Rigging and Staging News

alys-alwaysAbsolute automation for Alys Always
Monday, 4 March 2019

UK - Absolute Motion Control has returned to The Bridge Theatre for the fourth time to provide the automation for Alys Always. The show started previews on 25 February, and has its press night on 5 March 2019.
The show is designed by Bob Crowley, whose set incorporates a large stage lift, a sliding floor palette and a cloth roller. As The Bridge doesn’t have a fly tower, any full height cloths need to run on a roller. In this production a roller is used as a ‘blinder’ to hide scene changes inside a large gauze box.
For the floor palette, Absolute has rented the production a zero-fleet winch. The compact zero-fleet design allows the winch to be used in a variety of situations. All Scene All Props, the production’s scenery contractor, built two custom decks that incorporated the pulleys required. These custom sections were then simply dropped into place, replacing two sections of The Bridge’s existing modular floor.
The stage lift, owned by The Bridge, is of a flexible design allowing it to be adapted in size for future productions. Absolute have provided two motors which move in synchronicity to raise and lower the lift. The lift is also protected by a safe edge and a safety enabling switch (sometimes colloquially known as a “deadman’s handle).
Absolute have provided a four-way control rack along with a three playback desk to run the production. Each motor or winch has its own IO Box, which connects to the rack using a single cable that carries both data and power. The IO Box can be placed in a convenient location. This me

doughtypole-op-1Doughty unveils new kit at BVE
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

UK - Doughty Engineering is bringing its new Fifty Clamp to BVE in London. The clamp will make its show debut on stand E30.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty, comments: "We hope our customers in the broadcast industry will see the Fifty Clamp as a welcome addition to our existing range. Our Twenty Clamp is one of our best sellers and we realised that a clamp that could take an additional 30kg would be a bit of a game changer.”
The Fifty Clamp which is available to order has TUV approval, a SWL of 50kg and has been designed to fit tube diameter 38mm - 51mm. It is made from pressure die cast aluminium which prevents damage to thin wall truss. It is captive with M10 or M12 bolts and comes supplied with an M10 fixing kit.
Doughty will also bring its Lightweight Lighting stand to the show. This piece of kit which made its debut at BVE 2018 takes all the principles of a Tank Trap but packages them into a neater, more aesthetically pleasing model. It comprises a flat, round plate and slim tube, slotted at each end to allow cables to run unseen inside it.
Also making a return appearance is Doughty's popular Pole Operated Yoke. "When we launched the Pole Operated Yoke at BVE two years ago, little did we know that it would go on to become such a sought-after piece of kit,", says Julian Chiverton, sales director at Doughty.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
studio-nine-top-of-walks-ways-studioUrban Brew Studios gets infrastructure upgrade
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

South Africa - Urban Brew Studios was the home to The Voice South Africa. In time for the new season, Studio Ten - where The Voice was shot - as well as four other studios on the premises, received a massive upgrade ranging from walkways, trussing, hoists, curtain tracks and pulleys. DWR Distribution’s theatre manufacturing department were commissioned for the project by Protea Electronics.
Urban Brew has been in the television business since 1995 and has been responsible for a variety of game and reality shows, music and sport shows, documentaries and soaps.
“To me this project was all about the people, the achievement, the deadlines and challenges too,” explains Jacques Welthagen from Protea Electronics. “Protea Electronics was chosen as the preferred turnkey supplier to furnish the complete facility including grids, trussing and lighting displays. We in turn looked to our partners for their solutions and expertise.”
Rob Young and Keith Pugin from DWR designed and oversaw the install of the project. The services of Jacob Mogale of the Install Crew, was also utilised for additional hands on deck.
Timelines and critical on-air dates pushed the teams forward. “As the building had existing roof trussing and was not originally built for television, grids had to be custom built for each specific studio. There was no retrofitting of off the shelf lighting grids,” says Jacques. “The DWR team successfully designed and installed all of the grids; one motorised, one walkway based, two were standard pipe grids and the mot

 
hsl-arenacross-tour-2019-genral-40-pHSL supplies Arenacross tour
Friday, 22 February 2019

UK - The heady mix of highly tuned bikes, screaming engines, screeching tyres and brakes and supernatural speed races meshed with the breath-taking daring of motorcycle stunt acrobatics… indoor Motocross racing and Freestyle MX all rolled into a single adrenaline fuelled night of seat-edge action complete with pumping soundscape . . . and you have the heartbeat of
Producers and organisers Arena Sports Live presented Arenacross (AX in three of the UK’s leading arena venues – Belfast, Birmingham and Sheffield – for their 2019 AX tour, with HSL supplying a full production package – lighting, video and rigging – plus sound in partnership with Nitelites.
Additional venue ‘sports lighting’ was also provided by HSL for the two Birmingham shows at the Resorts World Arena (NEC).
HSL’s project manager was Ben Perrin. He and the team were delighted to be back having supplied lighting for the 2018 tour, and lighting and video for the recent Liverpool International Horse Show, also an Arena Sports Live event. They worked closely with producer Matt Bates and production manager Tony Nash from Arena Sports Live.
Ben produced an outline production lighting design, then called on the huge experience of Nick Jevons as programmer, lighting director and operator on the road. He utilised a flexible package of beam, spot and wash moving lights to ensure appropriately hi-impact lighting to match the hi-velocity action, excitement and sounds.
Nick’s challenge was to make it powerful, dramatic and totally in the face . . . a task he relished

 
 
fastTAIT honoured in Fast Company list
Thursday, 21 February 2019

USA - For a third year running, TAIT has been included in Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Live Event for 2019. The list honours businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture.
“Receiving this recognition again is a great reminder of just how important teamwork really is and how influential innovation is in creating extraordinary experiences,” says Adam Davis, CCO at TAIT.
“Live events create shared experiences that are community building and binding. Some are in-person communities others are digital communities. Because the ability to experience a live event has multiplied in form, it is essential that we continue to challenge ourselves, our clients and the industry, to be even more innovative when creating. This is an exciting time, we are at the advent of revolutionizing the live event experience,” shares Mia Tinari, global head of marketing + communications at TAIT.
In the past 18 months, TAIT has worked on a broad range of events including King Kong on Broadway, the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia, and Drake’s Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour which was documented in a now-viral, behind-the-scenes video produced by Insider.
(Jim Evans)

 
plasa-focusRegistration opens for PLASA Focus Leeds
Thursday, 21 February 2019

UK - Free registration is now open for PLASA Focus Leeds, PLASA has reported.
The sold-out event, taking place at Leeds' Royal Armouries Museum on 14-15 May, will feature 120 exhibitors and is ideal for professionals working across live events, concert touring, production, performing arts and installation.
Present will be lighting companies including Elation, Robe and Philips Entertainment Lighting; pro audio firms including d&b audiotechnik, Funktion-One and Shure; and rigging, staging and production specialists including Area Four Industries, Gerriets, Hawthorn and J&C Joel. The trade show will also welcome several new exhibitors, including loudspeaker manufacturer Wharfdale Pro Audio and US sound masking company, Cambridge Sound Management.
In addition, a free programme of seminars, panel discussions and workshops will feature insights from experts involved in some the most exciting projects over the past year as well as essential technical guidance.
Sophie Atkinson, head of events at PLASA, comments: “PLASA Focus Leeds continues to be one of the most anticipated events in the calendar. It’s the perfect place for people to get together, share knowledge and find out about the latest technology.
“Our team is currently building an exciting programme of seminars and workshops, celebrating some of the most exciting projects from across the industry - we look forward to announcing the line-up

 
 
sixty82Sixty82 partners with Senci
Tuesday, 19 February 2019

The Netherlands - Multi-national rigging and staging equipment specialist Sixty82 has partnered with Dutch distributor Senci. Working with the existing distribution network in the Netherlands, the Dutch company will offer customers optimised access to the full range of Sixty82 products. This partnership will focus on expanding the Sixty82 product line across the Netherlands as well as enabling the company to provide the growing demand for craftsmanship and technical know-how.
Fokko Smeding, CEO of Sixty82, comments: “We are excited that we can name Senci as our new distribution partner, as it is a highly regarded player in the industry. They have a dynamic and experienced team, that can deliver the expanding demand for top level support.”
Carlos Rego, CEO of Senci, comments: “It is impossible to miss the growing success of Sixty82. With their in-house experience and knowledge of the industry they deliver a wide range of high-quality products. With our mutual drive to reach an unrivalled level of quality, and the simplicity of purpose that comes with that, we believe that together we can change the current industry standards. "

 
red-carpetTSL on the BAFTAs red carpet
Monday, 18 February 2019

UK - The BAFTAs welcomed film stars and royalty to London’s Royal Albert Hall in February, as the industry honoured those making waves on the big screen. The all-important red carpet - where the paparazzi anxiously awaited famous faces - was flanked by a rigging and lighting solution designed and delivered by TSL Lighting.
The British weather proved to be another well-known guest at the proceedings, with high winds and heavy rain in the run-up to, and on, the big night. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a who’s who of the global film industry for the ceremony, which was broadcast live.
TSL's Neil Harvey, worked alongside colleagues Ali Morris and Rory Mackay to realise the challenging and prestigious project, working to a brief from event designer and producer Lucy Smail, of WD&P. The red-carpet arrival area required the construction of 12 TSL custom-designed truss towers, a 40m-long ground support truss structure and a four leg self-climbing structure.
“Every year, we’re faced with new challenges and this year was no exception,” says Harvey. “Strong winds and torrential rain were forecast but we were prepared. Our custom structures are all designed to withstand the weather, and with all jobs of this type we’d prepared a full wind management plan in advance so that our clients, crew, and Westminster Council were all aware of the measures we put in place to keep everyone safe. We’ve worked on this event for such a long time that we know what to expect - the moving lights and LED fixtures which we use outside the canopy are

 
 
aedAED highlights new gear at promo nights
Monday, 18 February 2019

UK - AED’s Luxibel Expo Tools range makes its UK debut at the AED Customer Night events this week, alongside a spread of new kit covering sound, lighting, rigging, display and accessories.
The AED UK Customer Nights will be held on Wednesday, 20 and Thursday, 21 February at the company’s UK office, from 4pm onwards. On both nights, visitors can enjoy the best local brew and curry whilst experiencing Luxibel’s Expo Tools.
The Prolyte range, the new Show Lift AED-SL18 - an automated motorised tower lift that can be controlled by DMX - and the AV Stumpfl Pixera range will also be on show.
“In this fast-paced industry, it’s important for us to inform our customers about the latest products, technologies and services,” says AED commercial manager, David Baker. “It’s a great occasion for our customers to meet the AED team in person and to discover our AV Business Tools.
“AED Customer Nights also offer us a chance to thank our customers for their continued support and ensure we can offer the best AV solutions for your business in 2019. We’re excited to welcome the industry to our premises, where many products will be showcased for the first time in the UK - and we will have stock on the night for instant sales.”
One of the highlights of the Luxibel Expo range is a new heavy-duty truss designed to look elegant on stand without sacrificing load capacity. It includes a built-in, three-phase electricity rail to power up lighting fixtures. The B Expo lighting fixtures will also be demoed, coming in two versions: The B Expo200W

 
widLight Fantastic package for Women in Data
Friday, 15 February 2019

UK - Attracting over 1000 attendees, the Women in Data conference features addresses from high-profile speakers plus a range of supporting events. Held within the grand surroundings of Central Hall Westminster, London, the event included presentations, development sessions and an exhibition, designed to inspire the WiD community.
Technical production specialists LFPS collaborated closely with the client and production manager Dave Parker to design the look and feel of the entire event.
Providing a complete production package covering both equipment and logistics, LFPS supplied lighting, audio, video, rigging and staging. Working to precise schedules beginning with a 6pm time slot for overnight load-in and build, the team were ready for rehearsal at 6am, with everything in place ready for doors open at 9am.
Commenting on working with LFPS, WiD co-founder Roisin McCarthy says, “The incredible team at LFPS worked tirelessly to bring to life our vision for WiD UK. The production quality and efficiency was truly remarkable. LFPS filled us with huge confidence from our first meeting, we simply could not have made WiD 2018 a success without their work.”
Transforming the elaborate hall with bold colours and a spectacular, branded stage set, the team created a contemporary look that contrasted perfectly against the ornate interior décor of the iconic venue. Designed in-house and constructed by the LFPS fabrication department, the set featured a variety of branded scenic elements including the giant 3D ‘W’ logo that swept across the entire stag

 
 
ETCP examinations offered in San Diego
Friday, 15 February 2019

USA - The Entertainment Technician Certification Programme (ETCP) reports that ETCP Paper and Pencil rigging examinations will be offered in conjunction with the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Masterclasses in San Diego on 3 April.
Any qualified rigger over 21 is invited to apply to sit the exams. Applicants should fill out the exam application form at http://etcp.esta.org/riggerapplicationmaterials and submit it to the ETCP office by Monday, 11 March.
 The Jay O. Glerum Masterclasses now have three tracks of learning: advanced, intermediate and entry level. Held at San Diego State University’s Done Powell Theatre, the entry-level courses will take place from 30-31 March, and the intermediate level will be taught on 1-2 April. All courses carry full ETCP Renewal Credits. To register, please visit www.usitt.org/glerummasterclass. Registration ends 15 March.
(Jim Evans)

 
motor-showProlyte's Verto truss at the LA Auto Show
Friday, 15 February 2019

USA - Prolyte’s Verto Truss system was used by Creative Technologies (CT) at three separate stands during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in December.
During the show, CT installed 3,200 linear feet of black powder-coated Verto truss to create booths for the new Genesis, Hyundai, and Kia automobiles. Prolyte’s Verto truss low self-weight allowed for more creative lighting options and flexibility in designing the stands. The Verto truss quick assembly, silent connection, and low self-weight also translated into a significant savings of at least 50% on drayage and labour costs.
In addition to the LA Auto Show, CT also relied on Prolyte’s Verto truss for a Volvo product launch at the new US plant in the Carolinas. CT built a stage inside the warehousing facilities to release a new car model for Volvo’s Worldwide management team.
Ian Dobson, project manager/lighting, Creative Technology Group says: “The Verto truss has worked so well for us that we now use it for all major US auto shows. It is lighter, more adaptable and quicker to assemble which resulted in incredible savings and flexibility.”
CT purchased the trusses from A.C. Lighting, the North American distributor for Prolyte. According to Prolyte executives, A.C. Lighting Inc. has been instrumental in the steady growth of Prolyte’s product availability, and they have created brand awareness in the North American Market. “It has been a pleasure working with Ian Dobson and the Creative Technology Group to find a trussing solution that would save them time and money,” commen

 
 
rocky-paulsonRocky Paulson to receive ESTA award
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

USA - Rocky Paulson will become the third recipient of the ESTA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award.
The award, which recognises individuals with ‘significant and sustained’ technical contributions to the entertainment industry over at least 25 years, will be presented at the conclusion of the New World Rigging Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Louisville at 5:15pm on 20 March.
After being discharged from the Navy and while in college, Paulson worked for the stagehands' union, rigging at the Cow Palace arena in San Francisco and other locations. In 1973, Rocky took a job with the NBC network as a production rigger for Peter Pan and toured the world with them for several years.
After returning to the Bay Area, he founded Stage Rigging in 1977. The company went on to become one of the preeminent rigging companies in the world, providing services to such shows and events as the Super Bowl, the RNC Convention, Pink Floyd, and The Who, among many others. Paulson has also been described as an ‘an extraordinarily generous teacher’ for his commitment to training and standardisation.
Paulson was one of the co-chairs of the original ETCP Rigging Certification Subject Matter Experts. In addition, he was a founding member of ESTA’s Technical Standards Programme and authored its first ANSI Standard, E1.1, on the construction and use of wire rope ladders in the industry.
In 2000, Paulson sold Stage Rigging to Freeman Decorating staying on to help run the company until he retired from full-time work as a rigger. He continued to teach an

 
litecLitec debuts double pitch roof
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Europe - The Litec RL76 double pitch roof is the new version of the RL105 double pitch roof. Designed for high-loading capacity and long spans, but with an eye on your budget, it's an attractive structure that adds a nice touch to your outdoor events, as well as providing increased resistance to high wind loads, says the company.
Scalable from 18m x 16m to 21m x 16m, and up to 15m in height, it’s designed for medium-sized outdoor events. Built with rectangular RL76A high load aluminium truss with steel fork connections, it provides high loading capacity on medium-long spans.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
sustainable-development-goalsUnusual pledges commitment to sustainability
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

UK - Unusual Rigging reports that its support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has been recognised by Support the Goals.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, or SDGs is a plan to end poverty, extreme inequality and climate change by 2030. Agreed in 2015 by world leaders, these goals can only be achieved with the support of businesses.
Unusual Rigging has gained its first star rating; a maximum of four stars can be awarded as the company progresses and communicates its journey to support the goals.
Tom Harper, director at Unusual and head of sustainability, comments: "On face value, the goals laid out by the SDGs may feel too broad and interdependent, hence way beyond the scope of an entertainment rigging and engineering company's influence. Yet with headlines such as "Only 12 years to act on climate change" or "Human activity causing the 6th mass extinction", it becomes incumbent on us to act - however small our organisation, or limited our impact may seem - being part of 'Project Everyone' means just that - a contribution to something greater."
Unusual has been working on demonstrating its commitment to sustainability for several years, incorporating the principles of a circular economy within its business practice, from running on renewables (SDG7) to 'closing the loop' through RFID technology, on thousands of items of equipment.
Harper adds: "In a circular model, businesses aim to create an economy that is restorative by design. In our case, we aim at keeping resources in use for

 
pearcehire-and-eeaec-managementl-rdeanreesshaunpearcejasonlunnceast-of-england-arena--events-centrePearce Hire collaborates with major UK arena
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - East of England Arena Events Centre (EEAEC) has announced a collaboration with Pearce Hire. The EEAEC is one of the UK’s top event venues, hosting over 300 events, conferences and meetings a year. The multi-purpose events complex sboasts over 9,000sq.m of indoor space and over 250 acres of outside space. With significant and ongoing investment in the venue and its infrastructure, the venue has appointed Pearce Hire as a preferred contractor working throughout the complex.
“With our HQ based in Peterborough we are ideally placed geographically to offer an outstanding level of service and support to the venue, to the organisers putting on events at the venue, and to the exhibitors at all the major trade and consumer exhibitions which take place here throughout the year,” observes Shaun Pearce, managing director, Pearce Hire.
“Having provided services for many years to the EEAEC, we are familiar with the venue, and understand the requirements of many of their regular event organisers coming through the doors year on year. We are delighted to have now stepped onto a more significant footing and to be linked more closely with the venue.”
Jason Lunn, venue director for EEAEC, explains: “Pearce Hire and EEAEC share the same goal to provide the best services possible to our customers. We consider Pearce Hire’s overall production services to be a faultless and wide-ranging offer. We note with pride that the touring productions which come into our venue always rate them very highly.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
sixty82-electro-waves-1Sixty82 extends Scandinavian network
Monday, 11 February 2019

Europe - Sixty82 has expanded its global distribution network with the appointment of Electro Waves Oy as its exclusive distributor for Finland and Sweden.
“We are very happy with our newly formed partnership with Electro Waves,” says Sixty82 CEO Fokko Smeding. “It will help strengthen market synergy for Sixty82 as it creates a solid foundation to penetrate the Scandinavian market.”
Date Jonkman, Sixty82 executive account manager, continues: “Electro Waves is a highly-regarded and well-renowned distributor in the trussing and staging industry. Their team is well experienced and, with their expertise and support, we are confident that, together, we can create something special.”
Miko Nurkki, CEO of Electro Waves, comments: “In order to offer our customers holistic, quality solutions, we have gathered the best partners around us - Sixty82 shares our passion as innovative forerunners and as professionals implementing unique solutions in an ever-changing world. They are a highly versatile, progressive and innovative manufacturer with a big future. So we are proud to be able to use our expertise to put them on the Scandinavian map.”
(Jim Evans)

 
colour-soundColour Sound gets high in Val Thorens
Wednesday, 6 February 2019

France - Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting, video, rigging, special FX plus a snow-loving crew to various entertainment venues and events associated with the Varsity Trip 2018 in Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in the French Alps at 2,300 metres in the beautiful Tarentaise Valley, Savoie.
The Colour Sound team of four was led by Steve Marley and working for Zero Degrees Events who designed and produced a busy series of Varsity Trip events running throughout the week. Marley and their managing director Neil Cranston have collaborated on many previous projects, and with Tom Williams from Zero Degrees running things on the ground, the mission ran like clockwork.
The main music venue for the week was the Centre Sportif de Val Thorens, which featured three full-scale DJ performances – including Rudimental’s DJ set - with numerous other smaller venues hosting ‘off piste’ events - including restaurants and bars - scattered around the resort.
Colour Sound also supplied lighting and video - with Zero Degrees co-ordinating and managing production - for French corporate networking company Les Big Boss who had a large event booked in to the same venue immediately before the Varsity Trip Opening Night Party. This provided a practical and high-quality technical solution.
Marley designed and drew up a lighting and visual plot for the Centre Sportif, inspired by the stunning mountain location, starting with the video elements – which were made up of Colour Sound’s 2.6mm Unilumen LED screen rigged in three diamond orientated sections u

 
 
riggingFirst Rigging Conference for Poland
Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Poland - The first Rigging Conference to take place in Poland will be held at the Giliwice Arena from 19-20 February. Attendees can look forward to learning about ICOPER (International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging) and the National Rigging Certificate, the leading industry certification from PLASA.
Additionally, PLASA’s managing director Peter Heath will present a keynote talk on the importance of European collaboration. Heath comments: “It’s good to see initiatives such as this encouraging industry standards and safety. I am looking forward to speaking at the conference to play a part in promoting professionalism across the entertainment rigging sector in Poland.”
For more information please go to: http://www.riggingconference.pl/
(LSi Online)

 
litecNew member for Litec roof system family
Monday, 4 February 2019

Europe - The QL52 double pitch roof from Litec is an evolution of their popular QL40A single pitch roof and is the right choice for your medium-sized outdoor events.
Thanks to its double pitch construction, and use of QL52A load-bearing truss with fork connections, it looks great and provides stability you can count on, even when encountering winds that increase loading requirements.
Key benefits include: 15 x 12m roof structure (up to 11m’s height); grid constructed from Litec’s QL52A high load, anti-torsion fork connection truss; six Maxitower 40 towers; 7,000 kg UDL; optional PA/LED wall wings; covered technical areas available on request, and eight-hour set-up time with five riggers.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
truckCodex Events joins the SIXTY82 family
Monday, 4 February 2019

Luxembourg - Trussing and staging systems manufacturer SIXTY82 has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Codex Events.
With immediate effect, Codex will be SIXTY82´s exclusive partner responsible for the distribution of the full SIXTY82 product range in Luxembourg, which enables, SIXTY82 to guarantee full distribution coverage to its Luxembourgian customers.
“We look forward to working with a company of Codex’ standing, and our partnership will help meet increased local demand for technical know-how from experienced people,” says SIXTY82 executive account manager, Date Jonkman. “We believe that Codex is well positioned to further develop our existing customer base and that with their market presence and sales support network, together we can make a real impact,” says SIXTY82 CEO, Fokko Smeding.
Patrick Risch, CEO of Codex, comments: “Together with the team we have unanimously chosen SIXTY82 as our exclusive trussing and staging brand because they deliver unrivalled quality and top-class support. In addition to the strong points of know-how, flexibility, and an extensive engineering department, SIXTY82 brings innovations which are trend-setting.”
(Jim Evans)

 
vault-festival-1White Light goes underground for VAULT Festival
Wednesday, 23 January 2019

UK - White Light will be returning to London’s VAULT Festival once again this year to supply the complete lighting and rigging solutions. This will mark the seventh consecutive year that the company has worked on the Festival, having supported it from day one.
Located inside the Waterloo tunnels, this year it will run from 23 January to 17 March, with more than 400 shows from over 2,000 artists. It features the best new writing in theatre and comedy along with immersive experiences, late night parties and much more.
The event is produced by Mat Burt and Andy George of the Heritage Arts Company. Andy, who is also head of production, comments: “When we first started the festival back in 2012, we had no idea it would grow to become what it is today. We initially thought it would be a one-off yet the more people heard about it, the more who wanted to came along and get involved. One of our biggest aims has always been to make theatre accessible and remove barriers for our visiting artists. As we know, making creative work for a live audience is always risky but we try our hardest to minimise up-front costs and reward the creative party.”
With the festival being so committed to supporting its artists, this often means it relies on the help of other organisations. Andy George explains: “We are not publicly funded which often makes things difficult; especially when the whole purpose of the festival is to make theatre financially viable! That’s why when we first started, we contacted WL as we knew about their reputation for supporting emerging ar

 
 
christie-lites-north-america-automation--rigging-teamChristie Lites North America adds Kinesys
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Canada/USA - Christie Lites has made a major commitment to Kinesys automation with the purchase of Elevation Liftket 500kg chain hoists as their flagship automation products going forward – both 200V and 400V systems - for North America and Europe.
The initial investment has also included Kinesys LibraCELL load monitoring and Mentor 4 E-Stop aggregators to provide a full Kinesys safety architecture as well as the powerful and flexible Kinesys Vector control.
This will be available to clients worldwide throughout all of Christie’s 13 shops.
The move coincides with the appointment of Mark ‘The Drifter’ Desloges to head up Christie’s new Automated Motion Control & Rigging division, established to co-ordinate this specialist area of technical production.
Extensive specialist Kinesys training will be implemented for all Christie crew working on the systems.
Drifter will be based in Toronto, Canada, and will spend his time between Christie’s facility there and, primarily, their Orlando hub, the home of Christie Lites Enterprises and where much of the Kinesys kit will be stationed when not on the road.
David Bond of Kinesys USA commented, “Huntly Christie is very discerning when it comes to choosing the brands and product types his company carries. We are very proud to be his chosen automation manufacturer and envisage a prosperous relationship with his company. Drifter’s energy and experience, along with the Christie Lites sales team, will help drive our products to the current Christie Lites market and beyond, furthe

 
eurotrussEurotruss celebrates 25th anniversary
Monday, 21 January 2019

Europe - Eurotruss is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. Martin Kuyper, company founder, states; “I am extremely proud and grateful for all the love and support I received from great people, partners, and users during this incredible Eurotruss journey. Together with all of them, we have built a world leading brand representing not only high-quality truss and stages but also an amazing team of dynamic people who, on a daily base, do great work for our users and partners.
“It all started in a small barn in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Today our truss finds its way into 97 countries, represented by 40 distributors, three Eurotruss sales offices and three factories including Total Structures, leading brand in the USA. A lot happened since that 17th of January 1994, but it flew by and the journey has been full of energy, joy, and happiness. I feel blessed.
“I want to thank all of you supporting the product and the brand. I cannot wait for the next 25 years to come as our future looks bright and we still enjoy every day the rush of making awesome products and providing you with the best support and solutions.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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