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First PLASA Show 2016 seminars announcedFirst PLASA Show 2016 seminars announced
Tuesday, 21 June 2016

UK - Bringing a wide range of global experts together to share their insight and experience, the renowned programme of seminars will again be a feature of the 2016 PLASA Show, which takes place from 18-20 September at London's Olympia. The first tranche of seminar sessions has just been announced, featuring a diverse array of fascinating and thought-provoking subjects.

PLASA Show's first year at Olympia sees the show showcasing the latest technology in Olympia's National Hall and the Gallery floor above, with the two seminar theatres, product demos and interactive showcases also situated on the Gallery floor.

As always, every session at the PLASA 2016 Seminar Programme is free-to-attend, with subjects including audio, lighting, AV, staging and business skills being covered. The first 15 have been confirmed and include the return of LSI journalist Phil Ward's popular panel sessions. As always they include a variety of interesting new topics, including immersive sound technologies, managing perimeter sound and mixing on tablet computers.

"I've chosen this year's panel discussions based on a handful of topics that have really caught my eye as LSi magazine reports, month-in month-out, on the industry's activities," says Phil. "Some keep coming round every time, but there are always new voices to join the conversation. I'm sure that the panels will once again represent the most authoritative of these voices."

Zoe Milton from the Association of Sound Designers (ASD) is another returning presenter, with a session titled Pin The Mic On The Actor. This

Bose App controls audio at The LightermanBose App controls audio at The Lighterman
Tuesday, 21 June 2016

UK - The Lighterman, a new pub, dining room and bar on Granary Square in London's Kings Cross offers relaxed all day dining and drinking, with views over the square as well as Regent's Canal. To capture the mood of the day and to create a vibrant evening atmosphere, the venue has installed a high quality Bose sound system, with discreet Bose FreeSpace 3 cube speakers offering music over all three floors.

With music being a key factor in the overall customer experience, the system was installed by Bose pro partner Tateside to offer managers on each of the floors overall control of the source music and volume. There are four iPads, each loaded with the Bose ControlSpace Remote app, which is designed specifically to give intuitive wireless control across multiple devices to end users wherever networked Bose system electronics are installed.

At The Lighterman, a Bose ControlSpace ESP-1240 processor delivers audio via ESPLink to two Bose PowerMatch amplifiers to provide a 12 zone music experience via Bose FreeSpace 3 cubes and subs on each floor. All zones can be controlled using the iPad app, and there is a fixed CC-16 wall mounted zone controller on each floor.

Tateside were able to use CSR Builder to personalise the app for The Lighterman, creating a custom layout, and inserting images and branding. The app can be used to adjust volume levels and mute the system, select music source, set tone EQ and recall parameter sets.

"As part of the overall hospitality experience, music is an integral part of the customer's enjoyment. It is fundamental that the sou

Swingers goes crazy for Martin Audio CDDSwingers goes crazy for Martin Audio CDD
Tuesday, 21 June 2016

UK - More than 70 of Martin Audio's new CDD installation loudspeakers, featuring patented Coaxial Differential Dispersion driver technology, have been installed by Middlesex Sound & Light (MSL) in a London based leisure hospitality venue, called Swingers. Built around two nine-hole crazy golf courses, Swingers also features a dining area with street food, a two-tier clubhouse and five bars.

Run by the Institute of Competitive Socialising (ICS), it not only hosts corporate crazy golf sessions for the business world - bringing the outside indoors - but then transforms the 16,000sq.ft of space into a more upbeat vibe after dark, with nightly DJs. It is described as an environment of "competitive socialising".

MSL are just one of a number of integrators who have made the CDD their 'go to' solution since its launch in Frankfurt 15 months ago. Director Darrel Olivier says that after seeing the Swingers operation, run by Jeremy Simmonds and his business partner Matt Grech-Smith, prototyped at a short-term pop-up in Shoreditch, he was excited by the prospect of equipping the quirky underground venue opposite the Gherkin in Leadenhall Street with a full AV integration.

"We were asked to provide very high quality and evenly distributed audio system which could be ramped up for the night time trade," states Olivier. While MSL have fitted 24 CDD8 (8") speakers and a total of five CSX112 (1 x 12") subs around the two golf courses it is for the clubhouses that Olivier has reserved the most potent sound. Here he has placed four CDD8 and a powerful CSX212 (2 x 12") sub f

TiMax install for New National Theatre TokyoTiMax install for New National Theatre Tokyo
Thursday, 9 June 2016

Japan - Tokyo's New National Theatre (NNTT) has recently installed a 32-channel TiMax2 SoundHub-S32 and TiMax Tracker system with six TT Sensors and 32 TT Tags, for adaptable provision of automated vocal localisation and audio showcontrol in both the main Playhouse auditorium and also the smaller 'Pit' theatre.

The multi-tasking system was specified by Kunio Watanabe, manager of the NNTT's audio division, who contacted SCA Sound Solutions in search of effective and natural vocal tracking and immersive audio spatialisation.

Watanabe commented, "We now have a very natural and smooth sound imaging for the actors' voices, without the feeling of it being a sound 'effect', by which I mean, the audience could feel the individual voice at the exact position of the individual singer, not from left, right and centre speakers. This may sound obvious, but other systems do not give this."

Tracked by TiMax Tracker tags, the individual output of each performer's radio-mic channel routes from the mixing console channel direct outs through to the TiMax2 SoundHub dsp which dynamically delay-matrixes it to the distributed loudspeaker setup for both venues - templates for which are stored in the TiMax unit.

The installation was completed in time for Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning Passion. Sound designer for the production, Mr. Yoshio Ueda, said, "I could easily adjust the level of each speaker precisely in the process of creating image definitions and there was no sense of incongruity in the sound images created. Additionally, transition from image definiti

GDS SM Console - performing on the world stage
Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Singapore / UK - The following global locations all have something in common and when the list is considered it is safe to say it's not the weather. The Esplanade, Singapore and The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool both offer their fair share of cultural enrichment but those in attendance in south-east Asia are unlikely to have battled their way through anything like a cold, damp Merseyside night before taking their seat. York's Theatre Royal and Salford University are white and red rose rivals respectively and certainly would recognise thick fog and drizzle but Istanbul's Zorlu Centre is used to an altogether different climate. The world famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London might enjoy a mad-dog English summer or two but that doesn't compare to the heat at The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts...

Rather than a climatic connection, what is common to every one of these diverse settings is a GDS Stage Manager's Console. Every production must be steered with absolute precision by a stage management team in whose hands can rest a show's success or failure. The audience sees only the plain sailing of the entertainment, whilst behind the scenes, the unseen hand on the tiller executes the cues that steer the ship. GDS SM Console has become the first choice of many of the world's leading performing arts institutions. The quoted examples are just some of the latest destinations for this custom-built product that was developed with the direct involvement of leading practitioners, for the wider benefit of their high-pressure profession.

When RADA followed LAMD

PLASA Members go Backstage at the RSCPLASA Members go Backstage at the RSC
Tuesday, 7 June 2016

UK - PLASA members enjoyed an informative backstage tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon on the 24th of May. Elizabeth Scott's iconic 1932 cinema-style Royal Shakespeare Theatre has been transformed in recent years and, with the intimacy offered by a thrust stage auditorium, is now the perfect environment for performing the works of Shakespeare to audiences of today. Following a welcome to the venue by RSC deputy technical director, Peter Bailey, members were invited to tour with Jeremy Dunn, head of RSC sound or Vince Herbert, head of lighting and inventor of the RSC Lightlock. A demonstration on the day showed why this product won the first ever Gold Innovation Award at the 2008 PLASA Show. The team from the RSC were joined by representatives from PLASA members, Stage Electrics (systems integrator) and Charcoal Blue (theatre consultants), who had in-depth knowledge of the construction programme. The RSC team worked collectively to ensure the venue's illustrious history was honoured, whilst overcoming the inevitable technical challenges that come with any project of this scale. It was clear, throughout the day, that enhancing the audience experience was of paramount importance. Members then headed off to newly opened The Other Place for lunch and the final stage of the tour. The Other Place began life as a tin shed rehearsal room and using the shell of the Courtyard Theatre's auditorium now contains a 200-seat studio theatre, three rehearsal rooms, storage for costumes and props, and a café bar. "This was a really fascinating and enjoy

Registration open for Theatres Trust Conference 16: Protecting TheatresRegistration open for Theatres Trust Conference 16: Protecting Theatres
Friday, 3 June 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust has announced that booking is now open for its tenth annual conference: Conference 16: Protecting Theatres (21 June 2016, New London Theatre), a leading event in the Trust's 40th anniversary year.

In this milestone year in the history of the Trust, the conference will examine the state of our nation's theatres and discuss their future. The event will consider the past and present influences on theatre architecture and design; the provision of existing and new theatres in response to city and government devolution; changing demographics; housing delivery and community and audience demand.

The Trust will then look to the future, and the potential for the next 40 years, and ask: What kinds of theatres will we need to build, and how will we find the resources to do so? How should we be asking existing buildings to adapt and change? What impact will the popularity of digital distribution of live theatre have? How will we ensure that the right spaces are available in the right locations for the next generations of theatre makers?

Protecting Theatres will also examine the wider cultural landscape, including the role of theatres in stimulating cultural and economic development, and the increasing technical demands being placed on theatre buildings.

Interested parties are welcome to attend the conference to discuss these topics and more with top theatre producers, designers and architects at Protecting Theatres on 21 June at the New London Theatre.


Acoustic Control updates Christ University with JBL VTXAcoustic Control updates Christ University with JBL VTX
Friday, 27 May 2016

India - Christ University is a UGC-recognised private university in Bangalore, Karnataka. Founded in 1969, it is managed by the priests of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), the first indigenous Syrian Catholic religious congregation in India.

With over 16,000 students and more than 1000 faculty members, it is one of the top ranked universities in the country. It has a foreign student community of over 2500 and It was rated an A+ institution by the NAAC.

The Christ University Auditorium with a seating capacity of 2000 and cutting edge facilities is utilized by many prominent multinational corporations for their events including Accenture, Infosys, Honeywell, Fidelity, Dell, 3M to name a few. The Auditorium has also played host to prominent personalities including the Dalai Lama, the Chief Justice of India, the Chief minister of Karnataka, and hosted concerts by Richard Clayderman, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, S.P. Balasubramanayam , Shreya Ghoshal ,Percussionist Shivamani & Martin Smith.

When Acoustic Control Installed the first line array speaker system in India it was at this auditorium at Christ University in 2006. Subsequently Acoustic Control was commissioned to update the same installation in 2010 and a JBL Vertec 4889 system was installed in the auditorium.

"When Christ University once again decided to up the ante it was not a difficult decision in choosing the JBL VTX25, as when we read the technical specifications and subsequently heard the system we knew we had to install the VTX system in a showcase venue and where better than at Christ

University of Arkansas scores with EAWUniversity of Arkansas scores with EAW
Friday, 27 May 2016

USA - The University of Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team recently benefited from a new EAW sound reinforcement system installed for 2015-16 season. The existing system at the 19,200-seat venue was more than 20 years old and in need of replacement. After deciding to upgrade the audio, the university tapped Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams (WJHW) to design the new system, which was installed by Clair Solutions.

"The previous system was no longer adequate for the events held in the arena," explains Scott Bray, WJHW consultant. "The administration wanted sound reinforcement that was musical and would bring the game day experience up to fan's expectations. They also installed a new scoreboard during the upgrade for similar reasons."

One of the design goals was for the PA to fit above the new scoreboard, keeping sightlines clear. To this end, Bray specified six EAW line arrays - each made up of 12 KF740 modules - to hang in a circle above the centre court scoreboard. Scoreboard court-fill was delivered by 10 EAW MK5366i speakers. Two more arrays consisting of eight SB2001 subwoofers each, were hung tight to the ceiling and facing each other for low end support.

"We time-aligned the subwoofer steering to bring the overall lobe down into the bowl area," he adds. "Because we had a centre point of origination the sound was incredibly smooth with excellent low-end coverage - everyone was quite pleased with the end result."

With the lower seating area covered, Bray designed a distributed, zoned system made up of more EAW MK5366i loudspeakers. Each of th

Penn Elcom launches climate control trioPenn Elcom launches climate control trio
Friday, 27 May 2016

UK - Global flightcase hardware and 19" racking manufacturer Penn Elcom is launching three new climate control products for 19" racking systems.

The CRC02-DTC, the FT-DTC and the FT01-Q-DTC - are all thermostatically controlled for optimised heat management in 19" racking installations.

Digital control gives refined and super accurate heat management via continuous temperature minoring and 'set-and-forget' fan control. All the products are optimised for quiet running, have over-temperature alarms and benefit from running off a universal power supply.

The units are engineered to the robust and reliable specifications common to all Penn Elcom products

The CRC02 thermo exhaust blower is a completely new 2U virtually silent (22.5 dBA) fan exhaust unit designed especially for use with 19" equipment rack units, to expel air from the front of the rack unit.

It can be fitted either in-between the racked equipment or at the top of the rack unit to expel hot air quickly and efficiently via the angled fan blower outlets . . . which allow the extraction of hot air nearer to the heat source. The CRC02 is supplied with a 12V DC 1A world universal power supply.

The new FT01-Q-DTC is a slimline 1U rack mountable quiet tray fan unit and is designed to sit at the top of a 19" rack system and move hot air up through the rack as required.

This is an upgrade to a previously extremely popular - more basic - Penn Elcom temperature control product, setting a new standard in digital cooling and has been developed in response to client demand for increasingly sophi

Milan's Arcadia Cinema invests in Leopard
Thursday, 26 May 2016

Italy - The recently upgraded Sala Energia auditorium at the Arcadia Melzo multiplex in suburban Milan, Italy is the first cinema anywhere to power all of its screen channels with Meyer Sound Leopard line array loudspeakers. The 630-seat Sala Energia now contains the most powerful permanent Meyer Sound cinema system in the world, as well as one of Europe's largest Dolby Atmos systems.

"When I first heard the Leopard-based system in our Sala Energia, I was so excited and enthusiastic that I was moved to tears," recalls Piero Fumagalli, owner of Arcadia Cinemas. "I sensed immediately that the clarity, dynamics, and musicality of the Leopard arrays represented a major improvement over the previous system.

"This new Meyer Sound system is our investment in the future," continues Fumagalli. "Audiences are now willing to pay more to experience a film in the Sala Energia. We have patrons raving about both the sound and image technologies. In fact, they often applaud the sound demo trailers before the features."

(Jim Evans)

SSL doubles up at Christ Community ChurchSSL doubles up at Christ Community Church
Thursday, 26 May 2016

USA - Christ Community Church technical director Michael Montanari has specified SSL L500 consoles for both front-of-house and monitor positions at its St Charles campus in Chicago. The consoles were purchased from SSL Live partner TC Furlong.

The 2000-capacity St Charles Campus auditorium has a regular Saturday afternoon service and two Sunday morning services, as well as a number of larger events throughout the year, including special worship nights and visiting touring acts. The Sunday services are streamed live over a dedicated fibre network live to the church's other three regional campuses. "We put a high value on production," says Montanari. "Concert-style audio, but probably not at quite as high an SPL!"

As most production crew and artists at the church are volunteers, the challenge for Montanari was finding technology that could deliver a big step up in quality, as well as being intuitive and flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of operators: "We want really high end audio, we want it to be able to handle everything that a professional audio guy can throw at a console, but it also has to be able to be run by a volunteer.

"With the SSL I think we've accomplished a good blend of those two things. We certainly don't sacrifice anything on the weekends when we have volunteers running it - they are up to speed and they love the console."

For monitors, which is almost always run by volunteers, Montanari cites a combination of the large number of fully processed busses available, the flexible routing architecture, the fast interrogation 'Q' (S

Danley on song at Atlanta's Velvet NoteDanley on song at Atlanta's Velvet Note
Thursday, 26 May 2016

USA - Although it's been open for a mere four years in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, The Velvet Note has attracted national attention. Its intimate room seats only 40 and was carefully designed by George Seldon to support music with stunning, well-balanced acoustics.

"We take a lot of pride in the sound of our room," said Tamara Fuller, The Velvet Note's owner and nightly head-of-ceremonies. "We call it 'the acoustic living room,' and we've done everything we can to make it the very best way to experience live music."

"Until recently, the only thing that wasn't five stars about The Velvet Note was the PA system," explained Bob Bakert, an Atlanta-based guitarist, vocalist, composer, and pro-audio veteran who regularly graces the venue's stage. "I had heard Danley Sound Labs systems before, and I knew Danley's fantastic phase-coherence and fidelity could elevate The Velvet Note's PA system to the level of everything else in the venue."

After consulting with Danley, owner Mike Hedden, Bakert helped install two Danley SM-100 loudspeakers in a stereo configuration with a THmini subwoofer for low-end support. The room is only about 20ft wide, so the stereo soundstage created by the SM-100s is more akin to a control room than a live venue.

The THmini subwoofer is tucked back behind the piano, and Bakert purposely configured the system so that the subwoofer would not provide unnaturally loud bass. Rather, the subwoofer forms a balanced, low-end extension to the full-range boxes. "I'm impressed that the THmini subwoofer is so musical all the way do

Robert Juliat profiles for Netherlands Royal TheatreRobert Juliat profiles for Netherlands Royal Theatre
Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Netherlands - The Koninklijke Schouwburg, or Royal Theatre, in The Hague has recently taken stock of a large number of Robert Juliat 614SX 1200W tungsten profile lanterns, supplied by Robert Juliat's project partner for the Netherlands, Controllux, in a major refreshment of its lighting inventory.

Built at the end of the eighteenth century as a palace for Prince Charles of Nassau-Weilburg, the beautiful building of the Koninklijke Schouwburg was transformed into a theatre in 1804 and is now one of the oldest theatres in The Netherlands. It hosts a programme of international theatre productions, musicals, cabaret and dance, in addition to a season from the award-winning Amsterdam Baroque Opera, and plays from its own national theatre company, Het Nationale Toneel.

Having undergone extensive refurbishment from 1997-1999 to modernize the venue, it was apparent that, 15 years later, the theatre's lighting was in need of updating.

"The team at Koninklijke Schouwburg wanted to replace its large stock of 750W HPL ellipsoidal fixtures with something brighter, and with a better projection quality," says Controllux's Kuno van Velzen.

Kuno Van Velzen is familiar with the theatre and its technicians, both from having worked there often, and in his position as sales manager at Controllux, which has a longstanding, trusted relationship with Koninklijke Schouwburg. His experience meant he had a good understanding of what fixtures were needed to fill the team's requirements.

"I recommended they try Robert Juliat's 600 Series 1200W condenser zoom profiles," he

Spotlight on Doughty Engineering at Sadler's Wells
Monday, 23 May 2016

UK - Sadler's Wells is a leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the best international and UK dance to London and worldwide audiences.

When the company was granted lottery funding for a technical refit, Graham Cutting, senior lighting technician at Sadler's Wells was keen to install new follow spots based on a system of tracked suspension mounts and brought Doughty Engineering on board to help turn the concept into reality.

Graham said, "I'd started looking into the idea previously, but at the time we simply didn't have the funds to make it happen. Following the Arts Council grant, I realised that we could look at this new system which would allow us to address two issues that the existing system was causing.

"Firstly, being on a lighting bridge, we often had the need to remove or relocate one or all of the 4 spots. To do this safely we needed four technicians, two of which would have to wear restraint harnesses and with each spot taking 15-20 minutes.

"The second issue was one of an ergonomic concern for the operator. The existing tripods had to sit in such a way as to prevent the operator sitting in an upright position under the spot, always leaning slightly to one side. Not a big issue for one night, but over a two month run, this was far from ideal and could leave operators with back and shoulder problems."

Graham wanted a system that would allow quick and easy movement of the spot, ballast and all associated cabling by one person in just a couple of minutes - and a little more comfo

Europe's first Leopard installations land in NorwayEurope's first Leopard installations land in Norway
Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Norway - Norway is the first European country with permanent installations of the compact Meyer Sound Leopard linear sound reinforcement system.

Leopard's remarkable flexibility and versatility made it the choice for two very different venues. The 1,200-seat Grand Hall at Studentersamfundet (Student Society) in Trondheim uses Leopard to support community events such as theatrical performances and conferences, while the Leopard system at Oslo's 650-capacity Vulkan Arena primarily powers hard rock shows.

"When we first saw Leopard we were amazed by its size," reports Torgeir Aadland, project consultant for audio renovations at the Grand Hall. "It was easily one of the smallest in its class, and we had some concern about it performing to our standards. But Leopard has provided excellent sound quality even at the highest levels, and gives us even horizontal coverage - it's everything we were looking for in a new system."

The circular Grand Hall is a central meeting place for the Student Society, an independent organization of around 1,700 Trondheim students. It is used for concerts, cabaret theatre, student conferences, and other community events.

"After installation, the hall hosted the UKA festival featuring concerts, revues, and standup comedy, giving the system an intensive test across different genres," says Aadland. "The sound quality was definitely improved from past years for every event, giving the audience a much more satisfying experience."

At the Vulkan Arena, the new Leopard system has already supported a number of heavy rock shows such a

Visit the Royal Shakespeare Company with PLASAVisit the Royal Shakespeare Company with PLASA
Tuesday, 17 May 2016

UK - In a special event for PLASA members to be held on 24 May, the RSC will be providing an immersive backstage tour covering the transformation of Elizabeth Scott's iconic 1932 cinema-style Royal Shakespeare Theatre into a definitive new environment for performing the works of Shakespeare.

This was a major construction programme and Stage Electrics were involved on-site in the realisation of this transformation for over four years working to the design brief created by Charcoalblue (theatre consultants), Buro Happold (engineers) and Bennetts Associates (architects).

This project was a huge collaborative effort with a number of different contributors all handpicked by the RSC. More recently, Stage Electrics have been engaged by RSC in a technical refit of The Other Place, a space created to house the company while their main theatre was being transformed. The RSC technical team will be leading the tours along with Jonathan Porter Goff of Stage Electrics.

Tickets are only £25+VAT and include a buffet lunch and afternoon tea and cake. Bookings can be made by clicking here.

(Lee Baldock)

Eighth round of Theatres Trust grants announced
Friday, 13 May 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust has announced the recipients of the Theatres Protection Fund's Small Grants Scheme. Successful theatres in this round are: the Theatre Royal Winchester; Friargate Theatre in York; Tron Theatre in Glasgow; Bridgwater Arts Centre and the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis.

In Round Eight, the Theatres Trust has awarded the following projects:

Theatre Royal Winchester receives £5,000 towards its 'Tower Street elevation - urgent fabric and structural repairs' project, to restore the weather-damaged Tower Street fa

Unusual collaborates with the Shaftesbury TheatreUnusual collaborates with the Shaftesbury Theatre
Tuesday, 3 May 2016

UK - The Shaftesbury Theatre in London prides itself on being the largest independent theatre in the West End. For over a century it has played host to many high quality, large scale productions, and in order to ensure its long term ability to do this, the theatre recently extended its fly tower, increasing both the height and loading capacity.

This valuable addition to the Grade II listed theatre has made the venue more capable than ever of accommodating large scale productions, particularly musicals, and indeed earlier this month opened Motown The Musical to critical and audience acclaim. The theatre now also provides additional dressing room accommodation and increased on-site office space. To help facilitate the refurbishment, Unusual Rigging was engaged on each of the three phases of the construction process, the last of which was completed in February 2016.

James Williams, CEO of the Shaftesbury Theatre, explained, "Having a long standing relationship with Unusual Rigging, which has been responsible for the rigging of many of our shows, including Motown the Musical, we knew immediately that they were the right people for this major and challenging project. Inner city London, operational theatre and intricacy of installation all presented challenges - one of the reasons that we employed Unusual is that the company is famed for overcoming such hurdles, while always managing to deliver to schedule. We first brought them on board to facilitate the complexities of placing four piled bases to the steel columns that would be fixed through the bui

What will our theatres look like in 40 years?
Tuesday, 3 May 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust has announced that booking is now open for its tenth annual conference: Conference 16: Protecting Theatres, to be staged at the New London Theatre.

Says the Trust, "In this milestone year in the history of the Trust we will examine the state of our nation's theatres and discuss their future. We will consider the past and present influences on theatre architecture and design; the provision of existing and new theatres in response to city and government devolution; changing demographics; housing delivery and community and audience demand.

"We will then look to the future, and the potential for the next 40 years, and ask: What kinds of theatres will we need to build, and how will we find the resources to do so? How should we be asking existing buildings to adapt and change? What impact will the popularity of digital distribution of live theatre have? How will we ensure that the right spaces are available in the right locations for the next generations of theatre makers?"

Protecting Theatres will also examine the wider cultural landscape, including the role of theatres in stimulating cultural and economic development, and the increasing technical demands being placed on theatre buildings.

Mark Shenton, Conference 16 chair, associate editor and joint chief theatre critic for The Stage, says, "This is the perfect opportunity not just to look to the past and the heritage of our wonderful theatre buildings that the Trust helps to preserve, but also to the future needs and provision as different theatre makers expand where and ho

Temporary opera house made to measureTemporary opera house made to measure
Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Belgium - Due to renovations, the Royal Munt Theatre in Brussels needed temporary accommodation elsewhere at short notice. Veldeman provided a quick, qualitative solution and built the Munt Palace on the site of Tour & Taxi's, an opera house which was made to measure with a capacity of welcoming up to 1,100 people. An imposing TFS (Tension Fabric Structure) tent of 3,200sq.m will accommodate the opera productions until at least the end of 2016.

A storey tent of 25m by 40m serves as an entrance hall and VIP room. A true eye-catcher is the facade which has been personalised in a beautiful way, referring to the Munt's pediment in the heart of Brussels. The entrance and covered terrace were luxuriously decorated with wooden walls, wooden ceiling and a beautiful new bankirai floor. This highly qualitative decoration was maintained on the inside as well. The cloakroom was walled by upholstered wooden walls and around the support poles on the ground floor, bar tables were made to measure. Among other things, eye-catchers in the interior are the original decor pieces of De Munt.

Visitors to the Munt palace won't have any lack of comfort. A stylish transition has been made from the entrance hall to the opera hall. Acoustics are extremely important for opera performances. Thanks to the enormous interior space of the TFS, it provided the opportunity to improve the acoustics by using special upholstering. The theatre setup and large, clear span area without central supports guarantee opera lovers a perfect view of the scene. All possible means were used to reduce noise t

PLASA Focus Leeds: Theatres Trust offers strategy to protect theatres
Thursday, 21 April 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016 with a new strategy and visual identity that sets us on a new chapter - championing the past, present and future of live theatre by protecting the buildings and what goes on inside.

At PLASA Focus Leeds, the organisation will be holding a seminar Theatres Trust 40 on 11 May at 2.15pm, where show visitors are invited to join discuss "what we need to be doing today to protect theatres for live theatre tomorrow". The Trust explains, "Throughout PLASA you will also be able to find out how we can help you with advice on planning and development, resources to make theatres sustainable, and financial assistance through grants, and hear about our latest work with theatres at risk."

The discussion and debate from Theatres Trust 40 will be developed at Conference 16: Protecting Theatres on the 21 June at the New London Theatre. Registration for Conference 16 will open shortly.

(Jim Evans)

Theatres Trust at 40 - a new strategy to protect theatres
Tuesday, 19 April 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, has announced a renewed commitment to the protection of theatres with a new strategy and visual identity and the launch of our Theatres Trust 40 programme of events.

Says the Trust, "As the voice for theatres we use our knowledge of policy and practice to promote the value and benefits of theatres in use. We want live theatre to have a place in everyone's lives.

"We are committed to delivering a more powerful campaigning voice. Our expert advice will be more visible and more influential in the planning system and within the theatre industry. We will create new opportunities to discover more about theatres, and we will increase the levels of capital grants and funding we provide."

Chair of the Theatres Trust, Tim Eyles, says, "Our new strategy and visual identity mark the start of an exciting next chapter in the life of the Trust. We are passionate about great live theatre, and I look forward to the Trust's expertise being channelled with renewed energy to help the nation's theatres thrive into the future."

Director of the Theatres Trust, Mhora Samuel, says, "Our influence means it's now very rare to see theatres demolished without being replaced. We're proud that the quality of theatre design is the best it's ever been. We've achieved great things for theatres by speaking loudly in the planning system. In our anniversary year I invite everyone to join us at a Theatres Trust 40 event, and online, to debate how we continue to protect and promote our nation's theatres now and in the

Theatreplan spearheads design for world's tallest temple
Tuesday, 12 April 2016

India - International theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan, has been selected to provide auditorium, conference centre and technology design services for Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir (VCM), the world's tallest temple under construction in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Vrindavan is the birthplace of Krishna and the spiritual capital of India. The project is the result of 30 years of work and investment by ISCKON (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness) who are managing the design and construction process.

ISCKON has built a design team with some of the world's leading design firms. Theatreplan was selected for its "world class pedigree, collaborative and creative approach" to auditorium planning and technology design.

According to Theatreplan's project director for VCM, Brad Maiden, "This project presents a unique opportunity for Theatreplan to embark on a cultural journey, contribute to and learn from what will be one of the landmarks of collective human achievement in this region. We are honoured and proud to be a part of this amazing project. The VCM project also represents a significant strategic pivot for Theatreplan as we expand our entertainment, technology and customer engagement solutions into the APAC market. The VCM project is a major pillar of our innovative work in this region." The temple has a footprint of approximately five acres and rises to a height of about 700ft (213m or equivalent to 70 floors) and a built-up area of 540,000sq,ft. The temple is planned to be vibrant with various Sri Krishna-related festivals a


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