Robe’s T11 win 2022 ABTT lighting award
Tuesday, 5 July 2022
robe-abtt-2022-image00001-team-with-award-courtesy-robe-ukThe Robe team plus Award at Alexandra Palace (photo: Robe UK)
UK - Robe enjoyed a successful ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) show at Alexandra Palace in London, a highlight of which was the company’s win in the Lighting Product of the Year category of the ABTT Awards for its T11 fixtures.
Robe’s new stand design in the main exhibition hall featured a selection of the latest Robe and Anolis brand technologies and ran in tandem with a black box demonstration area downstairs where fixtures were shown ‘in situ’. RoboSpot workshops were also running downstairs throughout the expo for those keen to expand their knowledge of this powerful and versatile system.
The show proved to be a hub and meeting point for theatre creatives and practitioners working in all sectors, and “a fantastic opportunity to get kit in front of people in-person again,” explains Robe product and theatre specialist, Dave Whitehouse. “We saw many good-quality people all with a huge enthusiasm and appetite for new tech - and using it - as they get back to work.”
The ABTT Awards are one of the organisation’s flagship events, acknowledging those people and products making a difference to the industry.
The secret panel of ABTT judges - an array of experienced and influential theatre practitioners, consultants, and engineers - assessed all the Awards entries on the first show day and made their choices.
They stated that the T11 “fills a void in the industry offering not only a new LED fixture, but also addressing the industry-wide challenge of developing sustainable technology. The units are compact, well-built and have a range of uses.”
Robe’s T1 product had won the same ABTT Award with its galvanized hook clamp trophy in 2019, the last time the full exhibition was staged at the Alexandra Palace venue before the pandemic interruption.
“It’s a real honour to win two years running,” says Dave, “The T11 really breaks the model of traditional generic fixtures making it a very worthy candidate. It is a great tribute to Robe’s product designers, developers and R'n'D team and all the hard work and vision involved in bringing it to the market.”
Robe’s new Painte moving light also attracted plenty of attention. Designed for noise-sensitive environments, this compact fixture has a TE 310W HP White LED engine light source plus a motorised 8°- 48° zoom that is designed for short-to-medium throw applications with benchmark beam quality.
Architectural lighting brand Anolis - a Robe Business - enjoyed engagement with a wide cross-section of visitors to the expo, from theatre consultants to design practices.
Anolis’ Ambiane range was featured, offering high-performance speciality luminaires for numerous ambient public space applications.
Visitors overcame national rail strikes across the UK to attend the show, all keen to look at new technology and discuss potential upcoming projects as the industry surges back to live and in-person performances.

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