UK - Applications are open again for Lighthouse Young Technicians, a training course for 12 young people aged 16-19 eager to get to grips with lighting, sound and stage management in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings.
Guided by industry specialists, young people navigate all elements of technical theatre to gain the experience that may set them on course for a future career.
“As a young person making your way in technical theatre, it is very important to do what is right for you,” says Poole-based international lighting designer and course tutor James Smith.
"There is no right way to start a career in technical theatre - for some the answer is university, for others it could be an apprenticeship, or a job at their local theatre where they can build their skills. All roads will end in the same place where the aim should be to produce good quality collaborative entertainment.”
The course costs £150, although bursaries are available, and provides a foundation that will enable young technicians to specialise.
“There are few, if any, courses like this available in this country,” adds James. “The students get lots of hands-on experience and crucially it’s real-world training in a working multi-venue arts facility working on shows and events indoors and outdoors.”
James has more than 15 years of professional experience lighting musical theatre, plays, pantomimes, live music and events all over the world. His enthusiasm for teaching young technicians is clear, as is his rapport with the group, and in designing the c
UK - Michael Grandage has announced that he will stand down as president of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama after 12 years in post. The multi award-winning director and producer graduated from Central in 1984 and was appointed its president during the 2009-2010 academic year.
During his tenure, he oversaw numerous achievements at Central including the acquisition of Royal Title and the opening of the School’s new North Block building.
He established the President’s Circle to raise financial support for Central’s work and to help ensure the availability of scholarships and bursaries for all who wish to train at the School. And through the Michael Grandage Scholarship, which he initiated, he provided Central students with financial support as well as career guidance and advice.
Michael Grandage also supported and mentored Central students through his role as president and his work with the Donmar Warehouse and, more recently, the Michael Grandage Company. This mentorship was particularly meaningful throughout COVID-19, when his direct guidance and encouragement of Central cohorts who were impacted by the pandemic was invaluable.
Reflecting on his time as Central’s President, Michael Grandage said: “It has been an incredible honour serving as president of Central for the last 12 years. The most life affirming part of the job has unquestionably been the connection with the students, and I am enormously proud of all they continue to achieve.”
John Willis, chair of Central’s governing body, said: “Michael’s p
USA - ClearOne University has announced a full schedule of October webinars.
Conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming solutions and five certifications for AVIXA RUs are covered in the comprehensive schedule, for which registration is now live.
Those interested in participating can sign up for a wide range of classes that cover the latest technological developments at ClearOne, in addition to industry-favourite solutions including the Convergence AV Manager Certification, UNITE 200 Pro Camera Training, AV Conferencing Certification, Advanced Pro Audio Conferencing Certification, Design Library Training, Console AI Software Configuration Certification, and Pro Audio Conferencing Certification.
France - Ayrton is hosting the first in-person Entertainment Lighting Sessions for Women in Lighting at the Ayrton head offices in Paris on 20 October 2022. The full-day event promises to be one of inspiration, motivation, networking, personal and professional development and community for women.
Ayrton is an active sponsor of the Women In Lighting (WIL) project which aims to promote the work of women lighting designers, and all women who work in lighting, across the entertainment industry by showcasing the skills and capabilities of these talented women, celebrating their achievements and encouraging others to become involved.
Ayrton invites you to come along and enjoy the company of this growing community of women who are all about connecting, collaborating and empowering each other.
As part of a wide-ranging programme, four keynote speakers from France, UK, Belgium and Ukraine, will be sharing their stories:
Ukrainian Yanina Kovalevska founded rental company PR Music in 2005 which has since developed to include several other companies and projects such as AVEcON - a conference of AV&Entertainment companies, EdIsOn Camp - an informal polytechnic education campus, and Stagemart - a distributor and provider of technological solutions for show business. Further expansion came with the formation of a new company in Poland in 2021. Yanina will share the skills that are key to the success of her business.
UK-based Briony Berning spent her formative years in France before returning to the UK to study at the University of Glasgow. She wa
South Africa - DWR Distribution is welcoming Ian Staddon, vice president of sales for DiGiCo, back to South Africa for a roadshow taking place in Johannesburg (6 October), Durban (10 October) and Cape Town (12 October). This is an opportunity to meet with friends and get acquainted with the DiGiCo Quantum mixing console.
“I’m looking forward to the roadshow and the launch of the Quantum series,” said Ian Staddon. “It has been way too long since I’ve been down and I’m looking forward to visiting everyone and seeing the backend of Covid-19 with a much busier industry.”
The DWR team are as happy to be out on the road again. “From my side, it’s actually so nice to have Ian back in the country,” said Kyle Robson, DiGiCo brand manager at DWR. “The last time he was with us was pre-Covid and it will be good for him to meet up with the people again. We will also be showing off the Quantum console and I’m truly excited.”
Everyone is welcome. There are no charges or booking requirements. Dates and venues are as follows:
Johannesburg, 6 October from 10 am to 5 pm - DWR Distribution, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew.
Durban, 10 October from 12 pm to 4pm - The Olive Tree Church, 113 Florida Road, Windermere, Durban.
Cape Town, 12 October from 12 pm to 4pm - GrandWest Grand Arena, 1 Jakes Gerwel Drive, Acacia Park, Cape Town.
UK - Free registration for this year’s PLASA Show will end at midnight tomorrow (31 August). Taking place in Olympia London’s Grand Hall on 4-6 September, the leading entertainment technology trade show promises to deliver some of the latest technology, brand showcases and product demos. Alongside ample networking opportunities, visitors will also be able to take advantage of the show’s free-to-attend seminar programme of over 60 sessions, taking place across four show floor theatres. Meanwhile, the winners of the 2022 PLASA Awards for Innovation and the Gottelier Award will be announced at the show on Monday 5 September.
Don’t miss out – register for your free ticket by midnight tomorrow: https://registration.gesevent.com/survey/1ibtbcj5j6f10?actioncode=WB14
South Africa - DWR Distribution will host Robe Lighting theatre workshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg in August.
Hosted at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town on 1 August and at the UJ Arts Centre Theatre in Johannesburg on 5 August from 10am to 4pm local time, the workshops will be followed by a Q&A session, with guests also able to demo the fixtures.
Presenters will be theatre designer Andy Webb, Robe theatre products manager Dave Whitehouse, and LD and programmer Jordan Tinniswood. Webb and Whitehouse will explain why LED technology has become an essential tool in theatre, diving deeply into colour, colour temperature and white source versus multi-spectral LED engines.
The events are free to attend, but booking is essential. To secure your place, visit the links below
Cape Town: https://forms.gle/qCKhQ8mBTApEFada6
USA - ESTA will host a Midwest Rigging Intensive course on 25-27 August in Chicago. The weekend-long event will feature a curriculum developed by a group of dedicated instructors, all of whom are ETCP recognised trainers.
With a focus on practical learning for entertainment riggers, the sessions will feature Ben Brian (Reed Rigging), Tyler DeLong (DeLong Rigging Solutions), Brent ‘Mickey’ Henry (ETC), Ed Leahy (Chicago Flyhouse), Tracy Nunnally (Vertigo), Patrick Stewart (ETC), Shane Kelly (DePaul University), Rebecca Knipfer (ETC), and Verda Beth Martell (DLR Group). This event will provide enough hours to fulfil a technician’s ETCP Education Renewal Credits requirement.
Education sessions will include topics such as fall protection, hoists, loading by math, hardware, and more. The event will comprise two days of classroom training starting at 1 pm on Thursday at The Theatre School at DePaul University, followed by a day of theatre inspection training at DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre in downtown Chicago, ending at 6pm. There will also be some social events, including drinks with TDs on Thursday night.
Early Bird tickets are $500 for members of ESTA, USITT, URTA, ITA, IATSE, EdTA, CiTT, and Aerial Arts America, as well as ETCP certified technicians; $550 for non-members; and $300 for students. Member and non-member prices will increase on 3 August 3 (student prices will remain the same). Registration is at esta.org/mri.
USA - Mental Health First Aid Training Classes for July, August and September 2022 are now posted on the Behind the Scenes website at btshelp.org/mhfa.
The course is delivered in two parts. The first is a two-hour self-paced online course that must be completed prior to a six-hour virtual live instructor led session. Go to btshelp.org/mhfa to learn more and to select the date and time you wish to attend the virtual live session. Classes are being offered 18 and 19 July, 15, 16 and 21 August and 12, 18 September. On completing the course you will become a certified Mental Health First Aider which is valid for three years.
The registration fee is $125. IATSE Members and those working under IATSE agreements may be eligible for Training Trust Fund reimbursement on proof of successful completion of the course. A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available to individuals not eligible for reimbursement. Private group classes of 15 -20 are available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Training for Canadians is available through the AFC at this website.
UK - Educational roadshows led by BlackTrax specialist Tom Boucher have been outlining to students the creative possibilities BlackTrax offers to live event professionals. Students have been bringing their ideas to life by using CAST’s innovative technology.
“Taking BlackTrax into an educational environment has introduced students to technology that they will come across in the workforce. It has given students the ability to create scenarios, ask questions and really get to grips with BlackTrax as a system and the numerous integration possibilities,” says Tom Boucher.
Many questions were answered, and the system was put to the test, right down to students calibrating a BlackTrax Real system themselves and learning how to get their educational wysiwyg license.
“I really enjoyed using the BlackTrax system, I thought it was intuitive and relatively easy,” says Confetti, University of Nottingham student Jamie Lawrence. “I had a lot of fun playing around and doing the testing with the system. The teaching style was excellent with relevant information. Tom was open to answering all and any questions relating to my dissertation. The visit was massively beneficial, my dissertation probably would have fallen flat on its face without it.”
The tour visited schools that deliver relevant programmes where BlackTrax experience is beneficial in preparing students in advance for their careers in live events, theatre, and broadcast.
“It was superb having BlackTrax in The Lir Academy [Dublin] working with our final year technical students
UK - Sennheiser has announced Celeste Jones as the winner of this year’s Student Scholarship programme of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). Jones will receive financial support for tuition and gain access to Sennheiser’s expertise and global network of contacts.
Sennheiser’s strategic planning manager, Tim Sherratt, was involved in the selection process and congratulated this year’s winner of the sought-after scholarship. “It never ceases to amaze me just how talented LIPA students are,” he says. “The quality of this year’s submissions was once again excellent. In selecting Celeste there is no doubt that she is deserving of this award. She is a wonderfully engaged and knowledgeable individual who possesses that rare equilibrium balance of the creative and technical mindset. I look forward to watching her grow over the coming years.”
Sherratt was supported in this year’s selection process by Ben Harrison, theatre sound designer, who comments: “This was the first time I was involved with the scholarship programme and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was absolutely blown away by the quality of work the students presented to us, which made the selection process really hard! I can only echo Tim’s comments that Celeste is absolutely deserving of this award, and I’m looking forward to seeing where she goes and what she achieves in her career.”
Jones, a first-year student of the BA (Hons) Sound Technology course, echoed her excitement at receiving the scholarship: “I am honoured and elated to have been
UK - The Guildhall School of Music and Drama will host short courses on sound design and video projection at the end of July.
Taking place concurrently from 25-29 July, Sound Design for Theatre and Introduction to Video Projection Mapping are available to anyone aged 16 or over for a fee of £525 (£1,035 inclusive of accommodation). Teaching will take place daily and the training will be given in person only.
Led by Video Design lecturer Angeline Ferguson, Introduction to Video Projection Mapping is aimed at beginners. Learners will find out how to prepare and project video onto a 3D structure using industry standard video projection software Resolume Arena 7 and Adobe After Effects. They will also be introduced to the basic principles and techniques of digital video mapping, including designing concepts for projection mapping, creating content and sourcing material online, preparing digital content (file types, resolutions and codecs), setting up hardware (computers, projectors and real-world objects), keystoning, image correction and distortions. The course is for anyone interested in video projection, or those who would like to try something new, though ideally, learners would have an interest or experience in digital art, graphic design, video editing, technical theatre, gaming etc.
Sound Design for Theatre is for anyone with an interest in sound design, its manipulation and use in a theatrical or narrative context. The course will introduce learners to the practical, creative and technological aspects of sound desi
UK - The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) will hold a webinar for end-users in the entertainment industry.
Held live at 10am BST on 7 July 2022 via Zoom, the one-hour webinar aims to initiate conversations between LEEA members and end users, particularly those further up the supply chain. The webinar will explore how having the right lifting equipment and safe working loads in the entertainment sector is vital for successful productions and concerts - ensuring they run smoothly, efficiently and safely.
Furthermore, sourcing and training staff and contracting for ‘thorough examinations’ with LEEA members will give entertainment sector companies the confidence they seek, as members of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association conform to its ‘gold standard’ when it comes to excellence in the Lifting Industry.
Attendees to this webinar will gain an overview of legislative frameworks, training and best practices applicable to owners and end users of lifting equipment in the Entertainment industry.
Representing the Entertainment sector will be speakers Paul Fulcher, managing director, Rigging Services and Sean Pagel, director of Production Services Ireland & chairman of the National Rigging Advisory Group. LEEA experts presenting will be Keith Tonge, technical services and Dave Tucker, senior training specialist at LEEA.
For more information, visit the link below.
UK - SLX has opened applications for the 2022/2023 edition of its student support scheme, The Lighting Programme.
The programme aims to foster young, upcoming talent within the industry. Students joining the programme will have access to expert mentorship, along with networking opportunities with industry professionals and leading manufacturers to help prepare for the start of their careers. SLX will also provide specialist project support and an equipment package for one of their final year productions.
Live event specialists SLX, who work on high profile events like The Commonwealth Games and the West End musical Six, were recent winners of the inaugural TPi Green Award for outstanding sustainable policies. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to play a part in this change, whilst learning vital skills and practices to take forward into their career.
The Lighting Programme applicants must be lighting design and/or technical students, studying in the UK who will be in their third year of an undergraduate programme in September 2022. There are four spaces available for the 2022/2023 intake of the programme.
SLX CEO Alastair Currie comments: “Following the success of this year, I am thrilled to announce the 2022/23 Lighting Programme is now open for applications. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the previous intake of candidates, as we welcomed them to our warehouse facility in Bristol. I was also delighted to see them earning money whilst working at a number of our venues, as well as having valuable experience as part of our i
UK - PLASA Show is returning to West London from 4-6 September, and those wishing to attend can now register via the event's website.
Taking place at Olympia London’s Grand Hall, the entertainment technology tradeshow promises to deliver some of the latest technology, product demos, and delve into key industry issues. There will also be four showfloor theatres running over 60 sessions on a range of topics across the three days.
The event will provide plenty of opportunities for networking with leading companies from audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging, each one showcasing popular products and new releases. Some of the brands returning this year include Robe, Ambersphere, ETC, AC-ET, Adam Hall, L-Acoustics, Sennheiser, Chauvet Professional, Leisuretec, Highlite, Polar and SFL Group.
Meanwhile, the seminar programme will offer valuable business advice, unpack technical topics, and present the latest creative achievements. Interactive workshops will also return to provide visitors with the chance to try the latest tech - from live audio demonstrations, to lighting console training, and much more.
The widely respected PLASA Awards for Innovation will also return to recognise and reward next-generation products and the people behind them. The awards are proudly run in association with LSi magazine - keep an eye on our website for more information regarding how to enter this year’s awards.
Free registration for PLASA Show 2022 has now opene
USA - AtlasIED is hitting the road to bring its wide selection of audio and mass communications systems to the doorsteps of integrators, end users and IT professionals. The AtlasIED Sounds Like Success Tour kicks off on 24 June in Lenexa, with visits to cities throughout Missouri, Ohio, Indiana and other key Midwestern destinations, wrapping up this leg of the tour in Louisville on 8 July.
At every stop, visitors will have the opportunity to safely board the trailer and experience AtlasIED’s award winning selection of audio systems- designed to deliver mass communication, high intelligibility announcements and paging, background music, IP-based visual and audio communications and more.
The Sounds Like Success Tour experience tailors to vertical markets, making it easy for visitors to hone in on the solutions matching the needs of their particular application - whether it's for a transportation, hospitality, education, corporate, healthcare, government or industrial environment.
“After two years of limited travel and personal interaction, we are excited to launch a large-scale tour that allows us to meet face-to-face with industry professionals and end users who want to learn more about the unique mass communications, life safety and audio resources available from AtlasIED,” said Gina Sansivero, VP marketing and corporate communications, AtlasIED.
Registration details are available at www.atlasied.com/hosted_events
USA - The DALI Alliance is set to present two showcase seminars at LightFair 2022, a trade show and conference for architectural and commercial lighting taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Centre on 21-23 June.
The seminars will focus on two hot topics within the lighting control arena - smart lighting with D4i-enabled luminaires, and the benefits of the Zhaga-D4i ecosystem - delivered by eminent experts in the field. The DALI Alliance will also be present on Booth 2371 at the exhibition, from where it will set out how this open, global consortium of lighting companies is helping to grow the market for lighting-control solutions based on DALI-2 and D4i.
On 22 June at 11:00-12:00, the DALI Alliance will deliver a seminar on smart lighting with D4i-enabled luminaires, exploring energy reporting, asset management, predictive maintenance and more.
Experienced industry speakers from Signify, Synapse Wireless and Georgia Power will talk about the basics of D4i and deliver a number of relevant use cases, including one for roadway lighting.
On 21 June at 3:30-4:30pm, the DALI Alliance and the Zhaga Consortium will give a joint seminar on standardized lighting and control interfaces for indoor and outdoor luminaires.
A trio of industry experts from Inventronics, Synapse and Zhaga will help seminar participants to identify the key benefits of Zhaga-D4i certification, and compare D4i requirements for drivers and control devices (nodes) with the ANSI C137.4 standard. Another aim of the session is helping those in attendance to recognise how
USA - Following its well-received demo at Rockingham Speedway at the end of April, Danley Sound Labs will welcome dealers, consultants, media, partners, and prospective customers for another demonstration, to be held at the Amp at Craig Ranch in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Attendees will have the opportunity to experience Danley’s latest loudspeaker, the J8-94, as well as a host of other loudspeaker and subwoofer products ranging from the popular BC215 subwoofer to the SM80M loudspeaker. Also demo’d will be the company’s newest series of products: the Tom Danley Signature Series, built specifically for the home theatre and home HiFi markets.
Attendance for each day’s events is free. Demonstrations will be held every hour, on the hour beginning on Tuesday, June 7th from 4pm-8pm local time and Wednesday, 8 June 9am-8pm.
Mike Hedden, chief steward in charge at Danley Sound Labs, comments: “We’ve always said that learning about our products is different than experiencing them in person. The clarity, quality, and overall experience must be heard to be understood or believed.”
Those interested in attending should register at the following link: www.danleysoundlabs.com/event/las-vegas-demo-days.
Europe - The Shure Audio Institute (SAI) has announced an advanced programme for integrated systems. It consists of a series of in-person, hands-on workshops covering technical sales and support, from how to respond to an RFP to how to setup, configure and troubleshoot Shure systems and solutions. The topics covered in the course include:
Technical Sales Workshop: Learn how to respond to RFPs by creating a complete sales list for project solutions in a tender process. With guidance from Shure, determine how to select the right products to match the functional requirements described in the tender. You’ll use existing online tools and source additional information as well as gain an understanding of the different software license types for respective software (and hardware, where applicable) products.
Technical Support Training Workshop for Microflex Ecosystem Solutions: Learn how to setup, configure, and troubleshoot hardware and software components of the Microflex Ecosystem portfolio including: Microflex Advance, IntelliMix P300, MXN5-C Networked Loudspeaker, IntelliMix Room and Designer.
Systems for Conferencing and AV Conferencing Workshop: Discover how to install and deploy single and multiple frequency setups of Microflex Wireless and Microflex Complete Wireless, which are best suited for the Conferencing and AV Conferencing applications.
UK - Backup has announced the next round of its Mental Health First Aider courses, which are free to all freelance crew via the AJ bursary. They will take place on 25 and 26 May, 23 and 24 June, and 13 and 14 July and now follow a two-day format to accommodate freelancers’ busy schedules. The courses are sponsored by Unusual Rigging in memory of Alan Jacobi, who was a long-serving and valued Backup trustee, and provided by fellow industry charity Music Support as an MHFA England Instructor Member.
Course takers will learn how to recognise the warning signs of mental ill health and develop the skills and confidence to approach, listen, reassure and respond, and potentially prevent a crisis from happening. They will also will gain an understanding of how to support their own well-being and tackle stigma.
“Music Support is proud to once again be working in partnership with Backup to equip production and technical freelance workers with vital skills and tools that are enabling industry peers to support themselves and others affected by mental health conditions,” comments Music Support chief executive, Eric Mtungwazi. “Some great work has already been done in our sector, but there is still some way to go before mental health has parity of esteem in the workplace.
“It is imperative that we continue to develop an industry-wide community that promotes prevention, encourages early intervention and a supportive workplace for all workers. Our goal is that all offices, venues, and tours have Mental Health First Aiders on site. We can only achieve thi
USA - tvONE and Green Hippo are inviting programmers, operators and designers who use Green Hippo’s Hippotizer range of media servers or tvONE’s CORIOmaster family of video processors to take part in the CONECT Control Competition.
Launched at tvONE’s CONECT Summit, which focused on how tvONE, Magenta and Green Hippo products can help professionals reimagine the AV landscape, the competition aims to showcase some of the best-use cases of the companies’ solutions for creative control.
Prizes of up to $1,000 will be awarded to the best entries in three categories: CORIOmaster Video Processors; Hippotizer Media Servers; and creative install using tvONE or Hippotizer products.
Submissions opened on 5 April and remain open until 14 May, with the winners announced soon after. To enter, contestants need to fill out an online submissions form and attach a file that describes their design, explaining the client brief and how tvONE or Hippotizer products were used to control APIs to the best effect. This can be submitted on a Word document or PDF. Entrants must also attach supporting documentation which could include an outline drawing, photos, video, client feedback or a configuration file for CORIOmaster or Hippotizer.
Frithjof Becker, director of EMEA sales for tvONE and Green Hippo, comments: “We have been storming ahead with new products, innovations, and upgrades throughout the pandemic, providing the industry with new technologies and ways to enhance their creativity. The CONECT events are part of our ongoing commitment to bringing the
UK - Crewing platform Entourage Pro (EP) has launched its free to use and join freelance production crew resource. The service connects and sources freelance production crew and underpins traditional word-of-mouth methods for finding work and sourcing crew.
Partnered by major manufacturers of production technology including Robe, Avolites, Yamaha, d&b audiotechnik, MDG, Chainmaster and Marshall, EP is an online network of crew that has already secured thousands of members from over 60 countries around the world.
Initial uptake is being extended by EP’s partnership with Showcase Music, with the platform being promoted to over 350,000 rental companies, artists, labels, management, venues and production and tour managers from across the globe.
Searches by role, experience, availability, credentials, visas, rates, languages, qualifications and much more, gives the whole industry access to an unrivalled source of professional freelance crew from over 150 industry roles.
“The non-return rates of freelancers who had to leave the industry to find other work during the pandemic are frightening,” says EP director, Joel Perry. “We know the number of crew lost has reached into the 1000s, globally. Consequently, the opportunities presenting themselves for skilled video techs, riggers, staging, audio and lighting practitioners, are vast. EP can plug the gap quickly, efficiently and comprehensively.
“Entourage Pro was conceived well before the pandemic, and was able to act swiftly during lockdown,” adds fellow EP director, James Stanbri
Italy - RCF will present the 10th edition of the Sound Engineering University Course, which will be held from May to October. From the roots of electroacoustics to the complete design of live audio projects based on real case studies, the course is developed over 105 hours of lessons and hands-on at RCF facilities with industry experts.
The primary goal of the course is to provide engineers with specific knowledge of the latest technologies related to sound, transducers and speaker systems and their applications in the professional market. An international reference project carried out by RCF engineers will be used as a studying guideline to be followed during the course.
Organised in modules, the course takes the participants through the basis of electro-acoustics components like transducers, amplifiers and digital processors till the design of a complete audio project based on a real case study.
All technical content provided in this course will be completed by the direct experience of RCF laboratories. The course is organised by the Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in collaboration with RCF.
The learning topics are grouped into four modules as follows: Environmental Acoustics for indoor-outdoor spaces including design and simulation methods; Transducers and speaker systems including clusters, arrays, and point source configurations; Electronics including circuit analysis, filters, amplifiers, and DSP; Sound systems design including practical experiences in measurements, lis
South Africa - On 28 February, Gearhouse Splitbeam gathered the leading technical theatre talent in South Africa at the Market Theatre complex in Johannesburg to present a panel discussion about all things technical theatre.
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in theatres across the country being forced to close their doors in compliance with ongoing lockdown restrictions. While this situation is not unique to South Africa, the country’s limited capacity to offer relief measures has resulted in thousands of production professionals not being able to work or support their families for just over two years.
“While there has been an easing of restrictions and theatres are opening their doors again, the current limitations on indoor gatherings means that theatres are only able to operate at 50% capacity,” explains Gearhouse Splitbeam managing director, Alistair Kilbee. “It is simply not financially viable to put on a big show under these restrictions.”
However, in line with the ever-resilient spirit of the theatre, technical theatre professionals continue to hope and dream of the day that the lights will come up and the music will play for audiences hungry for the irreplaceable experience of live theatre, once more.
“Nobody can deny that it has been an incredibly tough two years for the technical theatre industry in South Africa, and all over the world,” says Kilbee. “However, we as an industry define ourselves by our ability to keep the show going, no matter what. It is this indomitable spirit that we hope to reignite by presenting t