PLASA Show, the worldwide event for entertainment technology is returning to London Olympia on 16-18 with a whole host of industry-leaders and influential brands primed to deliver iconic products, inspirational talks and expert training. Those who are keen to be part of the action are advised that free registration expires on 31 August when the fee will increase to £12.
The exhibitor list has been rapidly growing with international brands spanning lighting, audio, AV, rigging and staging, and the programme is filling up fast with critical updates, exclusive panels and the latest projects.
Respected lighting designer Rob Halliday will present Giudizio Universale – Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel, revealing this stunning €9m immersive stage show created by Marco Balich, now at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome. Having worked on the show, Rob Halliday will discuss the richly pigmented, high-contrast lighting design drew on the style, colour and mood of the iconic paintings.
Another magical seminar comes in the form of Creating the Tempest which will see Sarah Ellis from the Royal Shakespeare Company discussing the highly innovative digital technologies used in their recent production which could change the face of theatre.
Holoplot are hosting a session exploring wave field synthesis for 3D sound applications and challenging acoustic environments. Attendees will gain knowledge about how this technology can go beyond theory to produce real world products and scalable solutions able to cope with harsh acoustic environments.
Back by popular demand is a panel of festival veterans led by Philip Norfolk of Ambersphere. This seasoned crew of lighting designers and front of house engineers will lift the lid on the realities of an artist changeover during festival season and how unique and surprising challenges are overcome, often by the skin of their teeth.
ChamSys are on hand with practical training sessions, suitable for both beginners and more experienced users. Attendees will learn how to patch a show, create cues and FX, and much more using QuickQ and MagicQ consoles and software. Zero 88 will also run back-to-back introductory sessions aimed at familiarising attendees with the operation of FLX consoles. Audio professionals are catered for by multiple training sessions on Sennheiser’s Speechline Digital Wireless System.
The Fast Track Theatre is bursting with bite sized sessions where visitors can cut their business teeth and up their marketing game: Brand advisor Shéa Bennett from Identity will reveal how to add magic to your next live event, Darryn de la Soul from Soulsound will show you how to set up a small business, Tony Lennon from BECTU will help with tax for freelancers, and John Schwab from Curtain Call will emphasise the importance of networking.
In addition to a PLASA panel on mental health awareness, Scotty Stewart will present a personal view, sharing his story as a successful touring rigger who suffers severe depression. This session will provide ample opportunity to ask questions about living with depression and the challenges it presents in this industry.
The jewels in PLASA Show’s crown are the internationally recognised PLASA Awards for Innovation which celebrate the most forward-thinking product designs. The awards will be presented on the Monday evening of the show with all entries available to view throughout the show at the Innovation Gallery. So far, those who have qualified to enter include MA Lighting, SGM, D.T.S and Infinity. PLASA Show is at London Olympia, 16-18 September.