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Theatre Show 2016

Theatre Show 2016

UK – The ABTT Theatre Show moved to Alexandra Palace last year to great acclaim. The result is a resoundingly full exhibition floor this summer and a sharp increase in business making it the biggest ABTT Theatre Show to date. As ever, the balance of exhibitors reflects the range of disciplines required to stage any form of live performance. Audio, acoustic, lighting, AV, scenic and stage engineering companies are all well represented. Full details can be found on the exhibitor list and floor plan on the Theatre Show website.

Seminars are now gathered together into specialist Forums.

  • Lighting and AV
  • ABTT
  • Audio and Acoustics
  • Stage Engineering

These forums will cover a number of topical and technical discussion subjects involving well established trade associations an panellists. The advantage of grouping the subject matter makes it easier for the visitor to get the best value out of a one day visit to the show. Engagement in the forums is being facilitated in the app both pre and post show. 

This year, the Theatre Show has added a number of break out rooms to the tenancy. Activity in these rooms includes training sessions on lighting consoles from Ambersphere and ETC.

Last year, The ABTT Theatre Show used the Londesborough Room for product demonstrations and seminars. The show is now developing the concept of practical demonstration in a ‘pop up’ Studio Theatre.

This will called the Petrus Bertschinger Studio and known as ‘PBS’. The purpose is to enable exhibitors to demonstrate their products and services in a live performance environment. The first part of this process has involved the commitment of the organisers to provide a show director and eight artists. The capability of demonstrating the end product is an integral requirement of all exhibitors.

The show content will be devised to meet the needs of the exhibitors. The director will create a programme to cover the broadest possible range of technical requirements. Everybody will arrive at the venue on Wednesday with a broad understanding of how their products or services might fit into the programme. The roles of the director and artists are to facilitate the technical side rather than to present a showcase for themselves.

On Wednesday morning, open rehearsals for all show visitors will take place where the objective is to present a 20-30 minute show at 13:00. From 14:30 to 17:30, there will be a series of technical sessions, demonstrations and rehearsals. These will be called 4D sessions to reflect on the content being Discussion, Development, Discovery and Demonstration. The show that was staged at 13:00 will then be repeated at 17:30 with a more detailed level of production. Visitors will then gain insight into ‘before and after’ as a result of technical refinement during the afternoon.

The same process from Wednesday afternoon will be repeated on Thursday morning with a show at 12:30 and on Thursday afternoon with a final performance at 15:30

This new venture has been received with great industry enthusisam. PRG has kicked this off with a ground support, lighting board, lights and John Harris as LD. Amongst a range of other participant exhibitors, Triple E will hang motorised track for drapes provided by Gerriets and Drapemakers. Ambersphere will be demonstrating Clay Paky and Robert Juliat product. Autograph will be providing sound services and an operator showing amongst their range, speakers from d&b. Le Mark Floors will install the stage flooring and Hawthorn will provide any ‘glue’ to assist production connectivity.

These new initiatives enable exhibitors to demonstrate their equipment and to enable visitors to get involved in a relaxed, practical and informal atmosphere.

The ABTT Annual Awards ceremony will take place at 6:30 on Wednesday evening in the PBS and the Stage Management Annual Awards will take place in the Roman Bar at 2:30 on Wednesday.

Full details and timings of all activity will be published on the Theatre Show website and in the ABTT Theatre Show app.

Pre-registration is free. Registration on the day at the venue will be £10.

24th May 2016

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