum of the Future, as part of the United Arab Emirates’ 49th National Day celebrations. Plus, we discover more about the career of LarMac Live’s Jo MacKay and her recent work on other elements of the National Day celebrations for this month’s In Profile.

As we find ourselves a year or so into the pandemic, projects involving remote collaboration continue to evolve and impress. This is particularly true of the Japanese production of hit musical Waitress, with the crew split between Tokyo, London and New York. Having worked on the project from London, Rob Halliday details the practices, platforms and teamwork that ensured the show went ahead.

Also inside: Phil Ward explores the shifting attitudes of several pro audio brands to outsourcing the manufacture of their solutions to China; we report on Swiss venue Flygeln’s impressive new pro audio install; and Mike Clark experiences San Marino’s small-but-mighty Titanus Museum which boasts an enviable multimedia kit list. On the tech front, Richard Cadena reviews Robert Juliat’s SpotMe tracking system and Mark Johnson gets to grips with Meyer Sound’s wide-coverage Ultra-X20 loudspeaker. Enjoy!


Claire Beeson
Editor
claire.beeson@plasa.org

On the beat

With a portable rig, Drummer Queens delivers a powerful punch as the Australian percussion extravaganza visits the Sydney Lyric Theatre. Cat Strom reports . . .

Theatre : Waitress

Rob Halliday details how crew members in London, New York and Tokyo sync’d their skills and gear to remotely light Waitress in Japan . . .

Showcase for the future

Kate Lyon details the striking illumination of Dubai’s Museum of the Future for the United Arab Emirates’ National Day celebrations . . ..

Regulars

LSi talks to rising star Dan Parrott

Noises off Phil Ward speaks volumes

The Shend Interrogates Dave Whitewood

Swing low: advice for aerial artists

Creative producer and director Jo MacKay of LarMac Live speaks of her professional journey and recent work in the UAE . . .

James Simpson predicts the shape of tech to come : The metaverse is coming

TF : Ultra-X20

Mark Johnson reviews Meyer Sound’s compact wide-coverage loudspeaker for installed and portable applications . . .

The post-China syndrome

Phil Ward investigates global manufacturing, and why Donald Trump may have done boutique brands a favour . . .

Hitting the right note

Swedish live music venue Flygeln is ready to re-open to the public with a versatile new sound system . . .

Ever the optimist

A year into the pandemic, LSi catches up with 3LR CEO and PLASA vice-chair, Matt Lloyd . . .

A compact history

Mike Clark reports on the small but mighty San Marino museum with an impressive AV fit-out . . .

Technology Focus

Richard Cadena takes a closer look at SpotMe, Robert Juliat's creative tracking system that works in association with followspots . . .

NEXT ISSUE*:  Theatre: RSC’s Dream • Live: Crowded House • Archives: 40 years of Cats • Festival: SXSW 2021• Tech: Ayrton’s Eurus reviewed • Plus all of your regular favourites . . .
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Claire Beeson
Editor
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Teodora Lyubomirova
Assistant Editor
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Kelly Williams
Media Sales Executive
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Ellen Critchley
Circulation and admin
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